The world’s third largest island has long been the inspiration to adventurers, explorers, travellers and writers globally.
Borneo is a place of spellbinding natural wonders with exotic and colourful cultural heritage.
It is here, you can find the world’s largest flower, the biggest cave passage in the world, the longest underground river system in the world, the biggest Malay Water Village in the world, the highest peak in the region, the biggest residential palace in the world, the odd looking endangered species of primates, the rich and intriguing history of the White Rajah, the descendents of the once feared head hunter, the longest surviving monarchy in the world and many more …………Borneo will never fail to amaze and surprise even the seasoned traveller.
The Sultanate of Brunei, Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak has unique attractions to offer but a combination of all four will be an ultimate Borneo Discovery Experience.
Today, there is still much to inspire the adventure-loving travellers. The tropical rainforest, one of the finest and oldest in the world, offers an almost bewildering diversity of species (over 250 species of plants per hectare) abundant wildlife unique to the area. Those seeking adventure will not be disappointed with the jungle treks, the up-river journeys, the giant sized caves and the warm South China Sea lapping over exquisite coral reefs.
The cultural diversity of Borneo is almost as amazing as its natural history, with over sixty different tribes and races, each with their own unique cultural expression and all offering the visitors warm and open hospitality.
The Sultanate of Brunei and the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah cover the north-western part of Borneo. It is here that the heritage of this great island has been most diligently preserved by the people themselves, and by the finest network of national parks in Southeast Asia.
The heritage, together with the excellent amenities, infrastructure and visitor facilities, makes Brunei and Malaysia, Borneo a fascinating destination.
Time: GMT + 8
Climate: Equatorial/Tropical, with average temperature of 32 degrees Centigrade at lowlands and on the highlands 21 degree Centigrade throughout the year.
Customs for Brunei Darussalam: No duty is charged to visitors with 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 227 grams of tobacco, two bottles of liquor or 12 cans of beer (importation of which is permissible by non-Muslims only and 0.33 litres of perfume.
Customs for Sabah & Sarawak, Malaysia: There is no duty-free allowance for visitors arriving from Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak or Singapore. Weapons and walkie-talkies are prohibited, while possession of narcotics and other illegal drugs carries the death sentence. Firearms are subject to licensing.
Visa for entry to Brunei Darussalam: German, Malaysia, Singapore, British Nationals with the right of the abode in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Oman, United Arab Emirates nationals and nationals holding passports from the European Union Countries are exempted from the requirement to obtain a visa for visits not exceeding 30 days.
For nationals of Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Maldives, Norway, The Philippines, Thailand and The Principality of Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Peru; visas are waived for 14 days visits.
American passport holders can enter Brunei for three months without visa.Nationals of Australia are issued visas on arrival at Brunei International airport for visits not exceeding 14 days.
All other nationals entering Brunei Darussalam must have visa obtainable from any Brunei Darussalam diplomatic missions abroad. These visas are normally issued for a two week stay but can be extended in Brunei. Visitors must have onward ticket or sufficient funds to support themselves while in the country.
Visa for entry to Malaysia: Citizens from North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and the People’s Republic of China are required to have a visa to visit Malaysia. Nationals other than those stated are allowed to enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month. However, it is recommended that visa enquiries are made at the Malaysian embassy or Malaysian consulate closest you, as regulations are subject to change.
Currency in Brunei; The value of the Brunei dollars (which is divided into 100 cent) is on par with Singapore dollars.
Currency in Malaysia: Malaysian currency is in Ringgit (RM) and sen.
A resident/non-resident is permitted to carry into and out of Malaysia, ringgit notes not exceeding RM1, 000. A resident is permitted to carry out of Malaysia foreign currency incuding travellers’s cheques not exceeding RM10, 000. A non-resident is permitted to carry out of Malaysia foreign currency including travellers’s cheques not exceeding the amount brought in. Should you need to carry currency in excess of the permitted limits, prior written permission must be obtained from The Director, Exchange Control Department, Bank Negara Malaysia.
Credit Cards: Hotel, department stores and other major establishments generally accept major credit and charge cards – Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.
Language in Brunei: Malay is Brunei’s official language but English is widely used. Mandarin and a number of other local dialects are also spoken
Language in Malaysia: Bahasa Malaysia is the national language but English is widely used. Mandarin and a number of other local dialects are also spoken.
Clothing: Light clothing is advisable, as the climate is generally warm and humid.
Religion in Brunei: Brunei’s official religion is Islam, although other religions are also practiced.
Religion in Malaysia: Islam is the official religion but there is a freedom of worship