Chloe, (our Borneo travel specialist) has put together her Borneo top tips for travellers heading to this incredible island. From what to wear, the animals you might find to what kind of food to expect, we’ve got you covered!
What to wear in Borneo?
In the heat and humidity of the rainforest, you’ll be after light weight and loose fitting clothing. Merino wool can be great here as it has thermoregulating properties, and sweat/odour resistant as well (which is particularly handy..!), alternatively thin cotton can be good here as well. Your clothing will get wet (you’re likely to be in the rainforest or jungle after all), so it helps if all your clothing is quick drying.
Malaysia is also a Muslim country, so dress respectively in populated areas, wear clothing that covers the knees and shoulders.
Having a good hat to protect yourself from the sun (and rain!) is really important, especially for boat journeys (the sun’s reflection off the water and deck can double-up your potential sunburn). Make sure you pack a poncho, kagool or light jacket with you, as you’ll be best friends in no time.
Trainers with good grip are essential here, the boardwalks can be very slippery given the climate but expect them to get muddy. Walking boots are also great if you have them, but can be a little heavy to take around (if you’re buying new ones, try and get some lightweight ones when possible!).
Our insider tip: Most places in the rainforest will sell rubber shoes that cost a £2-5 and are just perfect! They are similar to football boots, with rubber studs to grip the mud, you can simply rinse them in the water afterwards, so they’re super simple to clean.
Animals in Borneo?
Borneo is one of the most biodiverse islands, with 15,000 species of plant, 1400 species of amphibian, 222 species of mammals and 10 species of primates, you’ll be adventuring through one of the richest biomes in the world.
Here are some of our favourite wildlife from Borneo:
- The Bornean Pygmy Elephant
- The Bornean Bearded Pig
- Short Nosed Fruit Bats
- The Bornean Gliding Frog (only discovered in 2013!)
- Proboscis Monkey (AKA Long Nosed Monkey, are found only in Borneo)
And of course… the Orangutan:
Borneo has been a hive of Scientific interest for over 150 years, and Alfred Wallace (one of the fathers of evolution along with Charles Darwin) spent many years in Sarawak in the 19th century which led to his theory of natural selection.