Eden of the east

Bharati Motwani is mesmerised by Sabah. Be it climbing Mount Kinabalu, relishing food at the lively street food stalls or just sitting down and watching its crimson gold sky, this part of Malaysia isn’t for those who seek material pleasures.

Sabah is not quite ‘truly Malaysia’. It sits on the northern tip of the island of Borneo, and together with Sarawak, became a part of Malaysia only as recently as 1963. The huge geographical separation (650 miles) from mainland Malaysia, and the fact of its relative isolation for so many centuries, makes it one of the last few hidden places on our sorely over-explored planet. So, before they go and build a shopping mall in the rainforest and a McDonalds outlet in a village of head-hunters, visit this ‘land below the wind’.

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