Borneo Adventure

Delectable Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, the gateway to Borneo, Batang Ai & Iban Longhouse excursion, Gunung Mulu National Park & Kota Kinabalu

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15 days from $3799 $3399
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Mar. 12, 2017 departure from LAX, JFK or SFO*
Price includes
  • $400 Early Bird Discount if you book by Dec. 13, 2016.*

Overview

Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; one open departure, Mar 12 - Mar 26, 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip airfare from the US including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All intra-Asia flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations in deluxe and superior first class hotels
  • 27 Meals: Buffet breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 8 dinners (Sep 2016-May 2017)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours
  • Professional English speaking tour guides
Highlights See Kuala Lumpur and the Petronas Towers, Semenggok Orangutan Rehabilitation in Kuching, Gunung Mulu National Park, Mt. Kinabulu & Poring Hot Springs. Plus Penang Island optional extension
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO) (flight schedule)
Themes Active,  Nature & Wildlife
What to Expect This fast-paced, partially escorted tour package involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip.
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Borneo Adventure itnerary map Join us on a fascinating journey to the island of Borneo, Malaysia, where a mosaic of indigenous tribes, intriguing history, beautiful, ancient rain forests, rivers, caves and diversified wildlife await. In addition, you'll visit one of the most dynamic and fascinating Asian cities, Kuala Lumpur. Here you'll explore exotic markets, lantern-lit streets, temples and other remnants of Malaysia's unique and colorful heritage tucked among the skyscrapers, shopping malls, restaurants, exciting nightlife and other icons of modern life. All of this is yours in one, fantastic Borneo tour package for a price that is as amazing as the destination itself.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Dec 13
Sun Dec 4 2016 Sun Dec 18 2016 $3399   Departed
Sun Jan 1 2017 Sun Jan 15 2017 $3799 $3399 Closed
Sun Feb 19 2017 Sun Mar 5 2017 $3799 $3399 Closed
Sun Mar 12 2017 Sun Mar 26 2017 $3799 $3399 Available
Sun Apr 9 2017 Sun Apr 23 2017 $3799 $3399 Closed
Sun May 14 2017 Sun May 28 2017 $3699 $3299 Closed

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options, Extensions & Fees

Borneo Adventure
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$750
Penang Island Extension
Penang Island Extension
Dec 4 +$499
All other departures +$399
Penang Local Government Fee1 (paid separately) +$1.50
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Dec 4 +$449
All other departures +$349

1. Penang ‘Local Government Fee’ was implemented June 1, 2014. The fee is 3 MYR per room, per night and payable directly to the hotel upon check-out. USD amount listed is an approximation of the total cost per person based on 3 nights, double occupancy: 4.50 MYR. Fee is paid in MYR.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX) included
New York Kennedy (JFK) included
San Francisco (SFO) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

NOTE: New York JFK passengers must overnight in Taipei en route back to JFK.

Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $1200

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Your fascinating journey begins tonight as you check in for your flight for Malaysia

Day 2: En route

  • Cross the International Date Line and lose a day en route. (You'll recover a day on your return trip.)

Day 3: Arrive Kuala Lumpur

Accommodations: 2 nights Pullman Hotel & Residence.

  • Arrive in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia
  • After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to your luxury hotel to check in and rest from your flight

Day 4: Kuala Lumpur

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Panoramic city tour of Kuala Lumpur
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Independence SquareFull Day Itinerary: A city of contrasts, Kuala Lumpur blends modern skyscrapers with impressive historic buildings to create a unique cityscape. Today, enjoy a panoramic city tour including visits to the Petronas Twin Towers, the world's tallest buildings until 2004, King's Palace, the National Museum, the National Monument, the Moorish-style railway station, and the superb buildings at the Independence Square, where you can observe the contrast between historical architecture and modern skyscrapers in an abundant setting of greenery. Conclude the tour at a local handicraft center. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or join an optional half-day tour of Kuala Lumpur's countryside.

Tonight, proceed to a local restaurant for a typical Malay buffet dinner and a vibrant cultural performance.

Batu CavesOptional Excursion: Kuala Lumpur Countryside & Batu Caves (purchased locally). The area surrounding Kuala Lumpur abounds with cottage industries and nature reserves. See how beautiful pewter products are manufactured at the world famous Royal Selangor factory. Then stop by a batik factory and observe how this traditional fabric is designed and printed. The excursion concludes at the Batu Caves, the famous site of the annual Thaipusam festival in January and February, where almost a million devotees congregate. You'll pass a 140ft statue of the Hindu god Lord Murugan, the world's largest, as you climb the 272-steps to the top of a natural limestone cavern which houses a Hindu shrine. This optional excursion must be purchased locally.

Day 5: Kuala Lumpur & Kuching

Accommodations: 2 nights Hilton Kuching. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuching, the gateway to the legendary island of Borneo
  • Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to your river-front luxury hotel to check in and rest from your flight
  • Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your travel companions at the hotel restaurant

Day 6: Kuching

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Half Day tour of the Semenggok Orangutan Rehabilitation
  • Panoramic Kuching city tour
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

Orangutan in KuchingFull Day Itinerary: Today's half day of touring begins with a short scenic drive to the Semenggok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Established in 1975, this 1800-acre virgin forest provides sanctuary to some of Malaysia's most protected wildlife. At the center, the orangutans are carefully nurtured and rehabilitated for eventual release into the jungle, their natural habitat. You will have the opportunity to learn about the rehabilitation process and to observe and photograph the orangutans from a distance. (Note: As the orangutans in Semengok are semi-wild, sightings cannot be guaranteed.)

Later, return to Kuching to discover the romance and charm of the city built during the White Rajah era. Your panoramic city tour includes, among other sites, the Kuching's Chinatown, Cat statue, the colorful Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the Civic Centre Viewing Platform, where you can take in the best panoramic views of Kuching. Return via the golden-domed City Mosque and through Old Kuching, crammed with spice dealers and textile shops. Pass by the heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, the Pavilion, the Square Tower, the Court House, the Charles Brooke Monument and the Post Office. View the Astana, the former residence of the White Rajahs from across the river at the Kuching Waterfront. After lunch, return to the hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.

Tonight, join your travel companions for dinner at a local restaurant renowned for its variety of seafood specialties.

Day 7: Kuching

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Kuching your own, or take advantage of an exciting optional excursion to Bako National Park, one of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in its natural surroundings

Optional Excursion: Bako National Park (purchased locally). After arrival at Bako, a Malay fishing village built on stilts over the river, enjoy a 30-minute cruise on the South China Sea to reach this remote coastal park. Millions of years of erosion have sculpted a coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands, fantastically shaped arches and seastacks, and stretches of beautiful white, sandy beaches.

Bako National Park  © Tourism MalaysiaThe park is a unique botanical treasure housing 25 distinct types of vegetation that form seven complete ecosystems. Your local guide will help you to explore these ecosystems on the well-marked jungle trails. Keep an eye out for some of the park's most famous residents: the rare, long-nosed Proboscis monkeys, macaque monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, sambar deer, Borneo bearded pigs, mousedeer, otter, and monitor lizards. After lunch, trek through the lush forest for more bird watching and wildlife viewing. This optional excursion must be purchased locally. Wildlife sightings and swimming are not guaranteed. Tour is subject to tide and weather conditions.

Day 8: Kuching & Batang Ai

Accommodations: 2 nights Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat, Kuching. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Depart Kuching for Batang Ai Jetty
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Lachau
  • Evening at leisure and dinner at resort

Malaysian villagersFull Day Itinerary: This morning, depart Kuching for Batang Ai Jetty, passing through the scenic countryside consisting of quaint little towns, villages, paddy fields, pepper and oil palm plantations. En route, stop for lunch at Lachau, a small town on the way to Batang Ai. Sit back and enjoy the rest of the drive through the scenic countryside of rice fields, cocoa and rubber plantations, luxuriant tropical rainforest, wild orchids, and mountain ranges. Upon arrival at Hydro Lake, travel by shuttle ferry to your lakeside resort situated on the southern bank. Check in and relax before dinner at the resort's restaurant.

Day 9: Batang Ai & Longhouse Excursion

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Sail by longboat across the lake down the Engkari River to an authentic Iban longhouse, an entire village under one roof
  • Enjoy lunch in the longhouse

Sarawak traditional longhouse villageFull Day Itinerary: A special treat awaits you today as you sail by longboat across the lake down the Engkari River to an authentic Iban longhouse, an entire village under one roof. Experience the legendary hospitality and charm of the locals as you learn about their fascinating culture. Enjoy a short cultural performance with traditional dance and music, followed by a blowgun demonstration. Enjoy lunch in the longhouse or a picnic lunch by the riverbank, depending on water conditions. Return to Batang Ai later this afternoon.

Day 10: Batang Ai & Kuching

Accommodations: 1 night Pullman Hotel Kuching or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Lunch at a local restaurant en route to Kuching
  • Check into the hotel and spend remainder of the day at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: Depart to Kuching via the same route as your arrival. Stop for lunch at a charming roadside town before continuing your journey. Upon arrival in Kuching, check into your hotel and spend remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 11: Kuching & Mulu

Accommodations: 2 nights Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Transfer to the Kuching airport for your flight to Mulu
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in
  • This afternoon explore Gunung Mulu National Park's Lang and Deer Caves

Full Day Itinerary: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mulu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon, take a short ride to the Gunung Mulu National Park, a treasure trove of biological diversity. Walk down the Mulu Canopy Skywalk, the longest tree-based walkway in the world, for unique views of the rain forest. Walk through ancient rainforest to the Deer and Lang Caves to tour limestone formations. Wait at Deer Cave Bat Observatory, where you will have the opportunity to watch the spectacular exodus of millions of bats (weather permitting). Return to your hotel this evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Mulu

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Today, depart by longboat to visit Wind Cave with a stop at the Penan Longhouse
  • Later, proceed to Clearwater Cave for lunch and opportunity to swim in a natural pool

Clearwater Cave, MuluFull Day Itinerary: Today, depart by longboat on the Melinau River. Stop at the Penan settlement of Batu Bungan, renowned for its intricate handmade handicrafts, such as rattan baskets, mats and ornaments. Then on to explore the incredible cave formations within Mulu Park. You'll visit Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave, which exposes parts of a long underground river. After exploring the caves, enjoy lunch at the Clearwater resthouse and a leisurely swim at the natural pool outside the cave. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Mulu & Kota Kinabalu

Accommodations: 2 nights Pacific Sutera Harbor,Kota Kinabalu. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu
  • Remainder of the day at leisure after check-in to hotel

Aerial view of Kota  KinabaluFull Day Itinerary: Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu, one of the most beautiful and relaxed cities in the world. You'll find sandy white beaches everywhere, and a water-temperature that is always pleasing. After check-in at your hotel, enjoy leisure time to explore your new surroundings.

Day 14: Kota Kinabalu

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Kinabalu Park guided nature trek
  • Opportunity to take a dip into Poring Hot Springs
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

Canopy walk, Poring Hot SringsFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, travel across the mountainous Crocker Range with a panoramic view of the countryside and soaring hills en route to Kinabalu Park and the Poring Hot Springs. Along the way, you can catch the magnificent sight of Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia at 13,435 ft. The Park is a World Heritage Site with incredible amount of bio-diversity. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided nature trek along one of the many trails in the park before proceeding to Poring Hot Springs which offer visitors the opportunity for an invigorating dip into its hot sulfur springs. For a closer look at nature, take a canopy walk 100-200ft above the forest floor. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 15: Depart Kota Kinabalu/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • After breakfast, enjoy a morning city tour of Kota Kinabalu
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Board your return flight to the USA arriving later today

Kota Kinabalu City MosqueFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy a morning city tour to discover Sabah, starting with a scenic drive through its capital city, Kota Kinabalu. The city, formerly known as "Singgahmata" or "the Place where the Eye Lingers", has risen from the destruction of the last world war to become a vibrant and modern city that still retains its traditional charms. See many places of interests such as the Wisma Tun Mustapha (Sabah Foundation Building), University Malaysia Sabah, Sabah State and City Mosque, and a Chinese Temple. If time permits, enjoy a brief stop along Signal Hill for a spectacular bird's eye view of the city and nearby islands and a chance to shop at a handicraft market. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US via Taipei or take advantage of your already included international airfare and join our Penang Island Extension (see below).

NOTE: New York passengers must overnight in Taipei en route back to JFK.


Penang Island Optional Extension

Extend your Borneo Adventure by adding Penang Island, a tropical paradise off the western coast of Malaysia, famous for its sandy beaches and luxuriant vegetation.

Day 15: Kota Kinabalu/Penang Island

Accommodations: 3 nights Grand Plaza Parkroyal Penang.

  • Depart Kota Kinabalu for beautiful Penang Island
  • Transfer to your deluxe beachfront hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure

Day 16: Penang Island

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Half day tour of Georgetown, the largest city on Penang Island

Penang beachFull Day Itinerary: This morning, set out on a half day tour of Georgetown, the largest city on Penang Island. With its narrow streets and prewar shop houses, the town still maintains its colonial charm, while its diverse Chinese, Indian, and Malay population gives the island unique local flavor. Your tour will bring you to some of the city's most important sites: Fort Cornwallis, Street of Harmony, Little India, and Chinatown.

Day 17: Penang Island

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy two full days at leisure to rest and unwind from your busy vacation
  • Your resort hotel is nestled amidst tropical gardens with swaying palms. Enjoy beautiful pool or ocean swimming, a first-class spa, and other facilities

Day 18: Depart Penang/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to Penang Island as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA

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The Friendly Planet staff was responsive to questions and concerns. Everything promised occurred as it was promised and there were some nice bonuses added by our local tour guides. We are flat out impressed at the quality of this trip given the very reasonable price. Our guide for Borneo was great. Our guide for Bangkok was thorough and took good care of us. Batang Ai was the real highlight of the whole trip. The hotel and the visit to the Iban longhouse village were great experiences. The hotel in Kuala Lumpur was the top of the trip. Our tour guide was excellent and added an additional half day tour to our itinerary (for a fee) as well as a Malaysian dinner and show (no additional charge).

Carolyn Kostelecky

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