School Adventure - Orang-Utans and Kinabalu

A 6-day trek, Orang-Utans, Riverboats, Longhouse and more





From $3,060 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • A cultural exchange with the Iban people in a longhouse
  • Meet the inhabitants of the Sepilok orang-utan sanctuary
  • Climb to the summit of Kinabalu, Borneo’s highest peak
  • A fantastic way for school students to experience Borneo

The adjacent Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak form a part of the vast island of Borneo. This part of the world provides an intriguing mix of ancient cultures, fascinating wildlife and dramatic scenery. Malaysia is also well-known as one of the easiest and safest of South-East Asian countries to visit, with a buoyant economy and good tourist infrastructure. Aiming to provide the very best of Borneo, we begin our journey at the northern tip of Sarawak, close to the borders with Sabah to the north and also close to the territory of Brunei to the west. This is a remote and inaccessible area where the local Iban people still live in traditional longhouses and pursue a way of life which has changed little for generations - although ‘headhunting' has, fortunately, gone out of fashion. Our point of arrival is at the coastal town of Miri, from where this great adventure starts out with a short flight into the interior, to the Gunung Mulu National Park. Situated between the Tutoh and Limbang rivers, this park encompasses more than 200 square miles of tropical rain forest. Beneath its majestic forest canopy there are thousands of species of plants and animals that live in an environment that includes all the different types of tropical forest found on the island of Borneo. Apart from the rich diversity of plant and animal life, this park is also well-known for its majestic limestone caves and is a World Heritage Site. Here, we trek on jungle trails and travel by longboat on the many rivers, as we explore some of the world's largest caves and climb above the forest canopy to a spectacular viewpoint amongst soaring limestone pinnacles. We then trek northwards on the 'Headhunters Trail,' with an overnight stop in an Iban longhouse. Travelling north by express coastal ferry from Limbang to Kota Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, we then take a short flight to Sandakan, where we visit the orang-utan sanctuary at Sepilok and enjoy 2 nights at a jungle lodge on the Kinabatangan River in an area rich in wildlife. For many people, the chance to see some of the region's incredible variety of wildlife will be an important aspect of their visit to Malaysia. Travelling back across country to Poring, we have the chance to experience its forest trails, canopy-level walkways and hot springs, before turning our attention to Mount Kinabalu (4101m), the highest mountain in Borneo. We make the quite challenging 2-day ascent of this impressive granite peak, with an overnight at the mountain lodge of Laban Rata. The bare upper slopes of Kinabalu provide memorable views across the South China Sea, which on a clear day can extend all the way to the southernmost islands of the Philippines. This is Borneo at its best! This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email


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The first trekking element on this trip is the 4-day exploration of the Gunung Mulu National Park. You will need to be prepared for hot conditions and for, at times, testing underfoot conditions. We will be mostly walking on tracks and trails between villages. There will be rutted, muddy roads and slippery hunters tracks through the forest. There are also river crossings, some on tree trunk bridges. We have a couple of hours walking on our first day at Mulu, 2 to 3 hours on the second, 6 to 7 hours on the third and 4 to 5 hours on the final day in this area. Two days are set aside for the ascent of Mount Kinabalu. This is a tough undertaking, involving approximately 2200 metres of ascent and descent via the same route. The path is well maintained in places and has countless steps. It can be slippery low down in the forest and after rain. High up on the route, there are sections of bare rock slabs, with some fixed rope handrails. The route is never very steep nor exposed. We recommend a minimum age of 15. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet the School Group leader at the group hotel in Miri.
  • Morning flight to Gunung Mulu National Park. Afternoon visit to the impressive Deer and Lang's Cave.
  • Longboat journey up the Sungai Melinau River. Afternnon trek through lush forest to Camp 5.
  • A day of jungle walk exploration amongst the amazing limestone scenery of Melinau Gorge.
  • Trek the Headhunter's Trail used by warriors of the Kayan tribe. Longboat ride down the Terikan River.
  • Morning transfer to Nanga Medamit. Afternoon at leisure.
  • Express ferry on the Bay of Brunei, passing the island of Pulau Labuan before reaching Kota Kinabalu.
  • Morning flight to Sandakan. Visit Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary. Boat trip amongst mangrove forests
  • Early morning bird and wildlife viewing and forest trek. Drive to the spectacular Gomantong caves.
  • Picturesque cross country drive to Poring. Elevated jungle walk through the canopy and hot springs.
  • Transfer to Timpohon Gate (1900m). Climb through lush forest and giant ferns to Laban Rata.
  • Early start for sunrise on the summit of Kinabalu. Transfer across the Crocker Ranges to Kota Kinabalu
  • Visit one of the islands iin Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Snorkel or relax!
  • Depart Kota Kinabalu. Afternoon transfer to the airport is included.

Land Only

The price of our trips does not include international air travel to the start location in the destination city and country. The start location for joining the trip is identified for each trip. It's usually a centrally located hotel. KE can easily arrange all airport transfers for you.

International Air Travel

Please contact us at KE for air travel advice. We will be happy to discuss the flight arrangement which best suits your group.

2 teachers FREE

The Guide Price assumes that 2 teachers will accompany the group. Their Land Only costs are covered by the group's payment.

Guide Price $3,060*
Park Fees/permits N/A
Other Charges N/A

* We give a price estimate for all of our school trips. This is based on 12-16 pupils and includes two free teacher places. If you are interested in a specific trip, we will send you a quote letter. You may wish to take extra teachers or add on additional days and this can all be included into your quote, on request.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet the School Group leader at the group hotel in Miri.

    Arriving at Miri Airport in the morning, we meet the KE Schools guide or a local KE representative and transfer to the group hotel in Miri. Lunch at the hotel is included and the afternoon is free to rest and take it easy after our long journey..

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals ld

  • Morning flight to Gunung Mulu National Park. Afternoon visit to the impressive Deer and Lang's Cave.

    After breakfast, we transfer to the airport to catch a flight into the interior of Sarawak. The 30-minute flight takes us across a vast expanse of pristine forest to a landing strip, which serves the Gunung Mulu National Park. On arrival, its a short transfer to our overnight lodge accommodation. We settle into our rooms and have lunch, before setting off for an afternoon visit to two of the most impressive cave systems in the park. Not forgetting our head-torches, we set off from the Park Headquarters on a 3 mile hike which follows a boardwalk across swampy ground and through peat forest which includes some impressive fig trees. Deer Cave is reputed to be the largest cave chamber in the world, it is home to fantastic numbers of bats, which can be heard squeaking high above. Close by is Lang's Cave, also home to bat colonies, and featuring some striking stalactite and stalagmite formations. We will stay at the caves until the light begins to fade and the bats emerge from the caves, to feed in the forest. It takes about 20 minutes for the whirling clouds of bats to exit the caves - an unforgettable sight.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Longboat journey up the Sungai Melinau River. Afternnon trek through lush forest to Camp 5.

    After breakfast, we will board a longboat for the journey up the Sungai Melinau River to the adjacent Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. There are more interesting cave rock formations in these caves which are linked by a cliffside boardwalk and the bird and butterfly-spotting is particularly good here. After visiting the caves and possibly having a swim in the Clearwater River, we will continue upriver to Long Litut, passing limestone cliffs and between overhanging forest trees. We will have lunch before setting off on the 2 to 3 hour trek through the forest to Camp 5. Once here, our accommodation is in a basic jungle shelter, with 5 dormitory rooms with raised sleeping platforms and shared toilet/shower facilities. The Melinau River is nearby and swimming is a popular option.

    • Accommodation Fixed Camp

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs walk

  • A day of jungle walk exploration amongst the amazing limestone scenery of Melinau Gorge.

    We will have a couple of jungle walks today amongst the amazing limestone scenery of the Melinau Gorge. This gives us an opportunity to experience the rich iversity of life in the jungle. There will be opportunities to cool off in the dip pools of the crystal clear river and to
    savour the sights and sounds of our surroundings. We spend a second night at this jungle camp, which is ituated at the foot of Gunung Api (Fire Mountain).

    • Accommodation Fixed Camp

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walk

  • Trek the Headhunter's Trail used by warriors of the Kayan tribe. Longboat ride down the Terikan River.

    Today's trek takes us on a section of jungle path known as the Headhunter's Trail. This route was used by warriors of the Kayan tribe, who would carry their longboats between the Melinau and Terikan river systems, as they ventured out to attack the Murut people who live lower down, close to Limbang. For us, it will be a 7 mile walk, taking 4 to 5 hours and crossing a low watershed, before we reach the Terikan River and our boat transport for the 2 to 3 hour ride down to Rumah Penghulu Sigah or Rumah Bala Lasong. We stay overnight in a village longhouse homestay (new concrete style) in one of these villages, home to Iban people. Again, we will sleep in a communal room

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walk

  • Morning transfer to Nanga Medamit. Afternoon at leisure.

    We have another fairly brief longboat trip downriver to Nanga Medamit, where we meet our transport for the one hour drive to the town of Limbang. Here, we check into a hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure. Limbang is uniquely situated on a strip of Sarawak territory which runs to the sea between the two parts of the state of Brunei.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Express ferry on the Bay of Brunei, passing the island of Pulau Labuan before reaching Kota Kinabalu.

    This morning, we board an Express ferry, for the journey out into the Bay of Brunei. Once we have left the confines of the river behind, this is an exciting ride, which takes us out to the island of Pulau Labuan and on up the coast to Kota Kinabalu, where we check in to a hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Morning flight to Sandakan. Visit Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary. Boat trip amongst mangrove forests

    After an early morning transfer to the airport, we will take the short flight to Sandakan, where we will proceed to the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary in time to watch the feeding of the orang-utans and see a video presentation about their rehabilitation programme. We will then transfer back to the jetty in Sandakan for a boat excursion to see the pristine mangrove forests along the Kinabatangan River delta. Here, we can hope to see proboscis monkeys and many species of birds. Lunch is provided in the Abai Jungle Restaurant, before we continue our journey by boat to Sukau and the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. After checking in at the lodge, we will go out on the river again, for another wildlife safari by boat.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Early morning bird and wildlife viewing and forest trek. Drive to the spectacular Gomantong caves.

    Before breakfast, we take an early bird watching and wildlife viewing boat trip to a nearby ox-bow lake. We have the chance to stretch our legs with a trek through the lush riverine forest, before returning to the lodge for breakfast. We then drive to the spectacular Gomantong Caves, the largest in Sabah where birds nests are still gathered as a commodity. The nests of certain species of cave swifts (constructed largely out of the swifts' saliva) are considered to be a delicacy. In the afternoon, we take another boat trip down the Menanggul River to reach the Kinabatangan River once again. We return to the lodge at dusk. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Picturesque cross country drive to Poring. Elevated jungle walk through the canopy and hot springs.

    After breakfast at the lodge, we begin a fascinating drive across country towards the mountains. Arriving at Poring after a 4 to 5 hour drive. Here there are hot springs and also jungle trails, which include an elevated walkway through the canopy, 30 metres off the ground. A further 45 minutes drive and we are at the Kinabalu Park Head Quarters. We check into our hill lodge and the rest of the day is ours to relax or explore the forest garden and jungle trail. Overnight at Kinabalu Park HQ Hill lodge

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to Timpohon Gate (1900m). Climb through lush forest and giant ferns to Laban Rata.

    After breakfast, we register with the Park Office and then continue by bus to the start of the climb at the Timpohon Gate (1900m). From here, it is a steady ascent on a well-maintained trail, with regular stopping and sheltering areas, complete with spring-fed water cisterns. The lower part of the ascent is through lush forest, featuring giant ferns and scampering squirrels. A specialist mountain guide is allocated to each group as a safety measure and he will set a slow and steady pace. Our Malaysian tour leader will also make the ascent with us. This first day of our ascent will take between 4 and 5 hours and we will take a packed lunch on the climb. Arriving at the mountain lodge of Laban Rata (3350m), we will check-in to our bunkhouse accommodation and have the rest of the day free to rest and prepare ourselves for the summit day.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walk

  • Early start for sunrise on the summit of Kinabalu. Transfer across the Crocker Ranges to Kota Kinabalu

    We will have an early start (as early as 2am) to give us the chance to watch the sunrise at the summit. This means starting our climb by the light of our head-torches. The upper part of the route to Kinabalu's summit is tricky in places, with lots of stepped sections, ladders and fixed ropes and handrails. Underfoot is mostly low-angle rock slabs which provide excellent friction when dry. Once again, we will be following our guide and the pace will be slow and steady. In the early hours, before dawn, it will be cold at this altitude. After witnessing the beautiful sunrise at 6am. we will descend to Laban Rata (easier in daylight) in time for breakfast. Then it is a long downhill hike to Timporon Gate, where we meet our transport back to the Kinabalu Park Headquarters to get our ascent certificates. We then make the drive across the Crocker Ranges towards the coast and the town of Kota Kinabalu.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walk

  • Visit one of the islands iin Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Snorkel or relax!

    Following yesterday’s strenuous activity we spend our penultimate day in Borneo doing some serious relaxing. A short boat journey takes us from Kota Kinabalu to one of the outlying islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman
    Marine Park. Here, we can relax on the beach, go snorkelling (equipment provided) and enjoy a sumptuous barbeque lunch. We return to spend a final night at the hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Depart Kota Kinabalu. Afternoon transfer to the airport is included.

    The morning is free to relax and explore Kota Kinabalu. Afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight home.

    • Meals bl

Holiday Information

  • A qualified UK KE Schools leader
  • Experienced English-speaking local guide
  • Airport transfers in Miri and Kota Kinabalu
  • Internal flights and associated transfers
  • All transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • A full service trek including all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Miri and Kota Kinabalu airport transfers are included on arrival and departure. The KE School Group Leader or a KE representative will meet you on arrival and assist with the transfers to the group hotel. Full joining instructions along with hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with the booking confirmation.

When on trek, shortly after first light (around 7 a.m.), the tour leader will announce that the first brew of the day is ready and that breakfast is under way. Most food is sourced locally on trek and will be simple Malaysian fare of rice, noodles, vegetables, fruits, with some meat, as well as coffee, tea and biscuits. After breakfast, the guide will lead off on forest trails, pointing out interesting natural features, plants and animals. We will find a suitable place to eat our simple packed lunch, perhaps stopping at a village en route. Arriving at our overnight stop, we will have time to settle in to our basic lodge accommodation, meet the local villagers, read a book, write our diaries and take it easy. The guide will set about the preparation of the evening meal and arrange for a supply of clean water, tea and coffee.

The group will spend 1 night in Miri in a tourist class hotel, 1 night in lodge accommodation in Mulu, 2 nights in a basic jungle shelter at Camp Five (simple huts with raised wooden platforms for sleeping), and 1 night in a communal room in a longhouse at Rumah Penghulu Sigah or Rumah Bala Lasong. The group will also have 1 night in a basic hotel in Limbang and 3 nights in a good standard tourist class hotel in Kota Kinabalu. In the Sukau Wildlife Sanctuary, we spend 2 nights at a comfortable riverside lodge with twin rooms and en-suite facilities. The lodge below Kinabalu has a mix of twin-share cabins and bunkhouse accommodation and the mountain lodge at Laban Rata has basic rooms accommodating 4-10 people.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The food provided whilst trekking is a mixture of local and western, purchased locally and cooked for us by experienced trek cooks. Malaysian fare predominates, with rice, noodles, vegetables, fruits, with some meat, as well as coffee, tea and biscuits. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet.

All meals are included, from lunch od Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary to lunch on Day 14.

Approximately £100 should be allowed for personal expenditure including tips for the local staff. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Miri. The Malaysian unit of currency is the Mayalsian Ringgitt. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to travel. Sterling and US Dollars are readily exchangeable in Malaysia. Cash can also be obtained from ATM machines at banks in Miri, Limbang and Kota Kinabalu.

All KE school adventures are led by a specialist UK KE Schools leader, assisted by a professional, English-speaking Malaysian tour leader who will accompany the group throughout the trip. There will also be local, specialist, English speaking guides, such as the guide for the Mulu jungle trekking, a wildlife expert who will accompany the group from Days 8 - 10, as well as local mountain guides on the ascent of Mount Kinabalu.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your local guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. Most groups will want to show their appreciation to the local staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Normally, tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each pupil contributes £30 (in rupees) to these tips. Your KE School Adventure leader will help you make arrangements for a fair distribution of tips among the trek crew.

You should make every effort to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. This trip includes 2 short elements of trekking. In the Mulu National Park there is a 4-day journey on foot and by boat, which includes 2 days when you will carry your personal equipment in your daysack. During the 2-day ascent of Kinabalu, you will also carry your personal gear. In practice, you should not need to carry more than 5 or 6 kilos (10 or 12 pounds) in total. Whilst crossing the Mulu National Park, surplus items of gear, including the warm clothes required for the Kinabalu climb, will be packed in the group's trek bags and will be sent ahead of the group.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This itinerary involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will briefly reach an altitude in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this trip you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) is required for this trip. Visas are not normally required by British or Commonwealth citizens, or by citizens of the USA, Canada or most European countries. Other nationalities should check with the respective Consulate in their own country.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

  • It is generally hot and humid in Borneo, so lightweight, fast drying, easy to wash, casual clothing is recommended. You should dress conservatively in the towns and cities, so as not to offend Muslim sensibilities – vests, skimpy shorts and tight fitting clothes should be avoided.
  • You must bring the following items:

    • Hiking boots or strong walking shoes
    • ‘Teva’ style trekking sandals
    • Daypack 40 litres
    • Lightweight trekking trousers / pants
    • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
    • Underwear
    • Baselayer shirt
    • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts – fast drying recommneded
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
    • Lightweight waterproof jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Warm hat
    • Eyewear – Sunglasses
    • Thermal gloves (for the Kinabalu summit day)
    • Cheap gardening gloves (for the pinnacles climb)
    • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Sun protection
    • Water bottles 1 litre x 2
    • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag and daypack contents dry)
    • Sheet sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Small towel

      Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

    • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.

    The following items are optional:

    • Gaiters (useful for protection against leeches)
    • Spare laces
    • Swimwear
    • Travel clothes
    • Binoculars
    • Trekking poles
    • Insect repellant – (DEET)
    • Camera, media & batteries
    • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)


    • There are 2 sections on this trip when you will be away from your main baggage, and you will be carrying your personal equipment in your daypack. You should make every effort to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum during these sections.
    • 1. On Day 2 you will leave your main baggage in Miri, and you will pick this up again in Limbang on Day 6. A recommended packing list for this section is as follows: Daypack, dry bags (to keep contents of daypack dry), set of clothes to trek in during the day, set of dry clothes for the evening, hiking boots/walking shoes, trekking sandals, towel, toiletries, swimwear, insect repellent, first aid kit, sheet sleeping bag liner, camera, waterproofs, gaiters/leech socks, sun protection, headtorch, water bottles, walking poles (optional). Note that bedding (mattress, pillow, blankets, mosquito net) is provided at Camp 5 and the Longhouse on Days 3,4,5
    • 2. On the ascent of Mount Kinabalu you will be away from your main baggage for 2 days. The equipment recommended for this section is as follows: Daypack and dry bags, waterproofs, sleeping bag liner, headtorch, warm clothes for the summit day, and night at the hut (hat, gloves, fleece jacket, warm trousers, thermal baselayer, warm jumper/sweater, thick socks), sun protection, first aid kit, camera, basic wash kit and small towel, trekking poles (optional). Bedding (blankets, pillows) is provided at the Laban Rata hut on Kinabalu and you will be sleeping in bunk beds with mattresses. Although temperatures during the day will be mostly warm, it can get close to freezing at night at the refuge and also during the day on summit day, so make sure you are prepared for this.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Visa Borneo

    UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

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    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    The weather is pretty constant throughout the year in Sarawak and Sabah. It is generally hot and humid, with daily temperatures varying between 23 and 33 degrees centigrade at sea-level. It can rain at any time, although showers tend to be short-lived and heavy. On Kinabalu, we can expect clear mornings, clouding over in the afternoons. Temperatures at Laban Rata Lodge on Kinabalu range from 10 degrees during the day to 2 degrees at night. Pools of water near to Kinabalu's summit occasionally freeze.

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    Double-sided map. Peninsular Malaysia appears on one side, with Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei on the other. Main roads and railways are shown, and mountain ranges are shown by relief shading. Places of tourist interest are clearly shown. The Kuala Lumpur region, Pangkor and Pulau Pilang are in insets at enlarged scales. The map also includes small street plans of Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown (Penang), Melaka, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Bandar Seri Begawan.

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