Borneo adventures – setting the scene

map malaysia

Malaysia in green

East Malaysia, Borneo.

Sarawak covers 124,449 sq km (48,050 sq mi), on the northwest coast of Borneo and is bounded by Brunei to the North, Sabah to its North-East, Indonesia on the East and South, and by the South China Sea on its west, separating it from peninsula Malaysia.

Sabah has an area of 74,398 sq km (28,725 sq mi) and its watery boundaries are the Balabac Strait, Sulu Sea, South China Sea, and the Celebes Sea. Land wise, to its south is Indonesia, and south-west, is Sarawak.

That’s a combined total of 198,847 sq km (76,775 sq miles).

The whole island of Borneo is 743,330 km – the sixth largest island in the world.  The island is divided among three countries, Brunei Indonesia and Malaysia. Approximately 73% of the island is Indonesian territory and the  Malaysian states  occupy about 26% of the island while the sovereign state of Brunei comprises about 1% of Borneo’s land area. Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world.

For comparison:

  • New Zealand is 268,680 sq km
  • UK is 243,610 sq km
  • California  is 423,970 sq km

FYI: I’m flying from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur and then onto Kuching, Sarawak with Malaysian Airlines and to follow my adventures see here for my social media links

Sunset in Parit Jawa, East Coast, peninsula Malaysia
Sunset in Parit Jawa, East Coast, peninsula Malaysia – taken about 2002

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