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8-Day Borneo Sabah Adventure

Tour route: Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - Kinabatangan River - Danum Valley - Lahad Datu - Kota Kinabalu

  • Tour code: ODY-MY-003
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: Arrival, Kota Kinabalu

Upon arrival at the airport in Kota Kinabalu, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.

Overnight: Kota Kinabalu

Day 2: Kinabalu National Park Hiking

After breakfast, transfer to Kinabalu National Park and take a light hike for about 2 hours (88km) to experience the beauty of its scenery over the ridge of Crocker Range to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at the elevation of 1,800 meters above sea level. 

After lunch, head for Poring Hot Spring and proceed for 1km trekking to the canopy walkway to experience the thrill of being on the treetop at the elevation of 42 meters from the ground. At hot spring center, take a chance to dip yourself in the Natural Hot Water with Sulfur, which has a therapeutic value to the skin of the body. After that, drive you back to the hotel. 

Overnight: Kota Kinabalu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan

This morning, set off for the airport for your flight to Sandakan. On arrival, drive approximately 30 minutes to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Proceed to the free roaming area and feeding platform to witness feeding time at 10:00. At this center, observe as man’s closest relative, “the Orang Utan” is rehabilitated to the wild of their natural habitat. Also, experience a walk in the tropical lowland dipterocarp forest of Borneo. Later, drive to your hotel for check-in.

Overnight: Sandakan
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4: Sandakan - Kinabatangan River

After breakfast, proceed to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre. 09:30-09:50hrs Sepilok Outdoor Nursery 10:00hrs Feeding time. 10:30hrs Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

Depart for Sim Sim Jetty for 1-hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary, where you will take your lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. This is a wonderful journey of discovery starting from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of the mangrove forest. 

After lunch, free and relax at our nature boardwalk before cruising in search of other wildlife. After dinner, experience a guided night walk at the nature boardwalk (600m-1000m). Stay overnight at Abai Jungle Lodge.

Overnight: Abai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kinabatangan River

Take a river trip to Pitas Oxbow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the uniqueness of Pitas Lake in the early morning.After breakfast, an optional tour of tree planting project which is specially designed to help the locals. Enjoy lunch with the locals at Abai Village. After lunch, cruise up to Sukau village to search out the primates especially the Endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Arrive Sukau, check in the hotel and have some rest. Continue to take another river cruise with electric motor to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan. 

Overnight: Sukau
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kinabatangan River-Lahad Datu-Danum Valley

Wake up by the gibbons and hornbills calls. After Breakfast, explore the Gomantong Cave, largest bird's nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of Bats & Swiflets. Then continue to drive to Lahad Datu town, where is home to the full range of Sabah’s lowland fauna, including the rare Sumatran Rhinoceros, wild boars, and Orang Utans. Arrival & check in at the lodge. We will take a Jungle Trek this afternoon, which will give you an introduction to the forest through Nature Trails and Canopy Walkways. After dinner, proceed for a slide show and you can go spotlighting in an open-air jeep to view some of the nocturnal animals if weather permits.

Overnight: Danum Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Danum Valley, Jungle Trekking

Breakfast at the lodge and take an early morning Jungle Trek to the Kadazan-Dusun burial site and the “View Point” for a bird’s eye view of the area. Continue to the “Jacuzzi Pool” for a refreshing dip. Return to lodge for lunch. Afterward, you will walk through trails leading to canopy walkway. 

Overnight: Danum Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Danum Valley-Lahad Datu, Departure

Free in the morning before overland transfer to Lahad Datu airport for your onward flight. 

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.


Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.


Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.


Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.


Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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Rating: November 22nd, 2016
Travel Consultant: Leo Huang
As I heard very good reviews about my odyssey tours through my cousin I went ahead and planned a trip to Malaysia. I was thrilled to find professionaly organized tour company and equally professional tour consultant Leo Huang. His responses to my queries were thorough and prompt. He suggested well planned itinerary and helped to make the changes to cover the most out of the trip. Thank you Leo for your excellent services. I reccomend them to everyone without any hesitations. Great tour company.
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