Orangutans in Borneo

Borneo & the Malaysian Peninsula

14 days
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Activity Level: Leisurely
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Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
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Wander through jungles, colonial towns, modern metropolises and tropical beaches.

Malaysia is very much a country of two halves. To the east is the island of Borneo with its jungles, Orang-utans and rivers. To the west is the Malayan Peninsula with its blend of cultures and religion, colonial history and modern flair. As we make our way through these two distinct regions, we go looking for charismatic wildlife, delve into the country’s European heritage as well as its Asian blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian and enjoy its spectacular beaches. We visit Buddhist temples and mosques, wander through rainforest trails and street-food markets and take in the sights, sounds, smells and flavours of a truly diverse country.


  • Explore colonial Penang and Malacca
  • Discover Kuala Lumpur's culinary and cultural diversity
  • Look for Orang-utans and Pygmy elephants

Key information

  • 14 days land only/ 16 days flight inclusive
  • Travel by minibus, boat and domestic flights
  • 13 nights hotels, lodges and resorts
  • Countries visited: Malaysia

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • London flights (if booking incl flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single accommodation
  • Airport transport for Land Only bookings
Call for general departures:
056 631 8671
Call for private group trips:
056 631 8671
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:


How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • During the trip, we visit local food stalls in Kuala Lumpur & Penang, which helps to sustain the local population.
  • Staying at Kinabatangan provides employment opportunities to the local orang Sungai people who are working as boat men & drivers at the local wildlife lodge.


How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • This particular trip visits & directly supports the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary which rehabilitates injured, orphaned and captured Orang-utans into the wild. At 43 square kilometers, Sepilok is the largest sanctuary of its kind in the world.
  • Whist visiting Sepilok, there is the option to also visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation centre, a wildlife conservation and research centre for improving animal welfare and rehabilitation of the Malayan sun bear.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles. Some of the accommodation we stay at during the trip, will reduce waste by sharing leftover food with their staff and local communities.
  • The Exodus Travels Foundation has launched the Community Kickstart Project to help our destination communities recover and rebuild following the impact of COVID-19. In Malaysia, we’ve contributed to both the Rainwater Harvesting initiative (more details can be found here) and the Jungle Trek Path initiative (more details can be found here).


How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about Exodus Travels’ Planet Promise here, including our rewilding and carbon compensation commitments for every customer who travels.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options are available at majority of accommodation and restaurants.
  • This trip favours locally-owned and run accommodation.


Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Cultural respect:
    • Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country so modest dress is required on this trip when visiting holy sites such as the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur (i.e. legs, shoulders, and upper arms to be covered as well as a headscarf for women).
    • One should not show the soles of their feet or touch someone’s head, both are considered disrespectful.


  • Day 1

    Start Sepilok; optional night walk

    Those on the group flights generally land in Sandakan early afternoon and from here are taken to nearby Sepilok. Passengers who are making their own way can arrive at Sepilok anytime today. There will be an initial group briefing with your leader later this afternoon. There should be the opportunity for an optional night walk this evening (please ask your leader upon arrival) before dinner. If there is no time this evening we may be able to do the night walk tomorrow evening.
    Borneo Sepilok Rainforest Resort or Similar

  • Day 2

    Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary; optional visit to the Sunbear sanctuary

    Set up in 1964, the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary is set within 43 square kms of primary forest. It is the largest Orang-utan sanctuary in the world and aims to rehabilitate and release orphaned and captured Orang-utans into the wild. This morning we visit the informative headquarters and go see the Orang-utans at feeding time.

    In the afternoon, we will visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre with its impressive canopy walkway offering great views over the Sepilok Reserve. This is a great place to see birds, including hornbills and the Borneo bristlehead, and during fruiting season we may spot the odd Orang-utan along the way.

    There is an option to return to the Orang-utan Sanctuary for the second feeding session in the afternoon (return transfer costs not included) as well as the nearby Sunbear Conservation Centre. Your leader will discuss this option with your leader in advance for those who wish to do this.

    Borneo Sepilok Rainforest Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Travel via the Gomantong Caves to Kinabatangan; afternoon river cruise

    Our first stop this morning is the bizarre Gomantong Caves. These caves are a major source of swiftlet bird nests that are a Chinese delicacy. During the season workers climb up large ladders to harvest the vulnerable nests. We continue to Borneo’s third longest river – Kinabatangan. The wildlife reserve is home to an astonishing array of wildlife including Pygmy elephants, wild Orang-utans, gibbons, Proboscis monkeys and rare birdlife. As dusk approaches we take to the river in search of some of the local fauna.
    Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Explore Kinabatangan river

    Up early we head out on a dawn wildlife cruise on the river in search of more wildlife.  After breakfast we head out on a walk on one of the surrounding nature trails. 

    This afternoon we will learn a bit more about local conservation efforts and contribute ourselves by taking part in tree-planting. Later we return to the river to look for crocodiles and other residents of the forest. There should be the opportunity, this evening, for an optional night walk where we may see night owls or even Western tarsiers.
    Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Drive to Sandakan via the War Memorial; free time

    Leaving after breakfast we make our way to Sandakan (approximately 2.5 hours drive) stopping at the Sandakan War Memorial en route. 

    After checking in at our hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to relax, swim in the hotel pool, enjoy some local cuisine or explore the vibrant, compact streets of Sandakan.

    Sabah Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Fly to Kuala Lumpur and on to Malacca

    After breakfast we transfer to Sandakan Airport and bid farewell to Borneo to check in for our flight to Kuala Lumpur on the Malaysian Peninsula (please note there is a 15kg restriction but it is possible to pay for excess luggage at the airport or your leader can arrange this at the start of the tour). 

    Upon arrival into KL, we will meet our leader for this section of the trip. We then take a 2 hour transfer to Malacca.

    Upon arrival at our hotel in Malacca in the afternoon, there will be time to relax and explore this historic and culturally rich city.

    Ibis Melaka or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Trishaw tour of the old town of Malacca and exploration of the town

    Malacca is a well preserved colonial town boasting a mix of Portuguese, British and Dutch architecture and is a melting pot of different cultures. The quaint China Town neighbourhood is home to numerous antique shops as well as a Hindu temple, Taoist temple and a mosque, whilst Malaysia’s oldest functioning church is nearby across the canal. We explore the city by foot and by using its colourful and distinctive trishaws.

    This evening we go out to try some of Malacca’s local cuisine. Known as Baba Nyonya, it is a blend of Chinese, Malay and other influences and is a speciality of the town.

    Ibis Melaka or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Kuala Lumpur; afternoon city tour

    From Malacca’s sleepy charm we head to Malaysia’s bustling capital city, Kuala Lumpur. Known as KL for short, this vibrant city shows a completely different side of the country. Upon arrival we take in some of the city’s sites including the National Palace (Istana Negara), the iconic National Monument which is dedicated to those who died in the struggle for Malaysia’s freedom during World War 2 and the Malaysian Emergency (which lasted until 1960); the modernist National Mosque and the nearby Batu Caves. 

    The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city further, visit the Petronas Towers or go do a spot of shopping. Please note, the Petronas Towers these are closed on Mondays (day 9 of itinerary) and advanced booking online is recommended at least a week before arrival to avoid disappointment. Please see the optional excursions section of the trip notes for further details.

    Capitol Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Explore Malaysia's cuisine on a food tour of the city; free afternoon with the chance to go for a drink at Trader's Bar

    Malaysia prides itself in its diversity and this is reflected in its capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL) with its mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese traditions and people. One of the best ways of exploring this diversity is through a food tour of city. We discover different neighbourhoods with their distinct sights, sounds, smells and, of course, delicacies.

    We start our journey at Masjid Jamek and learn about how city of Kuala Lumpur started. What better way to enjoy the day by sampling typical food that Malaysians enjoy at a local eatery. Wandering through the small streets of KL, uncover the cultures of the Chinese and Indian communities who came to KL to make their fame & fortune, but stayed on instead to add on another cultural dimension to the Malaysian cultural landscape. We also visit KL’s oldest Chinese and Indian temple to understand more about these communities.

    Our visit to Chinatown is rewarded by tasty noodles amongst the locals. After this, take a short ride on KL’s modern local transport system towards Brickfields. This is Little India for KL, and our senses will be assaulted by loud and colourful architecture, music and food as we walk through the Indian neighbourhood. We sample delicious Indian dishes served on banana leaf and seek out street vendors for snacks to end our food journey.

    The rest of the day is free to explore more of the city at your own pace. You can go shopping in its malls, go to one of the museums or take in the views from the KL Tower (please note some sites and museums are closed on Mondays, such as the Petronas Towers and Bridge, please see details under optional excursions in the trip notes).

    Capitol Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Catch the train to Penang; afternoon walk around the colonial town of Georgetown

    Today we head north by train as we make our way to Butterworth (about 4 hours). From here it’s a short transfer across the bridge to the island of Penang and the town of Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its architectural and cultural landscape. Upon arrival we have an late afternoon orientation tour before an optional dinner at one of the many street-food markets.
    Royal Chulan Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Georgetown city walking tour to explore Penang's street art, food, culture and heritage

    This morning we explore more of Malaysia’s diversity on a walking city tour to discover Penang street art, food, culture & heritage. Georgetown, Penang is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage-listed city famed for its cultural sights and natural scenery. Explore on foot to see the city’s well-preserved colonial structures, ornate temples, and colourful street art. Penang is also well-known for its amazing culinary scene.  We end our walking with a visit to Khoo Clan House and Museum.

    Afterwards, then have free time to explore further on your own.  Perhaps go up to the top of Penang Hill or the Botanical Gardens or take a stroll down to the Eastern and Oriental Hotel which has been perfectly restored to its past grandeur. The perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea or gin and tonic.

    Royal Chulan Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Fly to the island of Langkawi

    This morning is free for you to do some last exploration before we take an afternoon transfer to the airport for a short flight from Penang to the island of Langkawi. (Please note there is a 15kg restriction on checked luggage but it is possible to pay for excess luggage at the airport or your leader can help arrange this at the start of your trip). Officially known as ‘Langkawi, the jewel of Kedah’, it is actually an archipelago of almost 100 tropical islands surrounded by the turquoise Andaman Sea with pristine beaches and jungles. After checking in to our hotel, there will be time to relax and enjoy the area at leisure..

    Tropical Resort Langkawi or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Free day to explore the island or just relax on the beach; final group dinner

    Today is a free day to relax on the beach or partake in one of the various optional activities on offer. These options include going on a mangrove tour, kayaking, and exploring the island by bike or taking the cable car.

    This evening we will enjoy a group farewell dinner (included) on our final evening in this tropical paradise.

    Tropical Resort Langkawi or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 14

    Trip ends this morning, those on group flights will be taken to the airport this afternoon

    For land only passengers, the trip ends after breakfast today in Langkawi. Passengers on the group flight will be taken to the airport in time for their flight, normally late afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info



A visa is not required for most nationalities including British, EU, US, Canada, Australia and NZ nationals. If you are unsure of the requirements please check with your nearest Malaysian embassy.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 4 Dinners are included.

You should allow about USD 200-300 for food not included. If you fancy a few drinks then you may want to bring a little more for beer and other alcoholic drinks as you can expect to pay near western prices.

Most meals will be basic, based around rice and noodles, although most accommodation does offer a western breakfast of beans, toast and eggs. In the bigger hotels and cities the full range of Western and local foods are available. You can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish.

In Kuala Lumpur, there is a food tour providing an opportunity to experience the country’s diverse culinary heritage.

Vegetarians can be catered for but please be aware that choice may be limited outside the main cities. Please inform the Exodus office before departure of any special dietary requests.

Please note that in Borneo the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home.


Malaysia generally has a tropical climate which is fairly standard year round. Different parts of the country experience wet and dry seasons at different times of the year and you can expect to have sunshine and rain at any time. In the lowlands, temperatures tend to vary from lows of 20’C to highs of 30’C, whilst the highlands generally have lows of 15’C with highs of 25’C. Temperatures can get very cold on top of Mt. Kinabalu where it can even freeze at night.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Is this trip for you?

This trip is rated as Activity Level 1- Leisurely

Malaysia has a tropical climate which means that it can be quite hot and humid year-round. Due to the wide range of geographical zones visited there is no best time to visit and different parts of the country will be going through dry or wet seasons at different times of year. Though even if a region is going through its wet season, it normally gets a mixture of rain and sun. We go on several leisurely walks in Borneo, including along canopy walkways in Sepilok, and, in particular, to a viewpoint in Kinabatangan. Whilst these are not challenging, the trails can be muddy. We travel by minibus, motorised canoe, train, and 2 internal flights as we make our way from one of place to another and within regions. Most drives are relatively short, with the longest being around 5-6 hours but most are under 3 hours. The train ride from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth is 4 hours. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
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Hotels, Lodges & Resorts

13 nights comfortable hotels, lodges and resorts.

We use a combination of standard and comfortable hotels and lodges/resorts on this trip. All properties are generally picked for their location and may, in some area, be the only option. They are all, however, well maintained.

Please be advised that the accommodation listed in each location on the day to day itinerary are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

In Langkawi, our hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and direct access to Tengah Beach (a more peaceful alternative to Cenang Beach). Rooms here are equipped with ceiling fans and air-conditioning. If you would like to extend your time on the beach in Langkawi there is the option to stay in the hotel we use on tour or upgrade to a 4-star property (Ombak Villa Langkawi). Please ask our sales team for more details.

Single supplements are available (on request). Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you would like to request a single supplement.

Call for general departures:
056 631 8671
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056 631 8671
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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed December 2019
    Graham Dobbie

    A Fantastic Holiday

    In the first week, great nature trips in Borneo including Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and river trips/night walks in the jungle. In the second week, fascinating journey round some of the Peninsula's towns and cities finishing with a relaxing couple of days at the beach resort in Langkawi.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing three orangutans in the wild and also the numerous night walks in the jungle where we saw flying squirrels, various other mamals and brightly coloured birds.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Aldrin for Borneo and Apit for the Peninsula were both superb.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definetely do the night walks in the jungle. In the River Lodge wellies and leech socks are available to hire (for the time that you are there (a total of MYR 10)). It saves you having to worry about leeches and cleaning your shoes! If you think that for the internal flights you will have excess baggage (above 15 kg) then speak to Exodus about the possiblity of increasing this before you leave the UK.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We definitely recommend this trip.
  • Reviewed April 2019
    Vicky Hau

    3 for the price of one!

    Literally just returned from this trip and have to say it was amazing. the kind of holiday where you get 5 days in and already feel you've been away for 2 weeks and by the end of the actual 2 weeks you can't quite believe you've only been away for a fortnight. it's a trip of 3 parts: a) jungle safari b)cultural foodie city breaks and c) a weekend beach holiday. We got really lucky and saw the Malaysian big 5 i (Orangutan, croc, proboscis monkey, sun bears and pygmy elephant) and all 6 hornbills. the Malay peninsular was a smorgasbord of food and culture (go see the Baba Nonya house in Malacca and the Blue Mansion in Penang).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    seeking and seeking the pygmy elephants in the wild

    What did you think of your group leader?

    our two trip leaders were knowledgeable, friendly, fun and fab.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    you can hire wellies for the jungle walk so no need to take walking boots, a pair of trainers is sufficient for the rest of the Borneo bit. make sure you have a waterproof, there are some heavy rain showers Be adventurous with the food - the trip leaders know what they are doing and the most wonderful food is available at the street markets - didn't get dodgy tummy.
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Sheila Tilley

    Borneo and the Malaysian Peninsular

    A holiday of two different parts-the wildlife of Borneo was amazing and the accommodation at Sepilok was so close to the orang utang sanctuary allowing us to spend lots of time there.To see so much of Malaysia during the second week and take in the diversity as we travelled far exceeded my expectations

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    seeing the orang u
  • Reviewed January 2019
    da Lloyd

    Good balanced trip.

    I picked the trip as it balanced wildlife and the culture. It was a good mix and highlighted the differences between Borneo and 'Malaya' parts. About the right time spent in both areas.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunset boat ride in the adventure lodge. The War cemetery at Sandakan and the food 'mekan' tour in the peninsula, watching the sunset on Petronas tower at Traders Bar.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The guide Wye in the peninsula was excellent. Would give her 5 stars for organisation, enthusiasm and hard work. Her suggestions for things to do and places to eat were good. I was less impressed with Aldrin, he did not seem to be as well organised, didn't know our flight times, the botanical gardens we had barely 20 minutes and then left us with a "guide" for the 'hike' who went off and left us struggling down the slippery paths without waiting for us. We ended the walk early as we felt unsafe.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take an umbrella as is too hot for rain coats and useful for the sun and frequent rain showers. Take lots of insect repellent as you sweat it off. It is not a 'leisurely' trip so if you don't like getting out of your comfort zone don't do it but for me was a great place to visit. You will be fed every couple of hours on the pensinsula so don't order too much as there will be more to come later!
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Joanne Hunt

    A varied trip of wildlife, cities, and food!

    This was a highly enjoyable trip covering a wide range of different experiences. The first few days in Borneo were particularly excellent at Sepilok and Kinabatangan. We were lucky enough to see a wild orang-utan, a gibbon and proboscis monkeys. KL was also a highlight - particularly enjoyed the food tour and a (optional) trip to the PETRONAS towers. The food markets at night were also a great experience. A relaxing couple of days on Langkawi was (once we got there!) a really nice end to the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I particularly enjoyed the wildlife / Borneo section of the trip (and perhaps wished I had chosen a trip with more wildlife)!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both tour leaders were excellent. Aldrin was friendly and organised and an all-round excellent tour leader. Similarly, Jeremy was helpful, enthusiastic and took us to some varied restaurants/eating places!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If the ferry crossing continues to be part of the trip - beware! The Lonely Planet guide warns that the crossing is particularly rough at certain times of year (Jul-Oct) and can be a vomit inducing experience. They are not wrong. I am never sea sick, but on our crossing almost everyone on board was sick. Be prepared!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall I really enjoyed this trip. I'm not quite convinced the travel across to Kinabalu was worth the journey. I quite enjoyed the tea plantation stay but the botanical walk was slightly underwhelming. Similarly, the city tour in KL was a bit underwhelming. We spent several hours at the Pewter factory (including a stop for lunch) which was a bit tedious. Would rather have spend more time at Batu Caves. Touring the city in a small minibus where it was difficult to see out of the windows was also slightly frustrating.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    David Parker


    Good main guides who knew their stuff. Reasonable accommodation.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    See all types of monkeys and animals in the wild/boat trips

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leaders both were excellent and went out of their way to help and support and organised everything even when not part of inclusive package - both brilliant.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect nice hot showers anywhere until KL

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No real need for separate guide in KL on food tour and especially not two of them, the girl did nothing really. You arrive at Tea place after long drive, you then drive 45 min to national park, for 30 min walk around garden and then 30 min walk in jungle. Drive back another 45 min. Next day do tea tasting, factory tour and then drive to KL, on the way you pass the park - this is silly. Do the tea tasting and factory tour when arrive at Long House, then on way to KL do park. Saves 1.5 hrs in transport on previous day. We had big bus for part, then small busses for rest. For long runs e.g. from Tea house other group had a big bus, suggest use big busses far more comfortable and keeps group together when 15 small buses not that comfortable. Frangipani hotel is nice but tired, you suggest it as an alternative and thus imply recommendation of it. I would be careful of that as whilst it was okay fans in restaurant did not work, no net out for safe swimming area, tiles missing in swimming pool, fountain not working in pool etc just felt tired/tatty. In Malaysia Jeremy even on non inclusive nights organised things - GREAT, worked really well but noticed we all had a beer, he had a juice when offered he had a beer. Implies to me they are not given an allowance to have a beer with us, sorry give them a kitty to spend on drink so they can enjoy a drink with the rest of us. At 2.5k x 15 there is enough margin there to give him £100 for drinks with us. Maybe i did not read carefully enough, but certainly I did not realise the number and thus added total cost of optional extras. I think a good summary per day could be produced of optional extras and their cost so that if you do everything, and most people did then you can see what the total extra amount of money is you will need. I missed the advice if it was there to bring binos, really feel to get the best out of this trip you need binos if you are interested in wildlife.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Lesley Silcock

    Fun trip to Malaysia

    Our family thoroughly enjoyed this varied trip. The first week in Borneo was great for seeing wildlife. We were lucky to watch a herd of pygmy elephants on and in the river and a wild orangutan make his nest for the night. The cities were fun and the food was good. The food tour of KL was particularly good. Relaxing by the pool and beach at the end was a a good way to finish

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing wild orangutans

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both were excellent. They were fun, organised and knowlegable. Jeremy seemed to have boundless energy and took us to so many different types of restaurants for evening meals.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wear a jumper and trousers for the train, it's cold. Try not to take too much luggage - with a ferry, a train, a plane and lots of minibuses, you have to move your bag a lot. Most of the time we all wore shorts. You will need long trousers or smarter wear for the roof top cocktail bars. In religious places any extra clothing was provided. Take binoculars for the wildlife. Extra layer at night needed in longhouse, it was colder at night than anywhere else and only a small cotton cover provided. Take an umbrella for downpours in cities. If you like to make drinks in your room all places had a kettle but not all provided tea bags/ coffee. Insect repellent is required but insects are not as bad as other places we have been. Do take up the offer of wellies and leech socks in the rainforest, leeches did try to get us!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip and we enjoyed it, just a couple of niggles- some of the trip note travelling times are quite inaccurate. Minibuses in West Malaysia cramped and difficult to see out of.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Diane Elford

    A bit of everything

    This is a trip of two halves - the first week the focus on the flora and fauna of Borneo and the second week the multicultural nature of Malaysia in the cities on the Peninsula. I enjoyed the variety of the trip and also the chance to try out the different types of Malaysian cuisine.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In Borneo, seeing an orangutan in the wild and a heard of Pigmy elephants from a boat on the Kinabatangan River. We had seen a number of the animals in the sanctuary's and rehab centre in Sepilok but very special to see them in their own habitat. On the Peninsula I really enjoyed exploring Malacca and all the steet art and the food tour in KL was great fun

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two group leaders, one for Borneo and one for the Peninsula, Johmin (J) and Jeremy respectively. Both were well organised and easy to get along with and had good knowledge of their country as well as a good senses of humour. This is the first time on a trip I have had 2 tour leaders but due to the varied nature of the trip it worked very well in this case

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would recommend taking a sheet sleeping bag and lots of deet for the longhouse as the blankets provided are very short. I took mine and felt quite cosy and protected from the bugs! take binoculars for the wild life - monkeys climb quite high up trees! take light comfortable clothing for the humid weather
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Nick Rushworth

    2 holidays in one

    A great holiday or rather two in one. The first week was getting close to nature - basic accommodation but that's what you need if you want wildlife on your doorstep. The second week was a good mix of different cities.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing truly wild Orangutan that had never been in in a sanctuary as we cruised from out river lodge.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Best ever - great sense of humour, totally committed to making our holiday truly memorable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Think twice before you sign up - we loved it but one of our trip didn't like the idea of bugs and "roughing it" in slightly lower standard accommodation near the nature parks. If you want to get close to nature expect nature to get close to you!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One change I would make to the itinerary - our free half day in KL was a Monday which is the day most museums close. Perhaps change the itinerary slightly and have the free time on Sunday afternoon.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Pauline McGeevor


    I initially booked this trip on a bit of a whim... I'd always fancied seeing the Orangutan's and had been looking online for various trips. This itinerary stuck out a mile - the promise of nature, culture and vibrant cities instantly sucked me in. Just prior to booking I called the Exodus team to ask if anyone else had booked to travel alone, this would be my first holiday of this kind by myself; so needless to say I was a bit apprehensive. After the team confirmed there were other solo travellers, I bit the bullet and I'm so glad I did. The leisurely nature of this trip was perfect, not only did we visit key sites in all locations but the time we had to ourselves provided the opportune moments to explore areas further.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I absolutely loved the Orangutan visit and the river in Borneo. We visited so many places though so it's really hard to pin down inspirational moments - I had so many in every place we visited.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The exodus leaders were brilliant. Highly organised, sociable and kept us all engaged throughout. Their knowledge was tremendous and they really did go out of their way to ensure the group were well catered for. We also had a few additional people lead tours for us - the river boat, night walks and the food tour in KL. I found them all to be professional and fantastically enthusiastic.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're considering a solo holiday, especially if you haven't done this before - just go for it! It's the best thing I've done! This trip is IDEAL for all age groups - the variety of nature, city and country life, lively night life and quiet group meals, jungle walks, river cruises and beaches, is just the start. Malaysia is truly stunning!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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