We flew to the Malaysian island of Borneo with Royal Brunei Airlines, which got the holiday off to a great start. I loved the touch-screen in-flight entertainment on board; each seat had its own touch screen monitor with an excellent choice of movies, which really helped me to relax before landing.
Upon arriving in Borneo,
I was drawn to the lush green rainforests and majestic mountains, as well as the stunning beaches, which boast golden sands framed by crystal-clear waters. Some of the most appealing sandscapes on the island can be found in Sabah.
The local culture and history in Borneo is extremely interesting and will appeal to a wide range of visitors. Borneo provides the perfect opportunity to combine beauty and culture on one holiday.
I visited Mount Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the island’s most stunning areas. Visitors will find a forest canopy walkway, a selection of hot springs and the summit of majestic Mount Kinabalu – what stunning views. We explored this beautiful open space, stopping to marvel at the view of the rainforest from the top of the canopy walk. I loved looking out over the island, trying to spot wildlife in the trees.
Visitors can select from a number of wildlife-based excursions including the Klias Wetland River Cruise, which offers an afternoon of wildlife spotting from the beauty of the mangrove forests followed by dinner served by the river bank.
For those who want to explore Borneo’s cultural heritage, a day trip to the cities of Kinabalu and Kuching are incredibly insightful, and easy to reach from a range of resorts on the island. The famous State Mosque in Kuching was one of my favourite landmarks, followed by the Tun Mustapha Tower in Kinabalu.
One of the key attractions of a holiday to Borneo is a chance to see orang-utans, as the island is home to these beautiful creatures. Animal lovers will want to visit Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary in Sandakan, which rehabilitates orphaned or captured orang-utans back into the wild. It was the highlight of my trip to Borneo. I saw a family of orang-utans tuck into their lunch and caught a glimpse of a baby orang-utan. The opportunity to watch the animals in their natural habitat was a rewarding and memorable experience. The guided walk through Sepilok’s rainforest, where we saw lots of tropical plants, orchids and giant trees, was interesting also. There is so much to do in Borneo that the most challenging part is deciding what to enjoy first.
Premier Travel can offer a seven-night holiday to Borneo from £1,249pp, including accommodation at the 5* Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria resort in a Superior Rainforest View Room, return flights from London Heathrow with Royal Brunei Airlines and return private transfers. This offer is based on two adults sharing and is valid for travel from November 1st – July 5th 2017. Alternative dates are also available.
For more information or to book the above offer, contact the Huntingdon branch on
01480 371777 or visit the website: premier-travel.co.uk