Best of Borneo

Classic, Kota Kinabalu to Kuching

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Still wild and mysterious even after all these years, Borneo is one of those places that’s become synonymous with adventure travel. Come see what all the fuss is about on this 14-day journey through the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. There, you’ll encounter wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and other creatures of the rainforest, visit hot springs and waterfalls, and get a better understanding of the local Dayak people by spending the night in a traditional village. Adventure never goes out of style; it just becomes more classic.

What’s included

  • Recharge: Poring Hot Springs Visit, Poring Hot Springs Local Living: Iban Village Homestay, Kampong Mentu Pundok
  • Traditional dinner in a local home (Kota Kinabalu)
  • Beach time in Kudat
  • Mt Kinabalu hike, including entrance, climbing permits, and guides
  • Wildlife boat tour (Weston)
  • Mulu cave visit
  • Semenggoh Nature Reserve and orangutan visit (Kuching)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Watch the sunrise from the top of mt kinabalu
  • Spot wildlife on a jungle walk
  • Explore the mulu caves
  • Overnight in a traditional village
  • Meet an orangutan face-to-face


Day 1 Kota Kinabalu (1D) There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, followed by an included dinner at a local home. Additional Notes: If you choose to arrive early, Kota Kinabalu has much to offer. Enquire about pre-night accommodation at the time of booking. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kota Kinabalu/Kudat (1B) Kudat is about a 3 hr drive from Kota Kinabalu, but feels worlds away. Enjoy the quiet fishing village and empty beaches on the 'Tip of Borneo'. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 148km)
Day 3 Kudat/Mount Kinabalu (1B) Mt Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. Hopefully you'll catch a glimpse of the summit, which is often shrouded in a cloud by the afternoon. We stay at the foot of the mountain, so there's the opportunity to stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park. Additional Notes: (If you do not wish to climb, we can arrange for you to stay at the base of the mountain). Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 185km)
Day 4 Mount Kinabalu (1B, 1L, 1D) Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement! Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level. Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning. Included Activities: Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 1
Day 5 Mount Kinabalu/Ranau (1B, 1L) Arrive to the summit of Mt Kinabalu (3-5 hours) in time for sunrise. Rejoice! Return to Laban Rata for a rest, then to HQ for lunch. After, it's a short drive to Poring to enjoy the hot springs. The springs' hot sulphuric minerals are said to have healing properties and will be a welcome reward after your arduous hike. Included Activities: Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 2 Poring Hot Springs Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 40km)
Day 6 Ranau (1B) Enjoy a free day in Poring. Options include hiking local trails, visiting Lupa Masa (a primary jungle with loads of wildlife), taking a canopy walk, visiting famous Sabah tea plantations, enjoying the hot springs, and visiting a waterfall.
Day 7 Ranau/Weston (1B, 1D) Wander around this small town set on the Klias River, surrounded by an abundance of monkeys and birdlife. Wander around the shops and restaurants near the hotel to get a feel for the real Sabahan lifestyle. Included Activities: Wildlife Boat Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.50 hours)
Day 8 Weston/Kota Kinabalu Return to Kota Kinabalu. Opt to spend time in the city wandering the markets or sampling the local food at some restaurants and cafés. Another option is to visit one of the offshore islands. Hop a water taxi and explore what else is in the area. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 9 Kota Kinabalu/Gunung Mulu National Park (1B) After a relaxing morning, fly to Mulu. Take a guided walk in the evening to Lang Cave and Deer Cave to watch the flying bats. Included Activities: Guided Cave Excursion Transport: The plane stops in Miri en route to Mulu. Plane (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.25 hour(s))
Day 10 Gunung Mulu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a day in the national park. Take a guided longtail boat ride to visit a traditional village and caves. Opt to go swimming. With free time opt to enjoy a night jungle walk, use the walking trails, or take a treetop canopy walk. Included Activities: Clearwater and Wind Cave Exploration
Day 11 Gunung Mulu National Park/Kuching (1B, 1L) Opt for a morning canopy walk at the top of the longest canopy in the world. Later, fly to Kuching. Take a short orientation walk then opt to dine on some of the excellent seafood. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (0.75 hour(s))
Day 12 Kuching/Kampong Mentu Pundok (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a homestay in a traditional Iban village. Enjoy the local food, culture and interacting with the villagers. Explore the area and look for tropical pitcher plants and see if we can spot any wild orangutans. Included Activities: Iban Village Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Travel the last 5km by 4x4 that works better with the terrain. 4x4 (0.50-0.75 hours, 5km)
Day 13 Kampong Mentu Pundok/Kuching (1B, 1L) Take a morning trek to a waterfall and enjoy a picnic lunch. Later, head to Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Arrive for the afternoon feeding of semi-wild orangutans. Head back to Kuching for a final night out. Included Activities: Semenggoh Nature Reserve Visit Transport: Duration does not include stop in Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 14 Kuching (1B) Depart at any time.