The Best of Borneo including Mount Kinabalu

A walking and discovery adventure holiday in Sarawak and Sabah





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Holiday Overview


  • Climb Mount Kinabalu, SE Asia`s highest walk-up peak
  • Hang out with the Orangutans at the Sepilok Sanctuary
  • Journey into the jungle in search of Borneo`s rich wildlife
  • Walk the spectacular Headhunters trail

This great adventure starts out with a visit to the Mulu National Park, deep within the rainforest of north-eastern Sarawak. Trekking on jungle trails and travelling by longboat on the many rivers, 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', stopping off at the villages and longhouses of the Iban people. From Kota Kinabalu in the adjacent state of Sabah, a short flight takes us to Sandakan, where we visit the orang-utan sanctuary at Sepilok and enjoy 2 nights at a jungle lodge on the Kinabatang River in an area rich in wildlife. Returning via the hot springs at Poring to the foot of Kinabalu (4101m), we make a 2-day ascent of this challenging peak whose bare upper slopes command memorable views across the South China Sea to the Philippines. This is Borneo at its best!

Is this holiday for you?

This is a discovery walking holiday in Borneo with 2 elements of trekking; the Mulu National Park and the ascent of Kinabalu. The first trekking element on this holiday is the 4-day exploration of the Gunung Mulu National Park. Although this is at low level, there is one tough day (which is entirely optional), as we climb to the viewpoint for the Mulu Pinnacles where there are slippery and sharp limestone rocks. You will need to be prepared for hot and humid weather and for at times testing underfoot conditions. 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, 7 to 8 hours on the optional third day 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 many steps. High up on the route, there are sections of bare rock slabs, with some fixed rope handrails. The route is never very steep or exposed.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet 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.
  • Day at leisure or optional day hike through dense lowland to the spectacular Mulu Pinnacles.
  • 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
  • Day at leisure in Kota Kinabalu.
  • Depart Kota Kinabalu. Late afternoon transfer to the airport is included.
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The dates shown are for the LAND ONLY itinerary, joining in Miri. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Miri airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel and Kota Kinabalu is the most convenient at the end of the trip. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers', and 'Flights' sections in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Miri.

    Meet at the group hotel in Miri. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • 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 b

  • 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

  • Day at leisure or optional day hike through dense lowland to the spectacular Mulu Pinnacles.

    Located on the slopes of Gunung Api (Fire Mountain), the 'Pinnacles' are an unusual collection of 150 foot high limestone needles, created by the forces of erosion. Surrounded by the forest, these stone spires present a very spectacular sight. Getting to the viewpoint for them provides a real trekking challenge - the return trip is only 5 kilometres, but the height gain is over 1000 metres. An early start is recommended, to enable us to hike up to the viewpoint in the cool of the morning and to ensure that the visibility is good once we get there. As mid morning, the mist and cloud can build up and obscure the best views. Initially, the trail is level and easy, through dense lowland forest, but soon starts to climb steeply. More open forest, clings to the upper limestone slopes. There are short sections of ladders and rope handrails in the steepest places. At the small rock outcrop that is the viewpoint, our efforts are rewarded by fantastic views of a petrified forest of grey and silver stone pinnacles. The descent is no quicker than the ascent, taking 7 to 8 hours for the round trip. Back at Camp 5, a dip in the river will be our first priority. Please note that this walk is entirely optional, and anyone not wanting to take part can spend the day resting at Camp 5. We spend a second night at this jungle camp.

    • Accommodation Fixed Camp

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7

  • 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

  • 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 bl

  • 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 bl

  • 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 Hotel

    • 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

  • 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 bl

    • Time 7

  • Day at leisure in Kota Kinabalu.

    A free day in Kota Kinabalu, with the option of taking a tour to one of the outlying islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. This extra cost option is great for sunbathing, snorkelling and general recuperation after the trip. Including lunch on the island, a day tour is likely to cost around £30 per person. Overnight at the hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Depart Kota Kinabalu. Late afternoon transfer to the airport is included.

    The morning is free to relax and explore Kota Kinabalu. Late afternoon transfer to the airport where KE Land Only package services end.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A professional English speaking local leader
  • Internal flights and airport transfers
  • Airport transfers in Miri and Kota Kinabalu (on group days only)
  • Accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as described in the meal plan
  • All transport involved in the itinerary including the ferry from Limbang to Kota Kinabalu
  • Whilst trekking a full service including food and all equipment is included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers for non-group days
  • Tips for local staff
  • Some meals as described in the meal plan
  • Camera fees at Orangutan Sanctuary / Gomantong Caves / Poring Canopy Trail
  • Miscellaneous 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.

A single group transfer will be arranged to meet the Malaysian Airlines flight on arrival at Miri Airport. (Please refer to the Flights Panel in this dossier for information on these flights). This transfer will normally be in the afternoon on Day 1 of the trip itinerary. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel in Kota Kinabalu to the airport, timed to meet the check in for the Malaysian Airways flight. This transfer will normally be in the evening of Day 14 of the itinerary. The local guide or a representative of our local agent will assist with these airport transfers. Whether you have booked your own flights or KE has booked them for you, if you are unable to take advantage of these group transfers, you will need to make your own airport transfer arrangements in Miri and in Kota Kinabalu. Independent airport transfers can be provided at additional cost - please contact the KE office for a quote. Alternatively, there are reliable taxi services which operate in both towns. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

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 new concrete longhouse at Rumah Penghulu Sigah or Rumah Bala Lasong ate Mendalam River. 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. For single travellers, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex, wherever twin-sharing rooms are to be used. Depending on availability it may be possible to book single room accommodation for 9 nights. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

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. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet.

The following meals are included: All breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 8 dinners. During the trip there are 5 dinners and 3 lunches not included in the trip price. (please refer to the itinerary for details). In each of case there is a range of dining options available and we leave the choice to you.

Approximately £200 to £300 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including the non-included meals and staff tips (approx £50). Additionally, your trek bag with surplus items of gear, including the warm clothes required for the Kinabalu climb, will be sent from Miri to meet up with the group at the end of the Headhunters Trail - the local charge for this is 5 Malaysian Riingit (approx £1.50) per kilo. 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. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Malaysian Riingit) prior to travel. Sterling and US Dollars are readily exchanged in Malaysia. Cash can also be obtained from ATM machines at banks in Miri, Limbang and Kota Kinabalu. If you intend to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful here). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should make an allowance for this. Alcoholic drinks are expensive in Malaysia.

The group will be accompanied throughout by local, specialist, English speaking guides. There are KE representatives in each city, as well as a guide for the Mulu jungle trekking, a wildlife expert accompanying the group from Days 8 - 10, and local mountain guides on Mount Kinabalu. In addition to this, for groups of 8 or more, the group will have a professional, English-speaking Malaysian tour leader who will accompany the group during the trip.

Tipping is not a strong culture in Borneo. Restaurants usually add a 10% service charge. In hotels you may wish to tip porters around £0.50 ($1) per bag. Taxi drivers do not usually expect a tip. For your tour guide we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We would suggest that this is best done collectively with the other members of the group. We will provide guidance on tipping with you joining instructions.

You should make every effort to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. This trip includes 2 short elements of trekking where you will be without your main baggage. 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. Your main bags will be transported to meet you again on day 6. During the 2-day ascent of Kinabalu, you will also carry only your personal gear. In practice, you should not need to carry more than 5 or 6 kilos in total.

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 holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes 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 holiday 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 optional 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 3 you will leave your main baggage in Mulu, 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.

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    It makes sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Prior to your trip we would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Running, cycling and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

    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°C 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°C during the day to 2°C 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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