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HOME > Malaysia > Borneo

Welcome to Borneo

Karen, your guide to Borneo from Escape Worldwide.

“Seeing the orang utans at the Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of my top moments from my travels!”

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Karen in Borneo

Getting to Borneo

Arrival airport Kota Kinabalu
Transfer time approx 15-40 minutes

Borneo is most easily reached via Kuala Lumpur, which has direct services from Heathrow with Malaysia Airlines. There's also options via Hong Kong and Singapore from Heathrow and Manchester, plus indirect services with a host of airlines from all major UK airports. Onward flights link Kota Kinabalu to other parts of Borneo plus KL, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Time difference GMT +8
Currency Malaysian Ringgit
Language Bahasa Malay (English is widely spoken)

Entry details (for British nationals) a visa is not required for stays of up to 3 months. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry. While planning your holiday and before you depart check the latest travel advice at

What to do on Borneo

Most visitors to Borneo head to Kota Kinabalu, in the State of Sabah, a relatively modern city surrounded by beaches, mountains and rainforest with the chance to get up close to the local wildlife, most notably the indigenous Orang Utan. Kuching, the State capital of neighbouing Sarawak, is the gateway to this end of the region, and makes a great base to explore the little visited interior, renowned for its local tribes, often visited on a tour of Sarawak.

Where to stay on Borneo

There are some excellent hotels in Borneo, mainly in the Kota Kinabalu area, making a great base for exploring the region's wildlife, or just for a relaxing beach holiday. Off the beaten track, standards can be basic and some accommodation is more rustic.

Holiday ideas on Borneo

Head straight to Kota Kinabalu for a relaxing holiday, with the option to include a day trip or overnight visit to see the Orang Utans - a real highlight of any Far East trip. Alternatively, combine Borneo with Kuala Lumpur for an interesting twin centre holiday, or consider a Singapore and Borneo twin centre holiday or a Hong Kong plus Borneo holiday. Sarawak is more geared to touring and adventure trips.

The huge island of Borneo is shared by Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, with Malaysia covering much of the northern side of the island. A holiday to Borneo can be a breathtaking and most rewarding experience - a haven for those in search of a different experience, with tropical rainforest, pristine beaches, towering mountains and diverse wildlife, including the famous Borneo Orang Utans, all available.


Hotels and resorts in Borneo


Holidays to Borneo and Beyond Holidays to Borneo with Escape Worldwide - Orang utan

Suggested sightseeing

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close with the mesmirising ‘wild man of Borneo’

- Prices from £286 per person

Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Springs

Nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park is overlooked by the jagged granite peaks of Mount Kinabalu and is one of the world’s most naturally diverse and unique area

- Prices from £72 per person

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