Anyone been to Borneo? Backpacking tips?

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  • Anyone been to Borneo? Backpacking tips?
  • DrJ

    A friend is planning to go to Borneo on a backpacking trip. I’m wondering if anyone has advice on what to see and also what to beware of as a solo female?  Are there risks beyond having your ear talked off by one of chewy’s relatives?

    Backpacked there back in 04, so things have probably changed a bit since then…and as a solo bloke a different set of security parameters i suspect.

    Sepilok for the Orangutan reserve – lovely place and a great experience

    Mt Kinabalu – a strenuous trek to summit with an overnight at the lodge. A guide was obligatory but good value for the almost otherworldly location

    Niah caves – the original Bat Cave. As the bats exit at dusk you are returning to the accommodation in the dark (not far) so a guide might be advisable, although the path was clearly marked. A proper jungle experience with the most impressive moths and bugs i’ve ever seen!

    Kuching – a cracking little city with stunning old colonial architecture and temples

    I had plenty of time to take it all in but Borneo (or more accurately Malaysian Sabah/Sarawak where i was primarily) is huge so flying around is a real option. Didn’t have or hear about any negative travellers experiences whilst there so would certainly recommend it.

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