Do you know where Borneo is located? I didn't. I had a little bit of an idea but I had to break out the atlas to get a good idea of where it is located.
Borneo is an island in Southeast Asia. The South China Sea borders the island to the north. Across the South China Sea is Vietnam and Cambodia. Malaysia is to the west. Indonesia is to the west and south. The Philippines are to the East. It is the third largest island in the world. It is also the third highest mountain with Mt. Kinabalu at 13,435 ft.
The island is administered by three countries. The southern half of the island is Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the country. Brunei occupies a small portion in the northern part of the island. The remaining northern part of the island is Malaysia. This is the part of the island we will be visiting.
There are two states in Malaysian Borneo; Sabah and Sarawak. We will spend about one week in each portion. Starting in Kota Kinabalu, we plan on visiting Mt. Kinabalu and the rainforest near Lahad Datu in the Sabah state. Then we will move to Kuching in Sawarak.
I'm excited. This will be a big adventure for us. We have not visited the jungle before other than a few days in the mountain rainforests in Costa Rica. It will also be our first vacation in Asia. I've been to Singapore for business for just a few days but that is it.
There are a lot of unknowns - how will we handle the heat? The humidity? The food? The culture? But we will see some amazing things.