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ABOUT BORNEO

Borneo, the third largest island in the world, is shared among three nations. Malaysia's Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan occupy the northern part of the island along with the country, Brunei Darussalam while the southern part is Indonesia's Kalimantan.

Borneo offers many world-class venues, with some of the most competitive rates in the region. The premium city hotels, laid-back beach resorts and unique resort-style accommodation in the heart of jungle create conferences and incentive events that make for truly unforgettable experiences.

The natural environment of lush rainforests, winding rivers, national parks, world heritage sites, intricate cave systems, rugged mountains and rich wildlife provides an exciting and excellent diversity for an array of leisure's, sports and adventure activities.

Also to be found are interesting golf courses by the sea or rivers, rugged terrain and rainforests. Courses offering extremely good landscape and playability are of international and championship standard. Each course offers unique experiences.

Borneo is an excellent place for arts, crafts and curios. Modern shopping malls and boutique centers provide a wide range of choice souvenirs from handicrafts to gold, branded clothes to electrical and audiovisual equipment, famous Sarawak pepper products to healthy, edible birds' nests. Source for high quality, reasonably priced and unique gifts. Enjoy exotic and delectable dining in one of the many five-star hotels, food courts, hawker centers, coffee shops and restaurants to be found all over. Savour local delicacies or enjoy the vibrant nightlife in the many restaurants, pubs, discotheques, karaoke lounges and coffee houses that are open until the wee hours.

Experience a bewildering array of ethnic composition, societies and religions in this melting pot of culture. Traditional arts, culture and crafts are diligently kept alive by the communities. Festivals are celebrated throughout the year, adding colour to local life. Cultural shows give opportunity to enjoy experiences that are bound to leave an unforgettable visitor.

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ABOUT SARAWAK

The state of Sarawak occupies the north west coastal region of the island, its capital is Kuching with a population of around 450,000 it's a modern city that has retained the charm of its past as a trading town.

Sarawak is home to some of Borneos natural wonders, like Mulu Caves in the north of Sarawak, claimed to be some of the longest network of caves in the world. Niah Caves is another of these wonders that played part in the birth of civilization in Asia.

Sarawak has a collective population of around 1.7 million, which is made up of many indigenous groups and races, with there own flavor of culture and customs. The Ibans form the largest population of indigenous people, in the past they were feared warriors who practiced head-hunting as a means of survival against enemies, this has long ceased. Other indigenous groups are the Bidayuh, Melanau, Kayans, Kenyahs and Kelabits among the many tribes and races.

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ABOUT SABAH

Sabah occupies the top portion of the beautiful island of Borneo, and covers an area of 74,000 sq. km with a coastline that is washed by the South China Sea, Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea.

Sabah is known as "The Land Below The Wind" as it sits below the typhoon belt. It is home to some of the worlds oldest jungles, and the magnificent Mount Kinabalu, which is the highest mountain peak in South-east Asia.

The capital of the state is Kota Kinabalu or KK as it is locally known, with a population of around 300,000 it is a relatively new city as the original was destroyed during the Second World War.

Sabah is a true melting pot of indigenous and immigrant groups. There are around 30 different races and over 80 different dialects, each group have there own distinctive colourful culture, festivals and beliefs. The indigenous groups include Kadazan / Dusan, Bajau, Murut, Rungus, Bisaya. The largest ethnic group in Sabah are the Kadazan / Dusans and are mainly located on the West Coast.

Sandakan is the old state capital and is located on the East Coast. It is home to the worlds largest Urang Utan Sanctuary at Sepilok, which is around 15 minutes drive from the town.

For Dive enthusiasts Sabah has some of the best dive sites in Malaysia, Sipadan Island for one is a word that is on the lips of any diver who has explored the waters of Borneo.

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ABOUT BRUNEI

Brunei is on the North West of the island and covers an area of around 5,765 sq.km with the South China Sea running along its coastline. The population is around 280,000 and is made up mainly of Malay, Chinese and Indians with a few indigenous groups.. The capital is Bandar Seri Begawan.

About 70% of Brunei's land area is covered by unspoiled rainforest, and is home to many types of flora and fauna endemic only to the island of Borneo.

The Sultanate of Brunei is oil rich. Evidence of its wealth can been seen in the fabulous mosques that are located around the country.

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