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For once I can’t complain about the English weather- yesterday it was hotter than the Sahara. While I was attempting to revise for a  Media Law exam (read: using  textbook as a pillow) in my sun-drenched back garden I found myself thinking of Asia (you’ll soon learn this is a fairly regular occurrence)  and thought it was time for a trip down memory lane.

As I’m enjoying a four day weekend, here are my top 4  of where and why you should  make for Malaysian Borneo:

1. Get wet diving Sipadan

Sipadan is synonymous with world-class diving. When visited by Cousteau in the seventies while on board the Calypso the legendary diver and his team spent six months exploring its amazing underwater walls and fabulous reefs. Your mask will be obscured by the shoals of glittering fish as turtles with moss encrusted shells skull by and eye you nonchalantly.

Beautiful white sand beaches too.

2. Travel by longboat to Belaga

Watching the world go by while lazing in a longboat as your pass villages and wildlife drinking at the water’s edge has to be one of the best ways to do slow travel. Getting to Belaga is a bit of a mission which requires several changes along the way but a simple charming town that’s well worth the effort to visit.

3. Rainforest treks

Get off the beaten track by arranging a trek into the wilderness from the small town of Belaga. Walk over slippery trails past waterfalls and stay out overnight in the forest accompanied by those friendly locals which the guidebooks always talk about. In Belaga’s case this is entirely representative – so many smiles.

4. Crazy bugs

This might put some people off but I love the fact that there are all manner of weird and colourful bugs to be found in Borneo. These ones were taken in Gunung Mulu National Park home of great trekking and plenty of mosquitoes. Bring plenty of insect repellant!

© Ianthe Butt 2011

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