The Tutoh River winds through Mulu National Park

Grand tour of Borneo

19 days from £4,205pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

This itinerary is designed to give you a flavour of what is possible.

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements

  • Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

Highlights of this Itinerary

  • Try a Sarawak laksa on the riverfront in Kuching.

  • See orang-utan close up at both Semenggok and Sepilok.

  • Spend the night with the Iban tribe in a longhouse in the middle of the jungle.

  • Take your binoculars and look out for wildlife in the trees as you explore the Kinabatangan River by boat.

  • Get your boots muddy as you trek through the rainforest of the Danum Valley

  • Relax on the beach at the Ocean Wing, Shangri-La Rasa Ria.

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Your Itinerary

Day By Day

Day 1

International Outbound Flight

Today you will begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Kuching.

Day 2


Arriving into Kuching you will be met and taken to your hotel. In the afternoon you will head out to start exploring the town, on a short walking tour.

Accommodation: Hilton Hotel

Day 3


Your guide will take you over to Bako - Sarawak's oldest national park - for your first introduction to Borneo's flora and fauna. You will have the evening back in Kuching.

Accommodation: Hilton Hotel

Day 4

Kuching , Lemanak River

You will be met by your driver and guide after breakfast and taken to the Lemanak River by road, stopping at Semenggok Orang-utan Sanctuary for a chance to see orang-utan at feeding time, a traditional market in Serian, a pepper farm and a local restaurant on the way. The final 40 minutes of your journey will be on the river, by traditional longtail boat. On arrival at the Iban longhouse you will learn about the local customs, dine and dance with the families before bed.

Accommodation: Lemanak Longhouse

Day 5

Lemanak River , Kuching

After breakfast your guide will take you on a nature trail in the area surrounding the longhouse. You will also be given a blowpipe demonstration, which you are welcome to try for yourself. Weather permitting, lunch will be served on the riverbank where you also have the chance for a swim. You will then head back to Kuching, with the evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Hilton Hotel

You will be taken to the airport for your short flight to Mulu. Once you are checked-in to your hotel your guide will take you in to the rainforest to explore the huge caves that the area is famous for.

Accommodation: Mulu Park Chalets

Experience a jungle canopy walkway and get a different view of the rainforest. Head back to your hotel for lunch before visiting the remaining show caves, and Batu Mulong village by boat in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Mulu Park Chalets

You have this morning to spend as you wish at the resort without a guide. If you are still feeling active, perhaps take further walks, cycle rides or kayak through the national park independently. Fly on to Kota Kinabalu for two days of relaxation, exploring the town or visiting the beach.

Accommodation: Jesselton Hotel

Day at leisure.

Accommodation: Jesselton Hotel

Day 10

Kota Kinabalu , Lahad Datu , Danum Valley

This morning you will fly early to Lahad Datu, in the heart of Sabah. It is worth struggling through the bumpy journey to Danum Valley so just cling on to the door handle, watch your head on the vehicle roof and look forward to arriving at your lodge in the middle of the rainforest! Once you arrive you will have a delicious lunch and then meet your guide who will discuss the plan for your time here. This afternoon you will visit the canopy walkway and learn about the flora and fauna in the area on one of the many nature trails. This evening you can head out on a night drive where you may be lucky enough to spot some of the areas nocturnal animals.

Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Day 11

Danum Valley

Why not rise early to see and hear the rainforest come alive. After breakfast you will head back out in to the rainforest for the trek to Coffin Cliff where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the lodge and Danum Valley. Stop off at a waterfall on your way back to cool off! This afternoon you can spend more time on the trails trying to track wildlife or you may have the option to go tubing down the Danum River - a brilliant way to experience the area. A night walk this evening will give you a new experience of the area around the lodge.

Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Day 12

Danum Valley , Lahad Datu , Kinabatangan River

Today you leave the rainforest, heading back to Lahad Datu and on to the Kinabatangan River. In the afternoon you will be out on the water, spending your time spotting a huge array of wildlife.

Accommodation: Abai Jungle Lodge

Rise early for a second trip on the river and the chance to visit the nearby ox-bow lake. Breakfast is served back at the lodge. You have free time back at the lodge to catch up on some sleep or for the more energetic take the jungle trail behind the lodge. Lunch will be served at the lodge. Enjoy a final trip on the river this afternoon and try to tick some more animals off your list before a final dinner at your lodge.

Accommodation: Abai Jungle Lodge

This morning you will travel by boat to the town of Sandakan, with the afternoon at leisure to explore Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary.

Accommodation: Sepilok Nature Resort

Head to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu, and on to the Shangri-La Rasa Ria. Here you will have 3 nights to relax in paradise, snorkelling and enjoying time on the beach, in the exclusive Ocean Wing.

Accommodation: Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Day 16

Kota Kinabalu

Full day at leisure

Accommodation: Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Day 17

Kota Kinabalu

Full day at leisure

Accommodation: Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Day 18

Kota Kinabalu , International Return Flight

A final day at leisure before you head back to the airport for your flight home.

Day 19

International Return Flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Route Map

  • Kuching
  • Lemanak River
  • Kuching
  • Mulu National Park
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Lahad Datu
  • Danum Valley
  • Lahad Datu
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Sandakan
  • Kota Kinabalu

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