"An Amazing Island" Borneo by kyoub

Borneo Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 158 photos

In search of nature

When you think of Borneo your mind brings up visions of tribes of headhunters.The tribes are still there but they gave up the act of such serious revenge many years ago. Borneo is the third-largest island in the world. It is divided into four political regions: Kalimantan belongs to Indonesia; Sabah and Sarawak are part of Malaysia; a small remaining region comprises the sultanate of Brunei. Located southeast of the Malay Peninsula and southwest of the Philippines, Borneo is primarily mountainous, with dense areas of rain forest.

A busy week

Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia, it is a region of endless fascination, possessing the largest cave chamber in the world, verdant jungles, unique fauna and flora, white beaches, and remote islands.

We flew from Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines to Labuan. Took the ferry from Labuan to Brunei. In Brunei we got a car and driver to take us to Miri. We flew on Malaysia Air to Mulu then returned to Miri for one night. There we collected our luggage that we had to leave at the hotel. Then we flew Malaysia Air to Kuching.


Sabah is located on the northern tip of the island of Borneo. Sabah has a long coast line mostly on the South China Sea. Sabah is said to be the land beneath the wind because it is outside the hurricane belt. Most visitors come here to climb Mt. Kinabalu but we went there to see the Orangutan Sanctuary and the Proboscis Monkeys near the city of Sandakan. We saw all that and so much more.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Rich in flora, fauna, and wildlife
  • In a nutshell:See it now before its gone
  • Last visit to Borneo: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Great page, Kay!! Of course like you I would love to see all the animals, fish, etc. The cat museum sounds interesting too. You really stayed at some fabulous places; can't believe how large the rooms were. But the hotel with cottages over the water were really special!!

    • kyoub's Profile Photo
      Mar 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Sylvia, we did stay in some very nice places and saw a lot of wildlife. Staying in a cottage over the water has always been a dream of mine. Most don't fit in my budget but these were reasonably priced.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    The Oil Barrel Memorial and a cat museum are so interesting. Your pages are always delightful! Excellent page!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    great littlepage. happy new year.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    We are booked to stay here as well Sepilok Jungle Resort:.Hoping to see the Oranogans here.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2007 at 6:15 AM

    great page Kay!

  • imran8852's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:36 AM

    Very interesting & informative...Thanks Kay!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Great shots of the worlds largest blooming flower, orang-utan witha baby coming in from the jungle, Proboscis Monkey, Giant Clam and Monitor Lizard! That cat museum sounds great, too!

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2006 at 2:05 PM

    Where are the fruits, Kay? The queen? the K-I-N-G, D-U-R-I-A-N??? Sorry, you have to go back! Avi

  • Azri_Azmi's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2006 at 3:56 AM

    Enjoy reading and seeing tips and pictures in your Borneos page. Will bringing my colleagues to Kuching next year and some tips regards to Sarawak are very useful even. Take care, regards from Melaka, Malaysia.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2006 at 11:26 AM

    Wow, quite a trip you had on your tour of Borneo! You certainly got around to see many unique sights - thanks for the pics and tips! It was nice to have an up-to-date glimpse at this exotic destination.


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