Best Of Borneo

£2,790, 21 days, Malaysia Trip code: TMSXC

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Slurp spicy laksa in charming Kuching city
  • Look out for cheeky monkeys in Bako National Park
  • Experience sunrise from the Mt Kinabalu summit
  • Trek to the summit of the spectacular Pinnacles Trail
  • Spend the night in an Iban longhouse
  • Hike along the wild Headhunters Trail
  • Discover mountain myths on a village homestay
  • Relax in the Poring Hot Springs
  • See giant green turtles lay eggs by moonlight
  • Fall in love with orphaned orangutans at Sepilok sanctuary

Trip Summary

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Imagine a place that is spiritual and wild, colourful and mysterious, and full of tantalising secrets - this is beautiful Borneo. From the steamy jungles of Mulu National Park and the secluded beaches of Turtle Island, to the graceful orangutans at Sepilok and small villages nestled in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo is a true gem of South East Asia. Experience captivating sunsets, be welcomed on homestays, travel along scenic trails, laze on tropical beaches and see an abundance of wildlife - this is a tour to remember forever.

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24 November 201621 days£2,790AvailableBook now
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Destination info

The island of Borneo lies in the South China Sea and is predominantly covered by dense rainforest, supporting an abundance of plant and animal life. Borneo’s ancient rainforests have, in some cases, remained virtually unchanged for many millions of years. It is said that this part of the world may have been the home of the earliest form of man, with findings from caves in Sarawak suggesting that man was here 40,000 years ago.


If you’ve spent years’ dreaming of longboat trips, of jungle trails, of smoky longhouses and local dances, Sarawak is exactly what you’re looking for. Sarawak is a stunning mix of tribal customs and untouched nature. From the scattered valley farms of the Kelabit Highlands to the bird’s-nest trading communities of the Niah Caves and the nomadic jungle Penan have their place.

Sabah has so much to offer that it’s really a case of either what your interests are, or if your greedy where to start. Do you want to see orang-utans, explore the untouched forests, ascend Mt Kinabalu or dive around the Sipadan reef? That is just to name a few of the highlights. 

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Day 1 Kuching
Discover a host of fun things to do in Kuching, a waterfront city at the gateway to Sarawak.
Day 2 Bako National Park
Explore pristine jungle trails in Bako National Park and spot odd-looking proboscis monkeys.
Day 3 Kuching
Watch orangutans at play in the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary before returning to Kuching.
Day 4 Iban Longhouse
Be welcomed in the longhouses of the Iban people and spend an evening learning about their amazing history and culture. Visit nearby waterfalls on a guided jungle walk, gain insights into the locals' day-to-day life and discover their fascinating headhunting history.
Days 5-7 Mulu National Park
Travel deep into Mulu National Park. Explore Wind and Clearwater Caves, and climb the historic Pinnacles Trail.
Day 8 Headhunters' Trail/Limbang
Hike along the ominously named Headhunters Trail, once used by warring tribes.

Days 9-10 Kota Kinabalu
Dive back into city life in Kota Kinabalu. Nestled between sea and jungle, Sabah's capital is a great base for exploring.
Day 11 Dusun Village
Enjoy a village homestay in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu, absorbing the warmth and passion of the local Dusun people.
Days 12-13 Mt Kinabalu
Towering above the coastal plains of Borneo, Mt Kinabalu is the centrepiece of the vast Kinabalu National Park. Experience all its glory on a trekking adventure.
Days 14-15 Poring Hot Springs
Wake early to enjoy staggering views and sunrise atop Mt Kinabalu. Scramble down for a restorative soak in the Poring Hot Springs.
Day 16 Kinabatangan Jungle Camp
Trek into Sabah's lush interior and learn about forest restoration from Intrepid's friends at MESCOT. Explore the jungle by boat and spend the night in huts among wild orangutans, hornbills and macaques.
Day 17 Sandakan
Explore Sandakan's Chinese temples and island-studded bay.
Day 18 Turtle Island
Travel to the idyllic shores of Turtle Island. Witness giant turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs by moonlight.
Day 19 Sepilok Orangutan Reserve
Get up close to some primate relatives on a visit to Sepilok sanctuary, where orphaned and injured orangutans are rehabilitated.
Days 20-21 Kota Kinabalu
Return to Kota Kinabalu and perhaps cap off this colourful Sabah adventure with a celebration dinner.

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What's included?

  • All accommodation
  • Activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Some meals
  • Services of a trip leader throughout
  • 24 hour support

What's not included?

  • Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money, drinks, tips and gratuities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years. These trips can and do attract a variety of ages and customers will be of different nationalities too. It's all about having a passion for travel which is age-less!



Hotel (9 nts), Dormitory (6 nts), Guesthouse (3 nts), Homestay (2 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)


Boat, Van, Plane, 4x4, Longtail boat, Ferry, Taxi, Bus

Group Size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group

Allow USD $400 for meals not included.

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Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel.


What is a Real Gap Experience Tour?

Our Real Gap Experience Tours are guided tours that are run through our (other) favourite travel companies. Typically, most of your travel will be on a bus/coach and you will stop off at a number of different destinations in your chosen country. We won’t be able to offer you a buddy list for these trips as people will book through different companies.



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Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.


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