Borneo Travel Guide

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Borneo Things to Do

  • Check out the Graffiti

    After dropping by the Jesselton Terminal, my friend and I spotted this ruins of a building infront of the Suria Sabah Mall. The posts are filled with colorful paintings which may look like vandalism to others but for us and to a few, it’s an artwork. We had a moment to have a photoshoot.. then few people start taking pictures too. It's always cool...

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  • Waterfront Esplanade

    I find this place very interesting! Everywhere I walk, there's something that catches my attention- flowers, trees, aroma of food from the restaurants. This place can provide anything you need- malls, park, (seafood, local, Indian) restaurants, hotel/s.It's worth the very long walk:)

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  • Handicraft Center

    The handicraft center is located past the central market when you walk from Jalan Sugut. It seems that this also serves as a souvenir place. The colorful things hanging around the shops are inviting but because I don't like spend much on this trip, I just looked at the shops from the outside but not entered even 1 shop so I don't have any idea how...

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  • Port View

    It kinda fascinates me when I travel and get a closer look how the locals earn their living. After a short stop in the Jalan Sugut (blue marlin mini park), we walked further and stopped for a while in the port to watch the locals catch fish, prepare the fish delivery, watch boats, birds, people...There are also a few restaurants found nearby.

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  • Mini Park at Jalan Sugut

    This is a relaxing place to have a look at the bright sky and blue water. If you love photography or want to take a short break after a long walk, you can stop by the mini park located near the blue marlin statue. There are a lot of restaurants and souvenir shops found along the walkway. The central market is also nearby.

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  • Atkinson Clock Tower

    Atkinson Clock Tower is the oldest standing structure in KK, built in memory of the first district officer who died of Borneo Fever in 1902. My friend and I are lucky to be staying nearby this tower. The hostel where we stayed is just adjacent to the road where the Atkinsons Clock Tower is located. It’s a great view to see it during the sunrise and...

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  • Signal Hill Observatory Tower

    My friend and I are just walking around the city until we found ourselves in the footsteps of this tower. It’s a bit challenge for me to go upstairs since I started not to feel good (ate too muchxD) but when we finally reached the top, I sighed for a relief and for the great view of - almost the entire city, the nearby islands, the mountains, etc....

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  • Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal

    This is the terminal where I thought there’s nothing much to see until we wandered around. If you love nature - water, wind, silence (not until passengers get off from the ferries), it’s nice to spend some quiet time here.. watch some divers, people, ferries come and go. It’s a short walk from the central KK, just past the mall. There are a number...

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  • Ais kacang (Shaved Ice, and other...

    Ais kacang (Iced Beans) is the weirdest drink, to me anyway. It was also in Brunei, and no doubt it will be in a lot of other countries too, but it did nothing at all for me, and made me feel sick at the first taste. My wife on the other hand, loved it. My new Borneo friend told me it is also called ABC (Air Batu Campur) which literally translates...

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  • Shopping

    What surprised me about Borneo, was how built up it was. The city is large and modern, and there are loads of great places to eat and drink, and loads of great shops, including a large mall.The mall has all the shops you can usually expect, and some that were a real surprise, like Kenny Rogers Roaster. I know, I had never heard of Kenny Rogers...

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  • Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal

    Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal is where you can get, a ferry, but there is also so much more here, as there are places to eat and relax, and you can book trips to islands, snorkeling, small cruises, and all kinds of activities from the dozens of small tour operators stalls here. We found that the tours being pushed here were water based, and as...

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  • Borneo Beaches

    It was nice to find a nice beach here, sand was a bit coarse, but the scenery was lovely, and there were some nice looking places to eat along the beach too.This was the only place we really felt we could chill out for a bit too, away from the hustle and bustle.We spent a good few hours here and I recommend the beach area if you have the time.

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  • Orangutan

    Sadly, unless you get out into the jungle for a week or 2, you are unlikely to see a wild Orangutan. And at the same time, the jungle is the only place you should expect to see one in the wild.I had not interest at all in visiting a zoo or hotel that had an Orangutan, as the thought of traveling all this way to do that would have grated on me for...

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  • river cruise, or anything in borneo

    is it expensive to stay in danum valley rainforest lodge?hi there we are visiting borneo for the first time, we are group of 4 friends and we would like to know what we could see and do, we have got 9 days before heading to Bali, please helpwe are goin this may 2013

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  • Overnight in a Borneo Long House

    One of the things to do in Sarawak Borneo is to spend overnight in a Long House. There are small tour offices on the road near the river in Kuching to arrange this. However, there were not too many tourists when I was there. I was along and the tour was very expensive for one person as they could not find anyone else to go. The guide book...

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  • Go to the jungle

    If you can go to kinaatangan river, you can arrange your trip in Sandakan S.I. Tours will get you a two nights trip with nigth safari accommodation guides and every thing. It is located in Wisma Khoo Siak Chew

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  • Sandakan Central Market

    This Market is indoors and it is huge! There is everything you could want to buy here, bargain clothing, cheap watches, jewellers, birds nests, exotic foods, fish, fruit and much more. If feeling hungry, restaurants serve all sorts of local foods, there is quite a big choice and the prices were very reasonable.

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  • KINABATANGAN RIVER TRIP FROM SANDAKAN

    This was another highlight of my time in Borneo and something I think you should do if you are interested in seeing wildlife.The cruise departs from Sandakan wharf and heads out across the ocean and into the River.Once in the river, it wasn't long before we saw Monkeys, the Proboscis and Macaques. The Proboscis Monkey is huge, a lot bigger than I...

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Borneo Restaurants

  • Congee anyone?

    My friend and I noticed this restaurant on our first day in KK of being filled with lots of people. Out of curiosity, the next morning we decided to have a look and taste the food. Luckily we found a vacant table.. this place is always crowded and there's even a line of customers waiting outside to dine. The ambience is great, it's an open...

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  • Food hall nightmare!

    So why a nightmare! Well, as we entered the food hall, it seemed pretty quiet, and although there was plenty of places to eat, a lot were closed, but that wasn't the problem, nope.We love street food, and wherever we go, we always try to eat from hawker stands. And like a lot of people, we love the idea, but sometimes, it just can't be done, for...

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  • Avoid this Semporna restaurant

    We had a really bad meal here. The food was not vey good and we had to leave most of it. A shame because the setting of the restaurant is very nice - over-looking the water. Maybe just go for a drink to enjoy the view but make sure you eat elsewhere!

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  • Locals Love to Eat Wild Boar

    The tribal people of Borneo hunt wild boar regularly. In Sandakan it is illegal to hunt it or serve it in most places. But the market near the airport has one stall that is allowed to sell it, and it sells almost every part of the boar including it's face. Every part is used by the people, nothing goes to waste. I was too chicken to try the boar,...

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  • Try a local delicacy "Bird's Nest Soup"

    If you happen to be in Sandakan, Borneo you will have to visit the early morning market. The market is the least expensive place to try a local soup made with bird's nests.The bird's nests are made by swallows. The swallows make their nests from their own saliva, and they build them very high up in the caves in the area. Locals need tall ladders...

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  • Tropicana in Poring hot springs

    Most people will go to Poring Hot springs after they have climbed Mount Kinabalu for nice relaxing hot baths to ease their aching muscles. On our second night in Poring we went to a resterant called Tropicana. The food was absolutely fantastic. I had the tastiest sweet and sour fish I have ever tasted. everyone else in the group enjoyed their meals...

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Borneo Nightlife

  • loud and dancing night

    Beach street is the home of the nocturnal people. It's a place of different restaurants which are very near to each other, like they are attached as one but with different owners. The restaurants are like arranged in a circle with space in the middle where the band plays every night. I like the live music here, I can even hear it on our hostel....

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  • Nice place for a drink in Semporna

    This is an outside bar that overlooks the water. You can have a drink here and a bite to eat - the chicken satay was good. A nice spot for a drink while the sun goes down. This is the oudoor bar not the one inside the hotel. Lacks the nasty edgy feel of the rest of Semporna. None

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  • Sunset cruise down the Sarawak River

    This isnt a club but it is certainly is a great way to spend a couple of hours. The cruise starts from outside the old couthouse in Kuching and you slowly go down the river as the sun sets Relaxed, it might be worth taking something warm to put on as the sun sets

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Borneo Local Customs

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    Malaysian Borneo is a conservative counrty and it is polite to wear tops with sleaves and pants or skirts that go to at least the knees. Beacuae it is so hot I discovered a long sarrong worn as a skirt works really well.

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Borneo Warnings and Dangers

  • The mosquito - Dengue fever

    Most of my tips will be listed under the country/city pages. However there is an universal tip for the island. Bring insect repellent! While there may be poisonous snakes and a few other natural dangers, the biggest danger is the mosquito. Dengue fever is not something you want to risk.

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  • The Pinnacle climb

    WE climbed the Pinnacles, yes they wer impressive but I dont think it was worth the hike. An extremely steep hike took us 41/2hrs up, longer down. Dangerous particurly when it rains which itwas doing, very slippy. ladders and ropes near the top. Use extreme caution. Best to take the flight from Mulu to Miri.Sarawak

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Borneo Off The Beaten Path

  • Travelling in Borneo with locals!!!

    Many people think coming to borneo is very expensive. Backpackers coming to the land are schocked with the prices here. Compare to other asian countries borneo is consider one of the most expensive place in Southeast Asia. But actually if you plan well your holiday, you might be surprised that here in Borneo you can travel with little budget. Here...

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  • Maliau Basin

    A Malaysian cultural heritage: an untouched rainforest reserve the size of Singapore! With a unique geology in the shape of a basin and unique plant species, many different animal species and magnificent waterfalls! The Maliau Skybridge Canopy Walk spans eight trees

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  • New Itinerary guide for Borneo

    A local Expedition Leader in Kota Kinabalu has recently published a guide for independant travel into some of Borneo's best rural/jungle areas using homestays and local village guides with a trekking route map. Its found at: www.worldtrekkingguides.com

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