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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Into the Heart of Borneo

Into the Heart of Borneo

by Redmond O'Hanlon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 190 PAGES

An absurd (and true) story of a biologist's journey into the mountains of Sarawak in search of the fabled Borneo rhino. O'Hanlon's entertaining account mixes plenty of humor, detail on local peoples and natural history. (BRN03, $14.00)

Wild Borneo

Wild Borneo

by Nick Garbutt | Cede Prudente | David Attenborough

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

This oversized book, featuring 250 color photographs, covers Borneo's habitats, wildlife, nature history and conservation. (BRN26, $46.95)

Bradt Guide Borneo: Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak

Bradt Guide Borneo: Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak

by Tamara Thiessen

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

This comprehensive guide to Malaysian Borneo includes travel details and excellent information on history, culture and nature. (BRN31, $27.99)

Borneo Map

Borneo Map

by ITMB

  • 2008
  • MAP

A folded traveler's map of the island of Borneo, including Kalimantan, at a scale of 1:1,130,000. (BRN32, $12.95)

 
The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia


by J.M. Barwise | Nicholas J. White

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels. (SEA36, $14.95)

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History


by Milton Osborne

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

In the 11th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century. (SEA73, $26.95)

Textiles from Borneo, Iban, Kantu, Ketungau, and Mualang Peoples

Textiles from Borneo, Iban, Kantu, Ketungau, and Mualang Peoples


by Heribert Amann

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 223 PAGES

Featuring 150 full-page color photographs of ceremonial tribal textiles and 25 black-and-white documentary images of traditional life in Borneo. (BRN46, $75.00)

The Airmen and the Headhunters

The Airmen and the Headhunters


by Judith Heimann

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Heimann tracked down the Borneo side of the nearly forgotten saga of 11 young American airmen shot down over Kalimantan in WWII -- and the Australian pilots, missionaries and, especially, the Dayak villagers who helped them to survive and evade capture. (BRN29, $15.95)

Stranger in the Forest

Stranger in the Forest


by Eric Hansen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A marvelous account of Hansen's 1,500-mile trek across Sarawak, Malaysia in the company of small bands of nomads. It's an entertaining portrait of a little-visited world and vanishing way of life. (BRN16, $16.00)

Collected Short Stories, Volume 4

Collected Short Stories, Volume 4


by W. Somerset Maugham

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Maugham can evoke turn-of-the-century colonial Asia like no other. This collection of stories features many set in Malaysia, Borneo and other Southeast Asian locales, including the well-known tale "The Letter." (SEA01, $18.00)

Orangutans, Behavior, Ecology and Conservation

Orangutans, Behavior, Ecology and Conservation


by Junaidi Payne

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Payne presents an informative and compelling overview of the lives of orangutans, from their habitat and behavior to the complex intricacies of orangutan society. (BST114, $32.95)

Reflections of Eden, My Years with the Orangutans of Borneo

Reflections of Eden, My Years with the Orangutans of Borneo


by Birute Galdikas

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Galdikas describes the behavior and natural history of the orangutan as well as her life in the field at Camp Leakey in this classic memoir. (INS14, $19.99)

The Malay Archipelago

The Malay Archipelago


by Alfred Russel Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 515 PAGES

A contemporary of Darwin, the great British naturalist describes his wanderings throughout Borneo, Java, Bali, Lombok, the Moluccas, New Guinea and remote islands from 1854 to 1862 in this classic of natural history and travel. (INS06, $25.00)

Wild Man from Borneo, A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Wild Man from Borneo, A Cultural History of the Orangutan


by Helen Gilbert | Robert Cribb

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 318 PAGES

A comprehensive overview of the great ape that, arguably, is most human-like. The authors cover not only zoological and ecological information, but also how orangutans have entered popular culture via entertainment, literature and debates about the origins of man. (BRN47, $54.00)

A Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia

A Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia


by Charles M. Francis

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 392 PAGES

This field guide and handbook features 72 full-color plates, detailed range maps and authoritative text on the ecology, behavior, taxonomy and conservation of 500 species. (SEA62, $55.00)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Borneo

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Borneo


by Geoffrey Davidson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A pocket field guide to 250 species. (BRN07, $15.95)

Birds of Borneo, Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan

Birds of Borneo, Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan


by Susan Myers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A must for birders, this comprehensive field guide features1,600 color illustrations and maps. (BRN36, $32.50)

Birds of Southeast Asia

Birds of Southeast Asia


by Craig Robson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia. (SEA49, $37.50)

Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan

Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan


by Quentin Phillips | Karen Phillips

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An up-to-date, colorful guide to all 673 species found on Borneo. Includes more than 2000 full-color illustrations and full of handy information for the avid birder. (BRN48, $35.00)

Wild Malaysia, The Wildlife, Scenery and Biodiversity of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak

Wild Malaysia, The Wildlife, Scenery and Biodiversity of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak


by Geoffrey Davison | Junaidi Payne | Stephen Hogg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

A beautiful survey of Malaysia's wildlife, organized geographically. The authors divide the country into Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah, profiling each region's habitats and animals with explanatory text and color photographs. (MSA37, $49.95)

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