Borneo Wildlife Explorer and Langkawi Beaches

Duration 14 days
Ideal time to visit March–October
Price guide
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Trip highlights

  • Take in local culture in Kota Kinabalu
  • Go wildlife spotting along the Kinabatangan River
  • Observe orangutans and Malayan sun bears
  • Explore the pristine rainforest of Danum Valley
  • Spot pygmy elephants and clouded leopards in the wild
  • Escape to the beaches of Langkawi

Bespoke trips with Jacada

We design one-of-a-kind journeys incorporating luxury in all its forms. Our bespoke trips include:

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Privately guided tours
  • Private transfers
  • Meticulously selected experiences
  • Expertise and support from your Jacada Concierge
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  • Days 1-4 Kota Kinabalu
  • Days 4-8 Sandakan
  • Days 8-10 Danum Valley
  • Days 10-11 Kuala Lumpur
  • Days 11-14 Langkawi
Borneo Wildlife Explorer and Langkawi Beaches
Price guide
  • Days 1-4 Kota Kinabalu
  • Days 4-8 Sandakan
  • Days 8-10 Danum Valley
  • Days 10-11 Kuala Lumpur
  • Days 11-14 Langkawi

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1-4

The best of Kota Kinabalu in three days

Your luxury trip starts with three days in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysian Borneo’s Sabah state. Spend your days unwinding at the pristine beaches, venture to the offshore islands and dive into the depths to discover a mesmerising underwater world teeming with marine life. Or opt for a tranquil boat ride along the coastline for breathtaking vistas. Finally, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of local towns, where lively markets offer a glimpse into the heart of Sabah.

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By night

By day

Kota Kinabalu by night

Experience a delightful evening atop scenic Signal Hill, where you can witness the breathtaking sunset. Explore the vibrant night market, filled with an array of handicrafts and curios for you to peruse and purchase. After indulging in some shopping, treat yourself to a sumptuous seafood dinner, savouring the fresh flavours of the ocean. As the night unfolds, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Kota Kinabalu with a captivating traditional dance performance.

Penampang cultural tour

Dive deep into the cultural tapestry of Borneo, where Malay, Chinese and indigenous influences intertwine seamlessly. Embark on a journey that takes you through temples, churches and markets, each a vibrant reflection of the traditions and spiritual beliefs that define this region.

Then, set sail down the river, embracing the tranquil scenery as you make your way to the Monosopiad Cultural Village. Here, delve into the fascinating history of Borneo, including the intriguing customs surrounding headhunting, gaining insight into the region’s unique past and cultural practices.

Days 4-8

Days in Sandakan

Spend the next few days taking in the natural wonders of Sandakan. Journey into the lush rainforest to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where you’ll have the opportunity to observe these incredible creatures up close as they roam freely in their natural habitat. Then venture deep into the heart of Borneo’s wildlife paradise with a cruise along the Kinabatangan River.

Trip highlights

On land

By water

Orangutan and Sun Bear excursion

Witness two of the region’s most iconic and endangered species in their natural habitats.

You’ll have the rare opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures up close as they swing through the trees, forage for food, and interact with one another in their forested enclosure.

You’ll also encounter another of Borneo’s iconic species: the sun bear, the smallest bear species in the world.

Kinabatangan River tour

Prepare to be captivated by the sheer diversity and abundance of wildlife as you navigate the meandering waters of the Kinabatangan River, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.

Your journey begins as you set sail on a comfortable river cruise boat, offering panoramic views of the lush rainforest canopy and tranquil waters below. Marvel at the sight of pygmy elephants, the smallest elephant species in the world, as they gather along the river to drink and play.

Days 8-10

Two days exploring the Danum Valley

Spend two days with an English speaking guide exploring the remote Danum Valley, home to the rare Sumatran rhinoceros, elephants,  clouded leopards, Orangutans and over 275 species of birds. During your stay you will enjoy a nature presentation, canopy treetop walks, dips in waterfall pools and tubing through the valley.

Days 10-11

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur

Explore the bustling metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, a potent blend of the old and new. For your time here, our Concierges will recommend and arrange privately guided excursions, and restaurant reservations to see the best the city has to offer.

Dinner and cultural show in Kuala Lumpur

Experience an enchanting evening by exploring an atmospheric temple and wandering through the vibrant open-air bazaar of Chinatown. Afterward, enjoy a delectable traditional Malay buffet dinner followed by a traditional cultural show.




Days 11-14

Days in Langkawi

Spend leisurely days lounging on Langkawi’s sun-kissed beaches, take a dip in the crystalline waters and soak up the island’s tranquil ambiance under swaying palm trees.

Sunset dinner cruise

Step aboard a luxurious yacht and cruise along the stunning coast of Langkawi, where you can soak in the breathtaking sunset views.

“Happy Borneo‌”

From the minute Joyce got our email, she was efficient, contacted us to see if there were any special requirements ( which there were due to disability), and organised everything we needed. We thought we wouldn’t be able to do some of the excursions, but everything was planned to perfection. I can only highly recommend Joyce and Jacada Travel, and…

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Why book with Jacada

Personalised design

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