Travel Planning
Borneo
Travel Planning
Borneo

Borneo at a Glance

The island of Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is divided between Malaysia and Indonesia. The Indonesian side is known as Kalimantan and is home to deep forests, rushing rivers and hidden settlements. Kalimantan is off the tourist radar for now; if you are craving an off-the-beaten-track experience in Indonesia, Kalimantan is a good place to start. 

Logging has damaged the island's forest lands and the jungle isn't as deep as it used to be. Nevertheless, look up in the tree tops for orangutans, sun faced monkeys, proboscis monkeys, birds and strange, bright insects. Take a canoe and paddle downriver at dawn for bird watching and an impressive sunrise. Stumble across villages and towns nestled in unexpected places and head to the marketplaces to learn about foods you've never heard. Admire local handicraft and see how the artistry differs even a few towns over. Be curious and dig in deep for a fabulous adventure. 

 

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Sepinggan International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most tourists require an Indonesian visa to enter the country. A valid passport with at least two pages available for stamping and with at least six month's worth of validity remaining will be needed to get the visa. Learn about requirements through the Indonesian Embassy. American citizens can refer to the U.S State Department's website for additional guidance. 

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      Severe Weather: Typhoon season lasts from October until April and this mirrors the wet season. Most travel is still possible during this time, but rural areas can get muddy and impassable. 

      Safety Concerns Indonesia has a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and tourists who are caught with drugs will face harsh punishments. Bali's club scene is fueled by ecstasy, but it is best not to indulge as raids often end in a police-administered drug test. As with anywhere else, keep your money close to you and be on the lookout for scammers, pickpockets and other thieves. 

      Health Concerns Visit your doctor two months before your trip to learn about vaccinations and health requirements. If you are sleeping outside, it is wise to sleep under a bug net and to apply insect repellent. Visitors should avoid drinking the water unless they purify or boil it first.