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Take in the highlights of Malaysian Borneo with this amazing journey through Sabah and Sarawak. Visit tranquil islands with stunning beaches and see some of Borneo’s unique but often endangered wildlife including the “Man of the Forest”, the magnificent Orang-utan. Gaze up at Southeast Asia’s highest peak and stay in a longhouse deep in the jungle with an ancient tribe.
Our Highlight itineraries cover the key attractions at a relatively quick pace. Enjoy them as they are or extend them to create your perfect holiday. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.
Your guide will meet you upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city and check in.
In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is known. Visit the State Museum & Heritage Village for a closer view of Sabah's ethnic diversity and its traditional housing. Head up to Signal Hill for excellent panoramic views of the city before taking a drive through the city to take in the major landmarks such as the State and City Mosque, Tanjung Aru Beach and the highest building in Kota Kinabalu, Tun Mustapha Tower.
Make your way to the jetty for a short boat journey to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Island Park. Spend the day relaxing under the swaying palms and snorkelling or swimming in the crystal clear waters of this beautiful marine park.
You will be served a delicious lunch out on the islands and return to the city late in the afternoon.
Depart Kota Kinabalu early in the morning for the Crocker Range where you will see the impressive Mount Kinabalu. Standing at 4095 metres above sea level, this is the highest peak in Southeast Asia. Continue on to the Poring Hot Springs where you can ascend to the canopy walkway to get panoramic views of the surrounding forest. You have the opportunity to take a walk into the jungle to see a bat cave or swim under a waterfall before enjoying the hot sulphur baths.
After lunch at a local restaurant visit the Kinabalu Park with an excellent network of nature trails to explore the flora and fauna. Return to Kota Kinabalu late in the afternoon.
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak state. Your guide will meet you on arrival at Kuching airport and you will transfer to your hotel.
After some time to settle in, take a city tour of Sarawak’s historic capital, Kuching. Visit Chinatown, the Cat Statue, the colourful Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the Civic Centre Viewing Platform and the world famous Sarawak Museum. Walk through Old Kuching, with its narrow alleyways and heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, including the Astana, their former residence situated across the river.
Travel around three hours by road to Lemanak River. Take in the plantations, scenic countryside and rural villages en route, stopping in Serian for a tour before Lachau for lunch. At Lemanak you will board a motorised longboat to your accommodation to experience a traditional way of life in the heart of the rainforest. You may wish to swim in the river before dinner and entertainment in the way of traditional dances and music.
Return to Kuching and visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre for feeding time of the Orang-utans. These mammals have been rescued from captivity and trained to survive in the surrounding reserve, where they roam freely. The successful breeding program may enable you to see a mother with it’s baby. There are a number of short trails that can be explored.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.
|Standard:||from AU $1,350|
|Superior:||from AU $394|
|Deluxe:||from AU $1,691|
All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!
Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).
• All entrance fees
• All land, sea and river transportation
• English speaking driver/guide
• All accommodation with daily breakfast
• All meals during longhouse stay
This trip package includes 1 internal flight (Kinabula - Kuching) which retails at about 200AUD.
Availability of accommodation and season.
|Code:||Highlights of Borneo|
"We were very impressed with Borneo and Malaysia actually.It is developing very slowly in the country but KL is as modern as you can get. We even got to see the Sandakan Memorial which was very emotional for us. Turtle Island was excellent.The food was tasty and fresh. Very basic bedroom but only place on island. Our cabin at Tabin Wildlife Reserve....very nice.Great place, great food, accepting the humidity is just part of life there. " — Mr and Mrs Martin, Sydney, December 2017
"I really enjoyed Sarawak! The caves in Mulu are excellent and heaps to do there. All staff in hotels in Borneo were friendly and had a lovely time. " — Mr Wallis, Perth WA, March 2017
"Our favorite experience would have to be setting off in a boat from Abai Village on our first afternoon and coming around a corner in the river to see a family of Pygmy Elephants eating on the riverbank. We were SO close to them. They were just beautiful. The guides we had were absolutely amazing and our kids loved them. They made the trip extremely interesting and fun. The natural turtle hatching was very special too. " — Cortona Family, Sydney, October 2016