What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners, including a jungle forage
    12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners, including a jungle forage
  • 11 nights’ accommodation based on sharing twin-rooms and 1 night in a quad room.
    11 nights’ accommodation based on sharing twin-rooms and 1 night in a quad room.
  • All activities included, from river safari and jungle kayak to adventure caving<br />
    All activities included, from river safari and jungle kayak to adventure caving
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • 4 x flights to Mulu National Park, Sandakan & Kota Kinabalu
    4 x flights to Mulu National Park, Sandakan & Kota Kinabalu
  • Private minibus throughout
    Private minibus throughout

Get up close with wild orangutans and meet Malaysia’s endangered sun bears, See monkeys, elephants and more on a river safari, kayak through the rapids of a jungle waterway and travel deep into the Borneo rainforest. Sample city life in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, go caving in Mulu National Park, and bed down in remote jungle camps. End your adventure with the sand between your toes and an epic beach sunset over the sparkling South China Sea.

Brace yourself for our adventure around Borneo, it’s not for the fainthearted. We’ll get up close with endangered wildlife, kayak rainforest rivers and venture into the heart of the jungle in a traditional longboat while searching for wild elephants, monkeys, crocodiles and more; but to really capture the magic of this wild slice of Malaysia we’ll be heading deep into the country’s dense interior jungles and passing through some of the oldest remote rainforests in the world on foot. The temperatures are tropical, the humidity is no joke, and we’ll spend our nights hopping between plush boutique hotels and rugged jungle camps where it’s all about getting back to basics. If you’re looking for a fly and flop vacay this isn’t it, but if you’re ready to tick Borneo’s thrilling junglescape off your bucket list you’ve come to the right place! We’ll begin our 13-day adventure touching down in the dynamic city of Kuching, before heading straight into the jungle for a spot of rainforest kayaking along languid rivers and through adrenaline-pumping rapids. We’ll go seriously off-grid travelling deep into Borneo’s Ulu Ai region, spotting wild orangutans and spending time with the Iban community of Nanga Sumpa, before bedding down in longhouse jungle camps with the sound of the rainforest to lull us to sleep. We’ll test our stamina while caving deep in Mulu National Park, then hop from one side of Borneo to the other, sampling city life in Kota Kinabalu and visiting the sun bear sanctuary in Sandakan. We’ll take to the water for a river safari to spot wild proboscis monkeys, more great apes, shy pygmy elephants and a cacophony of colourful jungle birds, before rounding off the trip with a taste of Bornean beach life and epic sunsets on the edge of the South China Sea. Flashpackers, welcome to the jungle…

  • Spot wild orangutans on epic jungle treks through the rainforests of Sarawak and Sabah
  • Go seriously ‘off-grid’ travelling along the Ulu Ai and deep into Borneo’s interior regions
  • Spot monkeys, pygmy elephants, crocodiles and more on river safari through the Rainforest
  • Meet the locals in Nanga Sumpa and get a rare glimpse into traditional Iban life
  • Stay in beautiful rainforest retreats and bed down in rugged in jungle camps
  • Watch an epic sunset with the sand between your toes at Borneo’s famous Tanjung Aru luxury beach hotel.
  • Kayak through the jungle tackling thrilling water rapids and go caving deep in Mulu National Park
  • Get up close with rescued sun bears and orangutans at Borneo’s precious wildlife sanctuaries

Itinerary

Day 1: HELLO KUCHING

Touch down in Kuching and spend the day exploring Borneo’s most dynamic city before we head into the rainforest tomorrow. Get your first look at the winding Sungai Sarawak, soak up the bustle and culture of the Capital, and then get to know your fellow Flashpackers over a beer at a local bar.

Step off the plane into the heart of Kuching, the capital city of Malaysia’s Sarawak state, and prepare for an adventure into the wilds of Borneo. No matter what time you arrive there’ll be a private transfer waiting to whisk you from the airport to your boutique hotel steeped in Kuching history—this is your home for the next two nights. If you touch down early start exploring Borneo’s most dynamic city with your fellow Flashpack early birds. Soak up the Capital’s prime location sandwiched between dense jungle and the winding Sarawak River, get your first taste of the bustle of Kuching’s city life, and adjust to the humid tropical heat. Later, meet up with your full Flash Pack gang and get to know each other over beers at a local bar.

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Sarawak State

kuching-waterfront

kuching-waterfront

Day 2: FIRST JUNGLE FORAY

Start the day getting up close with orangutans at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, then prepare for your first foray into the jungle as we kayak along the Semadang river tackling thrilling water rapids, before cooling off with a swim in fresh mountain waters and a riverside picnic.

Rise and shine Flashpackers, it’s your first full day of adventure in Borneo. We’ll kick things off with breakfast at the hotel then travel the short distance from Kuching to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, a rehabilitation reserve that’s home to over 20 orphaned or rescued orangutans. See these incredible apes swinging through the rainforest and if you’re lucky, dropping in for a free meal at one of the reserve’s feeding zones. Next, it’s time to buckle up and grab your paddle as we pump up the adrenaline on a 11km river kayak. We’ll drive 30 minutes to the village of Kampung Bangoh for a peaceful start along the Semadang river, this is your chance to savour the beauty of the jungle and dense canopy as you glide along languid waters, before working up a sweat as we tackle the river’s thrilling bursts of energetic Class 1 and Class 2 rapids. We’ll stop at a Bidayuh village along the way where you can cool off with a swim in fresh mountain waters and tuck into a tasty picnic lunch, before we finish our water ride downstream at the village of Kampung Semadang. Once we’re on dry land we’ll head back to the hotel where you’ll have the chance to relax, before heading out for a group dinner at a nearby restaurant in Kuching. You’ll have no doubt worked up quite the appetite so get ready to feast on delicious Malaysian cuisine.

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Mother orangutan and cub in a natural habitat.

semenggoh

Day 3: JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF BORNEO

prepare to go seriously off-grid as we swap city life in Kuching for the beauty of Borneo’s remote interior region. Kick back as we hit the road to drive four hours to Batang Ai, where we’ll hop aboard a longboat and glide deep into Iban heartland. Bed down in a jungle lodge on the banks of the Delok River, and fall asleep to the sounds of the rainforest’s nightlife.

Flashpackers, prepare to go seriously off-grid. Today we’ll be travelling up river and up country heading into Borneo’s forested interior regions and deep into the heartland of the Iban community, where we’ll spend the next few days exploring the beauty of the Ulu Ai (Ai River), spotting wild orangutans and getting a rare insight into Iban local life. Our journey begins with a four-hour drive from Kuching to Batang Ai. Along the way we’ll stop off to explore the bustle of local bazaars and tuck into lunch at one of the market towns scattered along our route, but this is a great opportunity to kick back with a good book and just enjoy the ride. Once we’ve arrived at Batang Ai we’ll jump aboard a longboat and travel along the river for another 1.5 hours. You’ll want to pack away your book for this part of the journey–however gripping it might be! We’ll glide past incredible views of the rainforest and junglescape, watching the tree-lined river narrow as we get closer to Nanga Sumpa. Here we’ll bed down at an incredible jungle lodge on the banks of the Delok River, which sits alongside a traditional Iban longhouse. The rooms are quad-share, and come with western-style toilets and showers, mosquito nets and fans. We’ll share a dinner of chicken, fish, rice noodles and fresh jungle vegetables, before drifting off to the sounds of the jungle’s nocturnal choir.

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Batangai

Batangai

Batangai

Important notes

Fly into: Kuching International Airport (try to arrive before 2pm)

Fly out of: Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

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Trip Dates

1 Feb 2019
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22 Feb 2019
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