It's time to turn your ideas into a tailor-made trip to Borneo
Borneo: the very name is redolent with exoticism, evoking impenetrable jungles, isolated tribal villages, eccentric colonial kingdoms and steamy tropical towns.
Its forests are more than twice as old as the Amazon, and home to around 20% of the world’s animal species. Within some of the most remote and inaccessible regions on earth, wild orangutans, clouded leopards, and pygmy elephants roam in a wonderland of giant Rafflesia flowers and flesh-eating pitcher plants. All this is watched over by Mount Kinabalu, whose hiking trails wind their way to the highest summit in Southeast Asia.
Quite simply, Borneo represents everything that’s magnificent and precious about the natural world. Formerly the preserve of grizzled adventurers and the very rich, today the growth of ecotourism has made the world’s third-largest island more accessible to the ordinary traveller than ever, and its natural wonders are complemented by buzzing, cosmopolitan towns and a thrilling street food scene.
Come for the teeming rainforests; stay for the spicy laksa and rich local culture: Borneo is one of the world’s greatest treasures.
Our favourite guided tours and excursions
Just standing in the Bornean rainforest, with trees towering up to 100 metres overhead and the hoots of gibbons echoing in the distance, is enough to give you goosebumps. But trust us – add an expert nature guide, an overnight stay in a tribal longhouse, or a crack-of-dawn 4x4 ride to a remote watchtower for sunrise, and you’ll turn an unforgettable experience into something even better.
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