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Borneo Travel Information

According to topmbadirectory, Borneo is an island in Asia that is part of the Greater Sunda Islands. Three countries have territory in Borneo. These are the countries of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. Brunei is entirely on the island and consists of two parts: West Brunei and East Brunei. Indonesia owns the central and southern part called Kalimantan. Malaysia owns the northern part and has established two states here: Sabah and Sarawak. A number of large cities in Borneo are: Bandar Seri Begawan, Pontianak, Sandakan, Banjarmasin, Kuchung and Kota Kinabalu.

Borneo is known for its pristine nature. However, due to the wood and oil industry, people have to go deeper and deeper into the country to find the real authentic pieces of nature (rainforest). Different tribes and a great diversity of wild animal species still live in these nature reserves. For example, orangutans, leopards, crocodiles, snakes and hundreds of bird species live there. The landscape is also very mountainous with the highest point being Mount Kinabalu with an altitude of 4,095 meters. Borneo’s coastline consists largely of mangroves and swamps. In addition, there are also stretches of sandy beach. The waters around Borneo are ideal for diving to coral reefs, turtles and sharks. See shoe-wiki for winter vacation in Asia.

Where is Borneo located?

Travel information of Borneo

Official name: Borneo
Continent: Asia
Area: 743,330 km²
Population: 23,720,000 inhabitants (2020)
Highest point: 4,095 m (Mount Kinabalu)
Distance (Amsterdam – Borneo): 11,000 km
Flight time: approximately 15 hours

Travel advice
The current travel advice for Borneo can be found on the information page for Brunei, Malaysia and/or Kalimantan.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Borneo. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Borneo?

Weather and climate
Borneo has a tropical climate. The temperatures are around 25 to 35 degrees all year round. Borneo has to deal with a lot of rainfall throughout the year.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Borneo can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Borneo can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to Borneo. This avoids the rainy season.

Malay, Banjar, Indonesian, Chinese and English are the most widely spoken languages ​​in Borneo.

Travel documents
The necessary travel documents for a visit to Borneo can be found on the information page for Brunei, Malaysia and/or Kalimantan.

Embassies and consulates
More information about Embassies and consulates for Borneo can be found on the information page for Brunei, Malaysia and/or Kalimantan.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Borneo, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in the Indonesian and Malaysian parts of Borneo. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Borneo there are different currencies:
– Brunei: Brunei dollar (BND).
– Kalimantan: Indonesian rupiah (rupiah) (IDR).
– Malaysian Borneo: Malaysian ringgit (MYR).
The current state of these currencies (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Borneo can be found on our ATMs page.

Time difference
– Malaysian Borneo: 7 hours later (winter time), 6 hours later (summer time).
– Brunei: 7 hours later (winter time), 6 hours later (summer time).
– East and South Kalimantan: 7 hours later (winter time), 6 hours later (summer time).
– West and Central Kalimantan: 6 hours later (winter time), 5 hours later (summer time).
Above we talk about the time difference during our winter and summer time, because Borneo does not use summer time.
The local times, dates, time zones and time zone map of Borneo can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Borneo you must drive on the left.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Borneo.

Electricity In Borneo you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Borneo can be found on our electricity page (see Brunei, Indonesia and/or Malaysia, respectively).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: Brunei 993, Kalimantan 110, Malaysian Borneo 999
– Fire: Brunei 995, Kalimantan 113, Malaysian Borneo 999
– Ambulance: Brunei 991, Kalimantan 118, Malaysian Borneo 999

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Borneo can be found on Google news.

Websites from Borneo end (Brunei),.id (Kalimantan) (Malaysian Borneo).

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Borneo is for Brunei 00674 or +674, Malaysian Borneo 0060 or +60 and Kalimantan 0062 or +62.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Borneo? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31 (from Kalimantan 00131).
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Borneo.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Borneo.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Borneo, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Borneo?
On you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Borneo. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Borneo can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Borneo can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Relevant legislation
More information about the relevant legislation and regulations in Borneo can be found on the information page for Brunei, Malaysia and/or Kalimantan.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Borneo? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Borneo.

Did you know that…
…There is a species of snake in Borneo that can change color?
…Borneo is the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea?
…The country of Brunei covers only 1% of Borneo?
…The rainforest of Borneo is more than 130 million years old?
…New animal and plant species are still being discovered in Borneo every year?

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