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5 HUGE Reasons Why NOT to Visit Borneo

(or maybe reasons TO Visit!)

After almost 35 years of providing spectacular adventures and itineraries to new and returning visitors of Borneo, I thought it would be a great idea as to why some people are missing should they be the wrong type of person to visit this beautiful area.  Yes, it may seem strange to write a ‘why not..’ post but I have put this together having had messages from people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds and whom are looking for different things from their vacation or holiday.

We are, of course, very proud of our Borneo travel itineraries and what we offer to all people coming to visit us here.  There are some people that may be looking for something else and some people that really will appreciate this great place, the amazing people and the fabulous wildlife.  I am sure that if you are reading this then you are one of those people – and if so Borneo welcomes you.  But just in case, please do read our 5 huge reasons why not to visit us here in Borneo:

1 – You are NOT after a Unique Borneo Adventure

This is number 1 for a very good reason.  One of the greatest things we love, and hope you do too, is the fact that any visit to our beautiful Borneo is not just another ‘trip’ – it will be unique to you.  We have people coming time and time again with us here are Borneo Travel, after that unique adventure that is so different from their previous visit.  Borneo offers you so much more than just beaches to relax upon.  It offers excitement, variety, diversity and more.  Borneo can give you memories that really do last a lifetime – but more than that.  We help you to create those memories that are unique to you and your travels.  Our itineraries are made with you in mind but also taking into consideration the views and wishes of past travellers that have come before you and will, of course, return too.  With our 35 years in this industry – we are still around for a reason!

2 – You are NOT Eco-Friendly

Here at Borneo Travel and in Borneo as a whole, we are proud of our ability to work in an eco-friendly way.  We encourage and plead with any visitors to uphold our strong beliefs in the need to secure this habit, the wildlife and the ways in which we live – our culture – for generations to come.  If this is something that you will find difficult to abide by then maybe Borneo is not for you?  For many years there have been problems across the world with increased tourism that is not done so in an ethical or moral way – getting rid of jungle, habitats and more to make way for those tourists.  We are different – or at least we try hard to be.  So, join us in that mission and you’re welcomed with open arms!  Many of our visitors do partake or at least engage in this philosophy which really does help us to maintain this beautiful land.

3 – You are NOT a Fan of Wildlife

Sorry but Borneo is full of wildlife, from the famous Orangutans to the Pygmy Elephants.  Of course, we can’t guarantee you will see animals in the wild, but Borneo has some amazing ways to see the wildlife at its best – when it is truly wild.  We also have some amazing sanctuaries that work hard to protect all the species, including the endangered ones.  Borneo is home to some amazing animals which we love dearly and try our best to protect, hence another reason why the ‘eco-friendly’ part of our post and ethos is so important.  We know that wildlife is not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but we really want you to see what Borneo is all about, how the wildlife lives alongside the human population and how this can be an amazing part of your Borneo travel experiences and holiday/vacation.

4 – You JUST Want to Relax

Okay – so we admit that Borneo, of course, offers the ‘relaxing’ part of any itinerary – if that’s what you want!  There are plenty of holiday companies out there that offer this too, the same standard trips that you can take time out and ‘relax’ to your hearts content……but what about adventure?  How does cycling around islands, taking in wildlife, mountains….meeting the true locals or diving in the beautiful waters off the coast sound?  Are you coming to do something you can do in any other part of the world or are you coming to Borneo to do something that you will want to talk about when back home?  Something that will make you want to come back for more……adventure.  There will always be time to read that book in between adventures…..maybe!

5 – You are NOT open to Cultural Experiences

This is last on our list as we know that not everyone is open to new experiences or socialising with the local population be we love to meet you!  We love to share what it means to be living in this wonderful landscape, to be part of this amazing place you want to visit.  The majority of people that have booked with Borneo Travel time and time again do so because they not only love visiting Borneo but they love the people too.  Real people, sharing real experiences about their lives in Borneo.  Real villagers that strive to live in what can be a difficult environment at times but that hold on to their cultural beliefs whilst being open to visitors and their beliefs and culture too.  You will find us to be friendly and engaging, honest and hard-working – welcoming you with open arms and sharing what it is to live in Borneo.

So, I hope, after reading this small post, you can see why people come to Borneo and why some people are best suited to…let’s say alternative……holidays.  We don’t promise you the earth…..but we do promise you that it’s a beautiful part of it.  We have itineraries to suit all needs and can certainly talk to you about different ideas should you not be sure what you want or not see it on our website.  You will find us to be open and friendly and more than just a travel company – we actually live and breathe Borneo and that’s what makes us different.

Come and travel to Borneo and see for yourself what it’s all about!

Borneo Holidays – More than just Orangutans!


Holidays to and around beautiful Borneo can offer a life changing experience for all that partake in the rich history and diversity of this amazing island, situated In Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago.

The Boneo orangutans are, of course, a major part of the islands all tourists itineraries and holidays “must do” list but there is so much more to see, do and explore.

So what can a Borneo holiday offer?

Any holiday in Borneo is going to be special and here at Borneo Travel we want to show you what else you could enjoy.

  • You could take-in the views via a wonderful cycling experience, explore the island in your own time with one of the many cycling tours we offer around Borneo – See HERE for more on this.
  • You could enjoy a diving excursion through one of the many locations we can facilitate, including Sipadan, Kapalai Island and Lankayan Island – See HERE for more on these amazing diving experiences.
  • You could go trekking along the padi fields of Borneo or through the jungle, exploring the flora and fauna and, of course, glimpse an orangutan too! Take a look HERE for more about our trekking opportunities.

Okay – so we said that Borneo holidays are more than ‘just orangutans’ but let’s face it, they are an extremely important part of the rich and diverse nature of Borneo and, unfortunately, a species that is under threat.  That’s why our eco-tourism conservation policy and Orangutan Quest Trip are fully supportive of every measure that is in place to conserve and protect this wonderful, beautiful species.  You can take a look at what the International Animal Rescue team is doing to protect these species right HERE as well as our own Wildlife Tour information HERE.

So have we whetted your appetite for that Borneo dream holiday?  If so, why not get in contact with us using this link CONTACT and start to make that Borneo holiday a reality!

As we all know flying between Indonesia’s islands can add up and become expensive.
Garuda Airlines, now back to flying from Heathrow to Jakarta direct, are offering a new “Adventure Pass” with special fares destinations such as Labuan Bajo, to see the Komodo dragons, Banyuwangi, home of the most colourful festivals, and Lombok for volcanoes and beaches.
We at Borneo Travel have itineraries for individuals and groups who want to combine Indonesia’s wildlife with some beach time.

The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. This awe inspiring monument is truly a marvel. After a visit here you will understand why it is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction and a famous icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.

Located on the island of Java, the temple sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. It covers an enormous area, measuring 123 x 123 meters. The monument is a marvel of design, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The architecture and stonework of this temple has no equal. And it was built without using any kind of cement or mortar! The structure is like a set of massive interlocking Lego blocks held together without any glue.

The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. It was rediscovered in 1815, buried under volcanic ash. In the 1970’s the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty The restoration took eight years to complete and today Borobudur is one of Indonesia and the world’s most valuable treasures.

The temple is decorated with stone carvings in bass-relief representing images from the life of Buddha. Commentators claim that this is the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world, unsurpassed in artistic merit.

Borneo holidays are an excellent choice for those who want to explore the ancient monuments of the world. Visiting these awe-inspiring places with a tour guide allows you to find out first-hand knowledge from a local of the area.

This weekend, on the 28th and 29th of May, Londoners will be happily surprised with attractive presentations of entertainment, cultural performances and a culinary journey to the Indonesian islands, to take place at the popular Potters Field by the river Thames that has as backdrop the historical Tower Bridge.

On Saturdays and Sundays, some 30,000 people stroll in this Park, so that during the two days’ Indonesia Weekend, an expected 60,000 people will be provided with an encounter and a taste of Indonesia, said Endang Nurdin, spokesperson of the Bangga Indonesia Community at the press Conference on the subject at the Ministry of Industry in Jakarta.

Additionally, there will be a workshop and a number of interactive programs, among which discussions on the Conservation of the Orangutan. One hundred participants from Indonesia will fill the program with Fashion Shows, Cultural performances and Culinary presentations on Indonesia’s diverse range of attractive destinations, with the aim to popularize Indonesia with London’s discerning consumers and make Indonesia their Destination of choice for Business and Leisure.