Best of Borneo

Resort: Best of Borneo
Operator: Wendy Wu Tours
Destination: Borneo
Price From: £3990.00


16 Day Best of Borneo Tour Itinerary

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.

Days 1-2: Fly to Kuching

Fly overnight to the relaxed and charismatic city of Kuching, Borneo’s largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3: Explore Kuching

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 lesson on local spices on Gambier Street. Continue to the Sarawak Museum and Kuching’s river to visit a Malay village.

Day 4: Bako National Park

Travel out to the small Malay village of Bako before boarding a boat to reach the national park. Explore the park on foot with a guide – one of Borneo’s most biodiverse areas, the diversity of flora and fauna here is incredible, and easily accessible. Following trails along streams, past caves and across plateaus, keeping an eye out for wild boar, macaques, monitor lizards and, if you are lucky, a proboscis monkey! Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Semenggoh Nature Reserve

This morning you have the opportunity to meet Borneo’s most famous native, the orangutan! Semenggoh is a centre dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued orphaned young orangutans. The area you are visiting is where the orangutans are released after their training, to live freely in the nature reserve, so please bear in mind that even at the feeding time, it is not guaranteed that you will spot a resident. Travel to Batang Ai, stopping at a local market, a pepper plantation and Chinese village en route, where you will be staying on the edge of the glorious Batang Ai National Park.

Day 6: Iban Longhouse

Today you will discover more about Borneo’s native Iban people, renowned for their practice of headhunting. Head out into the wilderness in a traditional Iban longboat and cruise to a longhouse where you will meet an Iban community. Witness a performance of a traditional war dance, in full regalia, and lunch on Iban cuisine. Return to the hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 7: Return to Kuching

Journey back to Kuching, stopping en route for lunch at a local café.

Day 8: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Transfer to the airport and fly over to Malaysian Borneo’s other state, Sabah, and the vibrant city of Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 9: Explore Kota Kinabalu

Begin your explorations at the Sabah State Museum where you can learn about the state’s diverse cultural and natural heritage, before exploring some of the city’s beautiful architecture, including the Blue Mosque and Chinese Temple. Browse the piles of wares at the Handicraft Market and spice bazaar, before strolling through the oldest part of the city. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine of traditional Malay cuisine.

Day 10: Kinabalu Park

Head out of the city to the foot of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s highest mountain, where you will spend the day exploring Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walk along one of the many forest trails to discover some of the unique flora and fauna that calls the area home – you may spot orangutans, gibbons, mouse deer, hornbills and eagles, to name just a few. You’ll also visit the Mountain Garden to view its collection of orchids.

Day 11: Sandakan

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan. Visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, which commemorates British and Australian who were prisoners of war during World War II. Continue into Sandakan itself and tour the city, passing the William Pryer and Sandakan Liberation monuments, and browsing the displays of the Heritage Museum and the Agnes Keith Museum. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 12: Sepilok and the Sun Bear Centre

Sepilok offers another chance to see orangutans in their natural habitat – like Semenggoh, this is a centre for the rehabilitation of former captive and orphaned orangutans. Around 60 to 80 orangutans live free within the centre’s forest, and there may be young orangutans to visit in the nursery. Pop over the road to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to visit the world’s smallest bear and learn about the conservation efforts to protect them. Journey through palm oil plantations and villages to Bilit and enjoy lunch at your lodge. Later, board a cruise along the Kinabatangan River.

Day 13: Kinabatangan River

Embark on an early morning cruise to Oxbow Lake, where you can spot wildlife and soak up the peaceful ambience. Returning to the lodge, the rest of the day is at leisure until the late afternoon, when you will head out for another cruise, searching for wildlife once more. You could spot anything from hornbills to pygmy elephants to orangutans!

Day 14: Gomantong Caves

Begin the day exploring the Gomantong Caves, a magnificent and intricate system of limestone caves that are home to colonies of swiftlets and bats. Return to Sandakan for lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport to fly back to Kota Kinabalu. This evening, dine on local flavours and enjoy a cultural dance performance.

Days 15-16: Fly Kota Kinabalu to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.

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