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Proboscis monkeys, Kota Kinabalu

Places to visit in Borneo

As one of the orangutan’s few remaining natural refuges, rainforest-covered Borneo is a boon for any wildlife-focused trip. As you travel by boat along the Kingabatangan River you have the opportunity to glimpse this critically endangered species swinging from the trees above, and you can add in a visit to the Sepilok’s orangutan sanctuary. Moving to the middle of the island, you can trek to hidden caves in Mulu National Park, and northwestern Danum Valley offers another setting for spotting orangutan. In the cities of Kota Kinabalu and Kuching you can sample street food as you tour the markets. Our Borneo specialists, who’ve experienced the island first-hand, can help you choose where to visit, from the primary forests to the little-visited, coast-hugging Tanjung Datu National Park.

Book a vacation to Borneo to experience exceptional wildlife: Asian elephants, clouded leopards, proboscis monkeys, rhinoceros hornbills, green and hawksbill turtles and most famously, orangutan. You can also see fascinating indigenous cultures such as the Iban Headhunter tribes.

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Popular places to visit in Borneo

Featuring heavily on our itinerary ideas for visiting Borneo, these places are destinations that we know prove consistently popular with our travelers. How you choose to include them in your trip can be tailored into a route that best suits your preferences.

Map of places to visit in Borneo

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