Borneo Sabah Malaysia
Borneo is a fantastic travel destination: trek up South East Asia’s
highest mountain, discover huge cave systems, meet Iban head-hunters and
view Orang Utans in their natural habitat. Combined with great food and
pristine beaches there is something for everyone in Borneo.
The Island in the Clouds Covering an area of roughly 287,000 square miles,
Borneo is the third-largest island in the world. In the north east lies
Sabah, formerly known as North Borneo, which belongs to Malaysia. The
highest peak in Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu, stands at 13,455 ft. With a generally
hot, wet climate it makes sense that Borneo's Flora is among the most
diverse in the world. Borneo has nearly 11,000 species of flowering plants,
about a third of which are indigenous.
For most of the last millennium, Borneo remained isolated from the rest of
the world. But in the 16th century Europeans reached Borneo's shores and
held power in Borneo from the 17th century into the modern era. Today, the
population of Borneo consists of non-Muslim Dayaks and Islamic Malays, as
well as Chinese and Europeans.
Language: Malay is the first language in Malaysia, with most people
in the tourist areas speaking English. If you keep your sentences short and
simple your needs are usually be understood.
Time zone: Malaysia is 7 or 8 hours ahead of GMT depending on the
time of year.
Currency: The currency is the Ringgit (RM) but all major restaurants,
shops and hotels also accept credit cards. The currency hangs around RM3.30
to the US$1
Temperature: 22-32 degrees Celsius always warm but can be very hot
Climate: Monsoons barely influence the climate so close to the
equator. There is no particular rainy season although a bit more rain may be
expected in Oct/Nov and March, mostly at night. Diving is possible all year
round with the best month from September to December and March to June.
Some highlights of trips to Borneo include:
Orang Utan Centre
Mulu National Park
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