20 Days Grand Tour of Malaysia & Borneo

Malaysia Tour

Mix and match Peninsula Malaysia and the island of Borneo with this all-encompassing trip that unveils natural beauty and captivating cities.

Your tour of the Malaysian Peninsula begins in the cosmopolitan capital of Kuala Lumpur, a diverse city where an amalgamation of designs, cultures and cuisines blend beautifully together. Take a walk around the handsome colonial district of Merdeka Square before grabbing a bite to eat in nearby Chinatown. A day trip south to Melacca allows you to experience the old-world charm of the busy trade city, where you can visit a handful of historical relics including fortresses and temples. Visit the Cameron Highlands and the Belum Rainforest before stopping in Penang - your final destination on the peninsula. Your flight takes you to Kuching, capital of Sarawak on Borneo. This stylish city is perfect for wandering, as multi-cultural delights lie around every corner. Borneo is thriving with nature, and a boat ride on the Damai Peninsula will see you search for the curious Irrawaddy Dolphin, as well as crocodiles who live on the banks of the mangrove forests. No trip to Borneo would be complete without a visit to an Orangutan Sanctuary. A walking tour allows you to witness the animals in their lush jungle habitat. Complete your holiday with a stay at a resort in coastal Karambunai, where you can enjoy some well-deserved beach time.

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  • Day 1 Kuala Lumpur - Malacca

    Arrive at KL International Airport before transferring to Malacca. 

  • Day 2 Malacca - Kuala Lumpur

    Breakfast at the hotel. At around 0900 hrs, proceed for a city tour of Malacca. See the ruins of the A Famosa fortress, the Dutch Square and walk across the bridge over the Malacca River to stroll...

  • Day 3 Kuala Lumpur

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a morning city tour of Kuala Lumpur, including: a drive through the lake gardens, with stops at the National Mosque and Independence Square; from there, a...

  • Day 4 Kuala Lumpur - Cameron Highlands

    Breakfast at the hotel. At 0830/0900 hrs, depart for Cameron Highlands, with a stop at Batu Caves, the most important Hindu Temple in Malaysia. The caves are located few kilometres from Kuala...

  • Day 5 Cameron Highlands

    After breakfast at the hotel, explore the many interesting sights of this area. Visit the tea plantation & tea factory to learn about the tea making process; relax with a cup of tea whilst...

  • Day 6 Cameron Highlands - Belum

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Belum. Stop along the way at the Sam Poh Tong or Perak Tong Cave Temple, Buddhist temples carved into a limestone outcrops. Stop for lunch in Ipoh, and pass...

  • Day 7 Belum

    After breakfast at the hotel, at around 0900 hrs proceed for a full-day excursion to explore the Belum Forest on foot and by boat. Belum is one of the oldest and most pristine rainforests in...

  • Day 8 Belum - Penang

    After breakfast at the hotel, at around 0900 hrs depart for Penang. On the way, stop at Bujang Valley, a sprawling historical site located in the foothills of Gunung Jerai, and the richest...

  • Day 9 Penang - Kuching

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Penang Airport and depart for Kuching. Upon arrival, meet and welcom eat Kuching Airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in.At 1400 hrs, depart for a...

  • Day 10 Kuching - Damai Peninsula

    Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and depart for an approximate 45-minute drive to the beach of the Damai Peninsula where you will board a speedboat and...

  • Day 11 Kuching - Batang Ai

    After breakfast the hotel, depart for the Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, situated about 30 minutes’ drive from Kuching. It provides a rare opportunity to be at close range with the...

  • Day 12 Batang Ai

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart from the resort where you will board the longboat for an amazing journey through the lake and the crystal-clear streams to the visit the natives of Borneo. On...

  • Day 13 Batang Ai - Kuching

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart from the resort by ferry/boat to the jetty and return to Kuching city with a stopover at Ranchang Pool Waterfall for lunch; then transfer back to your hotel in...

  • Day 14 Kuching - Kota Kinabalu

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Kuching International Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu, transfer to the hotel and check in. After lunch, proceed for...

  • Day 15 Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu National Park

    After an early breakfast at the hotel, at 0730 hrs depart for Poring Hot Spring (approximately 3 hours’ drive). On the way, pass by small towns and villages until stopping at Nabalu Fruit Market for...

  • Day 16 Kinabalu National Park - Sandakan

    After an early breakfast at the hotel, depart for Sandakan across the ridges of the Crocker Range, passing native villages and oil palm estates among others. After lunch at a local restaurant,...

  • Day 17 Sandakan - Sukau

    Breakfast at the hotel. At 1100 hrs, depart Sepilok and transfer to the jetty in Sandakan followed by an hours boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River sanctuary where you will take your...

  • Day 18 Sukau - Karambunai

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart overland to Gomantong Birdnest Caves. Explore the largest bird's nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of bats and swiflets. The nests of the swiflets are...

  • Day 19 Karambunai

    Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure. Overnight.

  • Day 20 Depart Karambunai

    Breakfast at the hotel. The day is at leisure, until check-out and transfer to the airport.


Kuala Lumpur has an equatorial climate defined by hot year round temperatures and abundant rainfall. The Titiwangsa Mountains in the west and the mountainous Indonesian island of Sumatra to the east offer protection to the city and influence its climate. The southwest monsoon rain hits between September and April but rainfall is not too high throughout the season. The best time to visit is between June and August, when the weather is driest.

The higher altitudes of the Cameron Highlands gives the area consistently cooler weather, which can be refreshing after the oppressive heat of Southeast Asia. Rainfall is abundant throughout the year, but the driest months are often January, February, June and July. Even these months have as many as 15 rainy days each. 

Penang’s equatorial climate means high heat, high humidity and high rainfall all year round. There are two main seasons – the dry season from December to March and the wet season from April to November. However, Malaysia is affected by two monsoon seasons so wet weather is always a possibility. Most people opt to visit Penang during the dry season, when rainfall and humidity are at their lowest.

Kota Kinabalu’s weather is defined by two monsoon seasons. The northeast monsoon from November to March is the cooler of the two and sees less rain. The southwest monsoon is much warmer and wetter. The dry season lasts from January to April, which sees a reduced level of rainfall. April generally receives the warmest temperatures.



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