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Singapore, Malaysia & Borneo's Orangutans


The treasures of Malaysia and the wilds of Borneo

The jungle landscape of Borneo is home to some of the planet's most precious wildlife. This small group tour offers you the chance to explore its secrets, and uncover the complex history and culture of the Malaysian peninsula. Visit two of Asia's most futuristic cities, the historic colonial enclave of Malacca, and the secluded hill stations of the Cameron Highlands, and round off your tour with a relaxed stay in George Town on the idyllic island of Penang. It's the perfect introduction to South East Asia, and an unforgettable opportunity to come face to face with two iconic endangered species - the orangutan and the sun bear.

Singapore, Malaysia & Borneo Tour Highlights

  • Discover the glittering former British trading post, Singapore
  • Visit the city's exquisite Botanical Gardens
  • Try some of the world's best street food in the city's hawker centres
  • Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Search the riverbanks for wildlife as you cruise along the Kinabatangan River
  • Stay in a jungle lodge beside the river
  • Spend three nights in Kuala Lumpur, one of the world's most extraordinary cities
  • Explore Melaka's UNESCO-listed Chinatown
  • Visit the sacred Batu caves on your way into the cool, green landscape of the Cameron Highlands
  • Visit a tea plantation, a tea factory and a butterfly farm
  • The ornate Chinese clanhouses of George Town and the island paradise of Penang

What does the price include?

  • 13 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in Singapore (2 nights), Sandakan (1), beside the Kinabatangan River (2), Kuala Lumpur (3), in the Cameron Highlands (2) and George Town, Penang (3)
  • Two nights on the aircraft
  • Five lunches and three dinners
  • Return flights to Singapore via Kuala Lumpur (returning from Penang)
  • A flight from Singapore to Sandakan via Kuala Lumpur (returning to Kuala Lumpur)
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Malaysia and Borneo Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Malaysia

Fly overnight from the UK to Kuala Lumpur, and then on to Singapore.

Day Two: Fly to Singapore

Meet your Tour Manager at Singapore airport and transfer to your hotel, then rest and relax after your journey.

Day Three: Included Singapore guided tour

Today's sightseeing tour of Singapore will introduce one of South East Asia's most dynamic metropolises. Here the traditional influences of the city's varied past still remain, in Little India, China Town and the Colonial District crowned by famous Raffles Hotel, alongside the sparkle of Orchard Road's malls and futuristic Marina Bay.

See the city's astonishingly futuristic Gardens by the Bay and elegant Botanic Gardens, then spend the afternoon exploring. Why not take a cable car to Sentosa Island, wander historic Collyer Quay and Clifford Pier, enjoy local street food in one of the city's hawker centres or enjoy a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel?

Day Four: Fly to Borneo

This morning you'll fly to Kuala Lumpur and on to Sandakan in Sabah, at the northern end of the island of Borneo. Once here you'll take a short coach ride to the eco-friendly MY Nature Resort for an overnight stay amid the ancient rainforest. Rest and relax, take a dip in the pool, stroll the wooden walkways through the canopy looking for signs of the local monkeys, birds and flying squirrels. An in-house guide will lead an optional Night Walk after dinner, and explain the sounds of the jungle at night.

Day Five: Included Sepilok Nature Resort tour and Kinabatangan River cruise

The world-renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is dedicated to the protection of the "man of the forest". Watch the resident apes being fed, find out how the Centre's work protects the orangutan population, and stroll through the forest on the marked trails, before heading to the equally fascinating Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where the smallest of the world's bear species are cared for.

After a hugely enjoyable morning, we'll take to the languid waters of the Kinabatangan River and cruise to Abai Jungle Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Enjoy lunch at the lodge, then join your guide for a sunset cruise. Keep an eye out for wildlife hidden in the dense vegetation, as well as the extraordinary sight of congregating fireflies as darkness falls. After dinner at the lodge you'll have another chance to explore on a guided night walk.

Day Six: Included Pitas Lake wildlife cruise

Let the amazing sounds of a jungle morning wake you for another wonderful day. Cruise to Pitas Oxbow Lake to watch pygmy elephants and monkeys at play. Join villagers in a tree-planting project, and enjoy lunch with them before another exciting wildlife cruise this afternoon.

Day Seven: Cruise to Sandakan and fly to Kuala Lumpur

Spend a final morning enjoying Abai Jungle Lodge and its surroundings, then cruise back to Sandakan for lunch and your return flight to Kuala Lumpur and the first of three nights in the heart of the astonishing Malaysian capital.

Day Eight: Included Kuala Lumpur guided tour

Get to know this extraordinary metropolis, which rises out of the dense jungle and overflows with the contrasting cultures - Chinese, Malay, Indian and British - that have shaped it since its foundation in 1859. See the soaring twin Petronas Towers, the striking fusion of European and Asian architectural styles of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the pristine lawns and Mock Tudor cricket club of Merdeka Square.

After the tour you're free to explore. Take to the monorail for a scenic ride through the city, see the carefully protected Malay enclave of Kampung Baru or browse the stalls of Chinatown's colourful night market.

Day Nine: Included Malacca city tour and river cruise

Head south to the ancient coastal city of Malacca (now called Melaka). Here 600 years of history have shaped a vibrant, beautiful city, from the red pillars of Chinatown and the Dutch colonial Stadthuys to the fortified Porta de Santiago gateway and the churches of St Peter and St Paul (one-time burial place of Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier). Your day also includes a fascinating cruise on the Melaka River and lunch at a local restaurant, before you return to Kuala Lumpur.

Day 10: Coach travel into the Cameron Highlands

Bid farewell to the city and head north into the verdant Cameron Highlands, via the Hindu shrine at Batu Caves, watched over by a towering statue of Murugan the Hindu god of war. Check in to your hotel, then relax in the welcome cool of your new surroundings.

Day 11: Included tea plantation visit

Today you'll journey through the rolling landscape of the hill station, past the little fruit and vegetable farms that supply the colourful morning market in the station's main town, Tanah Rata, to a tea plantation and factory. Your fascinating day also includes visits to a butterfly farm and the Time Tunnel museum, which chronicles the resort's history, as well as traditional afternoon tea and scones before you return to the hotel.

Day 12: Coach travel from the Cameron Highlands to Penang

We'll head back down to the Malaysian coast, today, and cross to George Town on the island of Penang for a final three nights of blissful rest and relaxation. On the way we'll pass Ipoh, one of Malaysia's most attractive colonial cities, and laid-back royal seat Kuala Kangsar, with its striking Ubudiah mosque.

Once checked in to your hotel you'll be free to enjoy your first evening in George Town.

Days 13-14: Explore George Town

See the vast statue of the Reclining Buddha, the ornate facade of the Khoo Kongsi Chinese clanhouse, the Chinese Clan Jetties that jut out from the city's south eastern shoreline, and streets lined with historic temples and colonial buildings on an included tour of George Town.

You'll also have the chance to join an optional Penang Island Tour to discover the idyllic fishing villages, famous Snake Temple and Penang Bridge - one of the longest bridges in South-East Asia - and to visit the Penang Batik Handicraft Centre to learn how Malaysian Batik is made.

Alternatively, simply relax by the pool and soak up the last of the Malaysian sunshine.

Day 15: Fly to Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy a final day at leisure in Penang, before transferring to the airport this evening for your overnight return flight to the UK, travelling via Kuala Lumpur.

Day 16: Arrive home

Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a marvellous Asian adventure.

Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo Touring Hotels 

You will be staying in a series of good hotels, of at least a European three-star standard.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.

Passports and visas

British citizens require passports when travelling overseas and this must be valid for six months beyond the date you return. If you are not a British citizen, you may need a visa for the country/countries you are visiting (please contact the respective embassies to check and to apply).

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

On your flight

All flights travel overnight and land at your destination the next day. On-board meals will usually be dinner and breakfast. All drinks are complimentary.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Road Conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

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