TIME gmt + 8 hrs
FLIGHT There are no direct flights to Borneo from the
CURRENCY Malay Ringit
VISAS Not required for
TEMPERATURE No lower than 20C but not usually hotter than 32C. Humidity is between 85% and 95%.
CLIMATE Hot and humid all year. Strong winds and frequent showers affect the east coast during the north-east monsoon which blows from December to March. The west coast is generally dry and sunny during this period, but receives its share of rainfall between July and October. Whenever rain falls it is heavy and but short-lived.
LANGUAGE Bahsa Maly and English is widely spoken.
OFFICIAL RELIGION : The official religion is Islam, although Muslims are now out numbered by Christians and Buddists.
FOOD - The food is an ethnic mix of Malay, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Philapino, and is absolutely delicious.
Borneo is at the western edge of the Pacific Ocean and
is the worlds third largest Island (after Greenland and
There are no direct flights to Borneo, but the easiest way to reach Borneo from the
K.K. is a fast developing city with lots of modern buildings springing up.
The state capitol of
Off the northern coastline is Sipidan island which is one of the top 5 dive centres in the world.
The trek to the top is usually a two day walk, stopping at 10,700feet in the Laban Rata mountain hut (a spacious hut where trekkers stop before tackling the summit.) Some times the trek to the top is abandoned because the steep path turns into a waterfall. The jungle here can get cold at night. Make sure you have warm gear, waterproofs, a head torch and an emergency blanket as these items are essential. You can hire sleeping bags at Laban Rata.
The forest surrounding
We took an easier option to Climbing Mount Kinabalu and that was a guided trail walk in the five acre mountain garden followed by lunch in the Sutera Sanctuary Lodge.
Kinabalu has 1,200 species of
orchid, and many of them grow here, so if you do not have the energy to climb
For this amazing walk you will need a pair of heavy waterproof walking shoes as a lot of the time you will be walking through slushy mud. A waterproof hat and coat is also advisable, after all, this is a rainforest.
An hour flight from Kota
Kinabalu airport takes you to
Sepilock Orang Utan Sactuary
The Orang utan only exists in
the wilds of Borneo and a small number also live in
The most important reason for
the destruction of the rainforest has been the spread of palm-oil plantations
in Borneo and
We took a walk around
North Borneo suffered badly at
the hands of the Japanese in World War 11 and
Our day trip in
Throughout the Pacific campaign of World War11 more than 6,000 Indonesian civilians slave labourers and Allied prisoners were killed.
There are 2 other memorial
25 miles north of
KINABATANGAN RIVER -
Experience the pristine rainforest and a plethora of animals like the Clouded
Leopard , Asian Elephant, Crocodiles, Civet Cats etc. etc. Th emost amazing
spectacle is the bizarre Proboscis Monkey, found nowhere else in the world
SABAHS WHITE WATER RIVERS The best time to sample these
rivers are from August to January. The
Hotels and guestrooms There are all standards of rooms for as little as £8 per night to 5* luxury hotels.