130 million year old rainforest, tropical fish, UNESCO listed caves, Orangutans and the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago, Borneo a unique tropical and eco-tourism paradise, overflowing with attractions. No matter which state in the Malaysia Borneo you decide upon – Sarawak – to the South or Sabah, to the North, both possess a myriad of diverse natural habitats and a fascinating history.
Headhunting was common amongst the indigenous Dayaks as late as 1940 and is believed to have started when over-population occurred prior to western settlement. In those days, intruding on lands belonging to other tribes resulted in death. However, after conversion to Islam or Christianity and anti-headhunting legislation by the colonial powers, the practice was banned and disappeared. Now mostly Christian, the modern day Dayak is mostly agriculturally based though does retain many of its other cultural traditions.
The major attraction of any visit to Borneo is the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centres of Sepilok and Semmenggoh. Both centres rescue and train young orphaned orangutans on how to survive in the wild and the success of both programs has greatly increased the local populations.
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