Becki Enright offers up five ways to dig deeper into Malaysian Borneo—a landmass dominated by jungles and home to some of the most rare and incredible species on the planet
Watch the sunrise from the top of Mt Kinabalu, spot wildlife on a jungle walk, explore the Mulu caves, overnight in a traditional village, meet an orangutan face-to-face
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Still wild and mysterious even after all these years, Borneo is one of those places that’s become synonymous with adventure travel. Come see what all the fuss is about on this 14-day journey through the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. There, you’ll encounter wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and other creatures of the rainforest, visit hot springs and waterfalls, and get a better understanding of the local Dayak people by spending the night in a traditional village. Adventure never goes out of style; it just becomes more classic.
Arrive any time during the day. Welcome meeting and included local home meal in the evening.
Drive to Kudat on the northern tip of Borneo to visit a nesting site for turtles (in season). Lounge on secluded white-sand beaches. Opt to participate in a local beach cleanup project.
Enjoy some extra beach time in the morning before driving to Kota Kinabalu park in the afternoon. In the evening, attend a briefing on the next day's hike.
Store extra gear in the mountain's HQ and climb to Laban Rata, enjoying a packed lunch on the way. The hike can take from 3-7hrs. Indulge in a buffet-style dinner then rest up for an early start to summit the mountain in the morning.
Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to HQ for lunch. After, it's a short drive to Poring to enjoy the hot springs.
Enjoy a free day in Poring. Options include hiking local trails, visiting Lupa Masa (a primary jungle with loads of wildlife), taking a canopy walk, visiting famous Sabah tea plantations, enjoying the hot springs, and visiting a waterfall.
Drive to the charming town of Weston. Enjoy the quaint atmosphere and take a boat tour down the river to view wild proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. After dinner, return to the boat for a ride to see fireflies.
In the morning, return to Kota Kinabalu. Spend the afternoon either exploring the city or the nearby islands.
After a relaxing morning, fly to Mulu. Take a guided walk in the evening to Lang Cave and Deer Cave to watch the flying bats.
Enjoy a day in the national park. Take a guided longtail boat ride to visit a traditional village and caves. Opt to go swimming. With free time opt to enjoy a night jungle walk, use the walking trails, or take a treetop canopy walk.
Opt for a morning canopy walk at the top of the longest canopy in the world. Later, fly to Kuching. Take a short orientation walk then opt to dine on some of the excellent seafood.
Enjoy a homestay in a traditional Iban village. Enjoy the local food, culture and interacting with the villagers. Explore the area and look for tropical pitcher plants and see if we can spot any wild orangutans.
Take a morning trek to a waterfall and enjoy a picnic lunch. Later, head to Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Arrive for the afternoon feeding of semi-wild orangutans. Head back to Kuching for a final night out.
Depart at any time.
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