Rightly known as one of Asia’s best wildlife destinations, Borneo is a great destination for anyone with an appreciation for endangered species. With so many great wildlife lodges to choose from, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming trying to decide where to stay. We have taken the hassle away, giving you our top five wildlife lodges, complete with the animals you are likely to see whilst there…
Head deep into Borneo’s ancient rainforests, traverse walkways through the canopy and cruise along the murky waters of Sungai Kinabatangan in search of ‘Borneo’s Big 5’. Here is our guide to the top five iconic wild species to be found across this extraordinary island.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world covering over 700,000km2 and is home to 673 bird species, including 358 resident birds, 59 of which are endemic species only found in Borneo. Here’s our guide to some of the resident species found across Borneo, from the iconic hornbill to the tiny Bornean blue flycatcher.
The name “Kuching” means ‘cat’ in Malay, so expect to see plenty of feline paraphernalia in this exciting little city. With plenty to see and do within the city limits and its immediate surrounds, Kuching is well worth a few days of exploration.
The perfect introduction to Sarawak’s capital city is the Sarawak Museum. Opened in 1891 and the oldest museum in Borneo, it offers a fascinating insight into the flora and fauna of the state, as well as some splendid exhibits of different longhouses and the various ethnic groups of Sarawak.
Another worthy addition to your sightseeing tour is the Kuching Cat museum, a bizarre yet interesting building, dedicated to our feline friends. The Cat Museum was founded in 1993 and is home to over 2000 exhibits of these revered creatures. It will definitely make for an interesting visit, and as the 'City of Cats' itself, what better place for this museum than Kuching.
Literally meaning “Grand Uncle”, Tua Pek Kong is one of the pantheons of Malay-Chinese Gods. Tua Pek Kong was a man who arrived in Penang and lived with the locals, and this 7-tiered pagoda was built in his honour and he was worshipped as a god. Perched in all its splendour at the end of the Main Bazaar, visit the temple to see elegant and peaceful Chinese worship in practice.
Built in 1879 by Charles Brooke, the former Rajah of Sarawak, Fort Margherita is an important landmark in the city, built in the style of an old English castle to protect Kuching from marauding Asian pirates. Once housing the Police Museum, it has now been restored and is one of the most popular sites to visit.
The palace of Kuching, the Astana, is located on the northern banks of the Sarawak River opposite the waterfront. Built in 1870 by Rajah Brooke as a wedding gift to his wife, it is not normally open to the public, but the landscaped gardens can be visited via a short boat ride across the river.
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