Sabah and Sarawak

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Borneo comprises the two Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. Here you can trek in the rainforest or enjoy a canopy walk, visit the Orangutan sanctuary or watch proboscis monkeys from the river, dive coral reefs or stay in rustic jungle lodges. The possibilities are endless in this jungle paradise.

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Sandakan & Selingan
Extend our Legends & Longhouses tour of Borneo to include a longer visit from Kota Kinabalu to the fascinating area beyond Sandakan. You may combine a one-night visit by boat to Selingan Island (for turtle-watching on the island's white coral beaches) with a boat journey to Suan Lumba to see Gomantong Caves, continuing overland to Sukau. Here you take an evening river cruise on the Managol river to view the famous 'proboscis' monkey, and other wildlife in the Borneo jungle. After an overnight at the very simple lodge, return to Sandakan to visit the Orangutan Sanctuary at Sepilok before flying to Kota Kinabalu.


Explore the incredible diversity and complexity of Borneo's rainforest at the Danum Valley Conservation Area (43,800 hectares). The dipterocarp forest here has over 200 species of trees per hectare, some of which are the oldest and tallest in the world. The wildlife is exceptional with some of world's most exciting animals - proboscis monkeys, Orangutans, Asian elephants, and 124 species of mammals, 72 reptiles, 56 amphibians and over 325 species of bird. Walk through the treetops on the 100-foot high Canopy Walkway or take a dip at a waterfall. Guided nature walks to seek out the area's incredible diversity of flora and fauna, wildlife escarpment treks bird watching and night drives by open jeep are among the activities. 

Niah Caves
In the north-east of Sarawak lie the world-famous Niah Caves, shrouded by lowland rain-forest, an awesome cave complex holding relics of some of South East Asia's earliest inhabitants. From Kuching you fly to Miri for a full day visit to the Caves, driving through palm-oil plantations and forests en route.

Mulu National Park
With its rich bio-diversity, and world-famous caves, Mulu offers the adventurous traveller an exhilarating cave and rainforest experience, possibly unmatched anywhere else on Earth. Combinable with a visit to Niah Caves, Sarawak's Mulu National Park, with its jungle terrain rich in flora and fauna, houses one of the world's largest and most spectacular cave complexes. Still only partly explored, the Mulu caves have the largest cave chamber on earth. A reasonable degree of fitness is required for this tour. You fly from Kuching to Mulu via Miri and transfer by longboat for visits to Wind Cave (with its amazing stalagmites and stalactites) and the 40 mile long passages of Clearwater Cave. Return to Mulu for a 2 night stay. The next day visit Deer Cave (the world's largest cave passage) and Lang's Cave, by longboat and walkway, with a viewing of the flight of thousands of bats as they leave Deer Cave at sunset.

Mount Kinabalu Trek

At over 13,000ft, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in South East Asia. A 3 day/2 night trek along a superb trail to the summit - though tiring and fairly strenuous (6 hours one day and 2 ½ on the other) needs no special abilities.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet

Nights: 24 | from £122,915pp

Join an exotic, around-the-world expedition personally designed and accompanied by A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. Snorkel the coral reefs of French Polynesia,... Find out more

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Highlights of Sabah

Nights: 9 | from £2,130pp

Sabah, Malaysia’s ‘Wild East’, is a lush natural wonderland where orangutans swing through the rainforest, azure seas teem with colourful fish and former... Find out more

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Classic Malaysia

Nights: 13 | from £3,595pp

Discover the myriad faces of neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, exploring their diverse cultural heritage, spectacular rainforests and beaches, lively... Find out more

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Borneo Wildlife Adventure

Nights: 8 | from £3,365pp

Introduce the family to the wildlife of one of the world’s great natural wonderlands – Borneo. Snorkel among dazzling fish, meet the great orange apes... Find out more

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Highlights of Malaysia

Nights: 11 | from £1,995pp

Explore the cultural melting-pot that is Malaysia, shaped by Chinese and Indian immigrants and years of British colonial rule, but with a flavour all... Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Abai Jungle Lodge

Embarking on the hour's boat ride to the lodge sets the pace of this truly incredible area, the peaceful river is home to silvered langur, maroon langur,... Find out more

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Borneo Rainforest Lodge

The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a rustic lodge built beside the Danum River within the Danum Valley primary rainforest jungle. Renowned for its rich variety... Find out more

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Bunga Raya Island Resort

Bunga Raya Island Resort is a luxurious jewel set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. The 47 timbered villas are located on a hidden... Find out more

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Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort at Pulau Gaya, peeks out from the hillside among vibrant tropical mangroves overlooking the glistening coastline of Maloham Bay. Accessible... Find out more

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Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Set on the banks of Sabah's longest river in the village of Sukau, Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is perfect for a unique wildlife experience deep in the... Find out more

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Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Malaysia


Prices from £1,099pp saving from £200pp for 7 nights
Book a stay at Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa for travel before 31st March 2017 and save from £200pp. Based on two people sharing a Deluxe Garden View Room on a B&B basis, including international flights and transfers. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. 


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Shangri La Rasa Ria, Malaysia


Complimentary sunrise breakfast with a view of Mount Kinabalu
Book a stay in the Ocean Wing at Shangri La’s Rasa Ria and receive special benefits exclusive to A&K; these benefits include a complimentary breakfast overlooking Mount Kinabalu as the sun rises, plus 20% discount on all food and beverages, and spa treatments too. Valid for travel 1st September 2016 – 31st March 2017, excludes 24th December 2016 – 2nd January 2017 and 26th January – 1st February 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.


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Fly to

Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +8 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

November - April (Peninsula Malaysia)
March - October (Borneo)


Malaysia's climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. A typical day is warm and humid with balmy evenings. The main rainy seasons fall from November to February.

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