Borneo, the third-largest island in the world, is shared between Malaysia, Indonesia, and the tiny country of Brunei.
The Indonesian part of Borneo, known as Kalimantan, takes up a lion's share of the island, while the Malaysian side is divided into two states: Sarawak and Sabah.
I thoroughly enjoyed both Sarawak and Sabah; each have plenty to offer including a chance to see endangered orangutans and lush rainforests.
But for some reason, Sarawak is the one that really captured my heart. Perhaps it's because Sarawak gets a little less attention than Sabah, which can be bursting with tour groups sometimes.
Sarawak's capital of Kuching is smaller, cleaner, and more pleasant than Kota Kinabalu -- the capital of Sabah. Sarawak just feels a little wilder and less touted; maybe that's why the friendly vibe has remained intact.
I just enjoyed eight adventurous days in Sarawak which included my first visit to Bako National Park, my second visit to the Rainforest World Music Festival, and finally a stay in a traditional Iban longhouse to see how indigenous families live.
Labels: Bako National Park, Borneo, Iban Longhouse, Sarawak, Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival