Borneo Guide

Borneo is the largest Island in Asia. It is also, rather confusingly, divided among three countries. The content here will cover the Malaysian areas

A The Island is an adventurers dream come true, with the worlds oldest rainforest , 130 million years old! (Kids, that is even older than your parents!!).

What to do with littlies in Borneo?...

The Rivers, mountains and caves are all waiting to be explored: For those of you not so inclined to Indiana Jones moments, there are also beautiful beaches, markets and a fascinating culture to discover. As David Bellamy puts it, “it is a solar powered theme park!”


Kota Kinabalu: Most peoples first stop will be (Sabah’s capital). There are great markets here and much cultural exploring to be had. And it’s surrounded by wildlife and cultural activities. Top marks all round!


Mari Mari Cultural Village: is a living museum. You walk around the site in the rainforest and visit a variety of tribal houses learning about Borneos tribal history as you go. The children can help make cookies, try pandan juice out of bamboo cups, have a jump on a trampoline, and have a go at blow darting!! All topped off with a traditional dancing show. It’s a good way to learn about the history and culture of Borneo without the children getting bored. It is around half an hour from Kota Kinabalu.

Which Family Pod?  Energetic explorer

Tiny Tip:There are three tours a day (morning, afternoon, evening). You must book ahead as they do not accept walk-ins ( Wear light comfortable clothing and sensible shoes -there are steep (ish) steps up to the houses; take an umbrella for the rain (or sun); and don’t forget the insect repellent (you are in the Jungle!!).

Getting close to nature

There are, of course, many wildlife options to explore:. One of the most well known is Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. As with all popular attractions, it can be very busy! As a parent of young children this may not suit everyone. If you really want to experience orang-utans, it may be better to book into one of the Shangrila Resorts. Las Rasa Ria has an orang-utan sanctuary attached to it and you and the children could even be a ranger for the day! The places are very limited with hotel guests taking priority.There are also a couple of zoos located close to the city. Again, this is good for viewing the types of animals that live in the rainforest. Of course, this type of set up may not appeal to every family. My advice is: do your research and see what suits you and your family best.

Which Family Pod?  Energetic explorer

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