Borneo Travel Guide

Whether you're visiting for orang-utans, jungle tribes or Mount Kinabalu, you'll want to make sure you're properly prepared for visiting Borneo and you can be with our handy travel guide resources. Here you'll find information on the best time to go and what top attractions you should see when you're there. We also provide details on visas and tips that cover all the essentials from what vaccinations you'll need to the currency.


Best Places to Visit

Make sure you include these must-see destinations on your holiday itinerary

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Best Time to Visit

Plan the perfect time to go with this overview of the seasons and local festivals


Top Travel Tips

Covering everything from drinking water and the food to voltage and internet access


Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Borneo and information on getting your tourist visa

Get to know Borneo

Recommended Reading

  • Kalimantaan
    by C.S. Godshalk
  • Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo
    by Eric Hansen
  • Footprints in the Paddy Fields
    by Tina Kisil
Did you know...?

Facts about Borneo

  • Borneo is home to the Rafflesia Arnoldii flower, which is the world’s largest flower and smells of rotting corpses.
  • The arm span of an orang-utan, endemic to Borneo, can reach up to a whopping 8 feet.
  • Mount Kinabalu is in Borneo and is the highest peak in all of Southeast Asia, reaching a height of 4,095m.

Borneo Travel Advice for Australian Travellers

Safety of our travellers is paramount and we keep informed of current travel guidance on Borneo. We recommend that you check the latest travel updates from Smart Traveller when planning your trip.

Flying to Borneo from Australia:

The flight time from Australia to Borneo varies anywhere between 6 to 14 hours depending on which city in Australia you are departing from and the airline you fly with. For the state of Sabah the international airport in Kota Kinabalu serves as the main gateway while in the state of Sarawak the city of Kuching is where you'll find an international airport. We have tours that start and end in both cities. From Melbourne and Sydney some of the quickest flight times are offered by Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur, Royal Brunei Airlines via Brunei Darussalam and Singapore Airlines via Singapore. If you are departing from Perth you can fly direct to Kota Kinabalu with Malaysia Airlines in under six hours while to Kuching there are only indirect flights available. You can use Skyscanner to search for flight deals from Australia to Borneo.

Useful Online Resources:

The official Malaysia Tourist Organisation site and the latest Borneo Weather Updates from the BBC.