Holidays in Borneo

Hotels in Borneo

Essential information for Borneo

Local time

Language

Malay

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit
Official currency of Malaysia

Do I need a visa?

British citizens do not require a visa.

Flight information

Kuala Lumpur
12hrs 30mins
Direct flight

Flight schedule

  • Fly from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur then onwards to Kota Kinabalu with Malaysian Airlines

Wildlife

Malaysia's best-known animals are the orang-utans of Borneo. At the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, you can meet these lovely creatures - you'll get gooey-eyed when you see the cute babies. In the country's nature reserves, such as Sabah's rainforests, you'll also see cheeky proboscis monkeys, chattering gibbons and wonderfully exotic birds such as hornbills.

Highlights of Borneo

The third largest island in the world, Borneo ranks as one of the world’s top wildlife destinations. Here are its best attractions.

Beaches

- Tanjung Aru Beach near Kita Kinabalu has water sports, restaurants and shopping close by.

- The private beach at Gaya Island Resort is a romantic spot for couples.

- The beach at Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort is perfect for both couples and families.

Sightseeing & Culture

- Take a heritage walk around Kota Kinabalu, exploring Australia Place, Museum Kopitam, The Malaysia Monument, War Memorial, and Atkinson Clock.

- See the city mosque and Buddhist Poh Tze Temple, both famous places of worship.

- Find sarongs, jewelry and arts at the Kadaiku Handicrafts Market in Kota Kinabalu.

Luxury

- Honeymoon at Gaya Island Resort and enjoy a traditional couples spa ritual.

- Tee off beside breathtaking scenery in one of Sabah’s top golf courses.

Wildlife and Adventure

- Meet the orangutans at the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

- Take an eco-tour of Borneo’s 130 million year-old rainforest. See Asian elephants, Sumatran rhinos, Bornean Clouded Leopards and Proboscis Monkeys.

- Explore walking trails at the natural park of Mount Kinabulu.

- Learn about turtle rehabilitation at the Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre and snorkel in its coral gardens.

Food & Drink

- Enjoy coffee and explore historic war photos at the Kopitiam coffee shop.

- Enjoy Malaysian street food at the Tepi Laut Makan Street restaurant.

- Visit Atmosphere, a revolving restaurant at the Menara Tun Mustapha building.

Events & Festivals

April: Sample some of East Malaysia’s best flavours at the Kota Kinabalu Food Festival

July: Kota Kinabalu hosts the International Film Festival.