Sabah (Borneo)

With its lush primary rainforests, vibrant coral reefs, mountain ranges, mangrove jungle and pristine coastal beaches, the Sabah region of Malaysian Borneo presents a wonderland of awe-inspiring natural scenery. Rural life reveals villages and settlements with rice paddies, rubber and coconut plantations whose inhabitants welcome the visitor with charm and hospitality. Nonetheless, your visit to this far-flung corner of the globe will be rewarded by the discovery of high standards of accommodation and service.

  • Shangri La Rasa Ria

  • It is dawn, and you are seated in a tower as the majestic new sun rises over Mount Kinabalu in the distance. This is the best breakfast you have eve
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  • Shangri La Tanjung Aru

  • Located just 10 minutes away from the city, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu, is a luxurious, tranquil retreat that&n
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Fact File

CapitalKuala Lumpur

LanguageBahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, indigenous dialects

ClimateTropical without extremely high temperatures. Days are very warm, while nights are fairly cool. The main rainy season in the east runs between November and February, while August is the wettest period on the west coast. East Malaysia has heavy rains (November to February) in Sabah and in Sarawak. However, it is difficult to generalise about the country’s climate, as rainfall differs on the east and west coasts according to the prevailing monsoon winds (north east or south west)

CurrencyMalaysian Ringgit (MYR)

VisaNo visa required

HealthAll travellers to Malaysia should be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, and malaria

PassportsPassports should be valid for more than six

Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours