Borneo is a mystical little island shared by not one, not two, but by three different countries. It contains some of the oldest rainforests in the world, which are estimated to be around 140 million years old (which is ancient!). It is also the land with the world’s largest flower, although this does not make Borneo a more fragrant place because the famed flower is known to smell like a rotting corpse. So you would not actually want to spend too much time standing next to the massive and smelly flower. But there are plenty more options of things for you to do, here are a few of the many things to do in the wonderful world of Borneo:
This part of Asia is known for its indigenous wildlife, specifically the orang-utans. It is sad to say, however, that the orang-utan population is in rapid decline due to heavy deforestation. Over 50% of its precious rainforests were cut down for commercial plantations. And there are now less than 55,000 orang-utans left in the wild forests of Borneo. If you want to catch a glimpse of these majestic and wise orange apes, then you can always go to an orang-utan rehabilitation centre. Where you can see the apes in their natural habitat whilst being taken care of by people.
Mountains Of Old
On this island lies a mountain which is considered to be scared by the locals. Borneo is actually the home of Southeast Asia’s tallest mountains. Over 4000 meters high, it takes nearly two days to climb but offers stunning views once you reach the very top of this peak. If you want to climb this mountain, then consider looking into the mount kinabalu package which should make it easier and more convenient.
There are more than 100 different indigenous tribes that call Borneo home. Most of them even have their own languages. Each tribe has a beautifully unique manner of dress and a different code of ethics too. Some were even infamously known for being head-hunters not so long ago.
The aqua blue waters of this island attract a large number of people every year. The water is so clear, clean and so full of aquatic life. Which makes it perfect for diving, snorkeling, paddle-boarding and whatever other water-based activity you are interested in. Although Borneo is not surrounded on all sides by white sands and blue beaches, the few beaches that is does have are some of the best in the world.
If you have never been to Borneo, then I highly recommend you take a trip there to see what the fuss is all about. From its wonderfully yummy and unique delicacies to its colourful reefs and lush green rainforests (that are very gradually being lost) to its high mountains and deep caves, there is certainly no shortage of things to see and do on the island of Borneo. So I promise you that a trip here is fully worth your time.