5 Places to visit in Borneo
Let’s travel to the giant, rugged island in Southeast Asia, wherein the archipelago is shared by three (Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei). Just by imagining that, you will wonder how diverse the island is with three nationalities. Borneo is known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforests, home to wildlife including orangutans and clouded leopards. The natives are known as “Dayaks”
1. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
As always, being first on the list with the activities and things we can do at Borneo: seeing the smartest primates in the world, Orangutan. They can make medicine, craft tools and even exchange gifts, pretty much like a humanoid creature found in the Eastern part of Sabah. However, their kind were endangered and Borneo is the only place in the world where you could see them in the wild or at their natural habitat. Sepilok Orangutan is the most popular place in Borneo to view them. Through the help of Wikipedia, here’s the prices and operating hours of the Rehabilitation Centre:
Entrance Costs (Malaysian/ Non-Malaysian nationals):
- Adult- RM5/ RM30
- Child- RM2/ RM15
- Camera Cost- RM10
*Ticket is valid for the day of purchase, so you can attend both feeding times on the same ticket.
Saturday to Thursday- 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.
Fridays- 9am-11am and 2pm to 4pm.
*Orangutan feeding times: 10am and 3pm. It is recommended to arrive 30 minutes before feeding time.
2. Mount Kinabalu
Second most visited tourist destination in Borneo that stands 13,435 feet tall that recorded as the tallest mountain in Malaysia and third-highest peak in Southeast Asia. Over 40,000 tourists visit the mountain annually just to make it to the top, like hikers who wake up so early to get to the peak by dawn to witness the most spectacular sunrise you can ever imagine. It is also the habitat of many rare species of plants and animals, as international biologists and botanists who have come to study the estimated 4,500 plant species. It was Malaysia’s very first UNESCO World Heritage Site. (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, specialized agency of the United Nations.)
3. Borneo Rainforest
The award-winning rainforest of the country has aged 130 million years old which is presumably older than the Amazon rainforest. The Borneo Rainforest is the largest, and the most important, forested land-area in Asia. Scientists believed that the island was formed as a result of one big volcanic eruption under the sea followed by many smaller ones, which led to numerous pieces of land joining together into one big landmass. Biologists had studied that the rainforest is inhabited by many endangered species such as the Sumatran rhinoceros, the Asian elephant and the Bornean clouded leopard. Entrance costs only US $3.50. But as a warning, please maintain the beauty of this rich rainforest because this natural phenomena turned into a natural wonder was already damaged in time, unfortunately by human actions too.
4. Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) Marine Park
The last two part of the list are all about getting wet. TAR Marine Park is the best place for scuba diving, snorkeling and other aquatic sports. This was even listed one of the best diving spots in the world. However the government had to limit the permits to this must-visit place just to keep the natural beauty of the island. What’s more in this place is, Hot springs! which are said to have healing properties due to the sulfuric minerals dissolved in the water. It doesn’t mean if you’re healthy, you won’t need a bath in this comfort-warm hot spring. Get your waterproof cameras ready cause you’ll sure want to take selfies of these experiences.
5.Borneo Beach Villas
The luxurious holiday villa that will take you to Borneo Island is one of the most visited and most booked villas by Borneo tourists. This will be your perfect getaway from daily stressful routine or from the busy city lifestyle. The calm, quiet and relaxed ambience will surely let you define the thorough meaning of rest and serenity. It offers sea views, free Wi-Fi and white sandy beaches at your doorstep, perfect for your escapade image on Instagram.
Customers can also enjoy a private steam bath and hot tub in each Spa Suite. The Pool Villas have a private pool. The beautiful setting of the sun can be enjoyed in all rooms. Borneo Beach Villas will find a fully equipped kitchen, ideal for a self-catering stay, guests can buy groceries in the adjacent shops.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit the island of Borneo, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.