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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Borneo

Your essential guide to getting the most out of arguably the world's most adventurous destination

Adventure doesn't get more exciting than Borneo. With luscious rainforests, rare wildlife and diverse culture ­– this destination is perfect for adventure and nature lovers. What are you waiting for?

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Looking for inspiration?

Paul Dixon has put together a comprehensive guide to Borneo that will convince you to not only go to Borneo, but to go as soon as possible. From trekking adventures to cultural experience through to the best places to try Borneo’s unique cuisine, his guide is the perfect introduction to everything this amazing destination has to offer. William Gray, on the other hand, visits Borneo’s lesser known corners and presents a compelling case for visit them too.

Fiona Ford went to Sabah and loved the combination of wildlife watching and picture postcard beaches that this northern pocket of the island offers. If you’re looking for something a bit more taxing, Jonathan and Natalia can give you the lowdown on climbing Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia’s highest mountain.

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Borneo Trip Planner – Paul Dixon

Exploring Malaysian Borneo – Will Gray

A sojourn in Sabah – Fiona Ford

How to climb Mount Kinabalu in a day – Jonathan and Natalia

Orangutan (Marie Javins)

Meet the locals

The flora and fauna of Borneo is simply extraordinary, with abundant wildlife both above and below the water. It’s no surprise them that meeting a ‘local’ tops the wishlist of every visitor to Borneo. Blogger Marie Javins gives you the lowdown on meeting orang-utans and recounts her adventure in search of the Borneo’s extraordinary proboscis monkey. Emily Snell ventured up the Kinabatangan River, a waterway literally teaming with wildlife, in search of the elusive pygmy elephant. And Kevin Alba lets you in on one of Borneo’s best kept wildlife secrets – where to spot a sun bear.

If swimming with turtles is more your thing, check out Tim Etcott’s account of his visit to stunning Sipadan. Dan Linstead, however, headed deep into the jungles of Sarawak to spend time with the local tribespeople in their longhouses. Read more about his adventures here.

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How to spot a pygmy elephant in Borneo – Emily Snell

In search of Borneo's big nosed monkey – Marie Javins

Searching for Sunbears – Kevin Alba

Meeting Orang-utans – Marie Javins

Underwater safari: Swimming with turtles – Tim Ecott

Meeting the locals in Sarawak, Borneo – Dan Linstead

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Borneo’s secrets revealed

Dominc Hall has been running tours to Borneo for over ten years and offers an insider’s guide to getting the most out of your visit. Never considered mountain biking a jungle trail or eating a durian? After reading Dominic’s advice you probably will.

And what is it with Kuching’s obsession with giant cat statues? All is revealed in 5 reasons you must visit Borneo now.

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Top 10 Borneo Secrets – Dominic Hall

5 Reasons you must visit Borneo now

Monkey (Marie Javins)

Capturing it on film

Nothing gets a budding photographer more excited that an orang-utan lolling lazily from a tree. Or the unmistakable profile of a proboscis monkey, glimpsed in foliage from a passing motorboat. Borneo offers all these opportunities or more, as you can see in the galleries of stunning images uploaded by our readers.

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Readers’ photos from Borneo


Everything you need to know

Ready to start planning your trip? Our Borneo Travel Guide is the perfect place to start.

If you have a particular question, pop over to the myWanderlust forum where our knowledgeable community is ready to spring into action and share all that they know. Or check out the questions people have already asked about Borneo. The answer to yours might already be there.

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Borneo Travel Guide – The Wanderlust team

Borneo Essential Information – The Wanderlust Team

MyWanderlust forum

Borneo Q&A

Ready to go?

Here’s a selection of fantastic tours offered by our partners. From adventurous family holidays to luxurious trips that combine the best of Borneo’s wildlife and beaches, there’s something for every taste and budget. You’ll find the full list of tours available here.

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Trip Finder can help you find adventures in Borneo