Wild and forbidding Borneo has ignited imaginations for centuries. Despite scars from mining, logging and fires, Borneo retains many natural wonders. It’s the last refuge for most of the world’s wild orangutans, and home to ancient civilizations, including Dayak tribes that selectively embrace the 21st century, balancing modernity with traditional practices.
Muhammad Cohen traveled across the world’s third largest island for the original Lonely Planet Guide to Borneo. He travels deep into Borneo’s heart of darkness, from pursuing great apes in riverboats straight out of African Queen to cruising the urban jungle canal villages of Banjarmasin, from the mighty, mysterious Mahakam River’s longhouse villages and to renowned dive sites around Sipidan and the Sangalaki archipelago, islands that time has seemingly passed by, where easy smiles remain the openly exchanged currency.