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Borneo has many impressive titles: the third largest island in the world, ‘the land of gold’ (Suvarnabhumi), ‘the land of diamond’ (Puradvipa), and the only Asian island made up of 3 South-east Asian country’s territories (Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia). If you’re looking for a trip filled with culture and nature, a Borneo holiday package is the perfect solution to your South East Asia cravings!
History & Culture
Kota Kinabalu is the thriving, capital city of Sabah and even though it’s situated on Borneo, it’s under Malaysia rule. Yet this destination is becoming ever more popular with its array of resorts and easy access to nearby islands. A trek up to Signal Hill is ideal for a panoramic view of the city, and the nearby Atkinson clock tower is also a key attraction, being almost a century old and constructed without the use of nails!
From Kota Kinabalu, day trips to islands like Pulau Mamutik, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan and Pulau Gaya are also excellent activities and are wonderful for discovering Borneo’s tribal cultures and natural beauties.
Just two hours from Kota Kinabalu, the Kundasang Memorial Park in Sabah is a must-see for history buffs, and is built around the 240km route that 2,600 British and Australian World War II Prisoners of War were forced to march across on their journey to Ranau. Many Borneo holiday package deals will include guided tours of the memorial which revisit the same route, taking guests through local areas such as the Dusun villages, the paddy-fields, oil and rubber plantations, and the creeks and rivers which sustain these settlements.
Are you a temple lover? If so, Sabah’s second-largest city, Sandakan, is the place for you to be! Situated on Borneo’s northeast coast, Sandakan features a handful of gorgeous, serene temples, including the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple and the Sam Sing Kung Temple.
Borneo Wildlife Tours
If you love getting close to nature, Borneo also has a range of wildlife tours to satisfy even the most curious soul. Tours operate either by four-wheel drive, on the back of an Asian elephant or a water buffalo and take visitors through many of Borneo’s National Parks, including Mount Kinabalu, Gunung Mulu, Gunung Gading, Bako and Kubah. There are also guided jungle and wetland trail walks available for those who prefer to trek it themselves. Be sure to look out for mudskippers, the grotesque-looking Proboscis monkey, the colourful hornbill, and don’t forget to visit one of the popular orang-utan sanctuaries, too.
Those who want something a little more ‘wild’ can choose a Borneo holiday package, which includes an afternoon of white water rafting through exciting pockets of fast-flowing rapids. Snorkelling, scuba diving and jet-skiing equipment are also readily available from many of the shacks and resorts along the Borneo coast and its surrounding islands. In Kota Kinabalu, visitors can also take an exhilarating stroll along the treetop canopy walk on a (sturdy) bridge, 41 metres above the dense forests of the Poring Springs. For a mountain-trek adventure, visit the three highest mountains in Malaysia: Gunung Tambuyukon, Gunong Trusmadi, and the famous Mount Kinabalu. For those not afraid of the dark and deep, we highly recommend the colossal and remarkable Mulu ‘wild cave’ guided adventure treks.
For a lazy day off, Borneo has many luxury suites and villas along its coasts and rivers. Most of these getaways also have exclusive spas, offering relaxing aromatherapy and traditional massages, foot reflexologies and refreshing facials, using only natural and locally-made oils, herbs and scrubs. For an even more exotic getaway, however, Mabul Island off the east coast of Borneo also has a unique 5-star water village resort, made up of raised houses and boardwalks entirely built on stilts above water.
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