Travel through the wild untamed lands of beautiful Borneo

Imagine a place that is spiritual and wild, colourful and mysterious, and full of tantalising secrets - this is beautiful Borneo. From the steamy jungles of Mulu National Park and the secluded beaches of Turtle Island, to the graceful orangutans at Sepilok and small villages nestled in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo is a true gem of South-East Asia. Experience captivating sunsets, be welcomed on homestays, travel along scenic trails, laze on tropical beaches and see an abundance of wildlife - this is a tour to remember forever.

Start
Kuching, Malaysia
Finish
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Countries
Malaysia
Themes
Explorer, Wildlife
Code
TMSXC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
268kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Slurp spicy laksa in charming Kuching city
  • Look out for cheeky monkeys in Bako National Park
  • Experience sunrise from the Mt Kinabalu summit
  • Trek to the summit of the spectacular Pinnacles Trail
  • Spend the night in an Iban longhouse
  • Hike along the wild Headhunters Trail
  • Discover mountain myths on a village homestay
  • Relax in the Poring Hot Springs
  • See giant green turtles lay eggs by moonlight
  • Fall in love with orphaned orangutans at Sepilok sanctuary

Itinerary

Discover a host of fun things to do in Kuching, a waterfront city at the gateway to Sarawak.
Explore pristine jungle trails in Bako National Park and spot odd-looking proboscis monkeys.
Watch orangutans at play in the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary before returning to Kuching.
Be welcomed in the longhouses of the Iban people and spend an evening learning about their amazing history and culture. Visit nearby waterfalls on a guided jungle walk, gain insights into the locals’ day-to-day life and discover their fascinating headhunting history.
Venture further afield to Sibu, on the banks of Rejang River.
Travel deep into Mulu National Park. Explore Wind and Clearwater Caves, and climb the historic Pinnacles Trail.
Hike along the ominously named Headhunters Trail, once used by warring tribes.
Dive back into city life in Kota Kinabalu. Nestled between sea and jungle, Sabah's capital is a great base for exploring.
Enjoy a village homestay in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu, absorbing the warmth and passion of the local Dusun people.
Towering above the coastal plains of Borneo, Mt Kinabalu is the centrepiece of the vast Kinabalu National Park. Experience all its glory on a trekking adventure.
Wake early to enjoy staggering views and sunrise atop Mt Kinabalu. Scramble down for a restorative soak in the Poring Hot Springs.
Trek into Sabah's lush interior and learn about forest restoration from Intrepid's friends at MESCOT. Explore the jungle by boat and spend the night in huts among wild orangutans, hornbills and macaques.
Explore Sandakan’s Chinese temples and island-studded bay.
Travel to the idyllic shores of Turtle Island. Witness giant turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs by moonlight.
Get up close to some primate relatives on a visit to Sepilok sanctuary, where orphaned and injured orangutans are rehabilitated.
Return to Kota Kinabalu and perhaps cap off this colourful Sabah adventure with a celebration dinner.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
4x4, Boat, Bus, Ferry, Longtail boat, Minibus, Plane, Taxi, Van
Accommodation
Cabin (multishare) (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Dormitory (5 nights), Guesthouse (3 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (9 nights)
Included activities
  • Bako National Park
  • Dunsun - Rubber tapping/rice pounding
  • Iban Longhouse - Guided walk & traditional dinner
  • Kinabatangan - Cooking class
  • Kinabatangan - Night jungle walk
  • Kinabatangan - Sunset wildlife boat trip
  • Morning jungle walk
  • Mt Kinabalu climb
  • Mulu NP - Guided trek along Melinau and Headhunters' Trails
  • Mulu NP - Guided trek on the Pinnacles
  • Mulu NP - Guided walk through Wind and Clearwater Caves
  • Mulu NP - Guided walk to Deer and Lang Caves
  • Mulu NP - Longboat ride along the Melinau & Terikan Rivers
  • Poring Hot Springs
  • Semengohh Orangutan Sanctuary
  • Sepilok - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Turtle Island - National Park

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Reviews

Our Best of Borneo trips score an average of 4.78 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.

Best of Borneo , July 2015

Best of Borneo , July 2015