Borneo is home to many beautiful destinations and buildings that tick all the boxes for your Instagram feed. Recently, we dove deep into Instagram’s explore page and found these amazing shots of photogenic places in Borneo.
Bako National Park, Kuching: Visiting Bako National Park and hiking up its trails give one a chance to capture all the wonderful sights at the national park for your Instagram. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to take a selfie with the park’s not-so-incredibly-shy inhabitants, the Proboscis monkey and wild boar, or pose against Bako’s remarkable Sea Stacks rock formation. As you reach the top of Pandan Kecil trail, revel in the magnificent views of the golden sandy beach disappearing into the azure waters of the South China Sea. Don’t forget to snap one for your Instagram.
Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar: When in Kuching, Sarawak, a trip to this hipster corner bar at Carpenter Street tucked amidst street shops adds some ‘flashiness’ to your Instagram feed. The colourful murals, vintage outdoor bar setting that ultimately reflects the hipster side of Kuching – they will surely breathe life into your Instagram page.
Coco Cabana: Stunning Bornean sunsets are a sure thing at Coco Cabana, Miri. A popular place amongst sundowners, Coco Cabana is located just 10 minutes away from the city centre. Here, you can have your friend help you capture a silhouette of yourself sitting on the swing, with the evening waves and the perfect cotton candy skies as the backdrop. Perfect for your Instagram.
Kundasang: The Mount Kinabalu views from Kundasang are worth every second of your journey uphill. You will definitely want to take countless shots for your Instagram. Kundasang is ridiculously beautiful and so photogenic that your followers won’t be able to tell if you are in Borneo or New Zealand. One of the most famous photo spots is the one outside of Desa Dairy’s entrance, where you can see those rocky mountain caps when the sky is clear.
Le One Kokol Elf: This one is every Instagrammer’s dream. Experience the iconic Bali Swing and enjoy the breath-taking views. A shot worthy of your Instagram is that of the City Circle. Curved like a nest, it is a nice place to lay down while admiring the view of Kota Kinabalu city.
Gaya Island: One of many spectacular islands in Borneo, Gaya Island has it all: sun, sand and sea. Famous for its rich undersea ecosystem and unspoilt beaches, you can opt for snorkelling or simply lay down in a hammock by the beach. Photos of you paddling a kayak in the open water for Instagram? Yes please!
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque & Royal Barge: Located in the smallest country in Borneo, the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in Asia Pacific. The shimmering golden dome, lavish exteriors made of the finest Italian marble surrounded by the reflecting lagoon speak volumes about its magnificence. Your Instagram followers will also appreciate a photo from the mosque overlooking the grand replica of the 16th century Mahligai, or Royal Barge – a ceremonial boat interconnected to the mosque.
Note: Be sure to dress modestly when you are within the compounds of this mosque.
#nbd35, Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex: This colourful art installation was made by 39 Bruneian artists to commemorate the country’s 35th national day celebration. Situated right at the heart of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex, in between symmetrical brown buildings, #nbd35 is designed for Instagram.
Camar Bulan Beach, Temajuk: The colourful beach houses here are simply one of the most iconic sights in Temajuk. Different shades of blue, red and other striking colours make the whole beach stands out and perfectly suited for your Instagram page. Plus, the nearby Dermaga Camar Bulan jetty screams on-point aesthetic. Come here when the sun is about to set for that Insta-worthy golden hour photo effect.
Taman Alun-Alun Kapuas, Pontianak: When in Pontianak, make your way to Taman Alun Kapuas for that memorable Instagram photo. There are two locations here that are a testament to the city’s creativity. One is the spiralling monument, Tanjak, that resemble the Malay headgear. The second location is the ornate yellow bridge, which is usually crammed with tourists, so come first thing in the morning for that Instagram worthy photo, minus all the crowd.