Borneo belongs to three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The largest portion is Indonesia’s, known as Kalimantan. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word Kalamanthana, meaning ‘burning weather island’, describing her hot and humid tropical climate.
Envisage a place where nomadic people live in the rainforest, practising ancient customs; where beautiful highlands are fragrant with the rich aroma of coffee, and a mist-shrouded lake is set among mountains. Merangin, in Sumatra’s Jambi province, is not well known among travellers – but that is part of its appeal.