Useful Travel Information
Currency in Sabah and Sarawak is Malysian Ringit (MYR)
Major credit cards are widely accepted around the bigger cities and hotels but it is advised to carry some cash with you as you will need this if travelling outside of the city areas and to make purchases at local markets.
Ensure to notify your bank of your travel plans you may otherwise find that your card will be rejected.
Electrical outlets in Malaysia only accommodate 3-pin plugs with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade.
Voltage is 220 -240 volts AC.
The main language is Malay (Bahasa Maylaysia) but English is widely spoken. Other languages include Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien etc), Indian and a host of tribal languages.
Food & Drinks:
There is a large variety of delicious food available which is not to be missed. Local meals typically consist of noodles or rice, chilli, local vegetables, chicken, fish, beef and lamb.
You will find Chinese, Malay and Indian food and vegetarian options are available as long as you let your tour guide know to prearrange it in certain locations.
Soft drinks are widely available.
Fresh juices are popular but loaded with sugar. Make sure to always ask for less or no sugar when ordering. Tap water is safe for brushing teeth but not as drinking water. Stick to filtered or bottled water. In many locally run accommodation you will always have access to cooled boiled water which is safe to drink and free. We recommend all travellers bring a stainless steal bottle and be environmentally responsible.
As with all travel it is recommended to seek professional medical advice for all your chosen travel destinations for up to date advise on recommended vaccinations and taking precautions.
Mosquitoes are present throughout the year due to the constant humid climate. Be sure to bring an insect repellent containing DEET with you, especially when travelling to rainforest areas. Citronella based repellents are not suitable for the jungle.
The two most common diseases transmitted by mosquitos are Malaria and Dengue Fever. Malaria prophylaxis can be discussed with your doctor but prevention of bites is the only known protection against Dengue Fever.
Hospitals & Clinics are numerous in the cities and even in smaller town such as Sandakan. Small bills can be settled in cash but for costly treatment you must present a widely accepted credit card.
Borneo & Beyond recommends travellers to have comprehensive travel insurance cover and can assist with arranging this at time of making your booking.