I'm really having trouble wrapping my head around Borneo for some reason. I've read posts and heard stories of "jungle treks" in Borneo, and I'm just trying to figure this whole thing out. Is Borneo just comprised of Sarawak and Sabah? Does it include Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei & Kalimantan (Indonesia)?
If one (me)were quite into treking and went to Borneo, would Mount Kinabulu be the highlight? Are there other areas to seriously consider?
Given a finite amount of time (probably 6 weeks) would the Cameron Highlands be just as good for something of this nature? Perhaps, just focus on Northern Thailand & Vietnam?
I realize I might be being a bit thick (I have the book right in front of me for crap's sake!), but for some reason I cannot figure this out.
Any help or advice would be very be very much appreciated!
Borneo is the entire island, which comprises Sabah and Sarawak of Malaysia, Kalimantan of Indonesia, and Brunei.
If you are in a hurry, do the Cameron highlands trekking in the peninsular. If you have just enough time, go for the Mount Kinabalu. If you have all the time to spare, go to the Mulu national park as well. Google for these places and you'll get more info.
Where do you intend to spend the 6 weeks? Only in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam?
That's quite helpful.
Really, my intended destination is Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, VN; I was just trying to figure out if I might be able to fly into KL and tack a bit of Malaysia on as well.
But yes, time is a bit of a factor. Any idea how much time climbing Mount Kinabulu would take (including getting to Sabah and back)?
Perhaps the Cameron Highlands are, in fact, my best bet.
At any rate, thank you for the reply!
My brother went last month. He went on a Saturday (by flight) and returned on Tuesday.
I am from borneo thus i hope i can be a little of help. Since you have 6 weeks it's not such a big matter to spare few days in Borneo- just my opinion. I strongly recommend that you come to borneo, i can help a lot on the arrangement things- air ticket, how to get cheap stays. I stay in Miri, which is a gateway to MULU. MULU National Park is a must go for everyone- they're trying to get the "8th wonder of the world" title for it. However it's not so touristic as the governement wants to protect its nature and prevent it gets overcrowded. The largest cave in the world - can store up to seven 747 airplanes. Can imagien how magnificent it will be? I donno if you'd enjoy such thing but if you do, you'll love it. Many adventurous route are also available, however, strong physical fitness and climbing experience required in order to get the approval to track those not-so-easy path. Ranking of difficulty is available and will normally need a very native/local licensed tour guide to go with you guys. Have been there few times- good+nice accomodation is availabe- so as food. The whole package from miri-mulu-miri flight, including 4 star accomodation is available at roughly USD 100-120 for a 4d3n trip. not sure if meal is included
Cameron highland is a highland- which is much cooler and developed than borneo. They are actually quite a few routes for jungle treking in sarawak.
Sabah- consists of a lot of different races of natives. KK mountain- can use a day to climb to the top, a night up there if you enjoy seeing sunrise from the peak- a very nice view. Have many touristic islands just nearby the city, commercial and diving is allowed. quite cheap to stay there too. Let me know if you need further info.
I appreciate your response. I do think that I want to go to Borneo, and the more I read, the longer I think I want to spend there. Everybody keeps telling me to forget about it and spend all of my time in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, but I keep thinking it's my trip, if I want to go to Borneo, I damn well will! At any rate, I'm really more into seeing some interesting people, nature, etc.; more-so than lying a beach (this go-around anyway).
Though I don't have anything planned, I'm considering spending 2-3 weeks on Borneo from Kuching up to Kinabalu, and then only traveling the southern parts of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Some people might disagree with this, but right now, Borneo is fascinating me.
Since you live there, I may soon send you a message at some point as I begin to start planning things out and would be very grateful for any help you can offer.
If anybody else has some input, please let me know.