Sitting in the heart of Sabah, Malaysia's second largest state, there is a vast amount of local culture to be discovered around every corner. To get an experience of the local culture, a Cultural Village visit is a must. For example, in the capital Kota Kinabalu, there’s the Monsopiad Cultural Villages, and the Mari – Mari.
With a constant temperature of around 30°C all year round, it’s always warm and humid here.
Sabah has the highest mountain in South East Asia: Mt Kinabalu is 4101m high, and a big tourist attraction.
Borneo is full of exotic fauna and flora. Look out for the famous orange-haired orangutans, Sumatran rhinos, mouse deer, flying squirrels, barking deer, and the very smelly Rafflesia blooms.
For scuba diving and snorkelling, head for Sipadan Island.
Visit Maliau Basin, Sabah’s most popular rainforest, called the ‘Lost World’. Giant waterfalls abound and astound.
The Kinabatangan River is the second longest in all of Malaysia, and popular for exotic river cruises.
For turtle encounters, where better than the aptly-named Turtle Islands Park.
At Poring Hot Springs, you can bathe in the sulphurous hot waters, surrounded by a beautiful garden.
In the know
The Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort offers a number of ways to make your stay extra special – if you know about them! Here are our insider’s secrets for the hotel:
The Ocean Wing has is much smaller than the main Garden Wing, so feels more private and quiet.
The Garden Wing is better for families with children who want to socialise.
Ground floor rooms offer quick access to the beach and eateries.
For a good sea view, go for floors four and above.
Rooms away from the elevators are quieter.
Rainforest rooms look out onto the jungle at the rear of the hotel.
On a short trip, book your trips and excursions before you arrive to be sure of a place.