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Experience the best of Malaysian Borneo on this 12-night itinerary. Starting in Kuala Lumpur, you'll encounter the unique wildlife that resides in the Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley, before heading to the beautiful northern coastline, with a stay on Gaya Island. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfers between hotels
  • All activities and tours where mentioned
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
  • 2 nights at 5-star Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Gaya Island Resort
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Day 1-2
Fly from UK to Kuala Lumpur

Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, you'll be taken by private car transfer to your hotel for the next two nights: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2-4
2 nights stay at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Ideally located between KLCC Park and the iconic Petronas Towers, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is a modern and stylish hotel boasting sweeping views across Kuala Lumpur. During your stay you can unwind in the spa, cool off in the outdoor swimming pool, and dine across eight restaurants and bars. 

Day 3
Exploring Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur effortlessly combines the old and the new, with historic temples effortlessly interwoven amongst glass skyscrapers, and Michelin-star restaurants situated alongside traditional food markets. 

During your stay, you'll enjoy a full day Kuala Lumpur city tour, which will take you to the King's Palace, the famous Petronas Twin Towers, through the old traditional streets, and vibrant street markets. You'll also get the chance to venture along the outskirts of the city to see Malay villages and the iconic Batu Caves. 

Day 4
Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan

Today you'll be taken by private car transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan in Malaysian Borneo. Once you arrive, you'll be taken to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to observe these unique creatures as they are rehabilitated in their natural environment.  

Day 4
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Upon arrival, you'll be taken to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre when you can observe these unique creatures as they are rehabilitated in their natural environment. After watching the feeding of the orangutans, you'll continue to the nursery area for young orangutans where you can observe them play. 

Borneo is home to the lesser known Bornean sun bear; and you'll have the opportunity to visit the neighbouring Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn more about these endangered creatures as they are rehabilitated within their large forested enclosure. Afterwards, you'll head to the jetty where you'll board a small boat to Sukau Rainforest Lodge. 

Day 4-6
2 nights stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge

An eco-lodge set alongside the Kinabatangan River, Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers a variety of wildlife and nature tours within the rainforest, giving guests the chance to see the region's wildlife. The lodge features a riverside restaurant, swimming pool, and nature boardwalk. 

Day 5
The Kinabatangan River

The second longest river in Malaysia, the Kinabatangan River is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, including pygmy elephants, orangutans, and proboscis monkeys. You'll rise early and embark on a river safari with an expert guide, having the chance to spot these remarkable animals in the wild. We particularly recommend looking out for the rhinocerous hornbill, known for its distinctive orange and red bills and call.

Day 5
Road transfer from Sukau to Danum Valley

After a revitalising breakfast, you'll be transferred to the historic Danum Valley. This scenic journey takes about 6 hours, so we recommend using this time to sit back, relax and watch as the rainforest dramatically changes. Danum Valley sits within a virgin rainforest, meaning it has attained great age without significant disturbance, known otherwise as a Primeval Forest.

Day 5-7
2 nights stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Danum River, Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a luxurious eco-lodge residing amidst miles of stunning natural scenery. Operating with sustainability at the forefront of its values, the lodge strives to minimise disruption to the surrounding environment by utilising solar energy, recycling and zero chemical detergents. 

Day 5-7
Danum Valley

Treetops that soar high into the clouds, plumes of mist rolling down the mountains, and the sound of chirping hornbills above your head; Danum Valley epitomises the perfect jungle experience.

One of the world's most complex ecosystems, the valley is home to over 500 species of wildlife and over 200 species of plants per hectare. Explore this ancient forest on an immersive trekking excursion and treetop canopy walk, offering a plethora of opportunities to intimately encounter wildlife.  

Day 7
Fly from Sabah to Kota Kinabalu

After a delicious breakfast, your private chauffeur will transfer to the airport where you'll catch a flight bound for Kota Kinabalu. From here you will be met by your private driver who will take you to the ferry bound for the next stop on your itinerary. 

Day 7-10
3 nights stay at Gaya Island Resort

Residing on a pristine beachfront in Malohom Bay, Gaya Island Resort is a remarkable eco-conscious hotel set within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Blending harmoniously with the pristine natural environment, the resort offers hillside villa accommodation adorned with modern interiors and touches of Sabahan decor elements. 

Day 7-10
Gaya Island

Characterised by lush rainforests, powdery golden beaches and marine-rich waters, Gaya Island offers travellers an array of explorative experiences to undertake throughout their stay. Discover the colourful coral reefs and hundreds of marine species, including rare giant clams, on a snorkelling excursion around the island's coast. Trek through the mangrove forest and spot the endangered Proboscis monkey species, exclusively found in the region. 

Day 10
Boat from Gaya Island to Jesselton Point

Once you've soaked up the best of this beautiful private island, you'll be transferred back to the pier to catch a ferry back to Jesselton Point. You will then be met by your private driver who will take you to the final destination of your Borneo adventure. 

Day 10-13
3 nights stay at Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Boasting spectacular views of the beautiful golden beachfront and the astounding Mount Kinabalu, the luxurious Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa is the perfect place to spend your final 3 nights in Borneo. The hotel itself offers plenty of activities and experiences to keep travellers entertained, including kayaking, parasailing, championship golf and much more.

Day 10-13
Kota Kinabalu

Experience a more cultural side to the region with a visit to the spectacular coastal city of Kota Kinabalu, populated with an array of bustling markets, pristine beaches and breathtaking monuments, such as the Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu.

Embark on a guided tour of the granite peaks of Mount Kinabalu, Borneo's highest mountain and a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering captivating views of the surrounding jungle. Trek through Kinabalu Park and discover the vast and diverse terrain that comprise the park, including caves, plateaus, hot springs, waterfalls and rivers. 

Day 13
Fly from Borneo to UK

All good things must come to an end, but we're certain you'll be leaving with enough incredible memories of Borneo to last a lifetime. You will be picked up by your private chauffeur and transferred to the airport to catch your flights home.

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfers between hotels
  • All activities and tours where mentioned
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
  • 2 nights at 5-star Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Gaya Island Resort
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
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