Trying to find a copy of Lonely Planet Borneo? Unfortunately it doesn’t exist. [UPDATE: It does now! Lonely Planet are publishing Lonely Planet Borneo in June 2008. See below for more info]. Borneo is a huge island that’s divided between 3 countries – Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Read on to find out what guide books will help you with Borneo backpacking
Borneo is the world’s third biggest island, and it’s split up between Malaysia, Indonesia and the tiny Kingdom of Brunei. Up until now, there was no Lonely Planet book dedicated solely to Borneo, which was a shame, as it’s become a popular place for backpackers looking to get away from the usual South East Asian circuit. When I went to Borneo back in 2004, a copy of Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei provided pretty good coverage of Malaysian Borneo and Brunei but nothing about the Indonesian part of the island.
All that has now changed with the publication of Lonely Planet Borneo, due out in June 2008. You can preorder a copy through Amazon. This edition covers the Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak, Brunei and the Indonesian region of Kalimantan.
Within Malaysian Borneo lies the world famous Sepilok Orangutang Sanctuary, the impressive Mount Kinabalu (South East Asia’s highest mountain), and some of the best scuba diving spots in the world like Sipadan and Lankayan. There is also spectacular jungle trekking and longhouse tribes you can visit too. Malaysian Borneo is one of the less explored places in the world, but it’s got good flight connections from the rest of South East Asia and also a good tourist infrastructure too, so it’s quite easy to make your own way around. I’ve been there a couple of times and found it to be a bewitching place. You can find the best priced Borneo hotels and flights and read other travellers’ reviews on TripAdvisor too.
Indonesian Borneo I don’t know so much about – the key attraction I can name is the island of Sangalaki, famous for its schools of manta rays and so a scuba diving mecca. There are several other equally impressive diving locations around here. The Lonely Planet Indonesia book would be the best bet to research Indonesian Borneo.