Just north of the Equator, Borneo Island boasts a dramatic landscape. A mixture of towering dipterocarp trees, green-walled forests, swampy mangrove-tangled coastal areas and coral reefs with clouds of tropical fish, make up its primary topography. Meanwhile stinky-yet-mesmerizing Rafflesia flowers, wide eyed orang-utans, the Sumatran rhinoceros, Irrawady dolphins, iridescent snakes and hornbills call the globe’s third-largest island home.
Accommodation in Borneo is varied – there are a great number of luxury ventures situated in stunning locations with sandy bays, towering mountain backdrops and beautiful beaches. Alternatively, most of Borneo’s bigger cities such as Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Kuching, Miri, Bandar Seri Begawan, Balikpapan and Pontianak have big-name hotels that offer great deals. Charming mid-range establishments can be found almost anywhere in Borneo and there’s a healthy variety of budget deals sprinkled liberally throughout the region.