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Trip Report Borneo and Rainforest Lodge

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We just returned from Borneo and a stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. I must say it was quite an experience. The lodge itself was beautiful and the service incredibly good. Hot showers, great food, beautiful surroundings. We were not aware that this is monsoon season, and being a rainforest, does rain ALOT! It was an eye opening experience being in the rainforest and seeing the amount of land cleared for palm plantations in Borneo. The canopy walks and seeing animals in their natural habitat was a thrill but would have been much more enjoyable had the weather been clear.

It is not a trip for everyone. Hiking in the mud in a humid rainforest in the pouring rain is not real pleasant and a warning that leeches come out in the rain and do find their way to your body. Good thing was, we didn't see a single mosquito! We are avid hikers and backpackers and found it a bit trying. The lodge provides a guide for every 4 people. The schedule is:
Welcome, lunch, afternoon walk, rest, dinner, night drive
Early morning walk, breakfast, nature walk, lunch, rest, walk, dinner, night walk
breakfast, morning walk, pack up, lunch, depart
Their schedule includes a set number of walks, night drive and night walk. We backed out of 2 walks after getting soaked twice on the second day. It is difficult to see the monkeys and orangutans on your own and the guides do a great job of finding them, but like us, they don't like to come out in the rain. So be prepared that the experience can
vary depending on conditions. If you are interested, I have a detailed blog and photos at:

http://talkingchin.blogspot.com/2011_01_01_archive.html

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