15 DAYS ●
Borneo is one of the world's greatest natural wonders, with an all encompassing
biodiversity. It is a remarkable place where the great
outdoors thrive with miracles and spectacles. Encounter a treasure trove of
flora, wildlife, landscapes and indigenous customs. Borneo is also the home
of the last wild orang-utans, sadly under threat from habitat destruction.
Cruise the Kinabatangan River, spotting wildlife as you go
Experience traditional life in a tribal longhouse
Spot magnificent Orangutans in Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Stand in the shadow of the majestic Mount Kinabalu
Our Best of Borneo itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Kuching, Borneo's most stylish and sophisticated city bringing together a multitude of cultures, crafts and cuisines.
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 tasting at a local coffee shop and a lesson on local spices on Gambier Street. Continue to the Urang Sarawak Gallery, before a relaxed sampan ride across Kuching’s river to visit a Malay village. This evening meet your guide in your hotel lobby and drive 5/10 minutes to Top-Spot Food Centre for your seafood welcome dinner.
Explore Bako National Park were the variety of flora and fauna here is incredible. Keep an eye out for wild boar, macaques, monitor lizards and, if you are lucky, a proboscis monkey!
Spot orang-utans at Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Drive to Batang Ai, stopping en route at a local market, a pepper plantation and the Chinese village of Lachau. Tonight you will be staying on the edge of the glorious Batang Ai National Park.
Discover more about Borneo's native Iban people, renowned for their practice of head hunting. Travel by traditional Iban longboat to a longhouse where you will meet an Iban community. Witness a performance of a traditional war dance, in full regalia, and enjoy a lunch of Iban cuisine.
Return to Kuching stopping for lunch at a local cafe.
Fly to the vibrant city of Kota Kinabalu. Due to its popularity with tourists, easy access by flight and being one of the major industrial and commercial centres of East Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu is one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia.
Today enjoy a walking tour of the city; highlights include the Sabah State Museum, the Blue Mosque and a Chinese Temple with the largest statue of Kwan Yin the goddess of mercy. Browse the wares at the Handicraft Market and spice bazaar, before strolling through the oldest part of the city.
Drive 2-hours along the ridges of the Crocker range, to arrive at the Kinabalu Park, Malaysia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is based at the foot of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo's highest mountain.
Fly to Sandakan. Visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, pass the William Pryer and Sandakan Liberation monuments and browse the displays at the Heritage Museum and the Agnes Keith Museum.
Visit Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). Enjoy a cruise along the Kinabatangan River to spot some of the abundant wildlife. This waterway sustains one of the world's richest ecosystems, including 10 species of primates.
Today is full of wildlife spotting with a morning cruise to Oxbow Lake and an afternoon cruise on Sabah's longest and Malaysia's second longest, Kinabatangan River. You could spot anything from hornbills to pygmy elephants to orang-utans!
Explore the Gomantong Caves, an intricate system of limestone caves that are home to colonies of swiftlets and bats. Fly back to Kota Kinabalu. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with an array of Sabah Indigenous Foods and a cultural performance.
Today is free at leisure for any last minute souvenir shopping before your transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.
Arrive home today.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. 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 Tour would be more ideal.
Australian passport holders do not require a visa to travel to Malaysia and Borneo. Other passport holders should arrange visas well in advance of departure, if required.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate.
Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. View Hotels Here
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