Everything about Borneo
The largest island of Asia is considered one of the most pristine and mysterious natural zones on the planet. Dense tropical jungle Borneo, for centuries were isolated from the whole world by natural barriers, and today they open their treasures to the eyes of amazed tourists. If you are going to travel, then this Borneo travel guide is for you.
When to go to Borneo
The tropical climate is not stable, it is necessary to know when to travel to Borneo. Borneo has a classic tropical climate. Seasons on here do not have such a cardinal difference, as in other parts of the world. It is humid and hot for most of the year, and heavy rains can go at any time. The best time to travel to Borneo is a dry season that lasts from April to November
In the central areas of Borneo, mountainous terrain prevails. The temperature here is always much lower than on the coast of the island.
Hotels on the island
Travelers arriving in Borneo tend to settle near the sea. In Kuching or Kota Kinabalu mainly multi-storey hotels and apartment complexes are presented, in the suburbs there are accommodation options with cottages, villas, bungalows, tents, as well as more traditional guest houses and farmhouses.
The room for two in a three-star hotel costs 170 MYR, a modest but original accommodation in a bungalow on the water costs 210 MYR, and for a high comfort level of 5 “stars” you will have to pay 350 MYR per night. Many hotels have their own beaches with free lounges, parking and Wi-Fi.
Paradise beaches of Borneo
During traveling to Borneo, it is necessary to visit the beaches. Beaches of Borneo are covered with snow-white sand, lush green vegetation grows around, and from the waves they are covered by coral reefs. The only negative is the “red tide”, which lasts about two weeks between February and May.
One of the best beaches in the state of Sebach is Kelambu — a cozy stretch of shore with clean water and almost no rest. The place is great for travelers with children, and its only drawback is a long distance from Kota Kinabalu, it will take almost 3 hours. But only 6 km from the city there is another beach — Tanjung Aru, a crowded and well-equipped, there are not only sun loungers and umbrellas (12-15 MYR per lounger a day), but also numerous cafes, spas, clubs and hotel. You can get there by bus in just 15 minutes.
What to try from the local cuisine
Food there — a combination of Malay, Indonesian, Indian and Chinese traditions. The basis of almost all dishes is rice “nasi”: it is served both as an independent dish, and as a side dish, and fried, and steamed in banana leaves. Often, seafood and meat are cooked, with the exception of pork, since local residents mainly practice Islam. To each dish offer very sharp sauces with a lot of spices. To put out a “fire in the mouth” bring icy water with lime or cold herbal tea. But you can always ask to cook isn’t spicy food.
The second most popular dish after rice is noodles, and the cheapest way to eat: tortillas are roty, made from a thin dough. They dunk in sauces or put stuffing inside.
The main sights to see
Bako National Park. Main Borneo tourist attractions is national parks. The oldest national park of Sarawak, famous for its amazing rocky cliffs, as well as a variety of flora and fauna. The area has 17 walking routes, starting from a short walk, ending with tense but still spectacular hikes.
The main attraction of this place is the sea shore, which is strewn with unusual rocks, many of which resemble animals in shape. Here you can relax on one of the beaches and make great pictures against the backdrop of beautiful cliffs.
It is worth visiting at dawn or sunset. You can get there by bus 6, which departs from Kuching and follows to Kampung-Bako. Next, you need to change to a boat that goes to the park.
Gunung Mulu National Park. Required in the adventure travel to Borneo. A real natural treasure of the island. This is unusual place, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the center of the reserve is the forest crowned “mountain crown” Gunung Mulu, consisting of three peaks. The highest point of the Mulu ranges is at an altitude of 2376 meters above sea level.
Among the landmarks of the natural area of Gunung Mulu are the sharp white rocks of Pintakli that adorn the summit plateau of Gunung Api. Similar roofing to large 40-meter stone spikes, roofing felts on the spiers of Gothic towers.
But the biggest natural secrets of the national park are hidden under forest hills, deep in the mountains. In the Gunung Mulu reserve are the most famous and large cave systems in the world. Here you can see giant grottoes, huge cave spaces, deep clefts, quaint limestone sculptures and underground reservoirs.
Kuching. This is a very unusual and beautiful Asian city. Here live about half a million inhabitants, and even more cats. Even the name of the city of Kuching is translated from Malay as “City of cats”.
Of course, the main talisman in the city can be seen everywhere: cats are erected monuments, statues, fountains, the Cat Museum is open, in the windows of souvenir shops statuettes of these graceful animals are flaunting, and in each yard meow several cute fuzzy.
Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. This is a kind of rehabilitation center for orangutans, kinkazh, crocodiles, gibbons, monkeys, rhino birds and porcupines and other animals. Here they are taught survival skills, for the subsequent return to the wild.
The best time to visit during feeding is from 09:00 to 10:00, and from 15:00 to 15:30. You can get to the reserve by bus 6, 6, 6A, 6B, 6C, which departs from Kuching. The train will cost about 3 ringgit. In the opposite direction of the settlements, the bus leaves at 16:00.