MALAYSIA (Borneo) Overview
INTRODUCTION TO Malaysia
The Federation of Malaysia is comprised of two regions; Peninsula Malaysia, and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. In this bustling melting pot of religions Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live harmoniously together. Peninsula Malaysia is an impressive variety of spectacular scenery ranging from the futuristic high-rises of Kuala Lumpur to the pristine sandy beaches along the coast.
INTRODUCTION TO Borneo
Located on the equator, Borneo is a large island consisting of three countries; Brunei, Indonesia and East Malaysia. Borneo is known for its biodiversity; there is a bewildering number of plant species
TIME - Borneo is 2 hours behind Australian EST
LANGUAGE -Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia are the two official national languages, however, Mandarin and English are also widely spoken.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS -Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are not required for Australian passport holders who stay less than 30 days.
Formerly known as Jesselton, Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of the East Malaysian state of Sabah. As the main entry point for Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is fast becoming a major city bustling with life. However, it also offers serenity with the national park at Mt. Kinabalu and its stunning sunsets over the sea.
Mulu is home to Mulu National Park, one of the most diverse national parks in the world, featuring impressive caves, deep gorges, crystal clear rivers, limestone peaks, rainforests and an abundance of wildlife. It is an excellent park for trekking and offers numerous easy trails.
Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak; a culturally rich city boasting a long riverfront. Known as the gateway to the jungle and sea, this city has a relaxing feel, yet is still a modern and progressive city.
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