Borneo is an amazing place to be in Asia because of its rich nature. It is very well-suited for natural excursions as well as many other activities that allow you to be one with nature.
1. Dive with sea turtles in Sipadan
Imagine that you are kneeling on the golden sands by the sea, watching the turtles that is just a few meters away from you. This is an exciting experience awaiting you at the blue sea of Sipadan Island, Borneo.
Not only turtles and turtles, you can also dive around the shallow coral reefs in the eastern tip of this small island, and see, around you a whole bunch of colorful fish. Dive a little deeper into the water, you will be watching fish jack, fish, tuna …
2. Climb to the highest mountain in Southeast Asia
At an elevation of 4,095 meters above sea level, Kinabalu is one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. It is also a good climbing mountain with well-maintained trails.
Kinabalu is a favorite mountain of plant lovers. In addition to the insect-collecting plants, there are 1,200 varieties that live in cool, wet conditions. This is also the home of the tiny frogs with fingernails. However, because they are so small, they are hard to see.
Although climbing is only about a day, most people choose to spend the night in Laban Rata with a large hut at an altitude of 3,272 m before setting off to dawn and conquering the mountain. Do not forget to visit the Poring hot spring on the side to relax.
3. Excursions on the river
The great Kinabatangan is considered as the route through the complex Borneo. This is the land of elephants, elephants, and other tribes.
To experience the many interesting things here, take a boat trip to the river at dawn or sunset, stay at the bamboo hut in Sukau or Abai village and enjoy local specialties. You can take a stroll in the woods with the guides and discover things you have never seen in your life.
Nearby, the Gomantong Cave is also a tourist attraction with its bat and lair.
4. Enjoy the rich cuisine
Borneo’s cuisine is richly influenced by India, Malaysia, and China. In addition, local people love to marinate with spices from the green forest, so you will be sipping flavors never tasted in life. Just ask any Nasi Lemah vendor, they will introduce your favorite green forest flavor for you to see.
If you can tolerate the taste of durian, this is a good suggestion for you. However, hotels, buses, and airplanes will not allow you to take durian.
5. Concert in the deep forest
Situated in the Borneo deep forest, Sarawak Cultural Village specializes in performing and preserving the life and culture of the Borneo tribe. It is also the venue for the annual World Festival of Tropical Forest Music, a three-day event that attracts around 24,000 participants.
Do not just listen to the world’s top musicians, experience local life, learn customs, dances, and music among traditional houses at the foot of Santubong Mountain.
6. Follow the natives to monkey watching
If you have the opportunity to visit Borneo, why not try to watch the orang utan. When the environment is devastating at an alarming rate, the two centers for Semanggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation in Sarawak and the Orang Utan Environment Rehabilitation Center in Sabah will give you a chance to see this species. At close range, learn how to protect them.
If you go to Sepilok, do not forget to visit the moon bear sanctuary. The bear of the moon, named after the golden coat in front of the breed, is currently losing its habitat and needs our help to survive.
7. Picnic with Penan people
To get close to the jungle and indigenous people, try this experience. The Penan people were a nomadic tribe, they knew exactly how to live in harmony with the jungle. You need to go helicopter to Long Lellang in the forest and take a canoe to visit them. Here, you will see how people get food, water, housing, basket weaving, bracelets from rattan wares, and even making bamboo instruments. This is a beautiful area and the guides you know are very knowledgeable.
Hope you enjoy your time in Asia!
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