Borneo Highlights

I’ve just returned from an incredible trip to Malaysian Borneo and wanted to share some of my favourite destinations from my travels.

1.Kinanbantang Wetlands Resort

Easily accessible with a flight into Sandaken, this jungle resort is located in the peaceful shores of the river making it the perfect base to try and spot pygme elephants or the infamous orangoutangs. We were lucky enough to see both thanks to the KWR guides and I couldn’t believe how majestic they were.

The resort rooms were fantastic. Large open windows into the jungle and an outside shower both added to the feeling of being immersed in the jungle.

Food was delicious and we were given the opportunity to buy fresh prawns from the fisherman in the village and the chef prepared as we requested- I would recommend as they tasted amazing!

2.Mount Kinabalu

Where to start! Probably the most enduring physical challenge we could take on (and I think Alex is still adamant it was a bad suggestion from me to do on holiday!). Two days and one night of hiking to reach the summit of the mountain – staying at the base camp hut in dorm rooms on the way.

Unfortunately for us the typhoon affecting Asia hit just as we made our summit ascent and therefore we didn’t get to experience any views (instead torrential rain and storm made the conditions horrendous) but all the same it was a great experience and I have seen pictures to prove how it should have looked from the top!

3.Shangri-La Rasa Ria resort

Located just outside Kota Kinabalu this large golf and beach resort was a luxury stop over in our trip. The beach is ginormous and I loved that there’s so much space between sun loungers. The staff were all SO friendly and happy to help wherever possible.

We dined and watched the cultural show in the evening and the breakfast was the best hotel breakfast I’ve ever experienced! Every different cuisine had a bar plus all the sweet treats you could want (including a chocolate fountain and ice cream bar)!

I even made some time for a gym workout and the facilities were great – although it’s so humid I can’t say it was the longest workout I’ve ever done!

4.Nasa Puri Beach Homestay

This no-frills back to basics resort was a great contrast to the Shangri-La! For a sum of £25pppn we dined for three meals a day and stayed on the beach near Kuala Penyu. With hammocks and sun chairs on the beach you won’t see another soul all day which makes it the perfect relaxation venue and digital detox.

Be warned – it’s back to basics so not for those who like a luxury warm fluffy towel and shower but perfect for those who want to wake up to the sound of the waves and eat traditional Malay style.

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing my Borneo tails – now for the next adventure!

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