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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 In Depth
Kuching, Batang Ai, Mulu National Park, Kota Kinabalu, Kinabatangan River, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Danum Valley, Kinabalu Park, Gaya Island
Best for: Culture History, Spectacular scenery, Wildlife
Taking in indigenous cultures, wildlife-filled jungles and the wild landscapes of Borneo's Sabah and Sarawak states, this three week itinerary is great for adventure-seekers looking for an in depth experience of Malaysian Borneo.
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Embark on an unforgettable adventure through Malaysian Borneo, from the steamy inland jungles of Sabah and the sandy beaches of Gaya Island to the towering peak of Mount Kinabalu. After observing proboscis monkeys and orangutans in Kuching, you continue into the jungles of Batang Ai, home to the indigenous Iban Tribe, before exploring the UNESCO listed caves of Gunung Mulu National Park. Adventure continues as you head into Sabah’s tropical rainforests to cruise down the Kinabatangan River, enjoy guided treks and spot nocturnal wildlife on night safaris. After ascending the trail to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, the adventure draws to a close on Gaya Island, a tropical island retreat boasting vibrant coral reefs and white-sand beaches.
Days 1 - 3 : Kuching, Borneo
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. Get your first taste of Borneo wildlife the following day with a visit to Bako National Park, home to an array of wildlife including wild boar, silver leaf monkeys, monitor lizards and the rare proboscis monkey.
Day 3 - 4 : Batang Ai, Borneo
Stay at Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat for 1 night
On day three, you will be collected from your hotel and driven to Semonggok Wildlife Centre, the best place in Sarawak to view semi-wild orangutans. Spend the day observing these fascinating animals. Free to roam the rainforest they are most easily seen when they return to the centre for feeding time. From Semonggok, you will continue overland and by boat to Batang Ai National Park, home of the indigenous Iban Tribe.
Day 4 - 5 : Kuching, Borneo
Stay at Pullman Kuching for 1 night
The next day, travel by Iban longboat to a traditional Iban Longhouse. Home of the ‘former head-hunters of Borneo’, these traditional longhouses often house entire Iban communities under one roof. After a traditional lunch and ceremonial performance, you will be transferred back to Kuching for one more night in this ‘city of cats’.
Day 5 : Flight from Kuching to Mulu National Park
Days 5 - 7 : Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo
Stay at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa for 2 nights
Today, you will be collected from your hotel and driven to the airport in time to catch a thirty-minute flight to the five million year old jungles of Gunung Mulu National Park. Spend that afternoon and the following day exploring a selection Mulu’s UNESCO listed limestone caves including the Deer Cave, the world's largest cave passage, and the Wind Cave, reached by a leisurely boat ride through the rainforest.
Day 7 : Flight from Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu
Day 7 - 8 : Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
Stay at The Jesselton for 1 night
On day seven, you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch a short flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Borneo’s Sabah state. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the city at your own pace. Browse the famed Central Market, sample delicious culinary delights at the lively hawker markets, visit the magnificent Sabah State Mosque or perhaps just relax and enjoy the spoils of your hotel.
Day 8 : Flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
Days 8 - 10 : Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Stay at Abai Jungle Lodge for 2 nights
After watching the morning orangutan feed at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, you will be driven to the airport in time to catch a short 40-minute flight to Sandakan followed by an overland and boat transfer to Abai Jungle Lodge. Over the next two days enjoy river cruises, night treks and walks along the in-house canopy walkway in search of an array of wildlife including silver leaf monkeys, pygmy elephants and wild orangutans.
Day 10 - 11 : Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Stay at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge for 1 night
A cruise up river will take you to Kinabatangan Riverside lodge. Embark on another river cruise that afternoon along a small tributary of the Kinabatangan River in search of pygmy elephants, orangutans and rare birdlife.
Days 11 - 13 : Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Borneo
Stay at Tabin Wildlife Resort for 2 nights
On the morning of day 11, you will be driven to Tabin Wildlife Resort in the heart of Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve. That afternoon, visit the Lipad mud volcano, an active mud volcano that is a hub of activity for surrounding wildlife, before enjoying a night safari that evening. Wildlife encounters continue the following day with an early morning bird walk, a trek to the Lipad Waterfall and a dusk safari drive in search of nocturnal wildlife.
Days 13 - 15 : Danum Valley, Borneo
Stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge for 2 nights
From Tabin Wildlife Resort, it is a two and a half hour drive to Danum Valley, Sabah’s largest protected area of lowland forest. Explore this prime rainforest over the next two days, enjoying guided jungle walks, morning bird walks, treks to ancient Kadazanusun burial sites, night safaris, strolls along the canopied suspension bridge or even tubing down the Danum River.
Day 15 : Flight from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu
Day 15 - 16 : Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
Stay at The Jesselton for 1 night
Enjoy a morning at leisure at Borneo Rainforest Lodge before you are driven to Lahad Datu Airport in time for a one-hour flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, you will be collected and transferred to your hotel for one night in the city free to spend as you wish.
Days 16 - 18 : Kinabalu Park
Today, you will be collected from your hotel and driven approximately two hours to Kinabalu Park. Join in the guided walk along the forest trails before spending the night in a simple yet comfortable park lodge. The following morning, meet with your guide and begin the climb up Mount Kinabalu, spending the night in a rest house 3,200 metres above sea level. Arise early the following morning to reach the summit in time for sunrise before descending to the park headquarters for lunch.
Days 18 - 20 : Kinabalu Park
Days 20 - 23 : Gaya Island, Malaysia
Stay at Gaya Island Resort for 3 nights
After lunch, you will be driven to Jesselton Point in time to take a short speedboat transfer to Gaya Island. The next three days are at your leisure to enjoy this tropical island retreat. Relax on the pristine beaches, enjoy excursions to secluded bays, unwind by the pool or indulge in a range of spa treatments. For those wishing to remain a little more active during their stay, the resident naturalist and marine biologist are on hand to guide you along forested trails and through the vibrant house reef in search of the diverse array of wildlife that call the island 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.
Visit an Iban Longhouse
Experience of traditional lifestyle of the Iban Tribe with a visit to an Iban longhouse just a 45-minute boat ride from Aiman Batang Ai, including a ceremonial performance and a native lunch in the longhouse.
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 $5901 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfast
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.