Borneo – the largest island in Asia – carved up between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, famous for its ancient orangutan filled rain forest. It has a population of 19.8 million (2010), most of whom live in cities dotted along the coast.
Sarawak – One of the two states that occupy the Malaysian part of Borneo. Sarawak has the unusual, and relatively unknown history of having hosted the ‘White Rajahs’ as monarchs for just over a century. In 1946 the reigning monarch – Charles Vyner, ceded Sarawak to the British Colonial Office. For more about this see the book review of Syliva – Queen of the Headhunters by Philip Eade.
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