15 Day Borneo, Nature, Diversity & Grace

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15 Day Borneo, Nature, Diversity & Grace
Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuching Kuching
Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat Batang Ai National Park
Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa Mulu
Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan Sandakan
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu

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*Not Included:
Gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Kuala Lumpur-Kuching, Kuching-Miri-Mulu, Mulu-Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan, Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu

Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 2 am on Day 3.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Los Angeles-Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Kuala Lumpur-Kuching, Kuching-Miri-Mulu, Mulu-Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan, Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu
  • 13 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Kuala Lumpur
    • 3 night Kuching
    • 1 nights Batang Ai
    • 2 nights Mulu
    • 2 nights Sandakan
    • 3 nights Kota Kinabalu
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Malaysia tourism taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 28 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners with wine (including Welcome and Farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals
  • Tour Kuala Lumpur with its space-age skyline punctuated by minarets and Mogul-style domes
  • Attend a lecture on Sarawak tribal mythology led by one of Kuching’s important scholars
  • In Batang Ai discover old time timber longhouses and a tribal culture untouched by modern life
  • At the Mengkak Longhouse, learn about Borneo’s Iban people and watch a cultural performance
  • Visit Mulu Park with its extraordinary collection of rare birds, diverse wildlife, and exotic plants
  • Follow a plank walk into a magnificent rainforest that leads to ancient Deer Caves
  • Enter the famous Wind Caves with their spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, and rock corals
  • Visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center—see orangutans and learn about rehabilitation efforts
  • Visit the Sun Bear Conservation Center—view the world’s smallest bear
  • At the Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary you’ll be greeted by dozens of monkeys sitting in the trees
  • In Kota Kinabalu, enjoy a Malaysian dinner and show highlighting Borneo’s rich cultural diversity
  • Visit magnificent Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Center of Plant Diversity
  • Visit Mari Mari Cultural Village dotted with tribal dwellings from five indigenous groups

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade.


DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Malaysia
Depart for Malaysia

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Kuala Lumpur
Welcome to Malaysia, a country of extraordinary contrasts ranging from sophisticated bustling cities to the wild jungles of Borneo with its orangutans, monkeys and remote tribes. Arrive at the airport in Kuala Lumpur where you’ll be greeted and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone in this city with its space-age skyline punctuated by minarets and Mogul-style domes
Overnight: Kuala Lumpur

DAY 3, Friday - Discover Kuala Lumpur
The day begins with a tour of Kuala Lumpur, the frenetic capital of Malaysia. Visit the imposing six-tiered Thean Hou Temple, one of the largest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. View the beautiful architecture of the Houses of Parliament en route to the National Monument, a striking statue that commemorates heroes of the country’s struggle for freedom. Driving past the uniquely designed railway station, arrive at majestic Merdeka Square (Independence Square) the famous stretch of green where independence was declared in 1957. Next, on to the Jamek Mosque, the oldest in the city with its graceful arches and domes reminiscent of fine Moorish architecture. At the astonishing KL Tower, ascend to the observation deck for astounding panoramic views from this 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, a briefing with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers on the incredible journey that lies ahead. A Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers celebrates your arrival
Overnight: Kuala Lumpur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, Cruise the Sarawak River
In the morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Kuching, the capital of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Known as Borneo’s most stylish and sophisticated city, here you find a multitude of cultures, handmade crafts, and cuisines. Settle in at the hotel with free time for personal pursuits. Later, a delightful sunset cruise on the Sarawak River reveals unobstructed views of the city and its surroundings. Admire the affluent mansions typical of Kuching. Enjoy the backdrop of a setting sun and the colorful lights along the waterfront before returning to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Kuching
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Walking Tour in Kuching, Evening Lecture
The morning walking tour in this historic capital begins in Chinatown. View the famous Cat Statue before heading to the colorful Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple on the waterfront promenade. After, continue to the Chinese Historical Museum, Textile Museum, Masjid India, Gambier Street, the Brooke Dockyard and St. Thomas Cathedral at Merdeka Square. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. In the early evening, don’t miss the fascinating lecture on Sarawak tribal mythology led by one of Kuching’s important scholars. Tonight, perhaps opt to dine at one of the city’s renowned multicultural restaurants or cafes
Overnight: Kuching
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Travel to Batang Ai
Today, journey along undulating winding roads through the magnificent countryside dotted with quaint little towns, villages, paddy fields and pepper and palm plantations. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in the small town of Lachau before continuing to Hydro Lake where you board a boat at the Lubok Antu jetty that transports you to your remote resort on the edge of glorious Batang Ai National Park. Leisure time at your resort before dinner together
Overnight: Batang Ai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Batang Ai Longboat Excursion, Return to Kuching
A short journey in a traditional motorized native longboat takes you to the Mengkak Longhouse, set in a hillside wilderness beside the river. Here, learn more about Borneo’s native Iban people and their community. You’ll be treated to a cultural performance by the villagers in full regalia, along with a blow pipe demonstration. Time to view the unusual handicrafts and meet with the villagers that were once considered a strong tribe notorious for their culture of headhunting. After lunch, return to Kuching arriving in the late afternoon. Evening is at leisure
Overnight: Kuching
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Wednesday - Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
An early morning flight from Kuching to Mulu via Miri. Upon arrival, drive to a lovely resort at the edge of the tropical rainforest where you’re warmly welcomed with a delectable lunch. After time to relax, an excursion to majestic Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an extraordinary collection of rare birds, diverse wildlife, and exotic plants. Follow the plank walk into the magnificent rainforest, with its gorgeous foliage and rushing streams that leads to the ancient Deer & Lang Caves. The caves are home to many species of bats – you may be treated to the spectacular sight of free-tailed bats emerging from the cave in search of food! A lovely dinner at the resort caps the day
Overnight: Mulu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Wind Caves, Clearwater Cave
A cruise on the Melinau River by longboat whisks you to the famous Wind Caves. Upon entering, you’ll marvel at the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, flow rocks and rock corals, some of which are illuminated in the “King’s Room”. Then, a stop at the semi-nomadic Penan Settlement before arriving at the amazing Clearwater Cave with its raised plank walk that flanks the limestone cliffs. Perhaps opt to swim in the crystal-clear waters! After a picnic lunch, return to the resort. Relax this afternoon at the resort before dinner together
Overnight: Mulu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Coastal Sandakan
A flight this morning to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu, upon arrival transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore this bustling coastal town that overlooks the Sulu Sea. The population here was once made up of German traders, Dutch and Chinese planters, Arab and Indian traders and pearl divers; until the town was destroyed during WWII. Sandakan’s complicated wartime history is punctuated by the serene Memorial Park, a moving tribute to British and Australian prisoners of war. You can also opt to visit the house of author Agnes Keith, now a quaint museum with a proper English Tea House. Enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Sandakan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
A day you’ve all been waiting for! Morning visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where you’ll see Orangutans and learn about extraordinary efforts to rehabilitate these orphaned and injured animals so they can be returned to the wild. After a walk in the tropical forest, on to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to view the world’s smallest bear and learn about conservation efforts to protect them. After lunch, an extraordinary visit to the Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary in Labuk Bay where over four hundred acres of mangrove forest are preserved for the resident monkeys. Walking on the boardwalk to the feeding platforms, you’ll be greeted by the spectacle of dozens of Proboscis monkeys sitting in the trees or feeding on the food put out by the guides. View the females with babies clinging to their bellies and huge males galloping across the trees with their yelps permeating the air
Overnight: Sandakan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Sunday - Malaysian Dinner & Show
Late morning flight to Kota Kinabalu. Early lunch either in Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu subject to flight details. Leisure time at the hotel before an evening drive past the night lit landmarks of the city to a popular restaurant. Savor a dinner of Malaysian cuisine along with traditional music and dance. The colorful attire of different ethnic groups and the rhythm and beat of local musical instruments will leave lasting memories of Borneo’s rich cultural diversity
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Kinabalu Park, Mount Kinabalu, Mountain Gardens
View the jagged granite peaks of Mount Kinabalu towering over Kinabalu Park, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia, this natural wonder boasts more than 5,000 different plant species and is home to over 90 mammals. The main attraction at the Park is majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia known for its mountain climbing and the world’s highest ‘iron road.” Take a short trek through the rainforest before lunch. Afterward, a visit to the Mountain Garden to see rare and priceless collections of plants and orchids including the famous Rothschild's Slipper Orchid, one of the rarest orchids in the world. Afternoon is at leisure
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14, Tuesday - Kota Kinabalu, Mari Mari Cultural Village
A morning drive in the lush countryside takes you to the Mari Mari Cultural Village deep in the rainforest to explore the culture and traditions of Sabah’s tribal inhabitants. Winding your way through the jungle village, glimpse Malaysian history as you watch tribal dances, learn about Borneo's indigenous groups and participate in cultural demonstrations. This village, an open-air museum, is dotted with various tribal dwellings offering insight into the lifestyle of Borneo's five main indigenous groups. See how the island's inhabitants once lived and learn about cultural customs such as fire starting, cooking, and hunting. Enjoy an educational dance show and demonstration and even participate in a few of the rituals and traditions, including bamboo shooting! Snacks will be offered before returning to your hotel for leisure time. At tonight’s Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories together about your discovery of Borneo and bid a fond goodbye to your newfound friends
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart Borneo
Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Discover Myanmar, September 2018
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I have taken several Gate 1 trips and am one of your cheerleaders- and the Myanmar trip was one of my favorites. To begin with, Mojo was a fabulous tour leader. We all loved him. He was fun- has a great sense of humor- and patient. He was interested in getting to know each of us, was interested in our purchases and impressions. He always made sure that our meals were served perfectly ..... It was clear that people he worked with also enjoyed him- even the cattle remembered and responded to him! There were several of us who are older and have minor challenges with ambulation. Mojo bent over backwards to make experiences comfortable, to help us off and on buses and boats, and to discuss with us in great detail what was coming up, how long it would take to walk to a certain point, how best to dress, etc. When people decided not to do certain activities, he would chase after them to see if he could accommodate them in some way. He could not have been more dedicated to our comfort, safety, participation and enjoyment. I really loved all the craft work on this tour. We were given great demonstrations on how things were made, as people actually made the products in front of us. They were all gracious with our fascinated observation and generously allowed us to take pictures. Often it was Mojo himself giving the explanation- I think he can do all those crafts! I really enjoyed bringing home some lacquerware afterward. I loved every stop, but Bagan was so beautiful - the sunset was spectacular. .....I was so moved by the organization that was teaching young people to be chefs, and the cooking (and eating!) was fun and interesting- including bringing the apron and recipes home! Thank you again for a wonderful experience!

Constance S. Santa Rosa, CA
Borneo, Nature, Diversity & Grace, April 2018
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The trip to Borneo was totally amazing! Our guide, Jerome, did an outstanding job keeping the groups’ attention and interest throughout the whole trip. I enjoyed everything, in particular, the visit to the Mengkak Longhouse and the visit with the native Iban people, the various caves we entered at Mulu National Park, the beautiful Mountain Gardens and orchids we saw in Kinabalu Park, and the visit to Mari Mari village and seeing how the different Sabah tribes lived in the rainforest. The main highlight, however, was the visit to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, and, not to exclude, the playful Sun Bears at their Sanctuary.

Kathleen S. Homestead, FL
Gems of Southeast Asia, April 2018
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Our trip was so amazing. I cannot even come up with enough words to describe it. This was my first trip with gate 1 and it will NOT be my last. The organization was impeccable from start to finish. I could not believe how smooth everything went and the hotels were amazing. Ray our guide was the best throughout helping with any questions we had with our flights and anything else. I am so impressed with everything.

Kelly D. Riverview, FL
Discover Burma (Myanmar), December 2017
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We had an excellent time. It was a "life experience" as we didn't know what to expect and were amazed at the poverty but beauty in Myanmar. I wanted to give a shout-out for our guide - Mojo. He was fantastic. He never stopped helping us out and kept things organized. We have been on a few Gate1 trips and in most cases there is a lead and a local guide. Mojo did both. In addition, he also ensured that at restaurants that the staff were informed as to what to do. He told me that the staff at restaurants don't always get the right training, so he took charge and made sure we were taken care of. I just wanted to make sure he was recognized because without him, the trip would not have been as enjoyable. We will definitely keep traveling with Gate1 as this is a great organization and the trips are fantastic!!!

Heidi L. Austin, TX
Gems of Southeast Asia, December 2017
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We had a great trip! We had a very good tour manager, very knowledgeable local guides and a great group of people to travel with. We were thrilled at the opportunity to learn about and experience the rich history and culture of the places we visited. We enjoyed the hotels we stayed at, the accommodation at Luang Prabang was particularly impressive. We liked the experience of trying many different kinds of food with the exception of a few dishes. All in all, it was a very memorable trip.

Soham D. San Carlos, CA
Discover Burma (Myanmar), November 2017
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Burma was all that Kipling wrote about and more. Each day was an adventure, that will be a memory forever. Our guide "MoJo" was a bonus for us all, as his fountain of knowledge, pride in his country, was shared with a warm smile, and contagious laugh. The hotels in Myanmar were each special, and the Lotte will soon become a Grand Hotel like those in Banff & Jasper, Canada. Still recovering from 27 hour flight home...but wonderful memories dance in our heads.

Earl M. Minneapolis, MN
Indonesia: Java & Bali, October 2017
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It was fantastic! Indonesia is a fascinating country culturally, historically, geographically, gastronomically, and above all in hospitality. Gate 1 exceeded our expectations--our tour director Cika was a 15 on a 1 to 10 scale--what a resource for Indonesian cultural, historic, religious, political, and social/local customs. He takes great pride in his country and in representing Gate 1. Hotel in Ubud sat in the middle of rice patties and was the most beautiful and exotic place I've ever stayed. The group was very culturally diverse which added to the overall experience too. Gate 1 Discovery Tour experience set a new standard of excellence for us and we are hoping to visit Ireland in the Fall with a DT.

Sue D. Stockton, CA