Borneo is one of the best places in the world to travel with children.
So far, I have been to 7 countries in South East Asia. Jacob, at two years old, has been to 4. Borneo is easily the best place in Asia that Jacob has travelled to so far, and to be honest, it’s the best that I have been as well.
Travel in Borneo With Kids
Like pretty much every other Asian country, the local people in Borneo absolutely adore children. No one will ever give you dirty looks for walking into a restaurant with your child, local people will go out of their way to play with your child, and almost every tourist attraction in the country is suitable for children of any age.
Child friendly attractions in Borneo
Beautiful beaches, incredible snorkelling, unforgettable animal encounters and welcoming tribal cultures…..everything about Borneo is child friendly. What child isn’t awe struck by strange and beautiful wild animals? And Borneo is the best place I have travelled so far to see animals in their natural habitat. (Of course I haven’t been to Africa.)
Sepilok has a couple great animal sanctuaries (the Orangutan Rehabilitation centre and the Sun Bear Conservation centre), which are great places to see these beautiful animals as well as teach children about environmental and conservation issues. A little further inland, along the Kinabatangan river, you can see a huge variety of creatures in their natural habitats while cruising along the river. Night walks will further introduce children (and adults!) to the wonders of life in the jungle.
If your child is interested in animals and the environment, please take them to Borneo.
For water babies, the islands near Kota Kinabalu have beautiful beaches as well as some pretty fantastic snorkelling.
Want to inject some education into your holiday? Well the museums in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu are fantastic, and both have great exhibitions about tribal cultures and local plants and animals. The one in Kuching is even free of charge.
Eating with Kids in Borneo
Cuisine in Borneo is not as spicy as in other South East Asian nations, and many dishes are available that are not spicy at all. Most restaurants that cater to tourists will always offer Western dishes if your child is a bit of a picky eater.
Our staple breakfast food was roti telur, an Indian style flatbread cooked with egg and served with a mild curry. Jacob wasn’t a fan of the curry, but he loved the roti.
Know before you go
Everything you need for your child will likely be available in Borneo. Jacob is no longer drinking soy formula (or unobtainium as I liked to call it), so I can’t comment on it’s availability. But everything else you could ever want is available for purchase in Borneo. Every town or city has a supermarket or pharmacy that is well stocked with nappies, baby medication, and everything you could ever want and need.
Borneo even has some of the European baby and childrens brands that I absolutely love, but which are not available in Australia – like Mothercare. Unless there is something very, very specific that your child required, I can almost guarantee that you will be able to purchase it in Borneo.