Monday, July 14, 2014

Five Reasons To Visit The Island of Borneo

Every person has various of reasons why he/she prefers to spend the holidays in Borneo. Too many people, Borneo may serve as an escape from reality, a spiritual hideaway, a place to unwind, and solitary refuge for those with weary souls. This article will, however, tackle the five main reasons why people from all over the world choose to spend their holidays in Borneo.

Borneo takes pride in its lush rainforest, rich tribal culture and a highly diversified wildlife. To be more specific, here’s a list:

1. The eccentricities

Alright. Every country, every place has its own oddities. But Borneo surpasses them all. Cat lovers should start rallying now and head to one of the Borneo’s cities, Kuching. Kuching must have been born out of the Malays’ great love for cats. Every nook and corner of the city are inundated with cat effigies of different sizes, colors and shapes. There’s even a cat galley solely dedicated these furry friends. Tourists can salivate over 2,000 exhibits of cat paintings and sculptures combined.

2. The people

If you love people and their way of life, spending the holidays in borneo might be the best choice for you. One of the widely known tribes in Borneo, the Penan, has a very interesting culture and getting a glimpse of how they live in one of the most isolated areas in the world would certainly prove to be insightful and an eye opener for those who are used to living in the urban areas.

Immersing in the Penan community is not only a wonderful experience, but it would also give the tourists helpful ideas in surviving the wild. Please know, however, that meeting the Penan tribe would be difficult because they’re located deep into the forest. Tourists need to fly to Long Lellang and depending on the situation; they also have to sail on a canoe just to visit the Penan’s settlement.

Aside from the Penan tribe, there’s also the Kelabit community which is nestled in the far flung areas of Sarawak. Like the Penan tribe, they also have a very rich culture and it can be witnessed through their dances.

3. The Food

Borneo might not be the world’s leader in terms of cuisine superiority. But the thing is, as a tourist, you want to try something new. And Borneo can give that to you. Most of Borneo’s delicacies are infused with recipes and cooking techniques from India, Malaysia and China.

Borneo meals are usually seasoned and garnished with unique rainforest herbs and spices. Examples of these herbs and spices are NasiLemak, KoloMee and Ambuyat.

If you’re up to it, you can also try eating durian. Durian is a fleshy, milky fruit that is usually described by the aficionados as “the fruit that smells like hell but tastes like heaven.”