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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.
Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Gaya Island
Best for: Culture History, Wildlife, Beach
From orangutans and wildlife-rich rainforests to vivid coral reefs and white-sand beaches, this itinerary offers a varied introduction to the highlights of Borneo, a great option for those short on time.
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This ten-night itinerary is great for those looking for a taste of the Borneo’s wildlife-rich rainforests and jungle lodges, coupled with some time to unwind at a tropical island retreat. After observing orangutans at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, you head into the lush jungles of Borneo’s Sabah state to spend five nights along the Kinabatangan River, spotting an array of wildlife as you embark on jungle walks, night safaris, river cruises, waterfall treks and a number of other wildlife-focussed activities. Your Borneo adventure comes to a relaxing end at a stylish beach retreat on Gaya Island, offering untouched tropical forests, white-sand beaches, and sheltered bays perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Days 1 - 3 : Sandakan, Borneo
Stay at MY Nature Resort for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Sandakan, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel on the outskirts of the city. Get your first taste of Borneo wildlife the following day with a visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in time for the morning orangutan feed and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, a centre dedicated to rescuing and promoting the conservation of this at-risk native bear species.
Days 3 - 5 : Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Stay at Abai Jungle Lodge for 2 nights
From Sandakan, it is a three hour drive to Sukau, followed by a one hour cruise to Abai Jungle Lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Over the next few 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 5 - 6 : Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Stay at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge for 1 night
Today, enjoy a cruise up river to the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, spotting everything from pygmy elephants and orangutans to rare birdlife on the way. Later that afternoon, embark on another river cruise along a small tributary of the Kinabatangan River in search of more wildlife before returning to the lodge for dinner.
Days 6 - 8 : Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Borneo
Stay at Tabin Wildlife Resort for 2 nights
On the morning of day six, you will be driven to Tabin Wildlife Resort in the heart of Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve. That afternoon, enjoy a light trek through the forest to the Lipad mud volcano, a hub of wildlife activity, 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.
Day 8 : Flight from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu
Days 8 - 11 : Gaya Island, Borneo
Stay at Gaya Island Resort for 3 nights
Today, you will be driven from Tabin Wildlife Reserve to Lahad Datu Airport in time to board a one hour flight to Kota Kinabalu, followed by a short speedboat transfer to Gaya Island. The next two days are at your leisure to spend as you wish. Relax on the white-sand beaches, enjoy excursions to secluded bays, unwind by the pool or indulge in an array of spa treatments. The adventurous are also spoilt for choice, with a resident naturalist and marine biologist on hand to guide you along forested trails and through the vibrant house-reef to spot the abundance of wildlife that call the island's rainforest and surrounding seas 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
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.
From $2538 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.