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Borneo

Borneo is an adventurer's paradise and remains - even to this day - one of the most rugged and unspoilt parts of the world. Venture into primeval rainforests, dive in crystal clear waters and seek out rare and exotic species of wildlife. Trek up Mt. Kinabalu, the largest mountain in Southeast Asia, lock eyes with orangutans and meet remote island communities on your amazing Borneo travel adventure.

Borneo Travel Guide

Borneo's 287,000 square miles of mostly rainforested land is shared by three different countries: Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei - Brunei being a tiny, wealthy nation governed by a sultan. 

The Malaysian part of Borneo is split into two states, Sabah and Sarawak - these are by far the most popular with adventure seekers, being home to Mount Kinabalu and Sepilok's orangutans.

The remote and unexplored Indonesian part of Borneo goes by the name of Kalimantan. Which we think sounds like the name of a pretty bad ass dragon - and we love that. 

Rich in cultural diversity and even richer in natural species and beauty, there's no end to the experiences you can find here. Come on, take a walk on the wild side...

Borneo's highlights

 

 

 

 

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Mount Kinabalu

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Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

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Sipidan Island

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Danum Valley

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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 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 between $2-5. Mid-range restaurant meals will cost between $10-16.

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Taxi Ride

Taxis in Borneo can cost between $13-60 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 $7-15 a night.

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Hotels

Air-con double rooms with a bathroom in a mid-range hotel will cost around $30.

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Borneo Adventure Tours

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Western Borneo Experience
Once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences (spoiler: they heavily involve orangutans and turtles!), towering jungle canopies, the mighty Mount Kinabalu and incredible coral-clad coastlines are just a few of the highlights on this action packed 8 day tour. 
8 days from $1,699
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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 from $1,299
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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 from $2,739
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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.

When is the best time of year 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.

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