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Détail du voyage :

Departure from the UK in the direction of Malaysia Day 1 - London
Departure from the UK in the direction of Malaysia
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Day 1 - London Departure from the UK in the direction of Malaysia

  • Takeoff from the UK towards Malaysia.
  • Flight from London towards the airport of Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, which is located on the peninsular.
  • If you wish to travel in Business Class or First Class, thank you to consult our advisors.
  • Meals and night on board.
Arriving in Malaysia and visiting Kuala Lumpur Day 2 – Mount Kinabalu

Day 2 – Mount Kinabalu Arriving in Malaysia and visiting Kuala Lumpur

  • Land in Kuala Lumpur in the morning.
  • We will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
  • Spend a free afternoon getting to know the capital city and enjoying your first glimpse of Malaysia.
  • In a country that is a melting pot of cultures, Kuala Lumpur is a warm, welcoming capital city where all the communities that make up the Malay people are present.
  • Between its charming old districts and its brand new towers that soar towards the sky, Kuala Lumpur is a multi-faceted capital.
  • You will be amazed by the city’s bold architecture and how it has kept many havens of peace – beautiful green spaces that punctuate the city.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night at the Radius Hotel in Kuala Lumpur (or similar).
Through Kuala Lumpur Day 3 – Kuala Lumpur

Day 3 – Kuala Lumpur Through Kuala Lumpur

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, you will leave to spend a half-day

    visiting the city of Kuala Lumpur.

    This guided tour will provide you with an overview of the entire city: between sophisticated modernism and charming colonial residences.
    Stroll through the different neighbourhoods of this city: the colonial centre, Merdeka Square, the bustling Chinatown, the National Museum that presents the story of the city, the King’s palace, Masjid Jamek mosque, etc.

  • After seeing an overview of the city with the guided tour, we recommend you walk around on your own to discover more of this paradoxical city, which has some of the hustle and bustle of Asian capitals, but is actually quite peaceful thanks to the ever-present greenery.
  • Don't miss:
    • The Petronas Towers

      these twin towers – currently the tallest twin building in the world – are the landmark of Malaysia and its capital city.
      These two steel 88-floor towers house a luxury shopping centre.
      You can walk on the Skybridge, which connects them at 170 metres (558 feet) above the ground. It provides a breath-taking view!

    • The Kuala Lumpur Tower

      the TV tower, which is 421 metres high (1,387 feet) and is the highest viewpoint in Kuala Lumpur. An impressive visit, which will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur.

    • Get lost in

      Chinatown

      with its little streets, colourful shops, and aromas of mysterious spices and fruit.
      Don’t miss Jalan Petaling, Chinatown’s lively covered street, as well as Sri Mahamariamman, a large Hindu temple, and Sze Yah, a Taoist temple.

    • Stroll around

      Merdeka Square

      , where Malaysia’s independence was proclaimed on the 16th of September 1963. The square is surrounded by beautiful monuments and has a peaceful atmosphere.

    • Enjoy

      the Lake Gardens

      , created by the British, where you will find the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, the wonderful Islamic Arts Museum and Masjid Negara, a beautiful mosque that was inspired by the layout of the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

    • Little India

      will transport you to another realm, a shimmering world where the many little shops sell fabric, saris and all kinds of sparkling objects.

    • An enjoyable stroll in a welcoming and picturesque atmosphere!
    • Walk around

      Kampung Baru,

      a traditional neighbourhood which has remained true to itself and still looks like a little village, with its traditional Malay wooden houses and beautiful gardens.

    • Not far from there, don’t miss the lively Chow Kit Market.
    • Those who enjoy shopping will find many giant shopping centres in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night at the Radius Hotel in Kuala Lumpur (or similar).
A day in Malacca Day 4 – Malacca

Day 4 – Malacca A day in Malacca

  • Have breakfast in your hotel.
  • Leave Kuala Lumpur for the city of Malacca, which is less than 200 km (124 miles) away.
  • Malacca

    has remained unchanged for centuries. You will marvel at its cultural diversity, the remnants of colonial times, and its famous gastronomy, which combines all the tastes of Malay cuisine.

    Until the 14th century, it was merely a fishing village. Developed by a Hindu prince, it became the crossroads of trade routes connecting the Indian Ocean to the China Sea.
    Malacca was inhabited, in turn, by Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English colonists, and converted to Islam and then Christianity. It is a blend of many cultures and has a rich architectural past, which is visible in its picturesque architecture.
    It is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular destinations in Malaysia.

  • Chinatown

    , a must-see district and the heart of Malacca, is home to a large Chinese community.

    You can see beautiful facades as well as incredible temples, painted in bright colours.
    The neighbourhood hosts a night market on Friday and Saturday evenings.
    Not far from there, walk to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest traditional Chinese temple in Malaysia, which was built in 1646.

  • The Stadthuys

    , the town hall and office of the Governor, is the town’s landmark and the oldest Dutch monument in Asia, since it dates back to 1641. Nearby, the “Red Square” is named after the colour of its buildings.
    The entire neighbourhood dates from the Dutch colonial period and its architecture is reminiscent of Amsterdam.

  • You will visit the church, which was built in 1753.
  • The Porta de Santiago was a magnificent fortress built by the Portuguese in 1511.
  • On the hill that houses the

    colonial neighbourhood of Bukit Saint Paul

    , visit St. Paul’s Church, from which you can enjoy a lovely view of Malacca. In the background: the sea, the famous Malacca Strait and a beautiful vista of the city.

  • The Sultan’s Palace, which has been turned into a museum, is also well worth visiting.
  • Bukit Cina is the largest Chinese graveyard outside of China and dates from the 17th century.
  • Visit

    Harmony Street

    , the home of the beautiful temple of Chen Hoon Teng, which was built in 1946 with materials imported from China.
    Its ornate roofs bring together three main doctrines: Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
    You will also see an Indian temple, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar and Kapitan Kling Mosque.

  • Walk down

    Jonker Street

    , which is famous for its 140 pre-war shops: hairdressers, acupuncture salons and souvenir shops, as well as stalls selling Chinese medicinal herbs.

  • In the evening, after this busy day, you will go back to Kuala Lumpur.
  • Lunch included and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night at the Radius Hotel in Kuala Lumpur (or similar).
Arriving in Borneo and visiting Kota Kinabalu Day 5 – Kuala Lumpur / Kota Kinabalu

Day 5 – Kuala Lumpur / Kota Kinabalu Arriving in Borneo and visiting Kota Kinabalu

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, you will leave for the island of Borneo. You will take a flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the neighbouring state:

    Sabah.

    Less charming than the villages in the heart of the jungle, Kota Kinabalu, also known as KK, was sadly destroyed twice by the Allies during World War Two to hinder the Japanese.
    However, this dynamic city is very interesting.
    Don’t hesitate to walk along the promenade by the sea after nightfall: the atmosphere is very welcoming.
    Taste the local delicacies, like the sayur mani fern and roti canai pancakes.

  • We recommend you visit:
    • Sabah Museum

      , which has a collection of ancient and tribal objects as well as an exhibition on the flora and fauna.
      In the garden, you will find the heritage village, which consists of traditional houses of different ethnic groups.
      This museum is a good way to start learning about Borneo during your stay.

    • The State Mosque is quite interesting. Unfortunately, non-Muslims are not allowed inside.
    • You can also visit the town mosque, which is beautifully located along the South China Sea.
    • Opposite the town mosque, you will find the Likas Bird Sanctuary. It boasts 60 acres of mangroves, which are home to many migratory birds.
    • Markets

      abound in this city!

      Spend some time with the locals in the central market, mingle with the crowd at the Chinese market, buy souvenirs at the crafts market, and end the day with the vast array of stands at the beautiful night market.

    • The town also houses a Chinese temple, which is well worth looking at.
  • In the evening, don’t miss the famous sunsets of Kota Kinabalu, which are beautiful on a clear day. There is nothing better than enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of a seaside town.
  • Lunch included and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the Promenade Hotel in Kota Kinabalu (or similar).
In Kinabalu Park Day 6 – Mount Kinabalu

Day 6 – Mount Kinabalu In Kinabalu Park

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, you will leave for

    Mount Kinabalu Park

    via the small, local market of Nabalu where you will find fresh produce and arts and crafts.

    After a two-hour trip, you will reach this UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park, which is spread out over 754 km² (291 sq mi), is dominated by Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in South-East Asia, and the area is protected for its lush flora.
    Indeed, most of the species that grow above 912 metres (2,992 feet) are native to the region.
    High above the lush forests of Sabah, the crenellated peak of Kinabalu is surrounded by clouds and teases climbers.
    4,095 meters high (13,435 feet), Mount Kinabalu is a legendary peak for hikers, as it boasts extraordinary landscapes, fauna and flora.
    Led by your guide, you will start exploring the park and admire the surrounding flora and fauna as you walk through the forest.
    You can relax in the Poring hot springs: Rearranged by the Japanese during World War Two, these hot, sulphurous springs flow towards artificial pools built in the middle of the forest.
    An ideal location to relax after your climb!
    There are suspended bridges near the hot springs from which you can see the canopy.

  • In the evening, you will return to Kota Kinabalu.
  • Lunch and dinner included.
  • Spend the night in the Promenade Hotel in Kota Kinabalu (or similar).
Orangutans and proboscis monkeys Day 7 – Sandakan / Sepilok / Kinabatangan River

Day 7 – Sandakan / Sepilok / Kinabatangan River Orangutans and proboscis monkeys

  • After breakfast, leave early in the morning for Kota Kinabalu Airport. Take a plane to the city of Sandakan.
  • As soon as you arrive, you will be taken to

    Sepilok Sanctuary

    , which is 25 km (15 miles) from Sepilok. This sanctuary is spread out over 40 km² (15 sq mi) and is one of the most moving places in Sabah, as it rescues orphaned or wounded orangutans in order to teach them how to survive again in the wild.

    These red apes with soft eyes are native to Borneo and Sumatra. Sadly, they are an endangered species, as man is consistently encroaching on their natural habitat.
    Orangutans, who are remarkably intelligent like most of the great apes, measure between 1.10 and 1.40 metres (between 3’ 7” and 4’ 7”) and weigh approximately 80 kg (12.6 stones). They can live between 30 and 40 years.

  • In Sepilok Sanctuary,

    , the orangutans

    are fed daily at 12:00 and at 3:00 p.m.

    You can watch these great apes, with an arm span of up to 2.25 metres (7.4 feet), eat their meals!
    The name “orangutan” means “forest man”. Indeed, not only is their behaviour similar to ours, their genome is only 3% different from the human genome. They are highly respected by the indigenous people.
    An emotional encounter, in the heart of the humid jungle, that will not fail to move you.
    If you are completely won over by these animals, you can even adopt one and regularly receive updates on its progress from the Sanctuary!

  • After this magical encounter, you will be taken to the delta of the Kinabatangan River.
  • There, in the heart of the mangrove forest, you will be able to see various reptiles and birds, but more importantly:

    proboscis monkeys

    Once again, only on Borneo Island can you see this type of monkey, with its reddish-brown hair and its peculiar nose.

  • After this, you will board a boat and

    travel from Sukau to the Kinabatangan and Menanggul Rivers.

    The longest river in Sabah is full of surprises, thanks to the wetlands through which it runs, which teem with wildlife.
    Using binoculars, you can see orangutans, proboscis monkeys, colourful hornbills, crocodiles and pygmy elephants, etc.

  • A wonderful safari experience, during which you will be amazed by the infinite fauna and flora around you!
  • Lunch and dinner included.
  • Spend the night in the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge (or similar).
Oxbow Lake Day 8 – Kinabatangan River

Day 8 – Kinabatangan River Oxbow Lake

  • After breakfast, you will once again take a small boat, which will allow you to reach Oxbow Lake.
  • As you continue to travel through the fascinating jungle, this cruise will give you a new opportunity to see many different animals.
  • You will travel through in the jungle, along the river, through the thick vegetation and the mangroves.
  • An amazing experience, in the heart of a preserved wilderness! A Noah’s Ark, the lung of a planet that needs oxygen so much.
  • A fragile, moving landscape, which is the a source of life.
  • In the evening, you will go back to your hotel.
  • Lunch and dinner included.
  • Spend the night in the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge (or similar).
Visiting the city of Sandakan Day 9 – Sandakan

Day 9 – Sandakan Visiting the city of Sandakan

  • Breakfast.
  • You will leave the Kinabatangan mangrove and jungle and take a boat to

    Sandakan.


    You will spend the rest of the day discovering the town, as you wait for your flight to Kota Kinabalu.

    The famous merchant city of Sandakan was the leading port for the exportation of precious wood in the 1930s.
    Sadly, the town was completely destroyed in the bombings of World War Two.
    Today, Sandakan is the second largest port in Sabah, after Kota Kinabalu, especially for palm oil, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, Manila hemp and sago.
    The town has managed to stay true to itself, and it is still famous for its luxury goods, such as pearls and edible bird’s nests, a delicacy for the Chinese population.

  • In Sandakan, you can visit:
    • Puu Jih Shih Temple, a large Buddhist shrine.
    • The neighbourhoods on stilts: In Sandakan, there are many neighbourhoods on stilts.
    • These traditional wooden houses are very colourful. They can be reached by wooden pontoons, that are a great place for a stroll.
    • You will enjoy the atmosphere of these singular neighbourhoods!
  • In the afternoon, you will take a flight to London.
Arrive in the UK Day 10 - London
Arrive in the UK
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Day 10 - London Arrive in the UK

  • Arrive in the UK.
  • Meal and night on board.

Tour's activities

Our selection of activities

We invite you to take full advantage of your experiences with Marco Vasco by selecting among our additional guided tours. Don’t hesitate to talk to one of our specialists for more information or if you would prefer a Spanish-speaking guide!

Included Activities

Cruise on the Kinabatangan River

Cruise on the Kinabatangan River

Cruise on the Kinabatangan River

A cruise on the Kinabatangan River is a wonderful safari experience to see the flora and the fauna of Sabah. Using binoculars, you can see orangutans, proboscis monkeys, colourful hornbills, crocodiles and pygmy elephants. The longest river in Sabah is full of surprises, thanks to the wetlands through which it runs, which teem with wildlife.

Cruise on Oxbow Lake

Cruise on Oxbow Lake

Cruise on Oxbow Lake

The “oxbow” lakes are meanders from the Kinabatangan River. These stillwater U-shaped bends are home to an amazing concentration of wildlife! An ideal location for bird-watching. Spend a few hours on the still waters of the lake and enjoy this wonderful trip into the Malay jungle.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

This sanctuary takes in orphaned or wounded primates and teaches them how to survive again in the wild. You can watch these great apes, with an arm span of up to 2.25 meters (7.4 feet), eat their meals. 25 km (15.5 miles) from Sandakan, this 40 km² (15 sq mi) sanctuary is the most visited site in Sabah after Mount Kinabalu. The orangutans are fed daily at 10:00 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m. The name “orangutan” means “jungle man”. The monkeys are very friendly. In fact, their behaviour and DNA are very close to ours. They are highly respected by the indigenous people.

Poring hot springs

Poring hot springs

Poring hot springs

An ideal activity to relax after a walk or a hike. Rearranged by the Japanese during World War Two, these hot, sulphurous springs flow towards artificial pools built in the middle of the forest.

Tour's hotels

Our selection of hotels

Voici les hébergements que nous vous proposons pour votre circuit. Ils sont communiqués à titre indicatif et pourront être remplacés par des hôtels de catégorie similaire.

Included Hotels

Promenade Hotel - Kota Kinabalu

Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Promenade Hotel - Kota Kinabalu

This modern business hotel offers 451 rooms and suites. Ideally located in the heart of the city of Kota Kinabalu and its attractions, shops and businesses, this seafront hotel is located by a long promenade on which stalls sell all sorts of delicacies and souvenirs.

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge - Kinabatangan River

Hotel Kinabatangan River

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge - Kinabatangan River

Welcome to this relaxing, friendly lodge! The bungalows are simply furnished and have a shower and fan. The lodge supports ecotourism by purchasing products from the local fishermen. You can relax by admiring the wonderful view of the river in which they fish.

Radius - Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Radius - Kuala Lumpur

Radius International offers friendly accommodation with efficient service. Located in Changkat Bukit Bintang, the hotel is only a few minutes from the main shopping centres and restaurants of Bukit Bintang.

Good to know

  • Hotels and Meals

    If a hotel mentioned in the program is not available, a hotel in a similar category will be booked.
    All the meals during the trip are included in the programme, unless the detailed itinerary mentions otherwise.
    In our programmes, the hotels offered are usually comfortable 3 or 4 star hotels. If you would like hotels in a higher or lower category, please don’t hesitate to consult one of our specialised advisers. During this itinerary, you will spend several nights in the jungle, in a longhouse, the traditional houses of the inhabitants of Borneo. The accommodation may be basic, but it is very authentic. You won’t have private toilets or bathrooms.
    Good to Know:In the peak season (Christmas holidays, July and August, from January to March), hotels quickly become fully booked. Don’t hesitate to reserve well in advance to avoid any availability issues.


  • Prices

    The prices displayed on our website are based on two people in the off season.
    This is the starting price, which can change depending on flight and accommodation availability and when you want to take your trip.
    Indeed, in the peak season, airlines and hotels don’t hesitate to apply higher rates than in the off season, due to high demand.
    Planetveo/MalaysiaVeo carefully calculate their prices in order to guarantee the best price in terms of the quality/price ratio.
    Our advice: the earlier you book, the more chance you have of getting interesting deals, especially when it comes to plane tickets – keep that in mind!


  • Additional Information

    • Procedures and Visas

      You don’t need a visa to go to Malaysia or Singapore.

    • Vaccinations and Health

      No vaccinations are required for travellers coming from Europe. However, it is recommended you make sure the following vaccinations are up-to-date: tetanus, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis B. You do not need preventative treatment against malaria.
      Health: Never drink tap water, as it is not safe to drink. Also avoid ice cubes, which are made with tap water. Always buy mineral water.

    • Meeting People

      During this trip, you will meet the Iban and other tribes of Borneo and share their lives, in their longhouses. Please be respectful and ask for their permission before taking pictures of them. We encourage you to taste the products they offer you, as this will create a positive atmosphere for your stay. In any case, please try to be as polite as possible towards your hosts, even if your cultures are very different!

    • Hiking and Sporting Activities

      Borneo is home to a lush, virgin flora. During this itinerary, you will spend time in the jungle. Please remember to dress appropriately and bring the necessary equipment. Always make sure you have snacks on you, as you will occasionally be far from everything and will not have the opportunity to buy food. Also remember to bring a bottle of water with you, as the heat can be overpowering.
      Finally, you will have many opportunities to swim: don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and a towel!


  • Bespoke travel packages

    Planetveo/MalaysiaVeo is specialised in bespoke travel packages
    Your trip will therefore be private: you will not be mixed in with a group of strangers. You will have your own car and your own guide (unless mentioned otherwise).
    The itineraries offered on our website are merely suggestions that can easily be changed or extended.
    Don’t hesitate to talk to our specialised advisers: they will adapt the trip to suit you and will create a bespoke programme for you!
    We also offer different kinds of extensions in the Extension section.
    Don’t hesitate to browse through the different tabs of the site to get an idea of the different possibilities we can offer you!
    Finally, if you want to change the accommodation to a higher or lower category, everything is possible! All you need to do is leave a note on the quotation form.



Tour Price

The price include

  • International flights with a scheduled operator in economy class
  • Airport taxes and the solidarity tax on airplane tickets
  • Accommodation in the standard hotels mentioned in the programme (or hotels in a similar category)
  • Half-board, unless the detailed itinerary mentions otherwise
  • Entrance to the parks mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers
  • An experienced English-speaking guide
  • Domestic flights with Malaysia Airlines, in economy class
  • The visits and activities mentioned in the programme

The price doesn't include

  • Insurance (please ask us)
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals and activities not included (please see the detailed itinerary)

* price per person "from", double base in standard room

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