From stunning mountains, rivers and lakes to virgin rainforests, caves and a diversity of wildlife, Malaysian Borneo, or East Malaysia, has it all. You should, however, be prepared for some of the potential risks of visiting this wonderful destination.
Vaccinations for Malaysian Borneo
Before heading to East Malaysia, it is highly recommended to make sure your routine vaccinations, including chicken pox (varicella), diphtheria and MMR, tetanus, and pertussis, are up to date. It is also strongly recommended to be vaccinated against malaria and dengue fever, as well as for ‘at risk groups’:
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Yellow fever
Consult your specialist nurse, doctor or travel clinic to determine whether you will need any or all of these four vaccinations.
What to pack for Malaysian Borneo
To prevent heat exhaustion and sunburn during the day, you should pack:
- Comfortable, light cotton shirts
- Light rain wear
- Sun hats, sun screen
- Long trousers and lightweight, thin long-sleeved shirts to help prevent mosquito bites
- Sneakers and flip-flops or sandals
For trips into the depths of Malaysian Borneo, you will also need to pack:
- T-shirts and shorts
- Comfortable hiking shoes or boots capable of coping with muddy trails and jungle streams to prevent injuries by slips, trips and falls
- Sleeping bag, if planning long treks involving overnighting in the jungle
- If you are planning on going caving, pack a torch, spare batteries and bulbs.
For trips into the mountains, you will need:
- Warm clothing, such as woollen hats or beanies, thick socks, fleece
- Gardening gloves to give you better grip and prevent injuries by sharp, rough surfaces
- Small backpack and water bottle
- First aid kit containing mild antiseptic cream, for light scratches and insect bites, plasters and bandages, tissues, cotton swabs, insect repellent and pain killers
Much of Malaysian Borneo is at high altitudes, so it is important to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) by:
- Avoiding direct flights to high altitude areas
- Acclimatising to high altitudes for two to three days before going higher than 3,000 metres
- Getting lots of rest
- Maintaining a good fluid intake
- Eating a high calorie, but light diet
- Avoiding alcohol
More information concerning the prevention and treatment of AMS can be found at FitForTravel.NHS.UK.
If you were injured by a slip, trip or fall or any other accident in East Malaysia and someone else caused your accident, contact us, Accident Advice Helpline, via your mobile or a telephone on the respective freephone numbers, 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500, now to see if you qualify for travel accident compensation.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice