Malaysia & Borneo in 13 Days
Between Rainforests & Orangutans
All your dreams of tropical wildlife and culture-filled cities come true on this journey through the wild treasures of Malaysia. Touch down in Kuala Lumpur and live the high-life at the Petronas Towers. In Borneo, go in search of the mysterious Orangutans in one of the last virgin paradises left on earth, with unbeatable biodiversity. Look out for Proboscis monkeys and relax in Damai Beach.
13 days trip including flights*
11 days and 10 nights in destination
NYC - KUL
NYC - KUL
KUL - NYC
KUL - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Ready to set off on your Malaysian adventure? Arrive at your US departure airport, ready for a flight* to Kuala Lumpur. Night on board.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur and transfer to hotel. This federal capital and largest city in Malaysia embraces modernity with its skyscrapers whilst still retaining its most traditional customs and religions. It's known for its high-end restaurants, exquisite cuisine, British-colonial landmarks and a charming urban environment. Spend the day discovering the city at your leisure, or relaxing after your journey, admiring the sweeping skyline! Get some rest ready for tomorrow's exploration. Overnight stay in Kuala Lumpur.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an exciting city tour of Kuala Lumpur. Take an iconic photo at the impressive Petronas Twin Towers, the city's most recognisable landmark. Discover the splendour of the King's Palace and Parliament House before delving into the city's glorious past at the National Museum.* Visit the National Monument at Lake Garden, the perfect spot for a photo and pass by the awe-inspiring National Mosque and the Railway station. Soak up the ambience of Independence Square and get to know the local craftspeople at the handicraft centre. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Why not indulge in some shopping or kick-back by the pool. Overnight stay in Kuala Lumpur.
* Entrance to National Museum not included and optional. The National Museum is closed during the Hari Raya Puasa festival (12 - 13 June 2021 & 2 - 4 May 2022, dates subject to change).
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on a delightful tour of the rural scenery of Kuala Lumpur. Visit a pewter-ware demonstration centre and Batik factory to learn about this traditional crafts before heading to the famous Batu Caves where you can climb the 272 multi-coloured steps to the iconic cave temple! The rest of the day is at your leisure to get stuck into fast-paced Kuala Lumpur life at Bukit Bintang, filled with high-end malls and charming street food stalls. Alternatively, indulge in a cocktail with a view at the famous rooftop bar in the Petronas Towers for an unforgettable slice of luxury. Overnight stay in Kuala Lumpur.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Kuching, the gateway to the jungles of Borneo. Arrive in Kuching and transfer to the hotel, spending the rest of the day relaxing of exploring this romantic city, filled with galleries, museums and charming narrow streets selling local wares. Overnight stay in Kuching.
After a hearty breakfast, embark on a city tour of Kuching. Admire Fort Margherita from the waterfront and discover a number of historical buildings such as the City Hall, Colonial Courthouse and General Post Office for a glimpse into Kuching's fascinating past. One of the highlights of the tour is Tua Pek Kong Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Kuching and the Urang Sarawak exhibition, located in the Sarawak Museum. Watch local life as you pass through different Malay villages and fall for the charms of colorful India Street. Stroll along the waterfront of the Sarawak River, a hive of activity. Foodies will be in heaven with a gastronomic adventure on Kuching Street where you can taste Sarawak Laksa, a favourite of the late Anthony Bourdain. Cool off with an ice-coffee and speciality dishes of the Foo Chow Chinese community. After a busy day of sightseeing, the rest of the afternoon is free at your leisure. Why not sit in one of the river-side cafes and watch the world go by? Overnight stay in Kuching.
Get ready for an unforgettable day of adventure with breakfast at the hotel. Today, come face-to-face with the famous Orangutans of Borneo! Set off to Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, a natural sanctuary for orphaned or rescued Orangutans who are taught how to survive on their own in the jungle. Walk along different trails and spot these beautiful creatures in their semi-wild environment. You'll enjoy feeding time as much as the Orangutans as you see them play and interact with each other. Be amazed by how similar they are the humans, after all, they are known as the 'men of the jungle'! Return to Kuching and stop at a traditional Pottery Workshop, where you can admire the nimble work of the artisans or purchase some unique hand-made souvenirs. Return to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day relaxing. Overnight stay in Kuching.
Breakfast at the hotel before enjoying a day at your leisure to experience Kuching your own way! Culture vultures can explore the numerous museums and galleries, whilst foodies can sample the flavours of Malaysia in the local street food markets. If you happen to be a cat-lover, don't miss out on the quirky Kuching Cat Museum, dedicated to our feline friends! We recommend an optional excursion to Bako National Park.* Overnight stay in Kuching.
* Optional Excursion to Bako National Park: Set off in the morning to Malaysia's oldest national park, located in the mysterious Sarawak forest. Explore Mangrove Groves, home to Proboscis Monkeys, long-tailed Macaques, Silver Leaf Monkeys and Bearded Pigs. Explore the idyllic environment and enjoy an included lunch.
Please note: the optional tour to Bako National Park is subject to weather conditions. Bad weather and rough sea conditions are more likely between November and February, but it is possible the tour will be replaced by a trip to the Gunung Gading National Park at any time of year if the weather conditions are unsuitable.
Tuck into breakfast at the hotel. Head north, out of the city into the verdant rainforest and untouched countryside of the Sarawak region. Here you can discover the fascinating Sarawak Cultural Village, a unique, award-winning living museum offering an excellent introduction to local cultures and lifestyles. It is located at the foothill of the legendary Mount Santubong on the South China Sea, so the perfect location for a memorable day... and lots of photos! Here, communities live and work in the village, creating handicrafts and traditional meals for visitors. Observe the lifestyle, arts, crafts and music of 7 major cultures of Sarawak and enjoy a fascinating dance performance at the village theatre. Continue towards to coast until you reach Damai Beach, a natural paradise of sandy beaches and rainforest. Check-in at the hotel and begin your laid-back stay on the coast. Overnight stay in Damai Beach.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and enjoy a day at your leisure in gorgeous Damai Beach. Take a refreshing dip in the pool, treat yourself to an indulgent massage or laze on the beach, admiring the landscape and enjoying a well-deserved moment of bliss. What could be better than sipping on a tropical cocktail watching the sunset? We recommend an optional day trip to Satang Island.* Overnight stay in Damai.
* Optional Satang Island Day Trip: Enjoy a day exploring Satang Island by boat. This Sarawak National Park is known for its amazing marine life. Spend the day enjoying the different islands and swimming and snorkelling in the clear water. Lunch included.
Please note: the optional tour to Satang Island Day Trip is only available from mid of April to October.
Set yourself up for the day with a delicious breakfast before transferring to Kuching airport for a flight back to Kuala Lumpur. Arrive in Kuala Lumpur and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, doing some last-minute shopping, doing some sightseeing or taking some time to relax before your journey home. Overnight stay in Kuala Lumpur.
Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.*
* If your flight departs in the morning, you may arrive back in the US the same day.
** If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Arrive in the US, filled with memories of the landscapes, culture and warm hospitality of Malaysia.
Check out our latest departure dates now to find your perfect Malaysian adventure!
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will always be replaced by one of the same, or a higher category.
Included activity for day 3 in Kuala Lumpur
Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx
Kuala Lumpur City Tour
Visit the impressive Petronas Twin Towers, discover the King's Palace and the Parliment House before delving into the National Museum. Pass by the National Mosque, the Railway station and the Independence Square and end up at the handicraft centre.
What's included: Petronas Twin Towers (Photo stop), Handicraft Center, Cocoa Boutique, King's Palace (Photo stop), National Monument (Photo stop), National Museum (Entrance fee not included), National Mosque drive pass, Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Included activity for day 4
Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx
Countryside & Batu Caves Tour
Visit a pewter-ware demonstration centre and Batik factory to learn about this traditional crafts before heading to the famous Batu Caves where you can climb the 272 multi-coloured steps to the iconic cave temple.
Included activity for day 6
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx
Kuching City Tour
Discover a number of historical sites and buildings such as the Fort Margherita, City Hall, Colonial Courthouse, General Post Office and more for a glimpse into Kuching's fascinating past.
Included activity for day 7
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:45 Approx
Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Center & Pottery Workshop
Visit a natural sanctuary for orphaned or rescued Orangutans. Walk along different trails, spot these beautiful creatures in their semi-wild environment and end the tour at a traditional Pottery Workshop.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 8
Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx
Bako National Park
Set off in the morning to Malaysia's oldest national park. Explore Mangrove Groves, home to Proboscis Monkeys, long-tailed Macaques, Silver Leaf Monkeys and Bearded Pigs, and enjoy an included lunch.
Suggested activity for day 10
Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Satang Island Day Trip
Enjoy a day exploring Satang Island by boat. Spend the day enjoying the different islands and swimming and snorkelling in the clear water. Lunch included. Excursion available from mid April to October.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US departure airports.
- International flights: US - Kuala Lumpur - US.
- Internal flights: Kuala Lumpur - Kuching - Kuala Lumpur. *more information
- 10 nights hotel accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 10 Breakfasts. **more information
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- English speaking guide.
Entrances, drinks, tips, tourist and departure tax* and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Tourist Tax in Kuala Lumpur (Approx. $4 per room, per night).
* Please note: Malaysia implements a departure levy: You will be required to pay approx. $5 per person to leave the country if you are flying in Economy class. For all other flight classes, you can expect to pay around $35 per person.
* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.
** Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
- Entry requirementsPassport with a minimum of six months validity.
- VisaNo entry visa is required.
- CurrencyMalaysian Ringgit
- Electricity240 V. 50 Hz
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
- Time zoneUTC + 08:00.
- Tourist Office websitehttp://www.tourism.gov.my
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.
Exoticca Travel Stories
Creating unforgettable memories, one traveler at a time
They impressed us with the package they had put together
A good holiday is one where you enjoy the experience and broaden your knowledge, plus feel it was worth the long haul flights to a new destination and this holiday certainly ticked all the boxes.