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Splendours of Borneo

Private Travel | General interest 15 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £4595

Explore the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, home to pristine rainforests, historic cities and remote beaches. Venture into the Sarawak jungle to meet with local tribes and enjoy superb wildlife-watching opportunities in Sabah.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Experience the authentic longhouse life of the Iban tribe in Batang Ai
  • Cruise the Kinabatangan river and spot orang utans & proboscis monkeys
  • Visit Danum valley, a conservation area that protects primary rainforest
  • Explore treetop walkways & bathe in hot springs in Kinabalu National Park
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Discovery Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Kuching


Day 2: Kuching

Arrive in the charming city of Kuching, a settlement with its attractive waterfront and colonial architecture. Transfer to the Hilton Kuching for 1 night. (N)

Day 3-4: Batang Ai

Travel by road and boat to the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat on the shores of Batang Ai lake for a 2-night stay. Visit a traditional longhouse and learn about the life of the local Iban tribe. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Kuching

Travel back to Kuching for a city tour visiting temples, markets and museums. Stay at the Hilton Kuching for 1 night. (B)

Day 6-7: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Fly to Kota Kinabalu and stay 2 nights at the Hyatt Regency. Visit the Kinabalu National Park to search for rare Rafflesia flowers. (B)

Day 8: Fly to Sandakan • Sepilok

Visit Sepilok to see the morning feeding of the reserve’s orang utans, which are being reintroduced into the wild. Visit the nearby Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, then stay one night at the MY Nature Resort. (B, L, D)

Days 9-10: Kinabatangan river excursions

Travel to Abai on the banks of Kinabatangan river and stay 2 nights at a jungle lodge. Board a river cruise to see proboscis monkeys, orang utans, pygmy elephants and a variety of birdlife. (B, L, D)

Days 11-12: Danum valley

Drive south to Danum valley to search for wild orang utans, walk in the rainforest and along canopy walkways. Stay 2 nights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Fly to Kota Kinabalu and stay at the Hyatt Regency for 1 night. (B)

Days 14-15: Fly home

Take an overnight flight home and arrive the next day (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Discovery tour

This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Discovery private tour accommodation

  • MY Nature Resort Sandakan
    MY Nature Resort Sandakan

    The MY Nature Resort is located just 15 minutes' drive from Sandakan airport, and 5 minutes from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The resort encompasses 25 acres of landscaped gardens and jungle, with a wooden boardwalk that connects the 24 semi-detached chalets with the restaurant and some jungle walks. The resort organises a daily guided night walk which guests can join to discover the sounds of the forest after dark. Torches can be hired locally for MYR10 ($5).

  • Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
    Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

    The Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is situated 47km from the mouth of the Kinabatangan river in an area of rainforest home to many birds and monkeys. This eco-friendly resort utlilises solar panels for water heating and biodegradable toiletries to minimise its impact on the environment. The lodge's rooms are set in a number of stilited semi-detached bungalows throughout the jungle, connected to the main lodge by a series of walkways. Features: 33 rooms, restaurant/bar, air conditioned TV lounge, terrace. Room amenities: En suite bathroom with hot showers, ceiling fan.

  • Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
    Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

    Overlooking coral islands and the South China Sea, the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu offers modern comforts and a choice of local and international cuisine. Rooms are equipped with satellite television, hi-speed broadband internet access and a comfortable workspace. Recreational facilities include spa and gym, swimming pool, golf, tennis, squash and badminton.

  • Hilton Kuching
    Hilton Kuching

    The Hilton Kuching has a wonderful location on Kuching's riverfront promenade overlooking the Sarawak river, a 25-minute drive from Kuching International Airport. Guests can sample local specialties at the Waterfront Café or Toh Yuen restaurant, or international cuisine at the Steakhouse. Accommodation is available in a range of rooms and suites, all bright and spacious and equipped with modern amenities. Suites and higher category guestrooms feature river views.

  • Borneo Rainforest Lodge
    Borneo Rainforest Lodge

    With the backdrop of a thick blanket of virgin rainforest hanging over a meandering river, Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in stilted bungalows with en suite bathrooms, polished wooden floors, ceiling fans and balconies, some with river views. Facilities include a lounge bar, gift shop and restaurant serving freshly prepared buffet meals.

  • Abai Jungle Lodge
    Abai Jungle Lodge

    The Abai Jungle Lodge is set in the isolated, wildlife rich Abai region on the Kinabatangan River, and only accessible by boat. Nestled amidst the jungle canopy just a stone's throw from the river, the property’s guestrooms are situated within wooden pavilions connected by boardwalks. Accommodation is simple, with no air conditioning, but rooms are bright, clean and comfortable. The lodge is ecologically conscious, utilising low emission generators and rainwater collected in cisterns above the chalets. Features: 26 rooms, restaurant & bar, jungle boardwalks, WiFi. Room amenities: Ceiling fan, safe, netted windows, en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4595 per person

High season from £5295 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Kuching

    Kuching is the laid back coastal capital of Sarawak and lies on the Sarawak River. It is...

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  • Batang Ai

    Batang Ai is located in the heart of Sarawak, approximately 250km east of Kuching. The...

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  • Kuching

    Kuching is the laid back coastal capital of Sarawak and lies on the Sarawak River. It is...

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  • Kota Kinabalu

    The small city of Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state, on the north eastern...

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  • Danum Valley

    The Danum Valley Conservation Area protects a pocket of primary rainforest the size of...

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  • Kota Kinabalu

    The small city of Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state, on the north eastern...

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  • Sepilok

    Sepilok is one of only four orang utan sanctuaries in the world. It was set up in 1964 t...

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