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Highlights of Borneo: Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Danum Valley & More

14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,179

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Embark on a captivating 14-day Malaysian vacation, exploring the wonders of Borneo! Begin in the vibrant city of Kuching before venturing into the rich wildlife of Bako National Park, Gading National Park, and Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Immerse yourself in Kota Kinabalu's cultural mosaic before delving into the natural wonders of Bilit and Danum Valley. Finally, unwind on Gaya Island's pristine shores.

Spend 14 days exploring Borneo on this action-packed Malaysian vacation. Immerse yourself in Kuching's blend of old-world charm and modern attractions as you embrace its rich cultural heritage, diverse culinary scene, lively waterfront, and bustling markets. Venture inland to the orangutans in the Semenggoh Nature Reserve before continuing through the scenic limestone formations and scenic countryside en route to the Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse. Explore the authentic architecture and communal living spaces before enjoying a traditional Bidayuh lunch, offering a glimpse into the lives of the Bidayuh indigenous community.

Explore the rich biodiversity of the coastal Bako National Park rainforest sanctuary. Search for long-tailed macaques, silver-leaf monkeys, proboscis monkeys, bearded pigs, and predator pitcher plants as you hike the network of trails and secluded beaches. Continue indulging your quest for adventure in Gunung Gadin National Park on the northern slopes of Mount Gading. Hike through the lush rainforest and rugged mountain vistas to cascading waterfalls and incredibly giant and pungent Rafflesia flowers. Return to Kuching and hunt for fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and herbs from a market before taking part in a hands-on cooking class with a seasoned chef, preparing traditional Sarawakian recipes.

Head to Kota Kinabalu's vibrant coast on Borneo’s northwest shores and traverse the Crocker Range on your way to the base of Mount Kinabalu. Search for more incredible wildlife among pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, and oak trees before walking along the treetop canopy suspended 41 m / 135 ft above the Poring Forest floor. Watch orangutans swing across the branches in Sandakan before cruising along the Kinabatangan River, searching for Malayan sun bears. Continue your wildlife adventure in the ancient Danum Valley rainforests and on the pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and warm China Sea waters off the coast of Gaya Island.

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14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,179

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Day 1

Arrive Kuching

Welcome to Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia. Kuching is a vibrant riverside city renowned for its rich cultural heritage and diverse cuisine. With its charming waterfront, historical landmarks, and bustling markets, Kuching offers visitors a delightful blend of old-world charm and modern attractions.

Upon arrival at Kuching Airport, meet guide and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: The Waterfront Hotel

Duration5 Nights
Day 2

Semenggoh Nature Reserve and Bidayuh Longhouse Excursion

Start with a drive to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Semenggoh is a renowned rehabilitation center for orangutans and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to observe semi-wild orangutans in their natural habitat, offering a close encounter with these incredible creatures in a protected environment.

Continue the journey through beautiful limestone formations, scenic countryside fringed by hills and farms to one of the oldest Bidayuh Longhouses. Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse is a cultural gem, offering a fascinating glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the Bidayuh indigenous community, known for their former headhunting practices. This well-preserved longhouse showcases authentic architecture, communal living spaces, and cultural practices, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the rich heritage and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Enjoy local lunch at the longhouse before travelling back to Kuching.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Bako National Park Excursion

Today, travel by car and boat to Bako National Park, a biodiversity hotspot renowned for its rich variety of wildlife and ecosystems. This coastal rainforest sanctuary is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna, including proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, silver-leaf monkeys, monitor lizards, bearded pigs, variety of birds and pitcher plants. Explore the park’s network of hiking trails, secluded beaches, and unique habitats, offering a captivating experience amidst the beauty of nature.  Enjoy a packed lunch during your explorations.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Gunung Gading National Park Excursion

Today, travel to Gunung Gading National Park on the northern slopes of Mount Gading. This National Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts and is renowned for its tropical rainforests and the remarkable, but rare Rafflesia flowers, the world's largest blooms.

Explore the park's hiking trails which showcase the lush rainforest, rugged mountain vistas, and picturesque waterfalls. Enjoy a packed lunch during your adventures.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Kuching: Sarawak Cooking Class

This morning. travel to the Telang Usan Hotel for a cooking class. Prior to the hands-on session, you'll explore a vibrant local market brimming with an abundance of fresh produce, showcasing a delightful array of fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and aromatic herbs integral to Sarawak's gastronomy. Amidst the familiar ingredients, you'll discover a wealth of unique agricultural and jungle products, expanding your culinary horizons.

Under the guidance of a seasoned chef, delve into traditional Sarawakian recipes and techniques, where a typical local meal features a harmonious blend of rice, flavorful meat or fish, and fresh vegetables. Embrace the opportunity to prepare select local delicacies based on seasonal availability, observing closely as the chef demonstrates authentic cooking methods while imparting insightful explanations. This immersive experience allows you to refine your cooking skills firsthand while learning valuable tips on ingredient improvisation and substitution, essential for adapting recipes when you are back home.

After the class, savor the fruits of your labor and indulge in a delicious lunch before returning to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Kuching to Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Kuching Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Make a brief stop at Signal Hill for a bird’s eye view of the city skyline. Rest of the day at leisure.

Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is a vibrant coastal city boasting stunning sunsets, bustling markets, and a gateway to Borneo's natural wonders. With its blend of urban energy, cultural diversity, and proximity to lush rainforests and idyllic islands, the city offers a captivating experience for adventurers and leisure seekers alike.

Accommodation: Horizon Hotel

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 7

Kinabalu Parks Excursion

Today's drive passes across paddy-fields and Dusun villages, traversing the Crocker Range's ridges towards the base of Mount Kinabalu, standing at 1500 meters (5000 feet) high. Upon arrival at the Kinabalu Park Visitor Centre and Mountain Garden, discover an array of natural wonders, including 24 species of vibrant rhododendrons, 10 varieties of carnivorous pitcher plants, a rich collection of 1,400 orchid species, over 600 types of ferns, along with an extensive diversity of oak trees and a plethora of bird species.

Continuing the journey to Poring to immerse yourself in the lush tropical rainforest. Experience a unique and thrilling adventure by navigating a treetop canopy walkway elevated 41 meters (135 feet) above the forest floor, offering an exhilarating and distinctive exper

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan to Bilit

Early morning check out and transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for your flight to Sandakan. Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport you will be met and travel to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre serves as a refuge for orphaned and injured Orangutans, offering a nurturing environment for their rehabilitation and eventual release into the wild. Watch the Orangutans, also known as the 'Man of the Jungle' in the local language, gracefully swing from branch to branch on their way to the feeding station nestled within the forest. Enjoy a short video and explore the Exhibition Hall to learn more about the magnificent Orangutans, one of nature’s most endangered animal species.

Following the visit to Sepilok, continue to the Sun Bear Conservation Center to see the world’s smallest bear thriving in its natural habitat. Enjoy lunch at the Sepilok Jungle Resort. Post-lunch, embark on an overland journey to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, arriving mid afternoon for check-in. Delight in afternoon tea featuring local treats and a brief session with the nature guide before a captivating cruise along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest river, offering remarkable wildlife observations directly from the boat.

Accommodation: Bilit Adventure Lodge

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 9

Jungle Excursions

Start the day with an early 6:00 am river cruise. Following the one-hour boat excursion, return to the Lodge for breakfast. In the late morning, embark on a guided jungle hike through the forest for wildlife spotting. After the trek, return to refresh, enjoy lunch, and perhaps take a brief rest. Later in the afternoon, prepare for another river cruise to explore a different section of the river and witness further wildlife sightings.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Bilit to Lahad Datu to Danum Valley

Today, travel to Borneo Rainforest Lodge Lahad Datu office. After registration, continue overland into Danum Conservation Area through Borneo jungle roads. Witness the shifting landscapes, from regenerating forests to ancient virgin rainforests spanning a million years. Danum Valley, a pristine conservation area boasts ancient rainforests teeming with diverse wildlife and offers immersive experiences for nature enthusiasts and researchers alike.

Upon arriving at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, check-in and get ready for an introductory trek along Nature Trails and the Canopy Walkway. As night falls, experience a Guided Safari Night Drive after dinner.

Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 11

Danum Valley Jungle Excursions

After breakfast, set off for a guided excursion along the "Coffin Trail," a 3-kilometer round trip trek leading to an ancient burial site, featuring a 40-minute ascent to a breathtaking viewpoint and returning via the jacuzzi pool. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, explore the Hornbill Trail. Cap off the day with an evening night drive or walk after dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Danum Valley to Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu to Gaya Island

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Lahad Datu Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport you will be met and transferred to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal for your scheduled boat transfer to Gaya Island.  Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy resort and breathtaking views.

Accommodation: Gaya Island Resort

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 13

Gaya Island at leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure.

Gaya Island provides a serene escape amidst captivating natural beauty and is known for pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and diverse marine life in its surrounding waters. Lots of opportunities for snorkeling, diving, nature exploration or simply relaxing.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 14

Depart Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast, check out and take your scheduled boat transfer back to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Meet your guide and transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport for your flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information




  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 5 nights first-class accommodations in Kuching
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Kota Kinabalu
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Bilit
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Lahad Datu
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Gaya Island
  • Private-guided Half Day Semenggoh Nature Reserve and Bidayuh Longhouse Tour
  • Private-guided Full Day Bako National Park Tour
  • Private-guided Full Day Gunung Gading National Park Tour
  • Join-in Half Day Sarawak Cooking Class
  • Private-guided Kinabalu Parks Tour
  • Private-guided visit to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Center
  • Shared guided walks, hikes and cruises at Bilit Adventure Lodge and Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • Private transport between Bilit and Lahad Datu
  • Shared boat transfer between Kota Kinabalu and Gaya Island return


  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic Airfare and airfare taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Conservation Fee (Gaya Island: A charge of MYR35.00 on the first night of stay and an additional MYR25.00 for each additional night is applied to each guest, payable directly to Sabah Parks at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal)
  • Malaysia Tourism Tax (MYR10.00 per hotel room per night, payable upon check in, directly to the hotel)
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Visa Fee if applicable


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.  

10 Nov 2024
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