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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.
Kuching, Batang Ai, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Gaya Island
Best for: Family, Highlights, Wildlife
Discover the highlights of Malaysian Borneo on this 14-night itinerary, taking in indigenous tribes and orangutans in Sarawak, wildlife-rich jungles in Sabah and the tropical beaches of Gaya Island.
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A great option for first-time visitors, this two-week itinerary offers a varied introduction to the delights of Malaysian Borneo, including endemic wildlife, buzzing cities, tribal cultures and wild landscapes. From the small yet vibrant city of Kuching to the jungles of Batang Ai, home to the ancient Iban tribe, your journey through Sarawak will open your eyes to the spectacular diversity of Borneo. You then enter Borneo’s wild Sabah state to spot wildlife along the Kinabatangan River before ending your adventure on the sun-soaked beaches of Gaya Island.
Days 1 - 3 : Kuching, Borneo
Stay at Hilton Kuching for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Sarawak’s state capital of Kuching, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Get your first taste of Borneo wildlife the next 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
Today, you will be collected from your hotel and driven to Semonggok Wildlife Centre to view semi-wild orangutans as they return to the centre for feeding. You will then continue overland and by boat to your resort in Batang Ai, a remote region home to a large manmade lake, winding rivers, dense jungles and the Iban tribe, Sarawak’s largest ethnic group.
Day 4 - 5 : Kuching, Borneo
Stay at Hilton Kuching for 1 night
This morning, depart your resort by traditional longboat to reach an Iban longhouse. The traditional home of the Iban tribe, these longhouses often house entire Iban communities under one roof. After enjoying a delicious local lunch at the longhouse and watching a traditional ceremonial performance you will be transferred back to Kuching for one night in the city at your leisure.
Day 5 : Flight from Kuching 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 from your hotel and transferred to the airport in time for a one and a half hour flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Borneo’s Sabah state. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this buzzing city. Visit the city’s famed Central Market, sample delicious street food from across the globe at the hawker stalls, visit the magnificent city mosque or visit one of the city’s fascinating museums.
Day 6 - 7 : Sandakan, Borneo
Stay at MY Nature Resort for 1 night
The next day, you will be transferred to the airport in time for a 40 minute flight to Sabah’s thriving port city of Sandakan. Upon arrival, you will be driven approximately 30 minutes to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. One of the largest of its kind in the world, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is a fantastic place to get up and close with ‘man’s closest relative’, followed by a visit to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to view these rare animals before continuing to your hotel.
Day 7 : Flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
Days 7 - 9 : Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Stay at Abai Jungle Lodge for 2 nights
From Sandakan, it is a three hour drive followed by a cruise along the Kinabatangan River to Abai Jungle Lodge. Enjoy a series of wildlife excursions over the next two days including river cruises, night treks and strolls along the in-house canopy walkway in search of an array of wildlife including silver leaf monkeys, pygmy elephants and wild orangutans. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local tree planting project, set up with the aim of helping the local villagers of Abai.
Day 9 - 10 : Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Stay at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge for 1 night
After breakfast, a short cruise up river will take you to your next jungle lodge, with the chance to spot a variety of wildlife on the way including pygmy elephants, birds and orangutans. After checking into the lodge, enjoy another river cruise up a small tributary of the Kinabatangan River in search of the diverse array of wildlife that inhabit the riverbank including the proboscis monkey.
Days 10 - 12 : Danum Valley, Borneo
Stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge for 2 nights
On the morning of day ten, you will travel overland to Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah’s largest protected lowland forest and a spectacular showcase of Borneo’s biodiversity. Over the next two days enjoy guided jungle treks, walks to ancient burial sites, night safaris, strolls along the in-house canopied suspension bridge or even tubing down the Danum River.
Days 12 - 15 : Gaya Island, Borneo
Stay at Gaya Island Resort for 3 nights
Today, depart the jungles of Sabah for the white-sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs of Gaya Island. The next three days are at your leisure to enjoy the spoils of the island. Whether you wish to relax and unwind or keep the adventure going, Gaya Island has something for everyone. Explore secluded bays, indulge in spa treatments, lounge by the pool, explore underwater life at the house reef, try a range of water sports or join the resident naturalist on a guided walk along the forested trails in a variety 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 $3712 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.