What Should I Know About A Borneo Holiday?

What Time of Year Should I Visit Borneo?

Borneo has its charms no matter the season, Kapalai Resort, being one of them. However, there are widely recognized to be two distinct times of the year which feature very different climatic conditions. From March to August Borneo experiences the dry season, while September to February is the wet season.

That is not to say that it rains all the time during the wet season, there are some days, or even weeks when visitors will not experience any rain. But when it does rain the tropical nature of the island means that it really comes down in buckets. But this means that the wet season is perfect for those who want to enjoy the wonders of Borneo without the hordes of tourists there is still going to be great weather to allow for exploring.

The temperatures on Borneo can range from the coolness of the higher elevations to the sometimes muggy nature of the coastal areas. But being this close to the equator Borneos temperature stays fairly constant throughout the year. Lowlands and the cost are usually around 26C to 32C and at an altitude that drops to around 18C to 23C.

Accommodation on Borneo?

Borneo boasts a wide variety of choice as far as accommodation is concerned. There are some great-value-for-money options at family-run bed and breakfast establishments to much more luxurious options at deluxe hotels. Rooms usually have private bathrooms boast hygienic facilities and extremely comfortable. There are of course options which offer a more basic experience such as the Laban Rata climbing hut on Mount Kinabalu but that is to be expected and is all part of the experience. For those who want to be close to the action, there are hotels in close proximity to major tourist sites in metropolitan areas. For those who want to explore Borneos famous rainforests, there are accommodation options galore.

Meals in Borneo?

The sheer variety of types of cuisine available on Borneo makes it difficult to categorise. There are regional differences as well. Saha on the Northeastern side of Borneo there aremyriad of cultural groups each with its own unique cuisine. Add to this 500,000 people of ethnic Chinese origin and you begin to get an idea of the culinary diversity of Borneo. In Kota Kinabalu seafood and freshwater fish are on the menu. Pork and fish are usually prepared by grilling but both ingredients can be fried with rice or prepared with fresh noodles with a healthy helping of spice and served as a soup. Ginger and garlic are popular additions. Local vegetables also often make an appearance. Be friendly and you will find that restaurant and hotel staff are more than happy to prep[are a dish to your specifications and most speak perfect English.

Is Borneo Safe?

Malaysia of which Borneo is a part is by and large safe., whether you travel outside the cities are stick to the metropolitan areas. Of course, tourists need to be situationally aware. When venturing out at night do not make simple mistakes like wearing flashy jewellery. However, the country (or ratherthe island) has a low crime rate they value the income that tourists bring to their economy and treat them well. Most crimes are petty like pick-pocketing. Keep valuables out of sight and you should be fine.

What About the Altitude?

The question of altitude will usually only come into play when visitors are intending to climb Mount Kinabalu or visit the hike the Crocket Range. For instance, the Kinabalu Park Centre can be found at an altitude of 5,000ft. However, the summit is significantly higher at 13,435 foot. Even this altitude should not cause severe altitude sickness, but hikers may experience such symptoms as headaches. The best cure is to head on back down the slopes. As altitude sickness can range in severity depending on existing medical conditions those wishing to hike to altitude are strongly advised to check with their medical practitioner before setting out. This is extremely important for those with heart or lung issues. A prescription for a drug called Diamox may help in warding off the symptoms of altitude sickness.

What About the Tap Water?

The tap water on Borneo is not safe for human consumption. However, bottled water can be purchased just about anywhere in the country. Hot beverages such as tea are fairly safe and are usually offered at hotels and restaurants.