Best of Borneo


An island of uncharted jungles and tribal culture, Borneo is a destination that exudes adventure! Discover ‘headhunter’ heritage, see a wealth of wildlife, delve deep into nature and meet the beautiful orangutans of Sabah and Sarawak on this incredible itinerary.

Places Visited

UK - Kuching (4N) - Bako National Park (2N) - Kota Kinabalu (4N) - Sandakan (1N) - Kinabatangan River (1N) - UK

Days 1-2: Fly to Kuching
Fly overnight to the relaxed and charismatic city of Kuching, Borneo’s largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2: Fly to Kuching
Day 3: Explore Kuching
Spend the day enjoying the diverse culture of Sarawak with a walking tour, starting at the Chinese History Museum on Kuching's waterfront. Stroll past the traditional Chinese shop houses of Ewe Hai Street and pay a visit to a 'sinseh', a Chinese medicine man and see him practicing his art. Learn about the tin smithing trade at a 'Pak Tik' followed by a 'Hio Chek', a shop that sells ceremonial items, and a Chinese temple. Next you'll be introduced to Sarawak's delicious food, with a food lesson on local spices on Gambier Street. Continue to the Sarawak Museum and Kuching's river to visit a Malay village.
Day 3: Explore Kuching
Day 4: Bako National Park
Travel out to the small Malay village of Bako before boarding a boat to reach the national park. Explore the park on foot with a guide – one of Borneo's most biodiverse areas, the diversity of flora and fauna here is incredible, and easily accessible. Following trails along streams, past caves and across plateaus, keeping an eye out for wild boar, macaques, monitor lizards and, if you are lucky, a proboscis monkey! Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Bako National Park
Day 5: Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Semenggoh is a centre dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued orphaned young orangutans. The area you are visiting is where the orangutans are released after their training, so please bear in mind that even at the feeding time, it is not guaranteed that you will spot a resident. Travel to Batang Ai, stopping at a local market, a pepper plantation and Chinese village en route, where you will be staying on the edge of the glorious Batang Ai National Park.
Day 5: Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Day 6: Iban Longhouse
Today you will discover more about Borneo's native Iban people, renowned for their practice of headhunting. Head out into the wilderness in a traditional Iban longboat and cruise to a longhouse where you will meet an Iban community. Witness a performance of a traditional war dance, in full regalia, and lunch on Iban cuisine. Return to the hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 6: Iban Longhouse
Day 7: Return to Kuching
Journey back to Kuching, stopping en route for lunch at a local café.
Day 7: Return to Kuching
Day 8: Fly to Kota Kinabalu
Transfer to the airport and fly over to Malaysian Borneo's other state, Sabah, and the vibrant city of Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 8: Fly to Kota Kinabalu
Day 9: Explore Kota Kinabalu
Begin your explorations at the Sabah State Museum where you can learn about the state's diverse cultural and natural heritage, before exploring some of the city's beautiful architecture, including the Blue Mosque and Chinese Temple. Browse the piles of wares at the Handicraft Market and spice bazaar, before strolling through the oldest part of the city. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine of traditional Malay cuisine.
Day 9: Explore Kota Kinabalu
Day 10: Kinabalu Park
Head out of the city to the foot of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo's highest mountain, where you will spend the day exploring Kinabalu Park, Malaysia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walk along one of the many forest trails to discover some of the unique flora and fauna that calls the area home – you may spot orangutans, gibbons, mouse deer, hornbills and eagles, to name just a few. You’ll also visit the Mountain Garden to view its collection of orchids.
Day 10: Kinabalu Park
Day 11: Sandakan
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan. Visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, which commemorates British and Australian who were prisoners of war during World War II. Continue into Sandakan itself and tour the city, passing the William Pryer and Sandakan Liberation monuments, and browsing the displays of the Heritage Museum and the Agnes Keith Museum. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 11: Sandakan
Day 12: Sepilok and the Sun Bear Centre
Sepilok offers another chance to see orangutans in their natural habitat – like Semenggoh, this is a centre for the rehabilitation of former captive and orphaned orangutans. Pop over the road to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to visit the world's smallest bear and learn about the conservation efforts to protect them. Journey through palm oil plantations and villages to Bilit and enjoy lunch at your lodge. Later, board a cruise along the Kinabatangan River.
Day 12: Sepilok and the Sun Bear Centre
Day 13: Kinabatangan River
Embark on an early morning cruise to Oxbow Lake, where you can spot wildlife and soak up the peaceful ambience. Returning to the lodge, the rest of the day is at leisure until the late afternoon, when you will head out for another cruise, searching for wildlife once more. You could spot anything from hornbills to pygmy elephants to orangutans!
Day 13: Kinabatangan River
Day 14: Gomantong Caves
Begin the day exploring the Gomantong Caves, a magnificent and intricate system of limestone caves that are home to colonies of swiftlets and bats. Return to Sandakan for lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport to fly back to Kota Kinabalu. This evening, dine on local flavours and enjoy a cultural dance performance.
Day 14: Gomantong Caves
Day 15-16: Fly Kota Kinabalu to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
Day 15-16: Fly Kota Kinabalu to UK

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Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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For EU citizens, entry visas for Malaysia and Borneo are not required within a 3-month period. If travelling between the states of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo, EU citizens must carry a passport with at least a 6 month validity beyond the time of stay.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.


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