Borneo, the very name conjures up images of lush rainforests, turquoise waters and endless tropical jungles home to wild orangutans , one of the only two places in the world where you can still see them in their natural habitat.
One of the most sought-after destinations for a truly wild island getaway, Borneo and its diverse natural and cultural assets offer travellers a rare opportunity to experience tribal culture, a slice of beach life and beauty of the tropical jungle.
Why travel to Borneo?
World's third biggest island, Borneo has always remained a mystery to most travellers because of its unique geographical placement. Is it in Malaysia or is it in Indonesia? Well, the fact is Borneo is an island that shares its territory quite unevenly with three countries–Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. The southern part of Borneo is occupied by Kalimantan region of Indonesia, the most visited part of the island which is the northern edge is in Malaysia and because of this unique placing, Borneo has become every explorer, photographer and wildlife enthusiast's dream!
Things to do in Malaysian Borneo-
Rafflesia trail in Sabah: Just like a human baby, the world's largest flower takes about 9 months to go into full bloom from bud to seed. Sabah's forest is home to at least three known Rafflesia, an out of the world, extremely rare and exotic flower that has attracted and amazed visitors for many decades.
And to have a really good shot of seeing the Rafflesia, head to the Rafflesia Forest Reserve in Tambunan. This bloom happens at an elevation of 1400 metres and requires quite a bit of climb and walking. The stretch although a little difficult is pretty rewarding as you have to cross through tiny streams and waterfalls along the way.
Where: Address: 500, 89650 Tambunan, Sabah, Malaysia
Call: +60 88-211 732
Entry fee: ₹1641 per person.
Stay with the locals at Iban longhouse, Sarawak: A tribe that once lived wild and free and prided itself on a head hunter lifestyle is now slowly at the risk of fading. For generations, the bold tribe of indigenous people of Sarawak have been living together in longhouses while preserving their culture and still opening their homes to visitors.
This rare opportunity of spending a few days with the tribe will offer you a glimpse into their daily life and their history. This will give you an opportunity to disconnect from the worldly worries and connect with things and experiences that are enriching.
Note: Every longhouse has an appointed Chief and that person alone will decide if you get to stay and will set the house rules.