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Borneo

Travel Guide

Borneo remains one of the most rugged and unspoilt parts of South East Asia to travel. Venture into primeval rainforests, dive in crystal clear waters and seek out rare and exotic species of wildlife. Borneo is an adventure paradise. Trek up Mt. Kinabalu, the largest mountain in South East Asia, see orangutans and explore remote island paradises on your amazing Borneo travel adventure.

Borneo Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

There are 65 languages or dialects spoken in Borneo, but the principle languages are Indonesian (for Kalimantan) and Malay (Sabah and Sarawak). English is commonly spoken, particularly in tourist areas.

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Currency

Name: Malaysian ringgit/Indonesian Rupiah
Code: MYR/IDR
Symbol: RM/Rp

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Time Zones

Borneo (GMT +8)

Borneo Highlights

Borneo is a fascinating island, given that it is shared by three nations: Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Malaysian part of Borneo is split into two states, Sabah and Sarawak. The Indonesian part of Borneo is known as Kalimantan. Brunei is a tiny but wealthy nation, governed by the sultan. Due to the different countries that inhabit the island, Borneo is rich in cultural diversity and even richer in natural species and beauty.

Sabah and Sarawak are the most visited places in Borneo, whilst Kalimantan is much more wild and remote.

Borneo Travel Costs

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Beers

Be aware that alcohol is not widely drunk in Borneo due to the Muslim population, but you can still find it. Beer is cheapest in the local underground supermarket bars, and much more expensive in normal bars and restaurants.

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Meals

Meals at food stalls are perfect for those on a budget, costing around £2. Mid-range restaurant meals will cost between £5-12.

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Taxi Ride

Taxis in Borneo can cost between £4 and £10 depending on the distance and which location you are in.

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Transport

Buses or planes are the best way to get around Borneo. Domestic flights are very cheap, often costing under £25 for an hour long flight. Borneo has a network of cheap buses connecting the coastal cities - book at the bus ticket office for the cheapest price.

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Hostels

A dorm bed in a hostel costs between £4-10 a night.

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Hotels

Air-con double rooms with a bathroom in a mid-range hotel will cost around £15.

Top tours in Borneo

Borneo Palace by the water

Western Borneo Experience

This eight-day journey through is perfect for nature lovers who want to see the most of Borneo's wildlife. Start and finish in the city of Kota Kinabalu, but travel through rainforest, national parks and tropical islands.
8 days
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Kuching Temple at night

Experience Sarawak

Explore Sarawak on this trip that takes you to Bako National Park, Batang Ai National Park and Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Start and finish in the city of Kuching.
6 days
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Mount Kinabalu in Borneo at sunset

Highlights of Sabah & Mt Kinabalu

Spend time exploring Malaysia's jungle playground, Sabah. Meet orangutans in a rehabilitation centre, cruise on a river safari and trek up the stunning Mount Kinabalu.
11 days
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Mini Adventures in Borneo

Monkey in Sabah, Borneo

Naturally Sabah

Sabah is nature's playground, and an absolute must for any animal enthusiast. You will be meeting Borneo's famous sun bear, visiting Sepilok orangutan centre, spotting wildlife on a river cruise and more. 
5 days
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Orangutan sanctuary in Borneo

Best of Kuching

Experience Sarawak's tribal traditions, wilderness adventures and ginger furries in just five days. Explore the beaches of Bako N.P, visit an orangutan sanctuary, expeirence a night of tribal war dances at an Iban longhouse and unwind at a rainforest resort.
5 days
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When is the best time to go to Borneo?

Borneo has no good or bad time to go, as there is always possibility of rain, all year round, and lowland areas are consistently hot. However, the 'wet' season is between October and February. The busiest season is between July and September.

How do I travel Borneo on a budget?

Borneo is one of the more expensive countries to travel in South East Asia, largely because of the activities and conservation trips that tourists want to do. The best way to travel Borneo on a budget is by eating in local places and using local transport options to get around. Book your city accommodation in advance and save your money for the activities.
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