Whether you’re contemplating travelling to Borneo on a school expedition or it’s on your bucket list of places you’re just dying to visit, here are 9 reasons why you absolutely have to go and experience it for yourself, from freelance expedition leader Ben Walker.
1. The Food
Like all great travel destinations Borneo has some amazing food and delicious new fruits to try like these Rambutan, Salak or Snake Skin Fruit.
See Orang-utans (people of the forest) close up at Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre.
3. Sunset At Deer Cave
Visit Deer Cave in Mulu National Park, Sarawak to see millions of bats exodus Deer Cave at Sunset.
4. The Friendly Locals
Borneo has a real island mentality and has wonderfully friendly, hospitable locals.
5. MT Kinabalu
Climb Mt Kinabalu the highest peak in South East Asia. Standing at 4095.2m it makes a challenging first 4000m ascent.
6. Kinabatangan River
Take a boat journey on the Kinabatangan, Malaysia’s second longest river, and see a plethora of birds and animals. If you’re really lucky you might catch a glimpse of a Pygmy Elephant.
7. Night-Time Walks
Take a night-time walk in the jungle and see all sorts of interesting creatures of the dark. Take your time, tread lightly, keep quiet and you’ll see things move like these camouflaged lizards and frogs.
8. Wildife, Wildlife And More Wildlife
Borneo has the most diverse flora and fauna on the planet and some incredible creepy crawlies. The vast majority aren’t looking to hurt you, they are just going about their day, like this hermit crab.
9. Bako National Park
Take a guided walk around Bako National Park, Sarawak and you’ll see more than you might imagine like this Cobra eating a Green Pit Viper.
Ben Walker - Keswick Store
Prolific traveller and trek leader, Ben Walker spent 4 years living in South East Asia; 2 years of which he led biking & hiking trips in Borneo. Ben currently works as a freelance expedition leader, as well as working in the Keswick Store.