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This part of the country contains many of the finest beaches, including some of the least spoilt in southern Asia. In effect, the whole east coast is one huge beach, backed by jungle. The region, which covers two-thirds of Peninsular Malaysia, comprises the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor, as well as the islands of Tioman and Rawa.

Sabah

Separated from Peninsular Malaysia by 950km (600 miles) of the South China Sea, Sabah, on the northern tip of Borneo, can be reached by direct flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Known as ‘The Land Below The Wind’, Sabah is an adventure playground, home of the world’s oldest jungles and one of South-East Asia’s highest peaks, Mount Kinabalu. Sabah also offers the unique opportunity to see orang-utans in their natural environment.

MOUNT KINABALU

The ascent to the top of one of the highest mountains in South East Asia is a magical, but not too taxing experience that can be enjoyed even by inexperienced climbers. The region also offers excellent opportunities for expeditions and technical rock climbing. The Mount Kinabalu National Park is famous for containing over 500 species of birds and over 800 species of orchids. The vast range of plant species, which include alpine meadow plants, rhododendron forests and pitcher plants make the rich flora almost unrivalled in diversity throughout the world. Poring Hot Springs, where visitors can enjoy beneficiary sulphur waters, is 43km (26 miles) northeast of the park headquarters. A canopied walkway built through the treetops, provides excellent views of the lush rainforest below. The walkway also gives visitors the chance to see Rafflesias (the world's largest flower). Overnight accommodation in the park and at the springs is available.

KOTA KINABALU

The capital and main gateway to Sabah, Kota Kinabalu does little justice to its spectacular natural surroundings. It is a new city built upon the ruins of Jesselton, which was badly damaged during the Second World War, and designed around the gold-domed State Mosque. From Signal Hill there is a good view of the city and the surrounding mountains and sea.

EXCURSIONS

Just south of Kota Kinabalu is the resort of Tanjung Aru, where the recently opened beach complex has been designed with both business traveller and holidaymaker in mind. As well as conference and meeting facilities, there is also a ferry-shuttle service into the town.
Tuaran is half an hour’s drive northeast of Kota Kinabalu. The road runs through lush valleys, forested hills and rubber plantations. The town has a good ‘Tamu’ (market).


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