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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 Kota Kinabalu, 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 Borneo and visiting Kota Kinabalu Day 2 – Kota Kinabalu

Day 2 – Kota Kinabalu Arriving in Borneo and visiting Kota Kinabalu

  • Land at Kota Kinabalu 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 of Sarawak,

    Kota Kinabalu

    , and enjoying your first glimpse of Malaysia.

    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; although you can always marvel at the outside.
    • 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. The beach-fronts have been fitted out with large lawns, on which you can have a picnic, as do many Malay families.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the Promenade Hotel (or similar).
In Kinabalu Park Day 3 – Mount Kinabalu National Park

Day 3 – Mount Kinabalu National Park 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.
  • Led by a nature guide, you will start exploring the park and admire the surrounding flora and fauna as you walk through the forest.
  • Lunch and dinner included.
  • Spend the night in the Kinabalu Lodge (or similar).
Starting to climb Mount Kinabalu Day 4 – Mount Kinabalu

Day 4 – Mount Kinabalu Starting to climb Mount Kinabalu

  • After breakfast, your experienced guide will accompany you as you start climbing the famous

    Mount Kinabalu.

    High above the lush forests of Sabah, the crenellated peak of Kinabalu is surrounded by clouds and teases those who would attempt to climb it. 4,095 meters high (13,435 feet), Mount Kinabalu is a legendary peak for hikers, as it boasts extraordinary landscapes, fauna and flora. The challenging climb all the way up this granite monster is slightly softened by the colours and curves of the orchids, the rhododendrons and the climbing plants that grow around the canopy... until you are finally rewarded by the sunrise at the top.

  • The climb takes place over two days and one night.
  • The first day consists of a 5 to 6 hour climb, in the heart of the rainforest. The difference in levels is drastic, so you need to be in good shape for this hike. The path is made up of uneven steps, so it is important to take your time. Take many breaks and make sure you drink a lot, as the humid heat makes the first part of the climb very tiring.
  • In the middle of the day, you will arrive at Laban Rata Lodge, where you will relax, have dinner and spend the night.
    This break is very enjoyable as all hikers stop off there. It is the perfect place to meet people and enjoy friendly conversations about your trip. It is also the opportunity to get some of your strength back and to understand the bonds of solidarity that are created by sharing the same adventure.
  • Lunch and dinner included.
  • Spend the night at Laban Rata Lodge on Mount Kinabalu.
At the top of Kinabalu, 4,095 meters (13,435 feet), above the clouds... Day 5 – Mount Kinabalu

Day 5 – Mount Kinabalu At the top of Kinabalu, 4,095 meters (13,435 feet), above the clouds...

  • You will need to get up very early, in the middle of the night, around 2 a.m., for the last part of the climb: the aim is to arrive at the top just before dawn. This night climb, which starts at 3 a.m., is lit up by torches, and is also quite tricky: the rocks can be quite slippery, and you will need to use a rope for part of the climb.
    In addition, it is also quite cold: don’t forget to bring everything you need and to dress appropriately.
  • After all these efforts, you will enjoy a spectacular view from the top! The view is unobstructed, bright and clear. Above you, a few clouds brush the mountain, covering it in a coat of white cotton.
  • You will have breakfast at the top before starting to climb back down

    Mount Kinabalu

    .

    This mythical summit, where you will find a friendly, united and warm atmosphere can be reached by anyone who is in good shape! A wonderful experience, even for those who have never climbed before.

  • In the morning, if you don’t feel like relaxing, you can choose one of these optional activites:
    • Braving the

      “Via Ferrata”

      : in this case, you will go down Mount Kinabalu until you reach the Sayat Sayat Hut, where you will meet up with your climbing teacher. The Via Ferrata on Mountain Torq is the highest in the world. It starts at 3,411 meters (11,190 feet) and finishes at 3,776 meters (12,388 feet) above sea level. It is 1.2 km (0.75 miles) long and it takes 4 to 5 hours to walk the length of this athletic route. You need to be in good shape for this hike, although novices who are not scared of heights or climbing can safely partake in this experience.
      After this, you will start climbing down until you reach the entrance to the park.

    • Relaxing 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 afternoon, you will leave Mount Kinabalu Park for Kota Kinabalu.
  • Lunch included and dinner at your leisure in Kota Kinabalu.
  • Spend the night in the Promenade Hotel in Kota Kinabalu (or similar).
Orangutans and proboscis monkeys Day 6 – Sepilok / Sukau

Day 6 – Sepilok / Sukau 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 encouter, 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 7 – Kinabatangan River / Oxbow Lake

Day 7 – Kinabatangan River / Oxbow Lake 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 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 8 – Sandakan / Kota Kinabalu

Day 8 – Sandakan / Kota Kinabalu 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 Kota Kinabalu.
  • You can spend the day at your discretion, discovering Kota Kinabalu.
  • Lunch included and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the Promenade Hotel in Kota Kinabalu (or similar).
Leaving for London Day 9 – Kota Kinabalu

Day 9 – Kota Kinabalu Leaving for London

  • Breakfast.
  • A free day to enjoy the rest of your time in Malaysia. Since your flight is in the evening, you can spend the day making last-minute purchases or enjoying the seafront. You can also take an optional trip to an island.
  • Keep in mind that, if you want to stay longer in Malaysia, everything is possible! Don’t hesitate to read our “Extensions” section so you can enjoy more of Malaysia, whether it be its cultural, seaside or more adventurous attractions!
  • In the afternoon, you will be taken to the airport and fly to London, via Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.
Arrive in London Day 10 - London
Arrive in London
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Day 10 - London Arrive in London

  • Arrive in London in the early morning.
  • 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

Climbing Mount Kinabalu

Climbing Mount Kinabalu

Climbing Mount Kinabalu

The climb takes place over two days and one night. The difference in levels is drastic, so you need to be in good shape for this hike. At the top of Mount Kinabalu, on this mythical summit, you will find a friendly, united and warm atmosphere! A wonderful experience, even for those who have never climbed before.

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.

Suggested Activities

Via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu

Via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu

Via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu

At the top of the mountain, follow an original climbing route along the granite walls. A guaranteed adrenalin rush! This path of ramps, cables and ladders on the top of the mountain is an additional climb that lasts several hours!

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.

Kinabalu Lodge - Kinabalu Park

Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Kinabalu Lodge - Kinabalu Park

A small, clean and basic lodge that many hikers use as a base to explore the Park or to climb Mount Kinabalu! The lodges have satellite TV and a tea/coffee tray.

Laban Rata Lodge - Mount Kinabalu

Hotel Mount Kinabalu

Laban Rata Lodge - Mount Kinabalu

The small Laban Rata Lodge can house at most 150 tourists per day and is located at an altitude of 3,353 metres (11,000 feet). You will arrive after a long hike and relax there.

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!

    • Climbing Mount Kinabalu

      Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia and a legendary peak for hikers and amateurs of fauna and flora.
      The highest point is the Low Peak, which stands at 4,095 metres (13,435 feet) .
      You will climb up the Southern face. Although it is a relatively “easy” climb, you will still need to be in good shape and to have undergone some training before hand, in particular to avoid acute mountain sickness.
      Even if you have never climbed before, you can still safely partake in this experience.
      Just keep in mind that you should always be careful and never overestimate your strength. Walk slowly, take breaks and catch your breath! But what pride and happiness once you reach the top! A great taster for inexperienced hikers.
      The climb usually takes place over two days and one night, even though it is possible to do it in one day. The first part takes 5 to 6 hours. You will hike up a steep path, with a strong difference in levels, made up of uneven steps, in the heart of the forest. The second part takes place on a bed of granite.
      Equipment and Materials:
      In order to ensure your climb takes place in the safest conditions possible, we recommend you bring the proper equipment. Don’t forget that, although it may be 28C° at the bottom, it gets quite cold at the top, especially when you are climbing at night!
      You must therefore bring:

      • For your head: A wool, fleece or Goretex hat or balaclava, a sun hat or cap, category 3 or 4 sunglasses and a scarf.
      • For your upper body, the three-layer system: Synthetic fibre underwear (not cotton), a technical fibre shirt, preferably with long zip-off sleeves, a loose fleece (avoid micro fleece for this climb as it is not warm enough), a strong breathable waterproof Goretex jacket that can protect you from the snow, the wind and the rain (preferably with an adjustable hood), a rain cape or poncho (compulsory: since Borneo is close to the equator, it is likely to rain!)
      • For your legs: A pair of summer trousers in breathable technical textile, synthetic tights.
      • For your hands: Waterproof breathable gloves or mittens.
      • For your feet: Warm wool, silk or synthetic fibre socks, high-quality, waterproof ankle-high hiking boots with good traction, padded collar and breathable membrane.
      • For your back: A hiking backpack with an appropriate carrying system.
      • To sleep: A down or synthetic mummy sleeping bag adapted to your size. Check the comfort temperature, which should be between -5 °C and -10 °C depending on your sensitivity to cold, and a fleece or silk liner.
      • To help you: Hiking poles (optional), a head lamp, a pocket knife (make sure it goes into your hold luggage when you travel), a survival blanket, binoculars, a compass, a lighter, an altimeter (optional), a drinking flask.
      A first-aid kid with essential supplies (non-exhaustive list):
      • Plasters, aspirin, cotton, gauze and bandages, rolls of surgical tape, iodized alcohol, antiseptic, painkillers (paracetamol), anti-inflammatory medicine for bruises and sprains, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, sunscreen, moisturising anti-UV lip balm, small scissors, water-purifying tablets, mosquito and insect repellent, healing ointment, Biafine-style cream to soothe burns and sunburn, Elastoplast plasters to protect your feet before the hike.
      For your comfort:
      • Small toiletry case: biodegradable soap, shampoo and toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, "no rinse” gel to wash your hands, small microfibre towel , wet wipes to refresh yourself, Ziploc waterproof bags (to protect your important documents such as your passport, your money or electronic devices), plastic bags/bin bags (to protect your things from the rain if necessary, or to hold your dirty clothes), binoculars to enjoy the scenery.
      The entire Planetveo/MalaysiaVeo team wishes you a pleasant climb. We would however like to take the opportunity to remind you that this is not a leisurely climb: do not overestimate your strength, walk slowly and take your time. If you feel any worrying symptoms, take it easy and rest, or climb back down if you have to!


  • 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)
  • Full board, unless the detailed itinerary mentions otherwise
  • Entrance to the parks mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers
  • An experienced English-speaking mountain guide
  • Domestic flights with Malaysia Airlines, in economy class
  • The 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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