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On a tour of Borneo, discover what we like to call "Asia's Galapagos."  Teeming with wildlife and rich with culture, a Borneo expedition can take you through verdant floodplains that provide refuge to wild orangutans and pygmy elephants, into cloud forests home to the world's biggest flower, and deep into exquisite emerald waters.  Embark on an unforgettable Borneo tour at a world-famous eco-lodge. Dance with indigenous tribes and taste the flavors of Borneo's diverse cultural heritage and unique cuisine.  Or settle into a tropical paradise of coral reefs as you snorkel, dive or sea kayak then step onto the deck of your private ocean villa and induldge in luxury on crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea. Contact one of our Borneo specialists to plan your trip!

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Borneo Travel FAQs
Do I need a visa to travel to Borneo?
If you are traveling to Malaysia or Indonesia, a visa is not necessary for a stay of up to 30 days. Tourist visas are not hard to get, and we can help point you in the right direction throughout the process. Check the visa requirements for more specific information.

Is tipping customary in Borneo?
Tipping in Borneo is not an expectation, but for incredible service it is always appreciated.

What is internet access like in Borneo?
Where there is internet in Borneo, it is reliable, strong, and generally fast. However, there are large parts of the country, especially the rural areas and Pacific islands, where there isn't any internet access at all. Between the developed parts and the isolated areas, connections could be tentative. If connecting to the internet is important to you, then try to do so while you are in the cities or more developed areas, because you might go several days without.

Can I use my cell phone while in Borneo?
You will likely be out of range for portions of your trip in Borneo, but if you want the best way to use your phone while you are within range of cell towers, then ask your service provider to unlock your phone so that you can use it internationally. Then you just need to purchase a SIM chip once you arrive and your phone will work on the local network. Alternatives based on eligibility and availability might be simply using WiFi or getting an international plan.

Do I need power adapters?
For travel in Borneo, you will need either C or F style plugs, which are two round prongs, in the European style, so make sure to buy converters if you don't have these kind of plugs. Power converters for 220v-230v won't be necessary for most devices.

What are the toilets like in Borneo?
Toilets in Borneo will generally be squat toilets, with the exception of hotels and cruise ships, which will probably have Western style flush toilets. Bringing your own toilet paper is always suggested, just in case, and throwing it in the waste basket next to the toilet is standard, rather than flushing the toilet paper.

Can I drink the water in Borneo?
You can only drink bottled or purified water - tap water can be used for bathing, but not drinking or food preparation.

Are credit cards accepted in Borneo? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Depending on where you are on Borneo, having a credit or debit card may be useful. The more isolated parts of the country and especially the surrounding islands will not have ATMs and many businesses throughout Borneo do not accept cards, but you should be able to take out cash from a machine and use it throughout your trip.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Definitely! You should always have travel insurance no matter where you are going, and the further or longer you travel, the more important it is. Check out our Once You're Booked page for more details on deals through TravelGuard.

Borneo Fun Facts

  • While many people think that Borneo is a country, it is actually an island that is home to three different autonomous countries: Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia.
  • Greenland and New Guinea are the only islands in the world bigger than Borneo.
  • The rainforest, which hosts most of the island's incredible biodiversity, is unfortunately being wiped out by the booming lumber business.
  • As a testament to the biodiversity, over 360 species have been discovered here in the last decade alone.
  • The largest flower in the world is the Rafflesia Arnoldii, and it is said to have a rotten smell to it.
  • 44 of the 222 mammals found in Borneo are endemic, meaning they only live on this island.

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