Borneo Malaysia

Borneo Malaysia

800 km east of Peninsular Malaysia lies 61% of the country on the northern part of Borneo. Covered in thick jungle, this is where travellers and tourists alike flock to all year round in search of wildlife, national parks and indigenous tribes. Less populated and therefore less developed, East Malaysia is home to the five of the country’s highest mountains in including Mount Kinabalu which claims the title of 10th highest peak in Southeast Asia! Transport is made tricky by dense jungle, so expect to travel by boat in many parts…

The hottest time of the year in Borneo is between May and September, although there is very little difference between this time and the rest of the year. Humidity is fairly high year round. Borneo has only two seasons – rainy and dry. Although rain is a possibility year round, the rainy season in most of Borneo is from October to February.

Destination Guides in Malaysian Borneo:

The Malaysian part of the island is divided into two areas; Sarawak and Sabah – you can read the general destination guides to these two areas, as well as more detailed guides to some of the more popular destinations for backpackers.

In Sarawak…

backpackers usually arrive into charming Kuching, often described as one of the most ‘liveable’ cities in Asia. From here you can venture into nearby national parks, such as Bako National Park, head int o the jungle to do a homestay at an original longhouse of the Iban people or head into the wilderness on the Upper Rajang River. If you have more time, travel to Miri, the gateway to Gunung Mulu National Park and the Kelabit Highlands.


In Sabah…

Most travellers head to Sabah to attempt to climb the highest mountain in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu (4096 metres) on a 2-day trek. Further south, Sandakan is the city base for those backpackers looking to experience some of Borneo’s famous wildlife. You can head out to Pulau Selingan otherwise known as Turtle Island to watch the babies hatch and find their way into the sea. Or, head to Sepilok to visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where you can see our closest relative in surprisingly close proximity! Sepilok is also the starting point for journeys on the Kinabatangan River and treks into the heart of the Borneo jungle. If you’ve caught the diving bug, Sipidan Island is Malaysia’s diving hub and has many times been voted ‘The Top Dive Destination in the World’.


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