Venture into the wild heart of Borneo. Verdant rainforests, exquisite natural wonders and exotic wildlife await you on this private Malaysia tour. Discover clear blue waters and bottomless valleys in the Sarawak region, befriend the curious orangutans of Sandakan, feast your eyes on beautiful heritage buildings, and savor some of the freshest catch of the day and exotic jungle fruits. Your tailor-made Malaysia vacation is a highlight in itself!
Kuching is Sarawak’s beautiful capital city. Like most other Malaysian cities, it is a delightful mix of the traditional, the colonial and the modern.
Half Day Kuching City Highlights Tour Uncover the secrets of Kuching, the historic capital of Sarawak. Begin your tour amid the bustling lanes of Kuching’s Chinatown, observe the famous Cat Statue (Kuching means “Cat” in Malay), and amble over to the colorful TuaPek Kong Chinese Temple. Move on to Civic Centre Viewing Platform and the world-renowned Sarawak Museum. Walk past the gold-domed City Mosque as you pass through Old Kuching, known for its spice dealers and textile shops. The heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, including the Pavilion, Charles Brooke Monument, and the Post Office, bear testimony to the city’s rich colonial history. On your way back, you’ll see the Astana, an erstwhile residence of the White Rajahs, on the other side of the Kuching Waterfront. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)
Day Trip To Bako National Park Discover a gorgeous rain forest just an hour and half away from Kuching’s city limits. Your adventure begins with a longboat ride that takes you to Bako National Park. Home to several rain forest ecosystems, this tiny peninsula region is bursting with a veritable cornucopia of geological features, plants and wildlife! Bako’s distinctive coastline is worth exploring, as are its well-trodden jungle trails, forest-covered hilltops and quiet stretches of cloistered beaches. Bird lovers are sure to have a field day spotting the vast variety of exotic species. You can also watch Bako’s resident proboscis monkeys, silvered langur monkeys, long-tailed macaques and flying squirrels, among many other curious creatures. Watch out for the carnivorous pitcher plants, strangling figs, and symbiotic ant plants in this fascinating mangrove forest! (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer, Travel time to Activity: 45 mins drive & 20 mins speedboat ride; Duration: 6.5 hrs; Lunch included; Fitness Level: Medium; Please bring comfortable shoes, a sun hat and sunglasses. Please note that your boat may be delayed on busy days.)(Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer, Travel time to Activity: 45 mins drive and 20 mins speedboat ride; Duration: 6.5 hrs; Lunch included; Fitness Level: Medium; Please bring comfortable shoes, sun hat and sunglasses. Please note that your boat may be delayed on busy days.)
Gunung Mulu National Park is a World Heritage site loaded with diverse and exquisite natural wonders.
Two Night Program: In the Heart of Mulu Unearth the wonders of Mulu National Park, venturing through the tropical rainforests, exploring hidden caves and seeking out the famed wildlife. Start with the caves; the Lang Cave with dramatic spotlights highlighting the rocky outcrop, and Deer Cave, the world’s second largest cave entrance. You are perfectly placed to view hundreds of bats in flight. Return to your resort for a restful sleep. The next morning, take a tranquil boat ride through the winding rivers to visit the Penan ethnic group. Follow the river up to picturesque caves. At Wind Cave, admire the rocks as they curve into a throne room. Jump right into the water at Asia’s longest cave, Clearwater Cave! Observe the kaleidoscope of butterflies flapping along the river banks, and try to spot the rare Rajah Brooke species with its immense green wings. Afterwards, head back to the resort for an afternoon and evening at leisure. The following morning you can spend time soaking in the beautiful natural surroundings until you are ready to head to the airport. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy, Please bring comfortable shoes, torchlight and insect repellent, and leech socks. We recommend light, comfortable clothes for the humid tropical days)
Abai is a quaint little village on the edge of Malaysia’s second longest river, the Kinabatangan. Take an hour long picturesque boat ride from Sandakan and dock in the lap of Sabah’s thriving biodiversity.
En route Activity (Sandakan Airport – Jetty) – Visit to Sepilok Rehabilitation Center Explore the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center where you can admire a playful bunch of apes swinging from branch to branch. This center is home to orphaned and injured orangutans who are nursed and trained to re-enter the forest. The best view of these magnificent apes is from the feeding platforms, where animal caregivers feed them bananas and milk twice a day. Wander through the tall industrial trees in Borneo’s forest and experience its rich, tropical flora and fauna. Spend time at the outdoor nursery, where infant orangutans are taught how to survive in the wild. You will be chuckling away as you watch these hapless babies being taught to swing and climb trees. Stop by the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center, to observe the smallest bears in the world, which are native to Malaysia. Be enchanted by a stroll through the Rainforest Discovery Center, as you walk on canopy walkways and admire unique and exotic plants and orchid gardens. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer, Time of the day: Morning; Duration: 2 hr each; Fitness Level: Easy; please wear comfortable shoes. The feeding sessions is at 1000 hrs .Guests are allowed to stay for a maximum of two hours per visit)
One Night Program at Abai Jungle Lodge Embrace the forest life at Abai Jungle Lodge. Take a picturesque boat ride to this lodge raised on stilts atop Kinabatangan River. After a scrumptious lunch, set out on a leisurely cruise along the river enjoying the lush green scenery and a light breeze while you sip on piping hot coffee. As the sun sets over the horizon, you will be awestruck by the beautiful display of fireflies, dotting trees like Christmas lights. Dock for an authentic dinner with a view, and wander through the walking trails under the moonlight sky. The following morning, rise early for a cruise that takes you past dense mangrove forests to Pitas Oxbow Lake. If you are lucky, you might spot spectacular Pygmy Elephants enjoying a morning swim. After a quick breakfast, spend the day strolling through beaten pathways of a quaint little village, meeting Kinabatangan’s largest ethnic group – the Orang Sungai. You can even help the locals plant a tree. After a sumptuous lunch, it is time to return to civilization. (Full Day, Private Activity & Shared Transfers, Fitness Level: Easy. Please bring comfortable shoes, binoculars, a torchlight and insect repellent)
Sukau is a tiny fishing village and a rare pearl situated off the usual tourist track. Tucked along the Kinabatangan River, Sukau offers glimpses of Borneo’s rainforests and swampy marshland.
Two Night Program At Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, Sukau Travel upstream on Kinabatangan River to peaceful Abai. Enjoy a simple, delicious lunch and cruise upstream to the rustic but comfortable Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge in Sukau. Afterwards, you can spend the rest of your day cruising along the Menanggul River. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars to spot wild orangutans, pygmy elephants and exotic tropical bird life. The following morning, rise with the sun for a refreshing cruise ride to Oxbow Lake, nestled amid scenic mangroves and dense jungle. You can choose to explore Gomantong Cave with its intricate formations and massive bird nests, or go on a trekking expedition through jungle trails. The sun begins to set as you coast along the river admiring natural wonders. Feast on a delicious dinner and video show at the lodge. After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to return to civilization. (Full Day, Fitness Level: Easy, Please bring comfortable shoes, binoculars, torchlight and insect repellent)
Danum Valley is home to a host of exotic and endangered animal, bird and plant life, this is pristine jungle territory overshadowed by the towering Mount Danum.
Three Night Program: Forest Magic In Danum Valley Explore a dynamic million year old rainforest at the Danum Valley Conservation Area! On yourfirst day, set out on a two and a half hour drive, including 2 hours on a gravel track, from the Lahad Datu Airport to reach the charming Borneo Rainforest Lodge. After checking in, you will trek on the stunning Nature Trail and Canopy Walkway. End your day with a one-of-a-kind night safari in an open jeep or truck. The following morning, wake up to birdsong and the call of the Bornean Gibbons.After breakfast you can trek to Coffin Cliff/Kadazandusun, an ancient burial site. Take a refreshing dip in a natural jacuzzi and return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, choose from a guided jungle trek or water tubing down the river if the weather permits. A nature walk after dinner will allow you to absorb the forest diversity, before a restful sleep. On your third day, visit the scenic Fairy Falls and Serpent Falls. After lunch, you have the option of enjoying a trek along Segama River or observing the surrounding forest from the comfort of your chalet, followed by dinner and sleep. On your final day, set out on an early morning trek, or simply relish the panoramic view of the spectacular forest. After lunch, your chauffeur will pick you up from the lodge and transfer you to Lahad Datu Airport. (Full Day; Private & Shared activities; All meals included; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring good trekking shoes and a rain jacket. Activities can be modified based on fitness levels/interests).
Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is more popularly known, is the state capital of Sabah. Expect a heady cocktail of cultures, cuisines, and lifestyles.
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 5,990 /person
Option 2 From $ 6,890 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 16 days / 15 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Flight from Kuching to Mulu
Flight from Mulu to Kotakinabalu via Miri
Flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
Flight from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu
All activities as listed :
Kuching: Half Day Kuching City Highlights Tour
Kuching: Day Trip to Bako National Park
Mulu: Two Night Program In the Heart of Mulu
Abai, Kinabatangan River: En route Activity (Sandakan Airport – Jetty) – Visit to Sepilok Rehabilitation Center
Abai, Kinabatangan River: One Night Program at Abai Jungle Lodge
Sukau, Kinabatangan River: Two Night Program at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, Sukau
Danum Valley: Three Night Program Forest Magic in Danum Valley
All airport and hotel transfers
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary