If you’ve ever wanted to jump straight into Asia and experience the best of wild Borneo, then this should be right up your alley. Backyard Travel, the online boutique tour operator specialising in insider tours of Asia has launched an epic tour of Malaysian Borneo.
Showcasing the region’s most incredible experiences, their tour “Close Encounters of the Wild Kind” will highlight its “untamed nature, its charming cities, and its fascinating indigenous culture”. The 12-day and 11-night tour starts in “Cat City”, Kuching, Malaysia for a day of urban exploration before heading into a jungle sanctuary, Semenggoh Orangutan Wildlife Center, to see orangutans in the wild.
Following on from that, tourists will then get to visit Batang Ai Longhouse to chat with the Iban people to learn about their way of life and then onto Gunung Mulu National Park for a caving adventure. Moving on, tourists will visit Kinabalu National Park where they will have the chance to relax in a hot spring and to gaze upon Mount Kinabalu which is the highest peak in Southeast Asia.
From there, the tour will journey on to Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort and explore Sabah Tea, Malaysian Borneo’s only organic tea plantation. There will be two full days to explore the wilds and wetlands of Borneo and on the river safaris, people are likely to spot proboscis monkeys, elephants, hornbills, and gibbons.
“There’s always a huge demand for tours that bring travellers face-to-face with the endemic wildlife of Borneo,” says Maeve Nolan, General Manager of Backyard Travel. “While we’ve made the island’s natural attractions a focus of this new tour, we’ve also given travellers city adventures, immersive cultural experiences and unstructured leisure time, to provide a rounded journey that delights at every turn.”
The tour costs US$ 2378 (€1926) per person and doesn’t include flights. You can find out more about this tour here.