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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!


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3Kota KinabaluVibrant culture & cuisine, Temples, museums & heritage buildings, Bustling Bazaars & handmade craft workMercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre, Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
3 - 5Sukau, Kinabatangan RiverOff the beaten track, Rainforests & marshland, WildlifeKinabatangan Riverside Lodge
5 - 8Danum ValleyPristine rainforest, Exotic wildlife & birds, Mount DanumBorneo Rainforest Lodge, Borneo Rainforest Lodge
8 - 12Kota Kinabalu BeachPristine beaches, Water sports, Marine lifeGaya Island Resort, Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Ideal For

  • Adventure
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Hotel

Kota Kinabalu

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

Half Day Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour, Kota Kinabalu

Mari Mari Cultural Village, situated 12 miles from the city of Kota Kinabalu, is a living museum that preserves Borneo’s ethnic culture, history and traditions. This half-day private tour recreates the living conditions of five ethnic tribes of Borneo as they were in the past. After a warm welcome, your guide leads you through five replicas of tribal huts of Kadzan-Dusan – rice farmers, Rungus – longhouse dwellers, Lundayeh – hunters and fishermen, Bajau – herdsmen and sea nomads and Murut – head-hunters. Inside each hut you learn about the tribe’s unique traditions, daily life and methods of conserving natural resources. Each tribe also demonstrates their unique skills, such as lighting a fire with flints and sticks, weaving clothes from bark, making rice wine, extracting honey and carving blowpipes. You can try various food items and even have a go at blowpipe shooting. Finally, enjoy an impressive traditional dance performance and a buffet lunch. (Duration: Half Day; Time: Departs at 0900 hrs; Private Activity; No Transfers; Meal Included: Lunch)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior View
RoomKinabalu Seaview
Day 3 - 5

Transfer from Hotel to Kota Kinabalu Airport

Board your flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan (Duration: 1 hr)

Drive from Sandakan Airport to Sandakan Jetty Enroute visit Orang Uton Rehabilitation Centre

Ferry from Sandakan Jetty to Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge (2.5 hrs)

Sukau, Kinabatangan River

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

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)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsFull Board and Activities
Day 5 - 8

Drive from Kinabatangan River Lodge to Lahad Datu (120 km, 2.5 hrs)

Drive from Lahad Datu to Danum Valley (85 km, 2.5 hrs)

Danum Valley

3 Nights

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.

Included Activities

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).

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsFull Board and Activities
RoomPremium Deluxe Room
MealsFull Board and Activities
Day 8 - 12

Drive from Danum Valley to Lahad Datu (85 km, 2.5 hrs)

Flight from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Hotel

Kota Kinabalu Beach

4 Nights

Kota Kinabalu Beach is a mystical experience with its majestic beauty and clear blue waters. This part of the world boasts a string of beautiful beaches, each more mesmerizing than the other.

Hotel Options
RoomBayu Villa
StyleBeach Resort
RoomPremier Sea View Room - Ocean Wing
StyleBeach Resort

Transfer from Hotel to Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 5,390 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 7,490 /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.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 12 days / 11 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
    • Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan
    • Lahad Datu – Kota Kinabalu
  • All activities as listed :
    • Kota Kinabalu: Half Day Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour, Kota Kinabalu
    • Sukau, Kinabatangan River: Two Night Program at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, Sukau
    • Sukau, Kinabatangan River: Supplement for Private Transfer and Activity
    • 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
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included


  • Camera fees
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above


  • 10 MYR tourism tax per night and per person, payable locally at hotels
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Highlights of Sabah

16 days $ 5,390 / person

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