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12 Days | Discover Borneo, one of the wildest places on the planet

4.7 out of 5 based on 46 reviews submitted.
EUR €3,112
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Travel with a local leader on this 12-day Premium adventure to uncover Borneo’s natural wonders, fascinating culture, history and ancient traditions. Journey to the jungles of Sabah and Sarawak, learn about the Iban way of life deep within Batang Ai National Park, get swept up in the frenetic energy of Kuching, connect with nature at the Kinabatangan River and visit an Orangutan rehabilitation centre in Sandakan. From dense rainforests to misty rivers and jungle valleys, this diverse island is a joy to explore.

Trip overview

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Kuching, Malaysia
Sandakan, Malaysia
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 75.5 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Surround yourself with rich wildlife and wonderful creatures during two nights at the stunning and perfectly located Kinabatangan Wetland Resort, your Feature Stay accommodation.
  • Visit endangered orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, meet the Malaysian sun bear and take multiple cruises down the Kinabatangan in search of wildlife.
  • Gain unique insight into the Iban way of life during an Exclusive Experience where you stay in a rustic jungle lodge in the rainforests of Batang Ai, visit a traditional longhouse and chat to the locals about their culture.
  • Get a taste of Borneo’s diverse food scene during Exclusive Experiences, including dinner at a bustling food court that’s popular with locals, and a freshly caught seafood dinner after touring the seafood market.
  • Experience Borneo's beautiful natural surroundings with visits to local farms, waterfalls, National Parks, wildlife cruises, and more.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, RESPonsible Elephant Conservation Trust (RESPECT). Donations help them educate and engage local communities on the importance of conserving local habits for Borneo Pygmy Elephants.

Is this trip right for you?
  • With internal flights, spend less time travelling and more time taking in the wildlife and natural beauty of your destinations. Travelling light is essential, as the included domestic flights have a strict 15kg maximum for check in luggage.
  • The accommodation varies from hotels to a jungle lodge. The jungle lodge is more basic than our standard hotels, including shared bathroom facilities. The unique location and close proximity to wildlife is what makes the jungle lodge special.
  • There will be a few walks included on this trip on forested paths that can get wet and slippery. Shoes with a good grip are highly recommended, and will also be useful for getting in and out of low rise long tail boats.


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11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners


Boat, Plane, Private Mini Van


Lodge (4 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Resort (2 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kuching - Welcome Dinner
  • Batang Ai - Nanga Sumpa Dinner
  • Batang Ai - Lachau Bazaar Lunch
  • Batang Ai - Jungle and Plantation Walk
  • Batang Ai - Local Longhouse Visit
  • Batang Ai - Enseluai Waterfall
  • Kuching - Group Lunch
  • Mulu National Park - Sunset bat experience
  • Mulu National Park - Deer & Lang Caves guided walk
  • Mulu National Park - Wind & Clearwater Caves guided walk
  • Mulu National Park - Picnic Lunch
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sunset Cocktail
  • Kota Kinabalu - Seafood Market Tour and Dinner
  • Kota Kinabalu - Local Market Tour
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon Wildlife Spotting Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Evening Wildlife Walk
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Kinabatangan River - Morning wildlife spotting cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Evening Wildlife Spotting Cruise
  • Sepilok - Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sandakan - Farewell Seafood Dinner
Add on activities
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Museum entrance fee - MYR15
  • Kota Kinabalu - Tunku Abdul National Marine Park Snorkeling Trip (Min 4) - MYR315
  • Kota Kinabalu - Cultural Village Tour (excludes transportation) - MYR100

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip except for nights 2 and 3 (Batang Ai) and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 15kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on.
4. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Eastern Sabah before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. Further information can be found in our "Safety" section of the Essential Trip Information. We also have links to prominent government travel advisories and any updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page
5. Please check and monitor for any entry requirements update through this website:
6. Our feature stay for the following departures will be Abai Jungle Lodge

Essential Trip Information

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4.7 out of 5 based on 46 reviews submitted.
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Aarika · Traveled October 2023
It’s well worth the extra money for the premium Borneo trip. The accommodations were great and if you’re not into so much trekking this trip has just enough jungle walks to still keep you active without overdoing it. All the local guides were amazing as well! Definitely a trip that would have been difficult to plan on our own.
Review submitted 01 Nov 2023

Phil · Traveled October 2023
The trip was a fantastic way of viewing the national parks and wildlife in their natural surroundings. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to absorb the local culture. We have many treasured memories. We wish to give our thanks to the other guides, Lemon, Freddy - Batang Ai, Chris - Mulu and Max - Kinabantangan. Also a special mention to the outstanding long boat crew for their exemplary hard work and great cooking. The only negative was the cost of the pre-paid transfer from the Sandakan Hotel to the Airport. This was grossly overpriced at 21 times the local rate. We look forward to using Intrepid for our next adventure
Review submitted 17 Nov 2023

Linda · Traveled October 2023
From the jungle of Batung Ai seeing orang-utan & head massage by Lemon at the rustic wonderful lodge & visit to the longhouse (enjoyed the rice wine!) to amazing caves at Mulu NP (yes even climbing 200 steps to the best cave I've ever seen "Clearwater Cave"), bats & insects & hilarious guide Chris; macaque & proboscis monkeys at Kinabatangan with amazing lodge; jungle cruising & bird spotting by our guides.. at night! Fantastic trip with our amazing guide Rony & fun group... we are Intrepid Borneo 7.... lifelong friends made.
Review submitted 01 Nov 2023

Craig · Traveled October 2023
Review submitted 01 Nov 2023

Jill · Traveled September 2023
Borneo Intrepid has its adventures & some expected lack of luxuries but, if you want this type of experience, they will support you in a great, small group, holiday!
Review submitted 02 Oct 2023
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