What is the food like in Borneo?
Malaysia is renowned for its culinary excellence and Borneo is blessed with a rich variety of traditional food created by its many tribes and indigenous groups. They are able to turn wild plants, herbs and fruits into culinary masterpieces that will tantalise your senses! In addition, its sweeping coastlines and many large rivers provide an abundance of seafood and freshwater fish for the dinner table. Rice is a staple but in the far north, corn and tapioca are popular.
Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Borneo the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home.
Joanna Zubr - Borneo Operations
Do we need mozzie nets for Borneo?
Mosquito nets are provided at all the accommodation on the trip but some bug spray for ankles and arms in the morning and evening is recommended.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
What clothing and kit is essential for Borneo?
It is generally hot and humid and casual clothes are recommended, particularly in the towns and cities. Women should dress conservatively in Malaysia so as not to offend Muslim sensibilities - they are a very frienly and relaced people but vests and tight fitting clothes are not recommended. Whilst in the forest and national parks, T-shirts and shorts are best, especially for the walks. There are limited laundry facilities, so you will need to bring clothes that wash and dry easily. A swimming costume will also be well used!
Insect repellent can stop you getting bitten by any bugs along the way. You can choose between natural and chemical, depending on poersonal preference. Some ear plugs are useful for any nights in the jungle as it can get very noisy!. If you have some decent binoculars, they are great for spotting wildlife high in the trees. Also, take some flip-flops, as it is customary to remove your shoes when entering traditional buildings.
Leeches are more of an annoyance than a real threat, and leech socks can be bought locally from your leader for about £3 at the start of the trip.
Joanna Zubr - Borneo Operations
What vaccinations do you advise for South East Asia?
Unfortunately we are not qualified to answer all your questions in regards to travel health, so we strongly recommend you contact your GP or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.
Nomad Travel Clinics are experts in preparing people for travel, providing advice on vaccinations, anti-malarial and staying healthy whilst overseas. We have arranged a special 10% discount for Exodus passengers on any vaccinations that you may require! Take along your Nomad discount card, sent with your confirmation pack, or call Exodus for your special discount code.
Visit www.nomadtravel.co.uk/exodus for further information.
For additional information please visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
Malaysia Country Guide (including plugs!)
Please visit the Exodus Travel Guide to Malaysia where you can find out what plugs they use, as well as more detailed Country information in the menu on the left of the page.
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