West Malaysia and Borneo small group tour

Travel Team

If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

01273 823 700 Calling from outside the UK?

Check dates, prices & availability

19 Nov 2021
including domestic flights only
Click here to enquire about or book the 19 Nov 2021 departure
23 Dec 2021
including domestic flights only
Click here to enquire about or book the 23 Dec 2021 departure
16 Jan 2022
including domestic flights only
Click here to enquire about or book the 16 Jan 2022 departure
13 Feb 2022
including domestic flights only
Click here to enquire about or book the 13 Feb 2022 departure
06 Mar 2022
including domestic flights only
Click here to enquire about or book the 06 Mar 2022 departure
Holiday type
This is a genuine small group adventure tour with group sizes limited to a maximum of 12 persons. Experience has taught us that smaller numbers are less intrusive to local cultures and environments whilst allowing more interaction with local people. Furthermore, it means greater flexibility on a day to day basis and on a social level has proved to be more fun as you make new friends and share your experiences with like-minded people.

Minimum numbers are either 2 or 4 so, while in low season in particular, sizes can be small, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet both locals and other travellers along the way.

The tour price is based upon 2 persons sharing, twin or double rooms, while single room supplements are also available should you prefer. The intention is to travel as a group of friends rather than a typical tour group, so don't expect stick-on name badges or any following the umbrella. Please note that all activities are fully flexible and most age and fitness levels can be accommodated.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Our West Malaysia and Borneo tour is a small-group, low-impact tour combining the famous sites with lesser-known, rarely visited ones and fully accompanied by local guides trained in sustainable tourism practices.
We believe that limiting our group sizes to a maximum of 12 persons reduces both the environmental and cultural impact on places and people visited. Furthermore, a smaller group means a higher staff/customer ratio and facilitates the imparting of information and instructions in both environmental and cultural matters to our travellers.

We consider that extending our destinations to some of the lesser-visited sites might go some way to relieving the pressure on popular hotspots and spreading the Ďtourist dollarí a bit.

We also include visits to several national parks and protected areas thus contributing financially with our entrance fees and employment of local guides, boat men, drivers etc. For instance; Penang Hill, Penang National Park, Kinabalu National Park and the Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor. In Sabah our group joins a marine flora and fauna protection project for a day on Dinawan Island and stays overnight at the Sabah Organic Tea Plantation. Other visits are to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Free the Bears Project and the Rainforest Discovery Centre.

Last but not least we do our best to ensure that all accommodation used on the tour is small, low-key and employs genuine sustainable and eco-tourism tourism practices.

The Impacts of this Trip

The emphasis with our inclusive meals is on authentic, local cuisine including street food, local cafes, night hawkers and markets rather than standard tourist fare. Our city tours also endeavour to include the street-life and local markets as well as the famous sites, with the intention of facilitating more genuine interaction with the local population. Our guests are encouraged to make purchases in markets, villages and local cottage industries rather than the usual air-con tourist stores.

Examples are a street food tour in Kuala Lumpurís Kampung Baru, a visit to Moreton Village near Malacca, a city walking tour in collaboration with the Penang Heritage Trust and an evening hawker food tour in George Town Penang.

The tour is led by a fully licensed Malaysian guide with local guides added where appropriate. All drivers, guides and ground staff are locally employed and trained and fully licensed while accommodation used is locally owned and staffed.

Optional extensions are on offer to the Danum Rainforest eco-lodge in Borneo and a Sabah island resort employing sustainable tourism practices as well as schemes to assist the local population.


Popular similar holidays

Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind

Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind

Wildlife & culture in Malaysia

From £1630 - £1850 12 days excluding flights

Borneo wildlife tour

Borneo wildlife tour

Orangutans, Sumatran rhinos, elephants & bat exodus

From £4195 15 days excluding flights

Orangutan photography in Borneo

Orangutan photography in Borneo

Develop your photography skills in Borneo

From £2375 - £2565 10 days excluding flights

Sarawak wildlife & beach holiday

Sarawak wildlife & beach holiday

Encounter orangutans and hike through virgin rainforest

From £1225 - £1390 10 days excluding flights