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North of Java lies Borneo, the third-largest island in the world and divided between three countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. Indonesia’s share of Borneo, Kalimantan, takes up two-thirds of this island but is much less visited than Malaysian Borneo. Kalimantan’s coastline of mangrove swamps and lowland rainforest gives way to an inland belt of gentle hills and alluvial plains. In the interior towering trees emerge from deep jungle and mighty rivers roar through the land.

Borneo’s wildlife is diverse and exotic; you will certainly see orangutans and proboscis monkeys in Tanjung Puting National Park. Travelling the rivers by klotok, a traditional Indonesian wooden boat with a shallow draft, makes a very relaxing way to get close to nature. There are 200 bird species here, along with any number of shy mammals. Crocodiles inhabit the waters.

Indigenous Dayak and Malay cultures are strong on Kalimantan and dazzling dance, music and dress play an essential role in festive celebrations.