Borneo Travel Guide
Borneo has it all - wildlife, adventure, culture and some of the finest beaches in Asia. Home to a truly staggering abundance of flora and fauna, Borneo also has one of the most diverse cultures in South-East Asia, with visitors gaining access to its ancient tribal civilization - and more recent Colonial heritage - with relative ease.
As if pristine rainforest wasn’t enough, the island boasts record-breaking caves, impressive climbs and treks, and superb coastal regions with world-class diving and deserted sandy beaches. Add an excellent infrastructure - it’s easy to travel in Borneo by either road or by using short flights - and you’re looking at a phenomenal holiday experience.
Where to go in Borneo
Both Sarawak and Sabah have excellent opportunities for adventure and tribal encounters, but Sarawak is especially good for adventure, and escaping modern infrastructure. You can camp in the rainforest with Iban tribesmen in Sarawak's Batang Ai region, and find great climbing in Gunung Mulu National Park, where you can also explore the record-breaking Mulu Caves.
Sabah is stronger for wildlife, with Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley and Tabin Wildlife Reserve all offering near-guaranteed sightings of wild elephant and orang-utan, while Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary is a lovely chance to see conservation in action. It’s also famous for Mount Kinabalu; the highest mountain in Malaysia, but a surprisingly do-able climb.
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Population: 18.6 million
Capital: Kuching & Kota Kinabalu
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