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Malaysia is one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in Asia, with a subtle and harmonious mix of the Chinese, Indian and Malay population interacting with each other to make Malaysia a fantastic country to visit. From its abundant wildlife, incredible National Parks, stunning beaches, rich history, colonial architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lush tea plantations. Experience incredible marine life, warm and friendly people, and the most delicious food in all of Asia.
Over the course of a hundred years Kuala Lumpur has transformed itself from a small tin-mining town of just a few houses to Malaysia’s most populous global city and cosmopolitan capital. It is an exciting and ever expanding modern metropolis with stylish new towers springing up alongside the colonial style buildings of days past. A colourful blend of the old and the new, Kuala Lumpur offers travellers a vibrant mix of historic monuments, awe-inspiring sky scrapers, deliciously diverse street food and plush mega-malls.
Penang’s richly-woven history and melting pot of cultures have transformed it into one of Asia’s foremost gastronomic destinations. Here’s a guide to our favourite local street-food delicacies to sample during your stay…
Tioman is one of Malaysia’s unsung islands. This teardrop shaped dot in the ocean is a tapestry of tropical rainforest and pristine beaches lapped by the emerald green waters of the South China Sea. Without a doubt, this sought after destination, nestled off the east coast of Malaysia, is amongst the most beautiful islands in the world. Spanning a little under forty kilometres from north to south, Tioman might be small but it is mighty, considered a haven for barefoot luxury, scuba diving and spectacular trekking.
Borneo Family Adventure
Kuching, Mulu National Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Kota Kinabalu
Best for: Family, Wildlife, Beach
A great introduction to Malaysian Borneo for all the family, this two-week itinerary offers the perfect combination of culture, wildlife and beaches to the keep even the youngest jungle adventurer entertained.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Designed with families in mind, this two-week itinerary offers a varied and well-paced introduction to the highlights of Borneo’s Sabah and Sarawak states. Get up and close with orangutans at Semonggok whilst learning about the plight of this endangered species before heading into Mulu National Park to explore its UNESCO listed caves. The adventure continues into the rainforests of Sabah including jungle walks, night safaris and cruises down the Kinabatangan River in search of a vast array of wildlife. Finally, head to the golden sands of Kota Kinabalu to relax on the beach or enjoy a variety of activities suited for both children and adults alike.
Days 1 - 3 : Kuching, Malaysia
Stay at Pullman Kuching for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Sarawak’s capital city of Kuching, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel in the city. That afternoon, enjoy a visit to Semonggok Nature Reserve to get up and close with this endangered species whilst learning of the threats they face at the education centre. Wildlife encounters continue the following day with a visit to Bako National Park, home to a huge variety of plant life and wildlife including the long-tailed macaques, silver leaf monkeys, bearded pigs, monitor lizards and the long-nosed proboscis monkey.
Day 3 : Flight from Kuching to Mulu
Days 3 - 5 : Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo
Stay at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa for 2 nights
After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Kuching Airport in time to catch a short flight to Mulu. After settling into your hotel, venture into the UNESCO listed Mulu National Park to explore the beautiful Lang’s Cave and the Deer Cave, the world’s largest cave passage filled with striking rock formations. Continue exploring caves the following day as you take a leisurely boat ride to visit Clearwater Cave and Wind Cave.
Day 5 : Flight from Mulu to Kota Kinabalu
Day 5 - 6 : Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
Stay at The Jesselton for 1 night
On the morning of day five, you will be collected and driven to Mulu Airport in time for your flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Borneo’s Sabah state. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the city as you wish. Visit the famed Central Market, sample delicious street food from across the globe at the hawker stalls, visit the magnificent city mosque or simply unwind and enjoy the spoils of your hotel.
Day 6 : Flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
Day 6 - 7 : Sandakan, Borneo
Stay at MY Nature Resort for 1 night
Today, you will be driven to Kota Kinabalu Airport in time to board a 45 minute flight to Sandakan. On the way to your hotel, make a stop at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation centre for another encounter with ‘man’s closest relative’, before continuing to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, a centre dedicated to improving the living conditions of this rare native species.
Days 7 - 9 : Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Stay at Abai Jungle Lodge for 2 nights
On day seven, you will be transferred overland and by boat through the jungle to Abai Jungle Lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Over the next two days, enjoy an array of activities and excursions in search of wildlife including night safaris, guided jungle walks and river cruises. Keep your eye out for silver leaf monkeys, rare birdlife and even orangutans.
Days 9 - 11 : Danum Valley, Borneo
Stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge for 2 nights
This morning, an overland transfer will bring you to Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the heart of the Danum Valley. During your stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge there are a number of excursions and activities to keep all the family busy. Enjoy guided walks through the surrounding rainforest, spot wildlife from the award-wining canopy walkway, head out on night safaris, visit ancient burial sites or even go tubing down the Danum River.
Day 11 : Flight from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu
Day 11 : Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
Stay at Shangri-La Rasa Ria
The final stop on this Borneo adventure is a family friendly beach resort near Kota Kinabalu. The next four days are at your leisure to do as much or as little as you like. The resort offers a great range of activities for both children and adults alike, from batik painting and water sports to indulging spa treatments and golf. Surrounded by four hundred acres of tropical rainforest, there are also opportunities to enjoy canopy walks, bird watching and guided treks in search of slow the loris and civet cats that call the surrounding jungle home.
When to go
Borneo experiences a tropical climate with high levels of humidity and warm temperatures throughout the year. As with all tropical islands, Borneo’s weather is unpredictable, with rain possible at any time of year and weather known to change quickly. Generally speaking, the best time to visit is between the months of March to October. During this time, rainfall is at its lowest and it is also the best time to see orangutans in the wild. These months also see the highest visitor numbers, making visiting in the slightly wetter months between November and February a good option for those wanting to escape the crowds associated with peak season.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Kota Kinabalu by Night – Vespa Cruising
Experience Kota Kinabalu by night as you ride through the city on a vespa making a number of stops along the way.
Deer Cave & Lang Cave Tour
Explore two of the UNESCO listed Mulu Caves on this half day tour. Begin with the Lang’s Cave and its dramatic stalagmites and stalactites, followed by the Deer Cave, the world’s largest known cave passage.
Handicraft and Spice Market Tour
Get a taste of some authentic Malaysian culture as you visit a local handicraft market, with hundreds of stalls selling handicrafts from around the region.
Semonggok Wildlife Centre
Semonggok Wildlife Centre is the best place in Sarawak to view semi-wild orangutans, who have been rescued from captivity and trained to survive in the surrounding forest reserve.
Wind Cave & Clearwater Cave Tour
Explore the Clearwater and Wind Caves, two of the most stunning caves in Mulu National Park reached by a leisurely boat ride through winding rivers.
Kota Kinabalu Half Day City Tour
Experience the thriving local culture of Kota Kinabalu. With such a variety of flavours, materials and historic views to offer, this exciting tour will give taste of this intriguing city.
Two Day Mount Kinabalu Trek
This two day trek takes you to the summit of Malaysia’s highest peak on an awe inspiring and extremely rewarding climb through the diverse rainforest of Mount Kinabalu.
KK Old Town Walking Tour and Spice Market
Enjoy a walking tour of the Kota Kinabablu old town and the spice market.
Kuching City Tour
Experience the diversity of cultures which combine in Kuching, in this informative tour around the city, stopping off at the many sights it has to offer.
Bako National Park - Meet the Longnoses of Borneo
A day exploring the Bako National Park, home to a diverse array of wildlife and plants is a great way to enjoy the natural splendour of Borneo whilst enjoying a variety of treks through the park.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sandakan City Tour
A full day spent visiting the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre followed by an in depth city tour allows you to get under the skin of this beautiful region and see the endangered primate in the flesh.
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
Visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary, the perfect place to spot the rare Proboscis Monkeys amongst a variety of other wildlife species.
Sepilok Nursery & Sun Bear Discovery
Enjoy a morning excursion to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn all about these wonderful animals.
Kuching Food Tour
Get a taste of Malaysia on this food tour of Kuching, experiencing the combination of cultures that lead Malaysia to be referred to as a cultural melting pot.
From $3840 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfast
Private and shared transfers
Excursions and activities as listed
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.