19D 18N Epic Borneo Overland Tour

Explore Kuching, Batang Ai, Brunei & Sandakan

Authentic Cultural Experience

See the Borneo Big 5

This is a fascinating Borneo overland tour through Malaysian Borneo and Brunei Darussalam. Start your adventure in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak and end it in Sandakan, Sabah. A day trip to the sultanate kingdom of Bandar Seri Begawan slots between Sarawak and Sabah. Each stopover highlights the uniqueness they have to offer. While some point to point travel requires either air or sea travel, 80% of the journey occurs on land.

Tour Highlights

You will see incredible wildlife - the Borneo Big 5

Experience tribal culture of Sarawak coastal tribes

Indulge in delicious food

Immerse in the flora and fauna of the national parks

Swim or snorkel in crystal clear water

Visit the water villages of Brunei Darussalam

Experience the cold air of Kinabalu Park

Pamper yourself at Poring Hot Springs and a fish spa

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Trip Details


  • Adult (13+): MYR 23,000.00
  • Children (3-12): MYR 17,250.00
  • Young Children (0-2): MYR 6,900.00
  • Single supplement (for solo travelers who do not wish to share room): MYR 1,900

Departure Time

8 AM

Meeting Point

Kuching Airport or Hotel

Tour End

Sandakan Airport



  • February 18th – March 7th
  • March 24th – April 11th
  • April 21st – May 9th
  • May 19th – June 6th
  • June 23rd – July 11th
  • July 21st – August 8th
  • August 25th – September 12th
  • September 22nd – October 10th
  • October 20th – November 7th
  • November 17th – December 5th
  • December 22nd – January 9th, 2025

Contact us if the planned dates don’t fit your schedule and you would like to customize your tour to an alternative date.


19 days, 18 nights

Group Size

2 to 6 persons


  • Join-In Tour with Transportation & English Speaking Guide
  • Meals are provided as stated
  • Domestic flight from Mukah – Miri, with 25kg luggage
  • Domestic flight from Miri – Kota Kinabalu, with 25kg luggage

Twin sharing room:

  • 2 nights @ Kuching Imperial Riverbank Hotel 3* or similar
  • 1 night Maludam Hotel 1* or similar
  • 1 night Ulu Sarikei Longhouse (Basic Accommodation)
  • 1 night Sibu Kingwood Hotel 4* or similar
  • 2 nights Lamin Dana Homestay (currently under renovation) or Mukah Kingwood Hotel 3* or Similar
  • 2 nights Kingwood Boutique Hotel Miri 4* or Similar
  • 1 night @ Labuan Point Hotel 3* or similar
  • 2 nights Tempurung Golden Beach Resort
  • 2 nights @ Kota Kinabalu Dreamtel Hotel 3* or similar
  • 1 night @ Sabah Tea House
  • 1 night @ Sepilok Jungle Resort
  • 2 nights @ Bilit Adventure Lodge

Tour Excursion:

  • Bako National Park
  • Maludam National Park
  • Ulu Sarikei Longhouse
  • Sibu Heritage and Market Tour
  • Miri Piasau Nature Reserve Tour
  • Niah Cave National Park
  • Brunei Day Tour
  • Labuan Half-Day Tour
  • Firefly Boat Cruise
  • Pulau Tiga Island trip
  • Kota Kinabalu Heritage Walk
  • Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Spring (Canopy Walk and Hot Spring)
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre & Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Sandakan City Tour
  • Kinabatangan River Cruise

Not Included

  • International Flight Connection to Borneo (ie. Kuching and Kota Kinabalu)
  • Tipping / Gratuity is at your discretion
  • Camera / Video Fees at certain site visits
  • Medical / Travel Insurance
  • Hotel accommodation after the tour ends (not included)
  • Any other item(s) not in the tour itinerary

What to Bring

  • Multiple sets of spare casual clothing, including long trousers and shorts, hat / cap, swimming costumes, sandal and extra walking shoe;
  • Personal care: small towel, toiletries, personal medication, sunscreen, mosquito repellent;
  • Camera and chargers, dry bag, torch light, sunglasses;
  • On day trips, bring snacks and extra mineral water even though we do provide mineral water;
  • Passport with 6 months validity and spare pages (additional immigration check at Sarawak’s entry points) and travel insurance details.

Tour Staff

At different locations on this long trip, we use a combination of local guide, park guide and community guide who are most willing to share their knowledge of local culture and the remarkable diversity of local fauna and flora so that you will have plenty of information about your journey, and at the same time ensure safety and Great FUN in this beautiful island. One passionate local English Speaking guide will serve up to a maximum of 6 guests.

Good to Know

  • Reservation required 3 days in advance
  • Suitable for families and visitors of all ages

Important to Know

Options for departing Mulu are Mulu (MZV) – Kuching (KCH) on MASWings MH3753 (Dep 1455, Arr 1630) and Mulu (MZV – Kota Kinabalu (BKI) on MASWings MH3254 (Dep 1455, Arr 1645).

All tours are subject to weather conditions and may be amended without notice to suit the prevailing conditions at the time of tour.

This tour is available with minimum of 2 pax to go. Should you be only 1 person, we will wait for at least one other to join the tour to guarantee the departure.

What You'll Do

Arrive at the Kuching International Airport and transfer to your first hotel in Borneo. Spend the first day in Kuching, the “City of Cat,” exploring its historical quarters and museums at your own pace. The next day, visit Bako National Park, one of Borneo’s oldest national parks, by a 20-minute boat cruise to the Bako Peninsula where you can explore its forests and wildlife. Enjoy a day of trekking through the rainforest and spend the day spotting proboscis monkeys, wild boars, exotic birds, and snakes. Lunch is included at the park canteen.

Accommodation: Kuching Imperial Riverbank Hotel 3* or similar
Meals: 1 Breakfast (Day 2), 1 Lunch (Day 2)

Drive along the Sarawak coastal way and immerse yourself in local culture and traditions as you visit a Chinese Temple and Malay fishing villages. We’ll take a 1-hour drive to Beliong jetty, where a traditional sampan boat will whisk you across the Samarahan River to Beliong Island, a hidden gem nestled amidst mangroves. Here, vibrant communities of Malays, Chinese, and Iban, along with the Beliong Temple, paint a picture of a once vibrant coastal settlement.

As we continue northeastward, we’ll cross two significant rivers, one via a 1.48-km long bridge and the other on a unique 2.8-km car ferry crossing, before arriving at Kampung Hilir Maludam, a peaceful Malay fishing village, where we’ll check into a local hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon experiencing the warm hospitality of the locals and exploring the quaint Malay fishing village. If it’s the time of the season, we will be able to watch jellyfish and dry fish processing in the local village during the kampong walking tour. Take part in a Malay traditional baking class in the neighborhood and learn age-old techniques to create delicious local delicacies. We then join a family dinner with our local host for a full experience of a traditional Malay fishing village.

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Accommodation: Maludam Hotel 1* or similar

Today, explore Maludam National Park for its iconic wildlife. After breakfast, take a 2-hour boat ride to discover Maludam National Park, where the iconic proboscis monkeys with their bulbous noses swing through the trees. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Red Banded Langur, a testament to the park’s biodiversity.

After the cruise, you will do a 3-hour scenic overland journey to visit Ulu Sarikei Longhouse to meet your Iban longhouse host. Take part in local farm activities such as rubber tapping and pepper processing. Hike to a nearby waterfall and exchange stories with the longhouse folks over dinner. Sleep on a mattress under a mosquito net in the simple longhouse accommodation.

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Accommodation: Ulu Sarikei Longhouse

Drive to Sibu and try out some of the local favorite street food at a local hawker center. Join the Sibu Heritage Trail and visit the bustling Sibu market, one of the largest in Malaysia. Take a leisurely stroll on a beautiful esplanade alongside one of the longest rivers in Borneo; the Rajang River. Enjoy the modern town of Sibu in a local restaurant before settling into the comfort of Sibu Kingwood Hotel.

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Accommodation: Sibu Kingwood Hotel

Embark on an immersive journey along the Rajang River to Mukah, where time seems to have stood still. Cruise the Igan River and experience the Melanau way of life as the boat stops to pick up goods and passengers. Learn about the Melanau people’s customs, hierarchy, and craft in Kg Tellian. Go for a leisure boat cruise along the Tellian River to witness traditional cottage industries. End the day with a stroll on Kaul Beach and a seafood dinner.

On the second day, Visit a local sago processing center, a cottage industry that produces sago pearls the traditional way. Visit the bustling fish market and witness how fishmongers prepare Umai (raw fish). Visit other cottage industries in the area such as Tebaloi (sago biscuit) making. Visit Lamin Dana Handicraft Center to learn and understand Melanau handicraft. Learn the art of batik printing using sago starch and nipah leaves craft making.

Accommodation Day 6-7: Lamin Dana Homestay
Meals: 2 Breakfasts (Day 6, 7), 2 Lunches (Day 6, 7), and 2 Dinners (Day 6, 7)

The next day, depart to Mukah Airport for a short flight to Miri. Upon arriving at Miri, the journey continues with a visit to the Piasau Nature Reserve. This is an opportunity to spot the storied resident Oriental Pied Hornbill couple before checking into your hotel. On Day 9, explore the natural wonders of Miri by heading to Niah National Park, the home to the oldest human remains in Southeast Asia. This breathtaking rainforest has a rich diversity of plants, animal life and ancient caves with paintings. End your adventure with a local lunch in Niah town before returning to your hotel in the city of Miri.

Accommodation Day 8-9: Miri Imperial Palace Hotel 4* or Similar
Flight: Mukah – Miri (MH 3552) 13:55 – 15:00
Meals: 2 Breakfasts (Day 8, 9), 2 Lunches (Day 8, 9)

The tour crosses international borders today for a visit to Brunei, a wealthy country with a rich petroleum industry.

We go on a day trip to the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan — home to the Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and a 16th-century royal barge replica. Delve into the history of Brunei with a visit to the Brunei National Museum and The Royal Regalia Center.

Before we head for lunch at a local restaurant, we make a photo stop at Kampong Ayer (Water Village). In the afternoon, we return to Miri via a  2-hour overland transfer. Feel free to discover Miri City at your own pace on the remaining day. Dinner free and easy at your own expense.

Accommodation Day 10: Miri Imperial Palace Hotel, 4 stars
Meals: Breakfast (Day 10), Lunch (Day 10)

After breakfast at the hotel, we head to Miri airport for departure flight out to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival to Kota Kinabalu, take a transfer to Tempurung Golden Beach Resort.

The next day, we go for a visit to Pulau Tiga Park, also known as Survivor Island for its ascent to fame through the reality TV series. The island offers beautiful landscapes and marine life, and we can swim or snorkel.

After lunch, we return to Kuala Penyu jetty and enjoy a late lunch at Tempurung Golden Beach Resort. In the evening, we embark on a firefly boat trip in the Klias River mangroves, where we can spot proboscis monkeys and long-tailed macaques.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on both days

Flight: Miri to Kota Kinabalu  (AK 6072 14:40 (MYY) – 15:30 (BKI)

Accommodation: Tempurung Golden Beach Resort, 1 star or similar

Day 11:

  • Fly from Miri to Kota Kinabalu, then get ready for some marine discovery
  • Transfer to Tempurung Golden Beach Resort
  • Overnight stay in peaceful beach chalet at Tempurung Golden Beach Resort

Day 12

  • Visit Pulau Tiga Park (Survivor Island) of the reality TV series, ‘Survivor’ fame
  • 30-minute boat ride from Kuala Penyu Town jetty to island
  • Swim or snorkel in clear turquoise waters
  • Light refreshments served on island
  • Jungle trekking to mud volcano for mud bath
  • Boat transfer back to Kuala Penyu jetty
  • Late lunch at Tempurung Golden Beach Resort
  • Firefly boat trip in the mangroves of Klias River. There are chances of spotting proboscis monkeys and long-tail macaque
  • Traditional fish dinner at restaurant near jetty
  • Free time to relax and explore deserted beaches
  • Seafood steamboat dinner at the beach patio of the resort after sunset beach walk.

Accommodation Day 11-12: Tempurung Golden Beach Resort

Flight: Miri to Kota Kinabalu  (AK 6072 14:40 (MYY) – 15:30 (BKI)

Meals: 2 Breakfast (Day 11, 12), 1 Lunch (Day 12), and 2 Dinners (Day 11, 12)

Experience the rich history of Kota Kinabalu on a guided heritage walk. Stroll along the city’s streets and landmarks, each with a story dating back to before and after the 2nd World War and; post-independence days. Enjoy local flavours with a lunch stop at a local eatery before souvenir shopping at the waterfront. Each guest will receive a copy of the KK Heritage Guidebook to continue their exploration of the city’s vibrant past.

Accommodation Day 13-14: Dreamtel Hotel 3* or similar
Meals: 2 Breakfasts (Day 13, 14) and 2 Lunches (Day 13, 14)

Experience the beauty and history of Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Springs on this full-day tour. Visit the WWII War Memorial Park and local market before soaking in the natural hot springs and trekking to the Canopy Walkway. End the day with a unique spa treatment at the Sungai Moroli Fish Spa and dinner at Sabah Tea Garden.

Accommodation Day 15: Sabah Tea Resort 3* or similar
Meals: 1 Breakfast (Day 15), 1 Lunch (Day 15) , and 1 Dinner (Day 15)

Drive a 3.5-hour journey overland to Sepilok, near Sandakan, to check into the resort at Sepilok. After lunch, proceed to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for the 1400hrs feeding time before visiting the nearby Sun Bear Conservation Centre and the Rainforest Discovery Centre. The main highlight is its 363m long canopy walkway which is one of the best places in Borneo to spot the many endemic Borneo bird species. After that, relax or go for a swim in the jungle lodge pool. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Accommodation Day 16: Sepilok Jungle Resort
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Explore the diverse wildlife and culture of Sabah, Malaysia on this 4-day portion of your Borneo overland tour. From the stunning Kinabalu Park to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Kinabatangan River, experience the best of Borneo’s nature and wildlife. Indulge in local cuisine and immerse in the history and culture of Sandakan city. This adventure-packed tour is perfect for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

Accommodation Day 17-18: Bilit Adventure Lodge
Meals: 2 Breakfasts (Day 17, 18), 2 Lunches (Day 17, 18) and 2 Dinners (Day 17, 18)

Today the tour concludes. After breakfast you will be transferred to Sandakan airport. 

Meals: 1 Breakfast

Good To Know
  • We recommend guests bring your own refillable water bottles and avoid using one-off plastic water bottles.
  • During our tours, we recycle wherever possible, and try to keep our waste as low as possible. We discourage the use of plastic bags, and suggest that you bring your own dry bag or small waterproof backpack.
  • Check out OUR RESPONSIBLE TOURISM COMMITMENT.(opens in a new tab)
  • Please do not take pieces of coral or other endangered plant life home as a souvenir.

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