Discover the Best Things to Do in Borneo and Malaysia

When you are looking at the food stalls in Penang and all the city life of Kuala Lumpur, which houses the Kinabalu Park, you will find the Gomantong Caves and the great Manukan Island so you will never be left trying to find something to do. In fact, it can be difficult trying to figure out where to go first. Since this is the case, Borneo Dream has decided to make a list of the best adventures to have in Borneo and Malaysia.


When you are in Malaysia, the island of Penang is a must stop. With the beautiful Chinese architecture and Indian temples sitting beside the Islamic mosque, it is easy to see the diversity in the culture here. When you are here you will find the place has plenty of food stalls and local food combinations that are going to blow your taste buds.

Mount Kinabalu

When you take a look at the mountain in real life, you will realize that even if you do not like climbing, you just have to tackle Kinabalu. The mountain is fairly easy to climb and stands at 4095 meters. When you reach the top you will find you have commanding views of the sunrise and the star filled sky at night. This is the 20th tallest mountain in the world and easily the tallest in Malaysia. What else is nice about Kinabalu is the fact that you can see the unique plant species of orchids and the pitcher plants.

Kinabalu National Park

While the mountains are the center piece, the park is a World Heritage Site and is only an hour away from Kota Kinabalu. What is great is it is home to the largest flowers in the world, the Rafflesia plant. These are flowers that are going to be bright red and will only last for a few hours before they wilt. They smell worse than what the rotting flesh scent is usually attributed to. While the smell and look may make it look like it would be hard to miss, they are actually fairly rare. So, you should really consider yourself lucky to see one but hold your nose.

Manukan Island

When you are looking off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, you will notice Manukan which is the larger of the islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. When you are here you can find it is easy for you to pass the time snorkeling along the beach and looking at the tropical fish. Just simply look up the word paradise and you could see a picture of Manukan Island.

Danum Valley

Do you want to go through a tropical rainforest, check out Danum Valley. These trees are 400 years old and they grow to heights of over 60 meters, making it easy to spot the wildlife. What is really nice is you can find some of the primary dipterocarp forests because it has 44,000 hectares of land, but the entire valley area is covering only a small part of the 1,000,000 hectares or protected land in Borneo.

When you do go here, make sure you have a tour guide because they know exactly where to find the birds that you are trying to look for, including the Bornean Ground cuckoo. What else is nice is the tour guides sometimes lead night walks, which make it easier for you to enjoy the biodiversity of the land.

Kota Kinabalu

When you are looking at Sabah, KK, you will see that it is between the jungle and the South China Sea. This is a frontier town, but it does have plenty for you to do. When you are here you will have the feel of being in the middle of nowhere, but you will notice they have plenty of great food to enjoy and even the Monsopiad Cultural Village, which once was the home to a famous headhunter. This is a must stop when you are in Malaysia.

Gomantong Caves

When you are at Gomantong Caves you will notice that this is a place that is home to the swiftlet nests, which are used to make bird’s nest soup. This is a collection of different bird’s nest in an ancient tradition and well worth learning about. The caves were discovered in the 1930s and they have wooden walkways, which are going to make it very easy for you to go out and explore the caves. When exploring the caves you will see plenty of wildlife, even bats. Did we mention the caves have bats?

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center

When you are looking to see an orangutan outside of the zoo, check out SORC which is the oldest rehabilitation center in the world. What is really nice is if you are in the area long enough they do have plenty of chances for your to volunteer. When you are looking for the day, you can only see the animals that are in the day release program. This is really nice because you do not have to be volunteering full time but still have a chance to see the animals.

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