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5 MUST SEE PLACES IN BORNEO

Climb Mount Kinabalu: Mount Kinabalu  is one of the tallest mountains in South-East Asia and is situated in the Kinabalu National Park in the province of Sabah. Thousands of tourists visit Kinabalu National Park each year and most come with the intention of climbing this magnificent mountain. One of the easier peaks to climb in the world, this mountain only takes just two days and climbers don’t need any previous experience at mountain climbing. At sunrise, the views from the Mount Kinabalu’s summit at Low’s Peak are spectacular, making all the effort worthwhile.

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Explore the islands off Sabah: Sabah has an astounding array of beautiful islands off its eastern and western coastlines. This is why Sabah is regularly sought after by divers, as the seas are abundant in coral reefs and marine life. The islands also make a fantastic gateway for those who want an exciting vacation on the beach. Its basically the Maldives of Malaysia!

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Discover the Sipadan Island: Possibly one of the best dive sites in the world, the Sipadan should be on every divers wish list. Expect to see everything rom turtles and barracudas to parrotfish and trevally when diving this reef, whilst you navigate through crystal clear waters. It’s no longer possible to stay on Sipidan island, but you can stay on a neighbouring island and ‘commute’ by speed boat. It’s a good idea to book this well in advance as these places get booked up quickly.

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Visit the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary: Nestled at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve is the rehabilitation centre for Orang-utans, built to care for these apes that are on the brink of being critically endangered.The centre cares for injured or orphaned orang-utans who have fallen victim to poachers taking them for the pet trade or loggers destroying habitats. Here you will get the chance to feed these exquisite animals and spend many a wonderful hour watching them swing through the trees. After your jungle time has been spent, you can visit the mangrove swamps that fringe the reserve, where you may be lucky enough to spot a school of dolphins playing in the shallows. Explore the wonders of Kinabulu Park.

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Ride the North Borneo Steam Railway: Take a ride on the North Borneo Railway and relive the nostalgic romance of British North Borneo. Passengers hop on a steam train straight out of the 1900s, chugging along the tracks from Tanjung Aru, through Kinarut before arriving in the Rice Bowl of Sabah, Papar.  Along the way, soak in the green vistas of sprawling paddy fields, traditional village homes on stilts and buffaloes ambling in the distance. On board, passengers are treated to a rare delight: A Tiffin-style breakfast and lunch, comprising of Asian and Continental cuisine. The train features five fully refurbished colonial-style passenger train carriages that can accommodate a total of 180 passengers.

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