Few places spell ‘wilderness’ as much as Borneo does. Steamy mountains covered in rainforests, exotic plants, wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else – these were the images of Borneo I had in my mind when I clicked ‘buy’ and got myself a flight to Kota Kinabalu, capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah.
Sabah is the ideal place for a Borneo eco adventure – it’s easy to reach from Malaysia, Singapore and pretty much anywhere else in Southeast Asia. National parks and the main natural sights are easy to access and don’t require expensive flights or lengthy 4×4 transfers.
Not to mention that English is widely spoken, infrastructure is good, the local cuisine is excellent and prices are a bargain for what you get!
So, how do you plan your Borneo eco adventure in Sabah? Follow this step by step guide and get ready to have the time of your life!
When to go, what to take and how much it costs
The rainy season in Sabah is roughly between November and March, with December and January being the wettest months.
If you’re planning to hike to the top of Mount Kinabalu it’s best to avoid the rainy season. Other than that, the weather is hot and humid year round, rarely dipping below 25°.
Don’t forget to bring some cold weather gear if you’re planning to hike Kinabalu – temperatures can be freezing during the early morning push to the summit. If you’re heading to the jungle, don’t forget insect repellent and long-sleeved, loose clothes to keep the mozzies away.
Sabah can be considerably more expensive than the rest of Malaysia and SE Asia, especially when multi-day tours to Kinabalu or the Kinabatangan area are taken into account. However, prices are cheaper in rainy season and you can definitely bargain down the price of tours and hotels.
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