Is it safe to travel to Borneo?

What vaccines do I need for Borneo?

For most short-term travellers, the usual vaccinations recommended for Borneo include coverage against childhood illnesses (tetanus and diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella), as well as coverage against food and waterborne diseases of the typhoid and hepatitis A.

Is Kota Kinabalu expensive?

The cheapest I came across was in Kota Kinabalu, the biggest city in Sabah, where the cost of a dorm was $8/night. The most expensive was more like $20 a night at the tip of Borneo. A stay on one of the islands off Semporna in the south will instead cost $25 a night for a dorm.

Do I need a visa to go to Borneo?

Visa requirements British and Australian passport holders do not need a visa for stays up to three months. United States nationals do not require a visa. For all other nationalities, please check with the nearest Malaysian/Borneo Embassy or Consulate, or refer to the information provided on Project Visa.

Is Borneo worth the detour?

It’s a good 2 day trip to see the cultures of Sabah. Other places worth visiting are Mount Kinabalu and Poring Hot Springs. If you have time, a trip to Kinabatangan is definitely worth doing as you can get up close with the wildlife by boat. Hope you enjoy your trip.

How do you fly to Borneo?

There are a number of major airports in Borneo, including Kota Kinabalu International Airport (Sabah) and Kuching International Airport (Sarawak) in Borneo Malaysia; Brunei International Airport in Brunei; and Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (Balikpapan) and Syamsudin Noor Airport (Banjarmasin) in Indonesian

Can you drink tap water in Kuching?

It conforms to the Malaysian National Standard for Drinking Water Quality, based on WHO guidelines. In theory, tap water is safe to drink, but most Malaysians filter or boil tap water before drinking it. Some cafes and restaurants in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu offer drinking water refill stations.

Is Sabah worth the detour?

It’s a good 2 day trip to see the cultures of Sabah. Other places worth visiting are Mount Kinabalu and Poring Hot Springs. If you have time, a trip to Kinabatangan is definitely worth doing as you can get up close with the wildlife by boat.

Does Borneo have malaria?

Malaria is not common, but it is present in Borneo, especially in parts of Kalimantan. Brunei is malaria-free; in Sabah and Sarawak the disease is absent from coastal areas and is only occasionally found in or around remote timber camps. Malaria is caused by a parasite transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Is tap water safe to drink in Kota Kinabalu?

Never drink tap water, even if the water comes from the tap in the bathroom of your hotel room. Tap water in Kota Kinabalu does not meet acceptable purity standards. In addition, purchased water may consist of broken seals.

Can we drink Kota Kinabalu water?

Kota Kinabalu’s water is treated at a sewage treatment plant and is theoretically free of bacteria and large particles. It’s still safe to drink water without this extra filtration system, but people here rarely will.

When is the best time to visit Kota Kinabalu?

The best time to visit Kota Kinabalu would be from December to April when it is high season. The weather is at its best during this time for visiting the beaches and climbing Mount Kinabalu. Other more important activities are white water rafting and deep sea fishing.

How many days do you need in Kota Kinabalu?

Most tour operators offer Kinabalu packages of 1 day, 2 days and 1 night or 3 days and 2 nights, which you can choose according to your fitness level and experience. Advanced and experienced trekkers normally complete the trek in 1 day while beginners complete it in 2 or 3 days.

Where can you see orangutans in Borneo?

Seeing an orangutan in its natural habitat is one of the best wildlife experiences you can have in Borneo.

In our opinion, the five best places to see orangutans in the wild are:

  • Kinabatangan River, Sabah.
  • Danum Valley, Sabah.
  • Deramakot Forest Reserve, Sabah.
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah.
  • Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak.

How to get around Kota Kinabalu?

Getting around Kota Kinabalu is easy, thanks to the bus system, and it’s also easy to get a taxi. Another fact is the city center which is mainly a south-north and west-east system with cross streets. There are also ferries to the islands and you will visit the boroughs, the buses will take you there.

What should I buy in Kota Kinabalu?

7 Things to Buy When Visiting Kota Kinabalu

  • One of the most popular souvenirs from Kota Kinabalu are the beads which include bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more.
  • You can also consider getting handicrafts as souvenirs from the handicraft market located along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens.

What is famous in Kota Kinabalu?

Probably Sabah’s most famous attraction is Mount Kinabalu, a sacred mountain located on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu. This mountain is part of the famous Crocker Mountain Range and sits approximately 13,000 feet above sea level.

Is Sandakan safe?

Most of Sabah, except for the Sipadan area, in our opinion, is very safe to travel. There has never been a history of security or criminal acts in the Sukau-Kinabatangan area, Danum Valley, Tabin, Selingan Island and Lankayan Island. Except for one isolated incident on the outskirts of Sandakan.

How long is the flight to Borneo?

Information on flights to Borneo From here, fly to Borneo with one of our partner airlines in less than three hours. Land in Kota Kinabalu or Sarawak. You can also connect via Hong Kong or Singapore. Depending on the connections, your total flight time will be between 5 and 7 p.m.

Is Borneo expensive to visit?

Borneo is one of the most expensive places to visit in Southeast Asia. But that’s not to say a vacation there still can’t be done on a budget. You can certainly do most things even spending just US$40 a day, especially if you plan your adventures before you get there.