Sep 26 2012

Travel Wishlist: Borneo

by in Travel Wishlist

South East Asia is another area of the world that is high on my travel wishlist. I’ve never traveled to this particular corner of the world, and my previous travels to Asia have been confined to China and North Korea. Thankfully, I will finally make it to South East Asia this upcoming December and January, when I will be visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand for 2.5 weeks.

(Courtesy Wikipedia)

Another area, though, that I will have to visit sometime in the near future is Borneo. The third largest island in the world, Borneo is divided among three countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. The majority of the island’s territory belongs to Indonesia, with tiny Brunei occupying a mere one percent of the island.

Visitors to the island will find that there is plenty to do on their Borneo holidays. I’m a nature lover, so would opt to visit the island’s unspoiled beaches and national parks. Visitors can snorkel and scuba dive near the reefs lining the small islands off the coast of Borneo, while those looking for something less intense can relax on the island’s many white sand beaches. At the northern tip of Borneo is Kinabalu Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its vast number of unique flora, fauna, and wildlife; scientists here are continually discovering new species in this part of the world’s oldest rain forest. The park is also home to Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in South East Asia at 13,435 feet and supposedly an easy climb with no technical skills required. And after summiting Kinabalu, there are plenty of opportunities to soak your sore muscles in the hot springs. Wildlife tours, either by boat or jeep are also very popular, and some animal sanctuaries allow visitors to get up close with orangutans, elephants, and rhinos.

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4 Responses to Travel Wishlist: Borneo

  1. From Vari:

    Found your blog after a few blogwalking and I must say, your blog is inspiring. I love to travel too but maybe not as much as ‘to the edge’ like your North Korea or Chernobyl trip 🙂 however, I’m impressed!.
    While you’re in Borneo,you should visit Derawan and Kakaban islands, you’ll find the a lake that full of stingless jellyfish(es) and you can swim with them. There are only 2 places in this world as the habitat for this unique species ; Republic of Palau (eil malk island) and Indonesia at Kakaban island
    A reading for your reference :

    Posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:30 am #
  2. From Lindsay:

    Thanks, Vari! 🙂

    Posted on November 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm #
  3. From Nick:

    I would suggest not spending too much time in Kota Kinabalu, it is a small town. Good jumping off point though. I would definitely put Mulu National Park on your list. (Home of Deer Cave on Planet Earth.) Simply amazing to see. I would also put Brunei on the list as well. You can fly very cheaply from KK to Brunei on Air Asia. There isn’t much to do, but the jungle is like none I have ever seen. It is untouched and amazing. One night in Brunei will suffice. Yes, move Borneo up to the top of places to see. The environment is changing rapidly due to deforestation and you should see it now before it gets worse.

    Posted on November 26, 2012 at 12:17 am #
  4. From Lindsay:

    Thanks, Nick!

    Posted on November 26, 2012 at 7:28 am #
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