Borneo trip ideas
A tailored tour of Borneo is an opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the prolific wildlife and gain an insight into its traditional cultures.
Our specialists know the island extremely well and are passionate about sharing their knowledge to help ensure your trip fulfils every expectation. Their itinerary ideas are devised to act as a starting point when planning your route and can be tailored to your interests to create a bespoke tour that could include trekking through rainforests, staying in a remote jungle lodge, visiting an orangutan sanctuary, spending a night with the Iban tribe or climbing Mount Kinabalu.
Ideas for your trip to Borneo
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Borneo, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Wander the back streets and enjoy a river side stroll in the colonial city of Kuching.
Enjoy the famous hospitality of the Iban tribe as you overnight in a traditional longhouse located on the banks of a river in the middle of the jungle.
Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you will see the work being done to rehabilitate rescued orangutan.
Take a boat through the jungle covered backwaters of the Kinabatangan River.
Relax on tropical Gaya, a rainforest covered island off Kota Kinabalu.
Look out for Borneo's endemic proboscis monkeys in Bako National Park.
Try your skills with a blowpipe under the instruction of the Iban tribe.
Enjoy time in Kuala Lumpur, taking advantage of the superb food and shopping.
Relax and do nothing on the pristine beaches of Tioman Island.
Visit the fascinating museums and wander the back streets in Kuching.
Visit the Semenggok Orangutan Sanctuary.
Spend the night in a native longhouse.
Trek through the Mulu National Park jungle.
Relax at the superb Shangri-La Rasa Ria.
Unearth the heritage, food and contrasting architecture of Kuala Lumpur - one of Southeast Asia's most underrated cities.
Embark on a two day adventure along Borneo's Kinabatangan River where you will have the opportunity to spot much of the region's wildlife.
Journey deep into the heart of Borneo and enjoy a couple of days at the renowned Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
End your stay in Sabah's capital Kota Kinabalu, home to stunning sunsets and gateway to some of the region's best cuisine.
Learn how to cook traditional meals in bamboo in a Bidayuh village.
Spend the night in a native Iban longhouse.
Try some of the delicious street food on offer in Kuching.
Cycle through local kampongs and take a sampan across the Sarawak River.
Explore the wonderful Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park from Gaya Island.
Get straight into the wilds of north Borneo, exploring pristine tropical rainforest with a private ranger guide.
Jungle trekking and wildlife observation in the rainforest.
Climb to the summit of Southeast Asia's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu.
Pamper yourself at one of Borneo's finest beach resorts.
Explore Sarawak, hiking through the expansive cave systems in Mulu National Park.
Witness the incredible bat exodus from Deer Cave at dusk.
Travel off the beaten track in the Deramakot Forest Reserve for your chance to escape the crowds while finding Borneo's varied endemic species.
Cruise along the Kinabatangan River looking out for wild orangutan and herds of pygmy elephants.
Explore Sabah's capital and enjoy the markets and superb food on offer.
Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary.
Enjoy three nights on a Kinabatangan River Safari, with the chance to see pygmy elephants, proboscis monkey and much more.
Spend time in the Danum Valley at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, a pristine spot and a superb area to see wild orangutan.
Finish your trip at the beautiful Bunga Raya Island Resort.
Try a Sarawak laksa on the riverfront in Kuching.
See orangutan 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.
Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration
These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.
Beach + Wildlife or Scenery
Spend a few days in Sarawak, before travelling to Gaya Island for time relaxing in one of nature's picturesque settings.
13 Days from £1,725pp
4 nights Kuching, including breakfast and excursion; 7 nights Gaya Island Resort, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.View this itinerary
Beach + City
Explore the contrasts of east and west, modern and traditional in the fascinating city of Hong Kong before relaxing on the beautiful island of Borneo.
12 Days from £1,890pp
3 nights Hong Kong, including breakfast; 7 nights Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.View this itinerary
Some of our favourite travel guides
A Kinabatangan river cruise is a real highlight of any Audley tailor-made trip to Borneo. You will have a good opportunity of seeing some of the best wildlife in Southeast Asia.View this travel guide
In this bitesize guide, Borneo specialist Sophie has picked out her top seven experiences on the island. Yes, she’s included orangutan spotting, but there’s a lot more to this jungle-covered island.View this travel guide
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Plan your perfect honeymoon to Borneo with Audley. Discover some of the best properties, places and wildlife on offer and how we can make your honeymoon in Borneo extra special.View this travel guide
Although Borneo is the place to see orangutans in the wild, its political separation as part Malaysia, part Indonesia does leave you with choices for where to plan your orangutan-spotting trip. Our expert Sophie helps you decide: Indonesian or Malaysian Borneo?View this travel guide
Our specialists can create the perfect luxury tailor-made holiday to Borneo for you. A top destination for wildlife enthusiasts, and with plenty of unspoilt beaches, we can advise on the best luxury accommodation to suit your preferences.View this travel guide
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