A trip through Malaysian Borneo: Intro

Malaysia, one of the countries on our never ending travel list, had to be our next destination due to its amazing wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. Many endangered species live here in the world’s oldest rainforest. Although there is hope, considering the great work of Conservation and Rehabilitation Centers, the deforestation does not seem to end. We’re glad we had the chance to visit Malaysian Borneo and despite the neverending palm oil plantations, the island has so much to offer.

Malaysia is split in two parts: the first one is on the Peninsula south of Thailand and the second, eastern part, is situated on Borneo, the third largest island in the world. Malaysia shares the island with Brunei and Indonesia. However, we only visited the Malaysian part.

We started in Kuching, where we hiked through the Bako National Park and visited the Semenggoh Wildlife Center to spot Orangutans in the wild. Next stop was Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Malaysian Borneo, followed by Sepilok’s jungle. Our last and most promising destination was the Kinabatangan River, a National Park well known for its regular sightings of fauna like pygmy elephants, apes, crocodiles and hornbills.

The easiest and fastest way to travel on Borneo is most of the time by plane, that’s why we relied every time on the cheap domestic flights. Some places are accessible by bus but take hours and hours on top and given our short stay, this was not an option.
The highlight of our journey turned out to be Kuching. You’ll know why after reading the first part of our Malaysia travel log!

We’re looking forward to let you know about our experiences and will hopefully have the one or other tip for an unforgettable time in the wild Borneo.

Jim
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