Borneo homestays holiday

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

This itinerary takes in the city and rural area that Borneo has to offer. We are committed in preserving and maintaining the natural beauty of the island. We work closely with, and actively promote, like-minded operators who share the same values as our company’s.

Our local guides will brief guests on a ‘leave no trace’ trekking philosophy. Additionally, the guests will be instructed to follow marked trails and to pack out whatever they pack in. In addition, the guides will educate guests on other threats to the ecosystem such as clear cut logging, illegal logging and littering. The guests will be educated on appropriate methods to ensure the wildlife is not disturbed. Hence, this includes safe viewing distances, avoidance of flash photography if it is a night safari, leaving the wildlife with adequate area to vacate, and under no circumstances, touching or handling wildlife of any kind. Additionally, guides educate guests on threats to the animals such as illegal hunting, poaching for the wildlife trade, and habitat destruction.

The accommodation we use is the Sepilok Forest Edge in Sandakan which comes by way of kampung-style chalets made from recycled wood. The wood panels are originally from Chinese houses that were built in the 1940's.

Mulu Village Homestay is a charming wonder that sits in the heart of the Borneo jungle. This guest house offers dorm-style accommodation with old-fashioned showers that run on a system of pumps. A generator is used for the electricity at Mulu Village Homestay and is only available for certain periods throughout the day.

Tanjung Bulat Jungle Camp is owned and run by the local people with passion and enthusiasm in the ecotourism industry of Borneo. Not only just thinking about making a profit, they take part in doing the conservation program engaging with the local community in the Kinabatangan area. The Camp also implement No Mass Policy in the jungle camp, which means, in a moment they only allow a maximum of 12 travellers to the jungle camp to minimize the impact on the local ecosystem. In addition, some of the guests’s funds will be used to invest in to conservation programmes.

As a commitment to environmental responsibility, we start by setting an example. We ban single use plastic bottles during transportation. Instead, we provide filtered water for guests to refill their bottles and to say “no thanks” to plastic bags when they purchase something. In addition, our guides provide travellers with awareness information on how they can practice principles to reduce, reuse, recycle and appropriate waste disposal at their destination.

In this itinerary, guests will walk as much as possible and they will stay in locally owned accommodations. Food eaten is mainly locally grown, reducing the food mile emissions. Besides this, we focus on engaging local companies and operators. This has less impact than using long and carbon intensive supply chains.

We recommend our guests to lessen their carbon emissions by taking as little flights as possible and focus more on slow travel. We aim to offer local activities and experience, which result in a smaller carbon footprint for our guests.

The Impacts of this Trip

We strive to maintain a high level of local employment which gives our travellers the best knowledge and this allows them to experience Borneo through the eyes of an expert. This ensures that the funds generated from these stay within the country and filter down to the local economy. Visitors are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

The Lamin Dana lodge does not only offers accommodation; it is also the centre of an ongoing cultural revival, training local people in traditional arts and crafts and providing useful extra income for dozens of village families.

We sustain jobs and cultural diversity by supporting local craft makers and artisans, and promoting cultural attractions. During the guests visit to the Bidayuh Longhouse & Penan Longhouse of Batu Pangan, the guests will have an opportunity to buy local handicrafts created by the local community. They are wonderful souvenirs for children to take home as memories to keep in their rooms.

Kiulu Farmstay is committed to using local resources such as accommodation, activities and people maintaining unique culture practices and developing rural tourism to grow one’s understanding and broaden the holiday experience.

In an effort to support conservation in Borneo, visits to projects such as the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary and our entrance fees into the National Parks also assist in financially supporting vital conservation projects and preserving the environment for future generations. We get a lot of pleasure out of seeing these centres rehabilitating animals.


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