Before you go

Are vaccinations required before travelling to Borneo?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Borneo are available from the NHS website

Is it safe to travel to Borneo?

For up to date information around safety and security in Borneo read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Borneo.

Best time to visit Borneo?

March and October is considered the dry season and so thebest time to visit Borneo. It will be hot and humid throughout, with temperatures rising towards the end of the season before the rains come.

Do I need a visa to enter Borneo?

British nationals don't need a visa to visit Malaysia. You will normally be given permission to stay for 3 months on arrival.If you're travelling between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (sometimes known as Malaysian Borneo and comprising the states of Sabah and Sarawak) you will need to carry your passport.

What currency do i need in Borneo?

The official currency of Borneo is the Malaysian Ringgit.

While visiting Borneo

What wild animals live in Borneo?

Borneo and Sumatra are the only places on Earth where tigers, rhinos, orangutans, and elephants live together. The forests are home to marvelous creatures like the proboscis monkey, sun bear, clouded leopard, and flying fox bat, and endangered animals like the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhino, and pygmy elephant.

What is the traditional food in Borneo?

Borneo cuisine staples include grilled fish (Hinava), barbecued prawns, fried rice, noodles, and local vegetables seasoned with garlic, ginger, and rich sauces. The rainforest provides many of the locals' favorite treats, including bambagan (a giant, mango-like fruit) and the rambatan (a juicy, sweet fruit similar to a lychee).

What Languages are spoken in Borneo?

Bahasa Malaysia is the official language spoken in the Sabah and Sarawak. Other widely spoken languages include Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil and English. All the indigenous tribes in Borneo also speak their ownlanguage.

How much do you tip in Borneo?

The currency in Borneo is the Malaysian Ringgit. 0% service charge and 5% government tax are commonly included in bills. If you'd like to reward good service we recommend tipping guides at around MYR25-30 per day and MYR15 per day for drivers per couple.

Where can I find a local travel expert for Borneo?

Local Borneo travel experts are available.

Useful Numbers

Emergency Borneo Numbers?

  • Police: 999
  • Ambulance: 999
  • Fire: 999
  • Embassy: +603 2170 2200

    Time Difference

    What is the time difference in Borneo?

    The time difference is 6.5 hours

    Travel Apps

    What is the best travel app for Borneo?

    Borneo Guidebook

    Best Borneo guidebook?

    Stay informed before during and after your trip to Borneo with this Borneo Guidebook .