The peak of Mount Kinabalu, in Sabah, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Photo: Alamy

Sabah: the good, bad and ugly sides to the Malaysian state on the island of Borneo

  • Whether it’s snorkelling in translucent turquoise waters or hiking to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah has something for everyone
  • There are troubles in paradise, though, including deforestation and the risk of getting kidnapped by militants
Topic |   Travel pros and cons

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The peak of Mount Kinabalu, in Sabah, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Photo: Alamy
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Chinese tourists look at wildlife from boats on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysia. There are fears that the Chinese tourism boom in Sabah may end up doing more harm than good. Photo: Alamy

Malaysian Borneo, natural wonder: will Chinese tourist boom destroy it, and kill the holiday trade in Sabah too?

  • Nearly 600,000 Chinese tourists visited Sabah in eastern Malaysia – one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots – last year, sparking fears of overtourism
  • An influx of illegal Chinese tour operators has also become a major problem for many local travel agents and guides
Topic |   Asia travel

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Chinese tourists look at wildlife from boats on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysia. There are fears that the Chinese tourism boom in Sabah may end up doing more harm than good. Photo: Alamy
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