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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 Penang, capital of the state of Sabah, which is located on Borneo Island.
  • If you wish to travel in Business Class or First Class, thank you to consult our advisors.
  • Meals and night on board.
Arriving in Penang Day 2 – Penang/Georgetown

Day 2 – Penang/Georgetown Arriving in Penang

  • Land at Penang Airport in the morning.
  • We will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
  • Also known as the “Pearl of the East”, Penang Island is a mythical place.
  • Indeed, Penang used to be an English port, on the tea and opium routes.
  • This lovely jewel has a unique charm that welcomes those who are ready to experience its delights.
  • Georgetown, the capital city, has many remnants of colonial times, and you won’t fail to be impressed by its cultural diversity, as different cultures live together in harmony.
  • The hustle and bustle of the narrow streets, the subdued light of the paper lanterns and the spicy aroma of chili and curry mixed with the scent of incense will delight you. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown, the capital city of Penang, is a must-see destination that combines past and present Asia.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the G Hotel in Penang (or similar).
Discovering Penang Day 3 – Penang/Georgetown

Day 3 – Penang/Georgetown Discovering Penang

  • Breakfast.
  • Today you will discover the beauties of Penang.
  • You will be able to see and visit:
    • The traditional Chinese houses, the most famous of which is Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, built in 1880 and nicknamed “the Blue House”.
    • Khoo Kongsi

      Kongsis are rallying points for members of the same Chinese clan, serving at the same time as temples and schools. This beautiful building, which burned down during its inauguration in 1901, was richly and luxuriously restored.

    • Kuan Yin Teng Temple

      is the oldest Buddhist temple in Penang. It was built around 1800 and is still a beautiful, lively site.

    • Sri Mariamman Temple is a colourful Hindu temple that is covered with sculptures and other decorations.
    • Wat Chayamang Kalaran Temple houses a 33 metre (108 feet) long Reclining Buddha.
    • The

      Clan Piers

      make up a singular neighbourhood, comprised of wooden houses built on stilts. Don’t hesitate to stroll down these wooden pontoons to breathe in the atmosphere of these districts that are built over the sea.

    • Penang Museum, which presents the history of Penang and highlights the multi-ethnic character of the Malay people.
    • The famous

      Fort Cornwallis

      was built in the spot where Francis Light landed in 1786. Not far from there, check out the Clock Tower, which was built for Queen Victoria’s 60th birthday.

    • A workshop that manufactures Batiks, the famous printed fabric that is very popular in Europe.
  • Add to your visit of the island by riding in a rickshaw that will take you through the maze of streets in Georgetown.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the G Hotel in Penang (or similar).
The treasures of Penang Day 4 – Penang/Georgetown

Day 4 – Penang/Georgetown The treasures of Penang

  • Breakfast.
  • Today, you can take your time to discover the hidden treasures of this legendary island.
  • In addition to Georgetown, Penang has other must-see visits in store for you:
    • Take the cable-car to the top of Penang Hill, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the island.
    • Walk down through the jungle amongst beautiful unspoiled natural surroundings.
    • Kek Lok Si Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. A beautiful tour will take you around its many buildings.
    • Don’t miss the largest butterfly sanctuary in the world, Butterfly Farm, which houses 4,000 butterflies from 120 different species.
    • Penang also has many beaches to offer, especially on the coast north of Georgetown. Why not spend the afternoon relaxing there?
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the G Hotel in Penang (or similar).
Between Penang and the Cameron Highlands Day 5 – Penang/Georgetown / The Cameron Highlands

Day 5 – Penang/Georgetown / The Cameron Highlands Between Penang and the Cameron Highlands

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, leave for the Cameron Highlands, which have a very different atmosphere.
  • On the way, you will stop off twice to visit two charming sites: Sam Poh Tong temple, near Ipoh, and Kuala Kangsar.
  • Sam Poh Tong is an impressive limestone cave in which a Chinese monk built a Buddhist temple.
  • Kuala Kangsar is a former royal capital city. This provincial town still houses many wonderful buildings, including a splendid mosque, Ubudiah, and beautiful palaces: the palace of the Sultan and the Perak Royal Museum.
  • Nestled at 1,600 metres (5,200 feet) above sea level, the Cameron Highlands are a breath of fresh air, a welcome break from the humid, suffocating heat of Malaysia.
  • This region is a natural blessing, a haven of peace with amazing scenery.
  • Between the thick jungle, the mountains, the waterfalls and the tea plantations, there are many hiking trips to be done.
  • In the afternoon, depending on when you arrive, you will have the opportunity to visit Sam Poh Temple, a singular place dedicated to a 15th century Chinese admiral.
  • This classical, colourful Buddhist temple also boasts a beautiful view of the area.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the Strawberry Resort Hotel in the Cameron Highlands (or similar).
In the heart of the Cameron Highlands Day 6 – The Cameron Highlands

Day 6 – The Cameron Highlands In the heart of the Cameron Highlands

  • After breakfast, you will leave to visit the region of the Cameron Highlands, which used to be a holiday location for the British in colonial times.
  • Today, you will discover the art of cultivating tea by visiting a tea plantation like Sungai Palas.
  • You will learn everything about this intriguing plant and, if you want, you can even taste this fascinating product.
  • During this trip, you will discover the rose gardens and Cactus Valley, and visit a butterfly farm.
  • Your steps will lead you to the local villages of the Semai.
  • In the afternoon, you will leave for a short hike through the forest to a little waterfall.
  • On the way back, you will stop off at local markets where you can discover the delicious assortment of fruit and vegetables the region has to offer.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the Strawberry Resort Hotel in the Cameron Highlands (or similar).
Kuala Lumpur is yours! Day 7 – The Cameron Highlands / Kuala Lumpur

Day 7 – The Cameron Highlands / Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur is yours!

  • After a delicious breakfast, you will leave the Cameron Highlands for Kuala Lumpur.
  • You will travel along the wild, green roads of Malaysia.
  • On the way, you will stop off at a workshop where they make baskets.
  • You will also take a walk to the lovely Lata Iskandar Waterfalls and visit a typical local village.
  • 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.
  • Stroll through the different neighbourhoods of this city: the colonial centre, Merdeka Square, the bustling Chinatown, the peaceful Lake Gardens, the trendy neighbourhood of Bangsar Baru, etc.
  • 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.
  • This visit will provide you with an overview of the entire city: between sophisticated modernism and charming colonial residences.
  • Lunch included and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night at the Radius Hotel in Kuala Lumpur (or similar).
Kuala Lumpur welcomes you with open arms! Day 8 – Kuala Lumpur

Day 8 – Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur welcomes you with open arms!

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, you will leave to spend the day visiting the city of Kuala Lumpur.
  • You will be able to see:
    • 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!

    • 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.
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • The Kuala Lumpur Tower

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

    • Little India

      , which 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 9 – Malacca / Kuala Lumpur

Day 9 – Malacca / Kuala Lumpur A day in Malacca

  • Have breakfast in your hotel.
  • This morning, leave to spend the day visiting

    Malacca.

    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.

  • You will discover these must-see sites:
    • 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 Kuching Day 10 – Kuching

Day 10 – Kuching Arriving in Borneo and visiting Kuching

  • In the morning, take the plane to Borneo: the mythical island with extraordinary flora!
  • We will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
  • Spend a free afternoon getting to know the capital city of Sarawak and enjoying your first glimpse of Malaysia.
  • This small dynamic, cosmopolitan city is the gateway to the Sarawak region. You will love its diversity, the lively hustle and bustle, and the wonderful arts and crafts it has to offer.
  • Here are all the options of visits or activities from which you can choose:
    • Chinatown

      , which is comprised of beautiful shops dating back to colonial times, in addition to Chinese temples. Walk under Harmony Arch and enter this exotic neighbourhood.

    • Little India

      is a small neighbourhood made up of a few streets with many colourful houses and lively shops. This neighbourhood never stays still.

    • The banks of Sungai Sarawak River are a good place for a stroll along the lawns, the flowerbeds and the little restaurants.
    • Sarawak Museum will help you understand the wonderful story of the region’s indigenous people and natural treasures.
    • A stone’s throw away, you can also visit the Art Museum and the Natural Science Museum.
    • The Islamic Museum is a must-see if you want to learn about the different sides of this religion, from weapons to art.
    • The

      Weekend Market

      starts Saturday evening and ends at noon on Sunday. Livestock, spices, piles of fruit and vegetables – this lively market is worth seeing!

    • Cats are everywhere!

      Somewhat kitsch statues of the animal after which the city was named are scattered here and there.

    • For animal-lovers, the Cat Museum houses all sorts of objects connected with cats.
    • The Main Bazaar

      : the main street in the town centre is lined with many shops, in which you will find everything you need! It is the best place to buy souvenirs.

    • River cruise: you can choose to take a cruise on the river to see the sunset.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the Harbor View Hotel in Kuching (or similar).
The must-see Bako Park Day 11 – Bako National Park

Day 11 – Bako National Park The must-see Bako Park

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, you will leave for

    Bako National Park.

    This must-see park is the oldest park in Sarawak. It is located on a beautiful peninsula that juts out into the South China Sea. You will arrive at the park after a lovely little boat trip, during which you can enjoy the beautiful vista.

  • The park offers the opportunity for many

    hikes

    .

    Indeed, it is criss-crossed by 17 sign-posted hiking trails, that go all the way to the tip of the peninsula. Let the fauna and flora take your breath away: the park is home to an estimated 37 kinds of mammals, 24 kinds of reptiles and 184 kinds of birds. In the peat bogs, through the twists and turns of the rainforest, you will catch a glimpse of long-tailed macaques, grey langurs, mangrove monitors, palm squirrels, proboscis monkeys and snakes, etc.

  • The beaches of Bako are also home to many beauties, such as the amazing rock formations of Telok Pandan Kecil, including the Bako Sea Stack nearby, as well as Telok Pandan Besar and Telok Sibur.
  • The park is covered with many

    mangroves

    , which make for a spectacular setting. Trees that grow up out of the water, large expanses of greenery, soaring towards the sky. Pontoons enable you to get closer to this impressive ecosystem, and a few hiking trails run along this singular ecosystem.

  • In the evening, you will return to Kuching.
  • Lunch included and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the Harbor View Hotel in Kuching (or similar).
On Batang Ai Lake Day 12 – Batang Ai Park

Day 12 – Batang Ai Park On Batang Ai Lake

  • Breakfast.
  • Leave Kuching for Batang Ai National Park, which you will reach after a 4-hour trip and a visit of Serian Market.
  • In the south of the Sarawak, a stone’s throw from the Indonesian border, there is a mythical, extraordinary place.
  • A lake with a magical name that recalls the glory of people from ancient cultures who chose to live in this remote area: the Batang Ai. The many backwaters that are connected to the lake are inhabited by one of the most emblematic tribes of Borneo:

    the Iban.

    The blue-grey tattoos inked over their bodies bear witness to their past as head-hunters, warriors and hunters. They know every inch and all the resources of the dense jungle, which they have managed to tame. They will take you to their village in a small wooden log-canoe. During this extraordinary boat trip, just above the water surface, as you become one with nature, you will pass through age-old remote landscapes that have never been touched by man. The paradise of the orangutans, the giant trees of the canopy line the waterways. The vast clouds are reflected in the deep blue waters. Time seems to have come to a standstill. Enjoy this undeniably moving experience.

  • After a two-hour boat ride, you will reach the Iban village. The children of the tribe, playing in the water, will greet you with visible joy and laughter.
  • You will stay in a lodge, beside the Nanga Sumpa longhouse.
  • The lodge is secluded in the middle of the forest and is only separated from the Iban longhouse by a bridge.
  • This wooden lodge makes for perfect ecofriendly accommodation. It is mindful of nature and welcomes you with simple, yet warm authenticity.
  • For all those who want to experience a real adventure in the heart of the jungle and meet the tribes of Borneo.
  • After dinner, you will be welcomed into the

    Nanga Sumpa longhouse.

    The longhouses, built out of wood and standing on stilts, are the traditional houses of the Iban. Their name comes from the fact that they are long, proportionately narrow buildings that house the entire tribe. All the families live together within the longhouse, but they still have their own living areas. You will be presented to the Iban Chief who will invite you to introduce yourself and to partake in a glass of a fermented rice beverage with him. Once you have been initiated into the tribe, you will be able to walk around the longhouse to your heart’s content and observe the lively hustle and bustle within. The inhabitants are lovely and very curious. Don’t hesitate to communicate with them using smiles, words, looks and gestures. They are very friendly and will welcome you with open arms to introduce you to their culture.

  • Lunch and dinner included.
  • Spend the night in the Nanga Sumpa Lodge, in the heart of the jungle.
A day in the Iban jungle Day 13 – Batang Ai Park

Day 13 – Batang Ai Park A day in the Iban jungle

  • After a delicious breakfast, you will leave to go hiking in the heart of the jungle in Batang Ai National Park.
  • You will walk by the river until you reach the lovely Enseluai Waterfall.
  • You can take the time to relax in these idyllic surroundings, swim in the waterfall’s clear waters, and explore the jungle around you.
  • You can even try fishing like the Iban!
  • After this lovely day, spent being at one with nature, you will return to the lodge for dinner. You will enjoy the traditional local cuisine.
  • After the meal, you will have another opportunity to spend the evening with the Iban in their longhouse.
  • Lunch and dinner included.
  • Spend the night in the Nanga Sumpa Lodge, in the heart of the jungle.
From Batang Ai to Kota Kinabalu Day 14 – Batang Ai Park / Kuching / Kota Kinabalu

Day 14 – Batang Ai Park / Kuching / Kota Kinabalu From Batang Ai to Kota Kinabalu

  • After breakfast, leave for Kuching Airport in the morning. You will once again take a log-canoe across Batang Ai Lake.
  • At the airport, 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.
  • Taste the local delicacies, like the sayur mani fern and roti canai pancakes.
  • 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 15 – Mount Kinabalu

Day 15 – 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 16 – Sandakan / Sepilok / Kinabatangan River

Day 16 – 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.
Oxbow Lake Day 17 – Kinabatangan River / Sandakan

Day 17 – Kinabatangan River / Sandakan 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 return to Sandakan.
  • Lunch and dinner included.
  • Spend the night in the Sabah Hotel in Sandakan (or similar).
The turtles of Turtle Island Day 18 – Sandakan / Turtle Islands / Sandakan

Day 18 – Sandakan / Turtle Islands / Sandakan The turtles of Turtle Island

  • After breakfast, you will take a boat to the

    Turtle Islands

    , an archipelago comprised of three islands, which is 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Sandakan.

    This idyllic archipelago is very famous, as it is there that the famous green turtles lay their eggs all throughout the year. You will therefore be sure to see some of these natural wonders. However, please keep in mind that the best month to see them is October, when up to 50 turtles a day come to the islands.

  • In order not to frighten the turtles, visits are limited, and the park rangers will guide you toward a specific turtle, in the evening.
  • The rangers, who take part in the turtle conservation programme, help the baby turtles to reach the sea, preventing them from being devoured by predators.
  • Apart from the turtles, the islands are the perfect place for a relaxing day: swimming and snorkelling are the order of the day!
  • In the evening, you will return to Sandakan.
  • Lunch and dinner included.
  • Spend the night in the Sabah Hotel in Sandakan (or similar).
Visiting the city of Sandakan and leaving for London Day 19 – Sandakan

Day 19 – Sandakan Visiting the city of Sandakan and leaving for London

  • 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.
  • 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 be taken to the airport and fly to London, via Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.
Arrive in the UK Day 20 - London
Arrive in the UK
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Day 20 - 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.

Meeting the Iban of Batang Ai

Meeting the Iban of Batang Ai

Meeting the Iban of Batang Ai

A legendary, extraordinary place A lake with a magical name that recalls the dignity of the people from ancient cultures who chose to live in this remote area: the Batang Ai. The Iban longhouse is secluded in the middle of the forest. You will spend a few hours or more – depending on the programme you have selected – with the Iban, who will not only welcome you into their homes, but will also introduce you to their culture and share with you their experience of the old-growth forest!

In the heart of Bako National Park

In the heart of Bako National Park

In the heart of Bako National Park

You will arrive at the Bako Park after a lovely little boat trip, during which you can enjoy the beautiful vista. The adventure starts on the beach: adventure out onto the sign-posted hiking trails in this beautiful forest, part of which consists of mangroves, to look for different kinds of monkeys, from proboscis monkeys to macaques.

Rickshaw in the streets of Penang

Rickshaw in the streets of Penang

Rickshaw in the streets of Penang

Take a fun, original trip through the streets of the city as you go back in time to Penang’s colonial age. Add to your visit of the island by riding in a rickshaw that will take you through the maze of streets in Georgetown.

Visiting a Batik factory in Penang

Visiting a Batik factory in Penang

Visiting a Batik factory in Penang

Marvel at the ancestral method of manufacturing the fabric and scarves that are so popular in Europe nowadays. Batik is a fabric with patterns often incorporating flowers or bright colours. Batik has been practised for over a thousand years.

Visiting a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands

Visiting a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands

Visiting a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands

Discover the origins of tea, the wonderful daily herb that the English love so much, as you see it green and in the grass!

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

Hotel G - Penang

Hotel Penang/Georgetown

Hotel G - Penang

This hotel, which combines modernity, comfort and elegance, is a beautiful creation that pays tribute to modern and contemporary design. The splendid lobby is furnished with carefully chosen designer furniture.

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.

Harbor View - Kuching

Hotel Kuching

Harbor View - Kuching

The Kuching Harbour View Hotel is a famous hotel. Its rooms are equipped with satellite television, telephone, iron and ironing board, bathroom and air conditioning.

Nanga Sumpa Lodge - Batang Ai

Hotel Batang Ai Park

Nanga Sumpa Lodge - Batang Ai

Nanga Sumpa Lodge is one of the Eco Lodges in the middle of the forest. It is made of wood and built near an Iban longhouse and is basic. It is respectful of nature, but it still has all the basic amenities.

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.

Sabah Hotel - Sandakan

Hotel Sandakan

Sabah Hotel - Sandakan

This Sandakan hotel is conveniently located in the city centre. The Sabah Hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24/7. A free breakfast is served every day. The leisure facilities include a sauna, a fitness centre and a Turkish bath.

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)
  • The meals mentioned in the detailed itinerary
  • Entrance to the parks mentioned in the programme
  • Breakfast
  • 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
  • Hiking equipment: sleeping bag, shoes, appropriate clothing
  • Meals and activities not included (please see the detailed itinerary)

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

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