Planning a trip to Singapore/Borneo
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 19, 2012 8:01 PM Last Post By: zaininabubakar
Nov 16, 2012 1:09 PM
Planning a trip to Singapore/BorneoI am planning a trip from the UK to Singapore and Borneo with a group of friends for 3 or4 weeks in June. Has anyone done this before? Any advice on where to stay, things to do, places to see? Also do we need need visas to stay in either of these countries from the UK? We would really appreciate some help or advice!
Nov 16, 2012 2:19 PM
Nov 17, 2012 1:01 AM
Nov 17, 2012 1:01 AM
Nov 17, 2012 2:03 AM
4See here for photos of Sarawak and Sabah:
This gives you an idea how the various places in Malaysian Borneo look like.
Here are travelogues of (among others) trips to Borneo:
With lots of details regarding the places visited, costs, descriptions etc.
Nov 18, 2012 7:44 AM
Nov 18, 2012 7:25 PM
6Yeah, I've travelled throughout the region extensively as have many others. As others have said, DO SOME RESEARCH.
What's your budget, your interests, your preferred sleeping options, likes/dislikes? etc etc etc etc etc.
Figure out what you want to see and do and make your choices of where to visit based on that.
We can't help you without specifics. We're not personal travel guides. Once you get a rough idea, we can help with specific advice.
Nov 19, 2012 8:01 PM
7Start with planning your entry and exit points. June is peak travel period from UK to South East Asia including Singapore and Borneo. Note Borneo is name of the 3rd largest island in the world, after Greenland and Papua New Guinea, and made up of 3 countries ie Indonesian Kalimantan, Malaysian states of Sabah, Sarawak and Federal Territory Labuan Island, and Brunei Darussalam.
From UK, your choices of airlines are Singapore Airlines (SQ), Malaysian Airlines (MH) and Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), plus lots of others that fly between UK and Australia along the "Kangaroo Route". It is usually cheaper to fly in and out using the same airline ie return tickets, and look for group promotions and extra domestic segments thrown-in for free.
Since you are planning to visit Singapore and Borneo for 3 or 4 weeks, I would suggest you may as well do a triangular trip to include west or peninsula Malaysia, and use MH and MAS Wings or AirAsia (AA) to fly within Malaysia ie into Borneo, and other parts of SEA. AirAsia is the equivalent of Ryanair and easyjet, and the boss, Tony Fernandes owns QPR!.
Your preferred entry and exit point will then be Kuala Lumpur, on their A380, with extra segments from Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Kota Kinabalu (KK), and Kuching (KCH) to Johore Bharu (JB) thrown-in ( at a discount or for free).
Explore KL and northern part of west Malaysia for a week, ie Penang island, Langkawi island, and southern Thailand, or Kelantan and Redang island up to Golok on southern Thailand border.
Then suggest you fly across from KL to KK using MH, and stay a week exploring Sabah, starting with KK, then up Mt Kinabalu, Sandakan, Sepilok, Danum, Sipadan, Tawau ( and Tarakan on east Kalimantan side of Indonesia, and fly back from Tawau to KK using MH or AA.
Then by ferry to Labuan Island, stay a night there, duty free port, then by ferry to Serasa, Muara into Brunei and Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB), stay 2 or 3 days exploring, (and recuperating!) say hello to me (and we can have English Hi-Tea at the Empire Hotel), and meet my proboscis friends....... etc etc.
Then move across to Miri, Sarawak and Niah or Mulu caves, and from Miri (MYY) either fly or go by bus to KCH, stay 2 nites and explore..... continue to Pontianak, West Kalimantan for a bit of Indonesian Borneo, and the Equator.
Back to KCH and fly to JB, across causeway to Singapore, stay 3 days, take ferry to Batam islands, Riau, Indonesia, then back into Singapore, continue by land to KL.
Along the way Singapore to KL, visit Malacca historic town, Perak etc etc. Cameron highlands, Genting highlands, depending on your interests.
Fly back to UK via KL.
Pls look up google map for the various place names, and be aware it is an extensive and tiring journey, so you need to break them up into 2 or 3 parts and not rush headlong.
You will experience hugh contrasts in lifestyles, and living costs, from cosmopolitan to rural, but rest assured people are friendly and hospitable - all you need do is be friendly and be respectful, and do not be shy or hesitate to ask for help or directions! Avoid shady characters and side deals.
I have not done the above itinerary myself over a straight 3/4 wks, but I reckon it is doable if you are fit and flexible. Come to think of it, I have not been on holidays and travel longer than 8 days!!
Other travellers with real experience maybe can help on this point.
Note also the different currencies and exchange rates, at present roughly as follows;
GBP1 = SGD2 = BND2 ( note Singapore Dollar and Brunei Dollar freely interchangeable in both countries).
SGD/BND1 = MYR2.45
BND1 = IDR7,800.
ATMs are everywhere in most towns, hard currencies can be exchanged over-the-counter in town centres and major tourist attractions.
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