Make Borneo a priority. Put it on your bucket list. Start planning your trip now.
This is what we tell people when they ask us how our trip to Borneo was. From the moment our plane touched down we were ready for adventure. In Sarawak we had our first introductions to the unique flora and fauna of Borneo. Every day we indulged on some of the best food that Borneo has to offer. In Sabah we picked up the pace and got our adventure pants on. We saw all sorts of wild animals, scuba dives some of the world’s best dive sights, and learned more about Australian war history than we ever thought we could on this interesting Asian island.
Travel in Borneo
The island of Borneo is home to the state of Kalimantan of Indonesia, the two Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, and the small sultanate of Brunei.
If you are travelling to Borneo, the easiest and best place to base those travels are the two Malaysian states of Borneo. The infrastructure here is well set up to support tourism, getting around is easy, environmental protection is becoming more and more important (thanks to profitable tourism), and cities are clean and safe.
If you are considering travelling to Borneo (and we think you should) but looking for a little bit more inspiration or information, then check out some of our posts below.
Travel in Sarawak
We started our Borneo journey in Sarawak. We arrived after an overnight flight and day time connecting flight, and yet, even in our exhausted state, we instantly fell in love with this place. The capitol city of Sarawak in Kuching. Kuching is characterized by wide and clean streets, a lovely river side promenade, tons of day trip options, and some pretty amazing restaurants.
You will start your journey in Kuching. Kuching is a small little city, but it has enough to keep you busy for a day or two. It is also one of the best places in Asia to eat a lot of fantastic, delicious food.
Kuching is also a fantastic base for exploring the amazing region around Kuching. There are quite a few different day trips you can do from Kuching. We went on two days trips from the capitol; one to search for the world’s largest flower – the rafflesia, and another to discover Borneo’s most famous ape – the orangutan.
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Travel in Sabah
We were sad to say goodbye to Sarawak, but excited to see what awaited us in Sabah. Sabah is an adventure travellers paradise. Some of the world’s best scuba diving is here, you can climb a mountain, and you can spot rare wild animals along the Kinabatangan for starters.
So what can you get up in Sabah? Well the following posts will give you a bit of an idea of what awaits you.
Animal encounters in Sabah
City guides for Travel in Sabah
We found Sabah to be less of a foodie destination than Sarawak, but despite that, we still did find one of the best seafood restaurants in South East Asia (or the world) in the small city of Sandakan.
Sabah is more than just incredible nature and animal encounters, it is also home to some pretty tragic war history. Like many other places in Asia and the Pacific, Borneo was occupied by the Japanese during World War 2. Sabah became home to 2,500 Australian and British prisoners of war.
As the Japanese became less and less confident about their position in the war, they decided to move their prisoners – most of whom were Australians – to a more inland position. The resulting Sandakan Death March saw only six survivors. Sabah is now home to some extremely moving war memorials.
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