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borneo malaysia

It's a 17 hour flight (one change) to our featured destination in Borneo but it's well worth the effort, as Shangri La Rasa Ria is an unforgettable experience for all the family.

The Rasa Ria Resort is set on Pantai Dalit beach surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation. Near Kota Kinabalu, in the Malaysian state of Sabah, which is perched on the northern tip of the island of Borneo.

Borneo is famous for its gorgeous beaches, rain forests, mountains and, of course, its Orang Utans.  The Rasa Ria Resort even has its own 64 acre nature reserve, home to numerous families of Orang Utans.

Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid.  Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands.

Best time to visit is from March to July.

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Weather and seasons

Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate (the state in which our featured resort, Shangri La Rasa Ria is located) is hot and humid.  Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.

Best time to visit is from March to July.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  17 hours (one change)
  • Currency:  Malaysian Ringgit
  • Language:  Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the national language in Borneo, but English is widely spoken.
  • Visa requirements:  British nationals do not require a visa for stays of 3 months or less and passports must have at least 6 months remaining from the date of entry to Malaysia.
  • Time difference:  GMT + 7
  • For an in-depth appraisal of the region's issues relating to visiting British nationals, please see Foreign Office travel advice


shangri la rasa ria

shangri la rasa ria

borneo, malaysia    7 nights from £1,335

On the edge of the South China Sea at Pantai Dalit, set in 400 acres of lush, tropical vegetation and rainforest, lies the 5 star Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort - the perfect place to enjoy the delights of the region with its famous rainforests, wildlife and spectacular beaches. Great for families too.