Borneo Travel Guide

Borneo Travel Guide

Borneo is an exotic destination where you can explore Sabah and Sarawak, climb mountains, see rare and endangered wildlife, explore National Parks, relax on spectacular beaches or go island hopping. View our comprehensive travel and backpacking guide with tips, ideas for the best things to see and do and information about itineraries, costs, how to save money, and more!


Activities & Things to Do in Borneo

Travel to Borneo

Borneo is a true paradise and our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe. 

Get inspired to visit Borneo today!

  • Population: 20 million (approx)
  • Capital: Kuching & Kota Kinabalu
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringit (RM)
  • Language: Malay, Chinese and local tribal languages 
  • Religion: Christian, Muslim, Animist 
  • Visa: Not required for UK citizens (other nationalities will need to check)
  • Time Zone: GMT +8


Top Reasons to Visit Borneo

  • A true paradise and less busy compares to other places in Asia like Thailand and Vietnam
  • See some of the most exotic wildlife in the world
  • Learn what efforts are being made to protect rainforests and wildlife
  • Spectacular islands and beaches
  • Lots of adventure activities


How to Get to Borneo

You can catch international flights into Malaysia and Indonesia then travel to Borneo via boat or flight. Flight times are around 17 hours from London to Kota Kinabalu. You can also fly from destination within Asia with budget airlines like Air Asia.


Weather & Best Time to Visit Borneo

Borneo is a warm destination all year round and there really isn't a best time to visit. Most months Borneo averages a temperature of around 30 degrees. Sometimes the weather can be unpredictable, this is a tropic island, the most rain usually falls around December and January but this shouldn't put you off visiting during this period.

We wouldn't recommend booking a break to Borneo based on the weather, any time you are planning on visiting will most likely be warm. The main peak season is generally from May through to September and book accommodation and excursions in advance to avoid places being full.


Best Places to See in Borneo

Borneo might look small on a map but there are so many places to visit, here are some essential destinations to add to your itinerary:

  • Comprising the northwestern corner of Borneo, Sarawak is a delightful mixture of high mountains, dense jungle, intricate cave systems and lots of activities
  • Sabah is a popular destination for people seeking beaches, jungle and wildlife.
  • Mt. Kinabalu - adventure climbs available to book
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilition Centre 
  • Other to places you might want to visit include the Gunung Mulu National Park, Batang Ai National Park. Kuching, Lankayan Island, Sandakan, Selingan Island, Sipadan Island and the Danum Valley


Travelling & Backpacking in Borneo

Would you like to visit spectacular beaches, explore lush rainforests and see exotic wildlife? Travel to Borneo! This will be the most incredible experience of your life.


Borneo Travel Tips

A dorm bed in a hostel costs between £4-10 a night. A double room with a bathroom in your average hotel will cost around £10-15. Luxury options are also available for an extra price.

Budget for Traveling in Borneo: 
Borneo can be an experience country to travel in but it depends on what activities you would like to do. If you would like to go backpacking in Borneo then you will be able to travel on a budget if you choose accommodation and things to do carefully.

Fresh seafood, Satay, Bario rice, jungle fern - Western options also available in the larger areas.

Recommended Books to Read Before Departing: 
Kalimantaan by C.S. Godshalk, Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo by Eric Hansen & Footprints in the Paddy Fields by Tina Kisil