And perhaps nowhere encapsulates these wild ways more than Sabah, at its northern tip: around 55 per cent of this Malaysian territory is tangled with jungle. As March ushers in Sabah’s dry season, orangutans become easier to spot in their natural habitat, while whale sharks assemble around tiny Lankayan Island, known for its radiant reefs. All this confronting the immensity of nature can be taxing, though, so canny adventurers set aside recovery time for Gaya Island: land of infinity pools, cabanas and cocktails. Visit the national parks and rehabilitation centres within the primates’ remaining habitat to demonstrate their value and contribute to conservation. Swimming with whale sharks?