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Borneo

Emerald rice terraces, idyllic beaches, world class diving, tribal villages and jungle covered peaks - you shouldn't take much convincing to book a trip to the Philippines. Known as a diving and island-hopping paradise, the Philippines is a firm favorite for adventurous travelers, with a great mix of beach, jungle and cultural attractions.

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.
 

 

 

 

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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 Travel Costs

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.

Meals

Meals at food stalls are perfect for those on a budget, costing between $1-2. Mid-range restaurant meals will cost between $5-12.

Taxi Ride

Taxis in Borneo can cost between $10-50 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 $20 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 $5-10 a night.

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Hotels

Air-con double rooms with a bathroom in a mid-range hotel will cost around $20.

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Borneo Adventure Tours

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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 from $1,199
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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 $1,069
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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 $2,069
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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.