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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, $44.95)

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
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

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)

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)

Among Orangutans, Red Apes and the Rise of Human Culture

Among Orangutans, Red Apes and the Rise of Human Culture


by Carel van Schaik | Perry van Dujinhoven

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

An exploration of the Sumatran orangutan by one of the leading experts in the field, complete with full-color photographs. (NAT63, $29.95)

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, $29.95)

Orangutans, Wizards of the Rain Forest

Orangutans, Wizards of the Rain Forest


by Anne E. Russon

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An illustrated introduction to orangutans. Russon, a psychologist and primatologist, pays special attention to the behavior of these remarkably intelligent apes. (BST52, $24.95)

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)

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, also includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia. (SEA49, $37.50)

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