Fiction Map Of The World- Borneo

by Travelbag on 23 December 2014, 12:12PM Fiction Map Of The World- Borneo

The tiny island of Borneo is unique in that no less than three different countries own it. In the north, it is controlled by Brunei and Malaysia, and it is controlled by Indonesia to the south. Whilst this does mean that the region has a turbulent history, it has also resulted in an extremely diverse and varied mix of cultures. 

A trip to Borneo means many different things, for many different people. For some, there is one enduring image, however, and it is the orangutan. This island is home to both one of the oldest rainforests on the planet, and one of the few remaining orangutan populations in the wild. There is a heavy focus on ecology here, and it is not hard to see why – the island itself is staggeringly beautiful.
 
Essential Holiday Reading
The remarkable British writer and scholar, Redmond O’Hanlon, has the perfect holiday tome for anybody looking to jet off to Borneo in the near future. The fascinating travel memoir Into the Heart of Borneo: An Account of a Journey Made in 1983 to the Mountains of Batu Tuban with James Fenton might be a bit of a mouthful to say, but it is an extremely worthwhile and delightfully exciting account of an expedition through one of the wildest locations on the planet. If you want to get to know this little island, pick up this book and follow Hanlon and Fenton as they battle their way through the jungle conquering creepy crawlies, poisonous fauna and crocodiles aplenty.  
 
Notable Bornean Books
The really rather charming Footprints in the Paddy Fields, by Tina Kisil, is part autobiography, part literary preservation. It takes the form of both childhood memoir and protector of lost traditions, resulting in a novel which is both thrilling and highly engaging. It is set amongst the rural provinces of Sabah, and details the joys and woes of a simpler time – when a single buffalo could change the fate of an entire family. There is a real sense of time and change in this book, as it documents the development of both a young girl and her country. For something a little more light hearted, pick up Bumbling Through Borneo, by Tom Schmidt – a witty, light hearted graphic novel depicting a journey from Hong Kong to the longhouses of Borneo.
     
Notable Bornean Authors
One of the most famous writers to come out of Borneo was not actually born there at all. The remarkable Agnes Newton Keith has a story which is bound to fascinate all and fortunately, she committed it to paper before she passed away. In 1934, Keith followed her husband, Director of Agriculture in Borneo, to the island to start a new life. However, the Japanese imprisoned them both in 1942, during the outbreak of war. The spirited author and her husband both survived their internment, and Keith went on to write a moving three-part autobiography. It is made up of the books Land below the Wind, Three Came Home, and White Man Returns, the second of which details her experience in the prison camps.
 
Notable Bornean Films
Whilst there aren’t many films set on Borneo itself, primarily due to its small and wild nature, there are a handful of well-known Hollywood movies set in and around Malaysia. The 1999 heist film Entrapment, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery, takes its action filled narrative to Kuala Lumpur, where a bank robbery is planned, in the world famous Petronas Towers. For those who prefer their visual treats to have a little more substance, there is 2004 film The Beautiful Country, starring Nick Nolte and Bai Ling. It tells the tale of a young Vietnamese boy, forced to flee the country after an incriminating accident, which he has no other way of escaping.
 
Essential Holiday Listening
There is a plethora of Malaysian pop stars, who take great influence from American artists like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. For instance, the Malaysian singer known as Nikki, is renowned for her ability to sing in the whistle register, just like the aforementioned Mariah Carey and US singer Christina Aguilera. The half Chinese, half Kelabit singer Hannah Tan is also very popular in this part of the world, for her upbeat sound and easy going lyrics. She has shared a stage with world famous artists like Elliott Yasmin, Shaggy and Whitney Houston. For a light hearted holiday playlist, search out a tune or two from this intriguing Malaysian artist.    
 
Notable Bornean Musicians
If you have not heard of Yuna, it is time to change that. She is the proud writer and singer of a track produced by no other than Pharrell Williams, so you know that she has to be an artist to watch. In fact, she has spent the last six years gaining critical acclaim around the globe, everywhere from Conan and Last Call with Carson Daly, to the soundtrack of major Hollywood movie Savages. This young, sassy musician is completely independent – she writes all of her own songs, and is just as remarkable when playing acoustic as she is with a live band. 


15 Destinations to Enjoy a Hot, Sunny January

Read More

The Travelbag Guide to Barbados’ Best Beaches

Read More

Christmas Markets Beyond Europe

Read More

Solo Travelling: How, Why & Where

Read More
Post of the month
by Tourism Australia More

Email sign up

Register to receive holiday offers, cheap flights deals, hotel offers and more.

Travelbag Travel/Leisure London

A TRAVELBAG FAVOURITE - Moon Palace, Mexico A seemingly boundless stretch of beautiful beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea is the backdrop for your elegant and fun-filled all-inclusive holiday at Moon Palace, Cancun, Mexico. Find out more - goo.gl/ajJgKH A water-baby? Spend your day swimming with dolphins and scuba diving, all at The Moon Palace hotel in #Mexico!
04 Dec 18:30 Read More
Travelbag's Twitter
Common Tags
3 days in 48 hours in 5 Reasons abseiling Abu Dhabi UAE Activities adrenalin Adventure Holiday Africa Alamo Alaska Alec Stewart America Antigua Architecture Argentina art arts asia Atlantis The Palm Auckland Australasia Australia Backpacking bahamas Bali Bangkok Barbados Beach Holidays Beaches beer Birdwatching Bora Bora Brazil Building bungee jumping Byron Bay Caibbean California Cambodia Canada Cancun Cape Town Caribbean celebrity Celebrity Holidays Chicago Chile China City Breaks cocktails Coffee Competition Corfu cowboys cricket Cruise Holidays Cruises Cuba culinary holidays culture cycling Darwin Days Out Dining Dining Abroad Dominican Republic Drinks Driving Dubai Dubai Hotels east coast eating EdgeWalk England Europe Events Exotic Holidays Explorers Way Family Holidays Festivals Fiji Fishing Flights Florida food Free gastronomy Girlie holidays Gold Coast Great Walks Greece Hanoi Hawaii helicopter Ho Chi Minh City Hobbit holiday reading holidays Honeymoon Hong Kong Hua Hin India Indian Ocean Indian Ocean Luxury Holidays Indonesia Ireland Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Journey Jumeriah Beach Kenya Khao Lak kids holidays Kiwi Koh Samui Krabi kuala lumpur Langkawi asia Laos las vegas last minute Legendary Pacific Coast Literature los angeles Luang Prabang Luxury Holidays Macau Majorca Malaysia Malaysia Airlines Maldives Map Mauritius Mauritius Hotels Melbourne Mexico Miami Middle East Middle East UAE money Montreal motorhome holidays Movie museums music Myanmar Nature New York New Zealand nightlife Norfolk North America North New Zealand Northen Territory Northern Ireland Oman Oregon Orlando Patong Pattaya Perth Perth Beaches Philadelphia Phuket Portland Quebec Queensland Queenstown quiz Rail Rail Travel Reading on holiday Relaxing holiday Relaxing on holiday religion rollercoaster Romance Royal Jubilee Safari Samoa Samoa Hotels scenic Scotland Scuba Diving Self-Drive Seychelles Shopping Sightseeing Trip snorkelling South Africa South America South Australia South New Zealand Southern Spirit Spain Sports Sri Lanka St Lucia sun city Surfing survey Sydney Tahiti Tasmania temples Texas Thailand theater theme parks Things To Do Tips Tokyo Top 10 Top 5 Things to Do Toronto Toronto Dining tour Train Travel Travelbag Trip of a lifetime Tthailand TV TV Advert UAE UK United States USA USA Roadtrip Vancouver Vietnam Vietnam Beaches Vineyards Virginia Wales Wedding Wellington west coast Western Australia whale watching whales What to see Wildlife Win Wine Wineries Winnipeg Winter Sun With you all the way Yucatan Caribbean
Archive
  • 2016
  • 2015
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2014
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2013
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
  • 2012
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
Please Wait...