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SABAH

Kota Kinabalu Labuan Sandakan Tawau

SARAWAK
Kuching Miri Bintulu Sibu

BRUNEI BALIKPAPAN

The name invokes curiosity and a vision of unexplored lush wilderness unknown to man. After 130 million years of undisturbed sleep, Borneo is still one of the few remaining untouched territories on Earth, a wildlife mecca lled to the brim with magnicent ora and fauna. Beyond the vast greenery are world class beaches, waters clearer than crystal and a kaleidoscope of chromatic marine kingdom. The ercely protected culture and heritage pave the way for the preservation of Borneos distinctive and diverse ancestry. At every turn, Borneo is where youll nd lifes greatest adventure!
LAND SIZE POPULATION TIME ZONE 743,300 km2 19,800,000 UTC+8 (Brunei, Sarawak, Sabah, East & South Kalimantan) UTC+7 (West & Central Kalimantan) Malay, Chinese, English, Indonesian, Iban, Bidayuh and other ethnic languages +60 (Malaysia) +673 (Brunei) +62 (Indonesia) Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism

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CONTENTS
PG 04 PG 06 PG 08 PG 09 PG 10 PG 11 PG 13 PG 14 PG 16 PG 18 PG 20 PG 21 PG 22 PG 23 SABAH Kota Kinabalu Labuan Sandakan Tawau Sabah Events & Festivals Diving in Borneo SARAWAK Kuching Miri Bintulu Sibu Sarawak Events & Carnival Golng in Borneo AirAsia Berhad 2013. All rights reserved. 3 PG 24 PG 25 PG 26 PG 27 BRUNEI Brunei Events & Festivals PAMPERING IN BORNEO BALIKPAPAN

Sabah

The Land Below the Wind


Home to the mighty Mount Kinabalu, Sabah is a beautiful eco-tourism destination for many who are seeking for thrills beyond the magnicent mountain. There is so much to do in this wonderful state, from diving and trekking to even island explorations and bargain-shopping. The northern-most state of Borneo truly thrives with an abundance of treasures, exciting places and a unique concoction of indigenous tribes.

Kota Kinabalu Wildlife, Nature & Adventure Labuan Shopping, Islands & Diving

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Sandakan Wildlife page 09 Tawau Diving, Islands & Cocoa Special Events & Festivals in Sabah International Sports, Fishing & Culture page 10 page 11

MONEY MATTERS LANGUAGE WEATHER GETTING AROUND

Malaysian Ringgit (RM) English, Malay, Chinese, KadazanDusun and Murut Tropical climate all year round with higher rainfall towards year end AirAsia offers connectivity within Sabah with super low fares!

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Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu, affectionately known as KK, is Sabahs capital and the main city in the state. The vibrant city is the pulse of Sabah, with wonderful sights and sounds coupled with scrumptious cuisines and natural wonders for all to enjoy.

KOTA KINABALUS BEST


Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Head west off the coast of KK to this marine national park, consisting of the ve islands Manukan, Gaya, Sapi, Mamutik and Sulug. Pristine beaches and cerulean waters bursting with marine life are ideal for a funlled day of diving, snorkelling and lazing by the beach. Kinabalu National Park (World Heritage Site) Breathtaking scenery surrounds you the moment you step into this haven of lush ora and fauna as you gaze in admiration at the impressive Mount Kinabalu. Enjoy trekking along trails across the mountainous Crocker Range with a stunning view of the Borneo rainforest.

Padas River Rafting If you love an exciting challenge down the river rapids, then this is the perfect activity for you. Graded as a Grade III to IV river, it offers pure thrills to even the most seasoned rafter. Dont worry if youre a novice, as there are milder rapids for the tame at heart.

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Rumah Terbalik (Upside Down House) A visit to this house will literally change your perspective! Everything inside the house is ipped upside down, from home appliances to the car which is parked in its garage. Rumah Terbalik is the brainchild of Alexander Yee who feels that creative ideas should be incorporated into Sabahs tourism industry.

Kundasang Dont make the mistake of making Kundasang a mere transit before scaling Mount Kinabalu as there are plenty of interesting spots around this panoramic area. Loosen your tired muscles at Poring Hot Springs (a natural sulphur hot spring), embark on a night walk at the Sabah Tea Garden or learn more about World War 2 at the Kundasang War Memorial, complete with beautiful picturesque gardens.

Kudat (Tip of Borneo) The town exudes a certain laidback charm, but its true potential lies in it being the gateway of the northern-most tip of Borneo at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. Kudat is also the gateway to hidden paradises and unspoilt beaches to truly enjoy the South China Sea view.

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The city is a melting pot of cultures, hence the vast selection of delectable cuisines from the diverse ethnic groups.

Seafood - It is a sin to be in Sabah and yet not taste the bounty of its sea. Pick from the many mouth-watering fares of the ocean such as succulent prawns, delectable crabs and the freshest of clams!

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Labuan
The unassuming federal territory of Labuan that faces the South China Sea is a unique destination comprising the main Labuan Island and six smaller islands, namely Pulau Kuraman, Daat, Rusukan Besar, Rusukan Kecil, Papan and Pulau Burung. The jewel of East Malaysia is located off the northwest coast of Borneo, and is an ideal destination for wreck diving.

LABUANS BEST
Duty-Free Shopping Nothing beats duty-free shopping on the island. From modern malls to individual stores, there is a vast range of local and imported goods. Watch out for month-long shopping carnival during year end.

Wreck Diving As one of the best places for wreck diving in Asia, Labuan has 4 major wreck diving sites namely the Australian, American, Blue Water and Cement Wrecks. Kampung Air / Water Village The village is as literal as its name a quaint little village settlement fully built on wooden stilts along planed pathways. A great place to spend the day capturing the scenic pictures! The War Memorial This memorial is built to commemorate nearly 4000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the World War II, either in battle or in captivity.

There are crabs EAT and there are MUSTcrabs, but there are no crab dishes like the dedicated Anjung Ketam in Tanjung Aru. Famous for its crab dishes, the 4 stalls at this food court serve the freshest seafood in the land! Try the very much sought-after Coconut Pudding, available only in Labuan.
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Sandakan
A hive of activity is always expected at Sandakan, especially at its waterfront where the city centre is. Great seafood, magnicent views and unspoilt nature make for an interesting destination to visit.

SANDAKANS BEST
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Always wanted to see these brilliant and gentle primates in action? Well, you may at this sanctuary where the orangutans are given much care and rehabilitation before they are released back into the wild. Sungai Kinabatangan Its time for a scenic river tour as you cruise along the 560 km river. Every nature enthusiast will love the charming view of palm oil plantations, exotic wildlife, mangroves, rare bird species and gorgeous landscapes found along the coast. Turtle Island Park The endangered species have their own sanctuary in this 3-island park in the Sulu Sea dedicated to protect the precious creatures. You can drop by to see them lay their eggs or participate in the conservation efforts! Sandakan Memorial Park During the Japanese Occupation in 1942-1945, this site was the starting point of the infamous death marches to Ranau. Of the 1800 Australian and 600 British servicemen imprisoned in this POW camp, only 6 Australians managed to escape. Danum Valley in Lahad Datu A protected area without any human settlement, Danum Valley is a seemingly magical place where birds sing in playful melodies and monkeys cavort on top of the tree canopies. A perfect place for research, education and eco-tourism!

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Fancy salted sh? It is available at the local market, along with tasty prawn crackers and dried shrimps.

Dried ikan bilis (anchovy) is also a local favourite available at most shops. You could bring this back as a gift.

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Tawau
Once a sleepy town, Tawau is now Sabahs third largest city, acting as a developing commercial hub and a formidable cocoa exporter. The booming city is also the gateway to lush greenery, amazing natural habitats and of course, the worlds most divine islands.

TAWAUS BEST
Tun Sakaran Marine Park - Semporna The sanctuary for limitless types of marine life and intense hues of coral reefs, the clear azure waters of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park never fail to beckon marine enthusiasts from across the globe. Mabul Islands (Seaventures Dive) Dotted with swaying palm trees and bordered with powder sand beach, this is an island which can only be described as being on cloud nine. Off its coast is a rather large diving platform, operated by Seaventures Dive, for your exciting macro diving adventures. Mataking Island (The Reefs Dive) Experience a blissful retreat on this island. Get to the peak of the observation tower for a panoramic view of the island, dive to your hearts content or check out the rst Underwater Post Ofce!

Kapalai Kapalai is unique because what used to be an island is now only a sandbar. Chalets built on stilts give an illusion of a oating paradise. Maliau Basin Truly a Lost World where amazing ora and fauna thrived for millions of years in the geological basin surrounding Maliau River. An adventurers dreams come true! Nasi Kuning This Indonesian dish is hard to come by in other places in Malaysia but it is prevalent in Tawau. The rice dish gets its colour from turmeric, and is usually enjoyed with toppings of egg, chicken,tempeh, sambaland grated coconut.

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H A B A S ial Events

Sabah Fest MAY Every year, Sabahs indigenous groups come out in full force in the states grandest cultural event ever. Showcasing folklore, martial arts, and dance, the festivals highlight evolves from a street parade to a shiny theatrical production focusing on a story drawn from Sabahs rich cultural heritage.

Pesta Kalimaran APRIL The festival held in the memory of the legendary Murut craftswoman Ralaa is held in the town of Tenom. Experience traditional dances and games, sample Sabahan specialties and scout for local handicrafts.

Labuan International Sea Challenge APRIL / MAY If you love the open sea, you will take to this three-day event like a sh to water. Get into the thick of the action with the Round Island Kayak , Boat Tug-of-War and Cross Channel Swimming Challenges, drawing competitors and enthusiasts from the world over. Borneo International Marathon MAY With the moniker Beautiful Run for its scenic seaside route, Malaysias attest run is the best place for runners to break their own personal records. Choose between the Full Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km) and 10km races.

Regatta Lepa APRIL Watch as the Bajau people of Semporna show off in two exciting days their mastery of shipbuilding and navigation of their colourful lepa, the traditional single-mast boat. The festival includes a Boat Tug-of-War, races and a competition for the most beautiful lepa.

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Sabah International Fishing Tournament MAY The game-shing event of the year hooks in avid anglers from all over the world whilst promoting conservation efforts. Teams gather to catch the biggest haul off the coast of Sabah in a true test of patience and skill. Tadau Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) MAY Celebrated by the KadazanDusun tribe throughout May, Kaamatan honours the spirit of the rice paddy in rituals culminating in a grand nale that also includes a singing competition and a beauty pageant. Soak in the traditions, from tribal wardrobes, dancing and crafts to the much-awaited drinking of the rice wine.

Sunset Music Festival JUNE Held in Kudat, the northern-most tip of Borneo where the South China and Sulu seas meet, the outdoor festival delivers two memorable sunsets lled with classical and contemporary tunes played by local and international artistes.

Borneo Bird Festival OCTOBER Bring your binoculars for Malaysias premier bird event! The three-day festival at Kinabalu Park features everything avianrelated, from a photography competition to even a bird race, guided bird walk and interesting talks by ornithologists and bird experts. Junior birdwatchers can join the Youth Bird Camp and get to know more about our winged friends.

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Sipadan (Tawau) Do you fancy swimming with barracudas, Silver Jack Fishes and even Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks? Then, its time you visit Sipadan - one of the worlds top ten dive spots! A spectacular experience to cherish! Mabul (Tawau) Mabul is simply bursting with marine life such as the hawksbill and Greenback Turtles as well as Blue-Ringed Octopus. Take a break at the alabaster beach once youve had enough diving. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (Kota Kinabalu) This bio-diverse cluster of ve islands namely Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Mamutik and Sulug is just a short 20-minute boat ride from the Kota Kinabalu city centre. Catch whale sharks in action if youre lucky. It is a popular snorkelling tour amongst tourists! Brunei Dive under oil platforms or hop on a liveaboard vessel to Louisa Reef to check out the white tip and leopard sharks. Luconia Shoals (Sarawak) A hidden gem just off the north-western coast of Sarawak, explore either the North Luconia Shoals great for wall diving, or the South Luconia Shoals teeming with Dogtooth Tunas and snappers. Wreck Diving (Labuan) For those looking for a higher thrill than just diving, try wreck diving and weave in and out amongst the SS De Klerk (Australian Wreck), USS Salute (American Wreck), MV Tung Hwuang (Cement Wreck) and Mabini Padre (Blue Water Wreck), just like one of Poseidons creatures.

Miri (Sarawak) Take your pick of either exploring shallow anemone reefs or the nearby Atago Maru and Sri Gadong wrecks. Be fascinated with giant groupers and reef sharks, or just have fun diving in the marine kingdom! Pulau Talang-Talang (Sarawak) Another unknown wonder, this island is a protected turtle sanctuary for Green, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles. There is also the Katori Maru Wreck if you want to explore more dive sites around the island.

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Sarawak

Land of the Hornbills


Being in Sarawak is all about immersing yourself in the tranquillity of nature, experiencing its fascinating cultures or treating your appetite to exotic local delicacies. A myriad of excitements, fun and thrills await you in the Land of the Hornbills!

Kuching Culture, Nature & Shopping Miri Nature, Adventure & History Bintulu Culture, Recreation, Nature & Adventure Sibu Culture, Nature & Recreation Special Events & Festivals in Sarawak International Sports, Fishing & Cultural

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MONEY MATTERS LANGUAGE WEATHER

Malaysian Ringgit (RM) English, Malay, Chinese, Iban Tropical climate interspersed with two monsoon seasons. AirAsia offers connectivity to & within Sarawak with super low fares!

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Kuching
Kuching (cat in Malay) exudes a unique charm as it blends the old and new perfectly, as evidenced by its cultural markets, modern shopping malls and diverse cultural centres. Dont forget to check out the traditional birds nest traders, too!

KUCHINGS BEST
Sarawak Cultural Village This one-stop cultural centre and Rainforest World Music Festival venue is a great introduction to the heritage and diversity of the Sarawak people. Sarawak Museum Spread across the Old Building and the Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, the museum houses a ne collection of natural history specimens, artefacts, and models of boats and longhouses.

Bako National Park A boat ride brings you to Sarawaks oldest national park, where jungle trails let you walk through various ecosystems in one day. Residents include Proboscis Monkeys, macaques, otters, monitor lizards and bearded boars. Aside from the rainforest, there are sea stacks and beaches to admire. Sarawak River Cruise See the city as the White Rajah James Brooke (British adventurer

and Sarawaks rst Rajah)rst saw it. View Kuchings landmarks and watch daily life pass by in the villages as you sail leisurely along the Sarawak River at sunset.

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Bako National Park

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Wind Cave Damai Beach Sarawaks premier beach has views of the magnicent Mount Santubong, a choice of gorgeous, full-amenity resorts, and a range of water sports to suit everyones denition of a beach vacation well-enjoyed! Santubong Wildlife Cruise Come face-to-face with crocodiles, spot Irrawaddy Dolphins and sail through the mangroves as you cruise along the Santubong River. You might even get a glimpse of the elusive pink Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins! Serikin Market Head over to the border of Malaysia and Indonesia for a taste of local culture in this quaint village, and shop for unique Sarawakian arts and crafts, tasty snacks and unique clothing. Fairy Cave and Wind Cave Astounding limestone formations which took millions of years to form can be found at Bau district, only an hour away from the city. Breezy tunnels, nocturnal bats and birds nests are found within these mysterious caves. Pottery and Birds Nest Factory Bring home Sarawakian craftsmanship shown in the local pottery as unique souvenirs. If it is birds nest that you fancy, view the production process and appreciate the skills and effort that goes into collecting these high-value products.

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Kek Lapis Sarawak (Sarawak Layer Cake) Layer upon layer of mouth-watering goodness is compressed into one cake. A favourite not only amongst Sarawakians but the entire Malaysian population as well! Ikan Terubuk Masin Salted Terubuk sh is a delicacy which plenty of locals have as their daily stapleeaten fried, grilled or added to spicy gravy. Sarawak Laksa This is the most popular dish in the city which fuses Chinese and Malay avours. Its simplicity of rice noodles topped with sweet, sour and tangy gravy makes it an ideal meal anytime of the day. Manok Pansoh An Iban tribe specialty, all it takes is a bamboo stuffed with chicken pieces, vegetables and aromatic herbs and then cooked over open re to make this delicious dish! Umai Your taste buds have never tasted anything like this famous raw sh salad introduced by the ethnic Melanau tribe. The sh is marinated, sliced and then eaten like a sashimi dish. Midin Local greens such as Midinis widely consumed because of its crispy texture and amazing taste. Try it stir-fried with garlic or belacan (fermented shrimp paste) just like the locals do. Nasi Aruk Dried anchovies are the key ingredient in this traditional Sarawakian Malay Fried Rice, available at most restaurants and street stalls. Simply yummy!

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Kek Lapis Sarawak


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San Ching Tian Temple

Miri
Although petroleum has been the driving force of the citys thriving economy since 1910, Miris eco-tourism is robust and growing. Boasting sprawling greens, challenging mountain trails and markers of ancient civilisations, Miri surprises all visitors from near and far.

MIRIS BEST
Niah Caves Ever since the discovery of ancient civilisations within these caverns at the Niah National Park, it has been attracting history buffs who marvel at the prehistoric sites. Red haematite paintingsthe only ones in Borneocan also be found here. Gunung Mulu National Park The karst landscapes and Deer Cave make the park one of Borneos greatest attractions. Serious spelunkers can also step foot into one of the longest cave systems in Southeast Asia, as well as the worlds largest underground chamber.

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Tamu Muhibbah
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Niah Caves

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Grand Old Lady This historic oil drill site on Canada Hill is as impressive as it was a century ago. Built by petroleum company Shell, it is the rst oil well in Malaysia and is now a state monument. Tamu Muhibbah There are lots to see and do at this lively native market featuring vendors from different tribes some even from remote areas upriverselling exotic produce and unique handicrafts.

San Ching Tian Temple A sense of tranquillity envelops you the moment you enter this Taoist temple, touted to be the largest in Southeast Asia. Scuba Diving Discovered during underwater explorations for oil, Miris dive sites are Sarawaks offshore gems. Abundant marine life on coral reefs and wrecks surround two working oil rigs.

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Tuak Try local rice wine for an authentic Sarawakian experience. Bottoms up! Buah Tarap A cross between jackfruit and breadfruit, tarap or marang has some of durians fragrance but with a creamy texture.

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Kuan Ying Tong Temple

Bintulu
As many prominent cities and towns in Sarawak located by the river, Bintulu is no different. This gateway opens up a world lled with cultural experiences, thrilling nature adventures, amazing beaches and fun-lled activities!

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Kampung Jepak Experience the humble lifestyle of this traditional shing village as you watch the residents make sago, dried sh and handicrafts. They are also skilled in making the terendak, a traditional Melanau headgear. Pasar Utama and Tamu Bintulu Both of these markets are frequented by locals for their various goods and delicious snacks. There is so much to explore here and youll be spoilt for choice with all the bargain shopping. Similajau National Park Similajau National Park is a magnicent mix of mangroves, tropical rainforests and sparkling beaches. After all the hiking through the jungle, reward yourself with a victorious dip at the popular Golden Beach. Bintulu Promenade Touted as Sarawaks longest and most impressive waterfront recreational area, this is the best place to view the scenic Kemena River during sunset.

Belacan The aroma of this shrimp paste is pungent, its avour addictive. Widely used as a base for most local dishes. Sago Products Local delicacies made from sago are really scrumptious such as tebaloi (sago and coconut cookies), linut (glue-like sago paste) and sago biscuits. Cencaluk Another locals favourite is this dipping sauce made of fermented shrimp in vinegar and salt.

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Bintulu Clock Tower

Traditional longhouse

Sibu
Sibu is a charming riverside town quickly developing into another commercial hub of Sarawak. While progress is embraced, it still retains its rich cultural heritage, lush green forests as well as parks and its large array of recreational activities.

SIBUS BEST
Tua Pek Kong Temple Make it a point to visit this temple for its very interesting perseverance history. Apart from the main temple, there is a seven-storey pagoda, a scenic mini garden and an opera house within its ground. Sibu Town Square Take a leisurely time exploring the Sibu Town Square, the largest of its kind in Malaysia. Within the square, you can do some sightseeing at historical sites or just enjoy a stroll along the waterfront where you can see the merging of the Rejang and Igan rivers. Sibu Central Market Its shopping, shopping and more shopping to do here! Once youve shopped till you drop, then its time to dig into the delicious local cuisines during your short breather (then its back to shopping!).
The swan is the symbol of Sibu

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MUSTDiang Biang Hu Sibu is the only place in Sarawak that offers this traditional Foochow dish --tasty beyond words! Kong Piang Deliciously rich and a favourite amongst locals for tea time, this biscuit can be eaten on its own as it has a variety of llings. Its baked in a traditional charcoal oven to maintain its unique avour. Red Wine Chicken The homemade red wine is the highlight of this Foochow specialty as its combination with the sweetness of the chicken makes it a really hearty meal.

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Sibu Central Market

TuaPek Kong Temple

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K A W A R l Events SAe cia


Sp tivals & Fes

Gawai Dayak MAY - JUNE Its a celebration of unity amongst the Sarawakian indigenous tribes starting from the eve of the festival, serving endless ows of tuak (rice wine) and local delicacies.

Kaul MARCH / APRIL Every March or April, the Melanau shing community embraces this festivity of pacifying the sea spirits at the start of the shing season. The boats carrying offerings make for a surreal vision oating gently out to the sea. Bintulu Regatta JULY Bintulus version of the dragon boat festival will need skills and endurance for this exciting but challenging event to vie for the lucrative prize. Expect power boats, tunnel boats and even the traditional long boats and shing boats. Borneo International Kite Festival SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER The Bintulu sky comes alive with vibrant colours and shapes in September during this four-day festival. The best of traditional and modern kites are showcased here, as are activities such as kitemaking workshops and cultural performances.
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Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) JULY Native and percussion-based music serenade the enraptured audience coming from all corners of the world. Its an interactive concept as there are performances on the outdoor stage as well as in the longhouses.

Pesta Meow NOVEMBER Yes, youre right. Meow, as in the sound the cat makes. This Cat Festival pays homage to its namesake (Kuching) with adorable furry felines showcased in competitions and exhibitions, amidst other forms of entertainment as well!

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g in n l o G o Borne
Borneo Golf and Country Club (Sabah) Designed by the Greatest Golfer of the Century, this Jack Nicklaus 18-hole signature course plays along a natural lagoon and the coastline of South China Sea. Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club (Sabah) An exquisitely landscaped 6,428-metre, par 72 course designed by Ted Parslow! This pleasant golf club is located next to the spectacular Dalit Bay, enhanced by the backdrop of majestic Mount Kinabalu. Karambunai Resorts Club (Sabah) A unique golng experience at a world-class destination resort where the wind from the South China Sea caresses, cajoles and challenges you as you tee-off at this par 72, 18-hole championship golf course. Sarawak Golf Club Opened in 1985, the club boasts two 18-hole coursesMatang and Santubongnamed after Kuchings famed mountains. It has since hosted many Malaysian Golf Association events such as the Annual Sarawak State Opens, the Presidents Challenge and the prestigious 107th Malaysian Amateur Open. Damai Golf and Country Club (Sarawak) The rst in Malaysia to be designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, it denitely reigns supreme for its majestic atmosphere. Breathtaking ocean views and lush mountains form a magnicent backdrop to this designer golf course. The Empire Country Club (Brunei) Those looking to unwind on the greens will nd this course to be one of Bruneis unexpected treasures. Want to golf in style? This majestic 18hole championship golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, even offers night golf as a way to beat the tropical heat. Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club Advanced bookings are required. This club caters to the most exclusive of golf acionados. The course has been described by its designer, Ronald Fream, as the Augusta National of Asia. Surely, this is one of the worlds most exclusive golf courses in Asia?

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Brunei

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Culture, History, Nature & Adventure

Though small in size, Brunei is denitely a force to be reckoned with! Boasting one of the wealthiest oil-based economies in the world with an impressive Sultanate rule, Brunei is a gem for its amazing Islamic heritage, beautiful beaches and gorgeous natural sights. Popular with nature lovers and history buffs!
MONEY MATTERS LANGUAGE WEATHER Brunei Dollar (BND) Malay and English Tropical and balmy weather with an average temperature of 22 to 29 degrees Celsius.
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BRUNEIS BEST
Ulu Temburong National Park This 50,000 hectare park is only two hours away from the capital, offering a pristine tropical rainforest environment with amazing ecological diversity. You must try the thrilling canopy walk above treetops! Kampong Ayer Kampong Ayer, considered the worlds largest water village on stilts, is the heart and soul of Brunei. Water taxis allow visitors to witness the traditional way of life that stood still in time.

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Masjid Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah The mosque boasts a replica of a 16th century royal barge inside a surrounding moat while the Jame Mosque is an impressive example of modern Islamic architecture. Shopping Bruneian handicrafts, especially the exquisite gold and silver threaded brocade cloths known as Kain Tenunan and Jong Sarat, are the most sought-after items when shopping in Brunei. Nasi Katok This simple combination of rice and curry chicken is a scrumptious yet inexpensive Bruneian favourite. Ambuyat A starchy dish made from sago, normally eaten with an array of savoury sauces.

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I E N U BRial Events

Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day MAY War exhibitions, military parades and everything related to the armed forces are available for public viewing every May in honour of the Brunei military.

Borneo Ethnic Culture Festival AUGUST There are several ethnic tribes in Brunei which are promoted at this festival every August at Temburong. Youll learn plenty about its cultures while participating in its many fun activities. A great time to connect with the locals!

Made-in-Brunei Product Festival JUNE This is the best time to check out Bruneis nest crafts and products. Every June, the town of Tutong proudly showcases its best creations to all attendees!

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Thann Sanctuary (Brunei) Voted one of the Top Best Spas in the world, you denitely cant go wrong here. Its concept promotes holistic wellness, and you would want to try everything on its spa menu! Jari Jari Spa (Kota Kinabalu) Youll feel completely relaxed amidst the spas soothing dcor and traditional Dusun massage techniques, focussing on realigning deep layers of muscles and connective tissues. All personally designed to make you feel truly pampered! Puri Ayu Spa (Sandakan) Step into a spa where ancient wisdom and timeless beauty meet! Indulge in a variety of Javanese (deep tissue), Balinese (a mix of acupressure, reexology, stretching and aromatherapy) and Swedish (owing strokes) massages. DPuri Spa Village (Kuching) Pamper your mind, body and soul with massages as well as body treatments using unique blends of essential oils at the quaint Balinese-type villas overlooking the South China Sea at Damai Beach. Its the ultimate retreat of having a blissful time relaxing while listening to the gentle sounds of the sea. Nature Splendour Spa & Reexology (Miri) This spa offers tension-releasing massages and foot reexology. Youll love the places ethnic aesthetics-stylish pebbled paths which lead you to your wonderfully private rooms.
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Tjantek Spa (Bintulu) Treat yourself to a pampering session of facial treatments and Javanese massages. Youll be back on your shopping feet in no time! Aspen Spa (Sibu) Specialising in Phytobiodermie treatment for your face and body, it basically energises and rejuvenates your skin. Youll leave feeling totally refreshed and aglow!

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Balikpapan
The Indonesian part of Borneo, Balikpapan is a resource-rich seaport city on the fast track towards an economic boom. Whilst the city holds precious resources such as timber and oil, there is also a plethora of national parks and diving sites rich with biodiversity.

BALIKPAPANS BEST
Derawan Islands Beyond beautiful, this chain of islands is rich with rare marine life. Kakaban Island in particular is unique because you can swim with the stingless jellyshes! Kayan Mentarang National Park With a total area of 1,360,500 hectares, Kayan Mentarang National Park is the largest single area of primary and secondary forest in Southeast Asia. Adventurers will have the chance to encounter the orangutans, gibbons and leaf monkeys among others. Erau Festival In this important event, the royal family of Kutai Kartanegara invites different ethnic groups of East Kalimantan to participate in colourful cultural performances and traditional sports. The festivities end with the people splashing each other with water. HOW TO GET TO BALIKPAPAN:

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EAT MUSTGence Ruan Grilled snakehead sh topped with coarse chilli sauce. Moderately hot and spicy with a hint of sweet and sour, best eaten with a plate of hot steaming rice.

From Kuala Lumpur

Frequency 3x Weekly

All-In Fare (One Way) From RM174 Nasi Bekepor Said to be the favourite dish of Kutai kings in the olden times, Nasi Bekepor is a rich rice dish cooked with vegetable oil, spices and pieces of dried sh.

Amplang Fish (usually mackerel) mixed with tapioca our and other ingredients are deep-fried to produce this absolutely addictive crispy snack!

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Brunei Hotels

The Empire Hotel & Country Club Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam

Labuan Hotels

Palm Beach Resort & Spa Orchid Garden Hotel

Kota Kinabalu Hotels

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu Shangri-Las Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa The Magellan Sutera Resort Manukan Island Resort

Miri Hotels

Miri Marriott Resort & Spa ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri Mega Hotel

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Sandakan Hotels

Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan Borneo Nature Lodge Sabah Hotel Sandakan Best Western Sandakan Hotel & Residence

Kuching Hotels

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Hilton Kuching The Ranee Boutique Suites Abell Hotel Kuching Grand Margherita Hotel

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Sabah
Kota Kinabalu
Lot G24, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, Jalan Tun Razak, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Operating hours : 8:30am - 5:30pm (Weekdays) 8:30am -3pm (Saturday) Lot G67, Ground Floor, OnePlace Mall, Putatan, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Operating hours : 10:00am 7.00pm (Daily)

Tawau
TB228, Lot 5 Ground Floor,Istana Monaco Hotel, Jalan Bunga, Fajar Complex ,91000 Tawau, Sabah Operating hours : 8:30am - 5:30pm (Weekdays) 8:30am -3:00pm (Saturday) Sunday & Public Holiday : Closed Airport Sales Counter Lot 2, 1st Floor, Airport Main Terminal Building, Sandakan Airport 90000 Sandakan, Sabah.

Sarawak
Kuching
Wisma Ho Ho Lim, 291 Sublot 4, Ground Floor, Jalan Abell, 93100 Kuching Operating hours : 8:30am 5.00pm (Weekdays) 8:30am -1pm (Saturday) Sunday & Public Holiday : Closed SL11 Ground Floor, Lot 2541 Lee Ling Heights Phase 2, Mile 6.5 Jalan Penrissen, P.O. Box 2044, 93250 Kuching Operating hours : 9.30am 5.30pm (Monday-Saturday) Sunday & Public Holiday : Closed Lot 6813, Ground Floor Synergy Square (Matang Jaya Commercial Centre), Jalan Matang Jaya, 93050 Kuching Operating hours : 8.30am 8.30pm (Monday-Saturday) Sunday & Public Holiday : Closed
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Sibu
Ground Floor, No. 36 Jalan Keranji, 96000 Sibu Operating hours : 8.00am 5.30pm (Weekdays) 8am - 2pm (Saturday) Sunday & Public Holiday : Closed

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Bintulu
Ground Floor, Lot 4034, Jln Tun Ahmad Zaidi, Parkcity Commercial Sq, Phase 5, 97000 Bintulu Operating hours : 8.30am 5.30pm (Weekdays) 8:30am -1pm (Saturday) Sunday & Public Holiday : Closed

Miri
Lot 946, Jalan Parry, 98000 Miri Operating hours : 8.30am 5.00pm (Weekdays) 8:30am -1pm (Saturday) Sunday & Public Holiday : Closed

Brunei
Unit No.110 Ground Floor Bangunan Kambang Pasang, Jln Gadong BSB BE4119 Brunei Darussalam Operating hours : 8:00am 5:00pm (Monday - Friday) 8:00am 12:00pm (Saturday)

Airports
Kota Kinabalu International Airport +6088325555 Labuan Airport +6087416007 Sandakan Airport +6089667782 Tawau Airport +6089950777 Kuching International Airport +6082454242 Miri Airport +6085615433 Bintulu Airport +6086333844 Sibu Airport +6084307770 Brunei International Airport +6732330142 Balikpapan International Airport +62542766886

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Tourism Boards
Sabah Tourism +6088212121 Sarawak Tourism +6082246575 Brunei Tourism +6732382822 East Kalimantan Tourism +62541741669

Hospitals
Hospital Sarawak, Kuching +6082276666 Hospital Tawau +6089773533 Hospital Sibu +6084343333 Hospital Miri +6085420033 Hospital Bintulu +6086255899 Hospital Labuan +6087596888 Hospital Queen Elizabeth, Kota Kinabalu +6088218166 Hospital Duchess of Kent, Sandakan +6089212826 Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei +6732242424 Dr. Kanujoso Djatiwibowo General Hospital, Balikpapan +62542873539
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Xian Chengdu

KOREA

Beijing

Seoul Busan

JAPAN
Nagoya

Sapporo

Tokyo Osaka (Kansai) Fukuoka Okinawa Shanghai Hangzhou

NEPAL
Kathmandu

Chongqing

Wuhan

CHINA
Kunming

Guilin Taipei Guangzhou Shenzhen Hong Kong Macau

TAIWAN

INDIA
Kolkata Bangalore Kochi Chennai Trichy Chiang Rai Chiang Mai Yangon

Nanning

VIETNAM
Hanoi

LAOS

MYANMAR

Vientiane Udon Thani Da Nang Ubon Ratchathani Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) Phnom Penh Ho Chi Minh City Kalibo

SAUDI ARABIA
Jeddah

PHILIPPINES
Clark (Manila)

THAILAND
Bangkok

CAMBODIA

(Boracay)

Surat Thani Krabi Nakhon Si Thammarat Phuket Hat Yai Trang Langkawi Narathiwat Kota Bharu Alor Setar Penang Kuala Terengganu Banda Aceh MALAYSIA Medan Pekanbaru Padang Kuala Lumpur Johor Bahru Singapore

EAST MALAYSIA
Bintulu Sibu Kuching

Labuan Brunei Miri

Kota Kinabalu Sandakan Tawau (Sipadan)

Davao

Manado Balikpapan

INDONESIA
Palembang

INDONESIA

Makassar

in black are operated by AirAsia and routes in red are operated by AirAsia X

Jakarta Semarang Bandung Bali (Denpasar) Yogyakarta Surabaya The routes highlighted Lombok

AUSTRALIA
Gold Coast Sydney Melbourne

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