Borneo

Borneo: Beyond The Ordinary 14 days

Designed to venture off the well-travelled tourist path, our Beyond The Ordinary itineraries are ideal for those wanting to discover a side to the country that most visitors haven't even heard about. We’ve thrown in a few key sites for good measure, as let’s face it they’re ‘key’ for a reason, but this isn’t a fly and flop holiday for the masses: it’s about exploring and experiencing real life.

If you dream of adventure deep in Borneo’s legendary rainforest, Borneo: Beyond The Ordinary is for you.

After a couple of leisurely days in Kuching, the adventure begins! Heading deep into Sarawak’s wilderness you will spend three days enjoying the hospitality of the Iban ‘headhunters’, staying overnight in the longhouse, mingling with the community and learning about their traditional lifestyle.

Return to the (relative) bright lights of Kuching for a night, followed by a night in Kota Kinabalu, where we recommend you make the most of the hotel facilities, before four days exploring Sabah’s Lost World - the Maliau Basin. Facilities are basic and the trekking is challenging, but this is a once in a lifetime experience and the stuff that memories are made of.

The trip concludes at one of Kota Kinabalu’s beach resorts, where there is time to recuperate and reflect on your experiences.

Not enough R&R time? If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme speak to your Selective Asia consultant about extending your stay. We can tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Highlights

  • Venture into Sabah’s Lost World, exploring one of Borneo’s most remote and least visited regions.
  • Spend the night in a longhouse and experience first-hand the Iban lifestyle that has remained unchanged for generations.
  • Spot wildlife in its natural habitat at Bako National Park - the oldest National Park in Sarawak.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 45 - 6
First Class$4,000$3,638$3,128

Limetree Hotel

Conveniently located on the riverbank in Kuching, the Limetree Hotel is very well placed for exploring Sarawak’s intriguing capital before heading off for your adventures...
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Iban Longhouse

In our opinion, an important part of any holiday in Sarawak is a visit to a traditional Iban longhouse. Often housing as many as 20 …
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Jesselton Hotel

Located on historic Gaya Street in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, the Jesselton provides an elegant, comfortable and superbly convenient base from which to explore Sabah's state capital...
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Maliau Basin Studies Centre

Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC) is the facilities hub of MBCA, comprising of visitor accommodation and a restaurant as well as labs and research buildings. Accommodation is basic but clean & comfortable, with shower facilities...

Ginseng Camp

Built on stilts above the forest floor Ginseng camp is basic, with generator supplied electricity for limited hours, toilets & cold water showers, and can accommodate up to 20 people in bunk beds...

Beringgis Beach Resort

Located on the white sand of Kinarut Beach and facing the South China Sea, Beringgis Beach Resort offers comfortable and affordable accommodation...
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Superior$4,339$4,039$3,467

Pullman

The Pullman Kuching is the new leader in the limited range of deluxe of hotels in Kuching. Located in the heart of the city, with many of Kuching's highlights...
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Iban Longhouse

In our opinion, an important part of any holiday in Sarawak is a visit to a traditional Iban longhouse. Often housing as many as 20 …
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Hyatt Regency

The newly refurbished Hyatt Regency has become a serious player in Kota Kinabalu's hotel market, offering high quality accommodation and facilities in a prime location facing the waterfront...
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Maliau Basin Studies Centre

Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC) is the facilities hub of MBCA, comprising of visitor accommodation and a restaurant as well as labs and research buildings. Accommodation is basic but clean & comfortable, with shower facilities...

Ginseng Camp

Built on stilts above the forest floor Ginseng camp is basic, with generator supplied electricity for limited hours, toilets & cold water showers, and can accommodate up to 20 people in bunk beds...

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Not satisfied with being just a world-class beachside hotel, the Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is also home to a private nature reserve and an eco-friendly championship golf course...
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Deluxe$4,446$4,120$3,574

Hilton Kuching

Situated on the banks of the Sungai Sarawak River, the Hilton Hotel has great views not only of the river but, from its higher floors, much of the surrounding city as well...
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Iban Longhouse

In our opinion, an important part of any holiday in Sarawak is a visit to a traditional Iban longhouse. Often housing as many as 20 …
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Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort is absolutely stunning, easily holding its own against its sister property, the Rasa Ria…
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Maliau Basin Studies Centre

Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC) is the facilities hub of MBCA, comprising of visitor accommodation and a restaurant as well as labs and research buildings. Accommodation is basic but clean & comfortable, with shower facilities...

Ginseng Camp

Built on stilts above the forest floor Ginseng camp is basic, with generator supplied electricity for limited hours, toilets & cold water showers, and can accommodate up to 20 people in bunk beds...

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Not satisfied with being just a world-class beachside hotel, the Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is also home to a private nature reserve and an eco-friendly championship golf course...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • Love the rainforest and want to include more wildlife spotting? You may wish to consider a night or two in Danum Valley, staying at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. There are some excellent treks in the vicinity, and the lodge boasts its very own rainforest canopy walk. The area has a well deserved reputation for being one of the best places to view Borneo's wildlife.
  • As an alternative to the beaches near Kota Kinabalu, Gaya Island lies just off the mainland - easily reached by boat - and boasts some great diving and snorkelling opportunities.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
*Please note: During certain activities in Borneo you may share your local guide with other guests of the lodge(s).

Please note: During high season periods such as Easter, Christmas, July and August, hotels in Borneo levy a surcharge, and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You may require a visa to enter Borneo. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Steve - Selective Asia consultant

'Maliau Basin is not for the faint-hearted. You need to be fit enough to trek for 6 hours a day in high humidity and your travel insurance policy MUST cover Emergency Helicopter Evacuation. But this is a totally unique experience in one of Asia's least explored rainforests...'

Steve - Borneo tailor-made specialist
Borneo: Beyond The Ordinary