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Borneo Weather in January

A visit to Sabah, Borneo is definitely worth considering in January, even if the weather is a bit more humid and choppy than expected. It may not be peak season and there may be occasional storms bought on by the winds of the northeast monsoon, but with less people holidaying, you can expect a much quieter time on safari and lower rates for accommodation and travel.

Borneo has tropical weather, with quite high humidity, unexpected rain, and choppy seas appearing seemingly out of nowhere all year round. 

The rainfall is higher in January than it would be in, say, August, but the temperature sticks around 27 degrees Celsius for the month, with about 300mm of rain in Sabah and 680mm in Sarawak.


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Proboscis monkey, Borneo

In areas such as the Danum Valley and Tabin, there may be less rain than other areas, but the roads to those destinations can be rough and weather beaten making travel more difficult.

We would not highly recommend travelling to Borneo in January, however it is possible if you stick to Sabah. 

We do not recommend heading to the Sarawak area of Borneo, which includes Kuching, Damai Beach, and Mulu National Park.

See the weather in Borneo and Sabah in other months: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.


Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to Borneo. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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