Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Borneo's Lost World: The Magnificent Maliau Basin (6 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia To Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019


Day 1
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Dinner

Begin your travels in charming Kota Kinabalu. The area is Borneo’s cultural epicenter. The harbor is a stunning sight as it plays host to colorful boats, clear waters and soft, white sand. If like, explore your surroundings a bit after your journey before tucking in for the night at the luxurious Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru.

Day 2
Maliau Basin Gate, Malaysia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s time to step away from everyday comforts and take a leap into unknown territory. Fly to Tawau early in the morning and then drive five to six hours to the Maliau Basin Gate. The Maliau Basin Gate is known as the “Lost World of Sabah,” for its ethereal beauty and remoteness. Do not expect to have a cell phone signal once you’re about an hour outside the park. Overnight at the comfortable Agathis Camp. If you like, embark on a night safari in search of nocturnal animals - remembering, of course, that you have a full day of trekking ahead of you tomorrow.

Day 3
Maliau Basin Gate, Malaysia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day by trekking the near 4.5-mile path to the Camel Trophy Camp. This usually takes about six hours from the rim of the basin. This was the first permanent meeting camp in the area. It sits at the base of the lower montane forest. Enjoy a fresh lunch at the camp. That afternoon, take a two-hour trek to Takob-Akob Falls. The Falls is nearly 330-feet-high and incredibly gorgeous. Sit and enjoy the rushing water before returning to camp.

Day 4
Maliau Basin Gate, Malaysia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, trek about 4-5 hours through a montane and heath forest on your way to Maliau Falls Junction. Perhaps you will spy one of the 150 mammal species living among the trees. Lunch at Lobah Camp before continuing on to Maliau Falls, where you will be rewarded with stunning views of this seven-tier waterfall. You will have an incredible view of the massive Basin Rim, which stretches 15 miles in diameter. Spend the evening at Ginseng Camp.

Day 5
Maliau Basin Gate, Malaysia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast begin the beautifulf seven-hour trek back to the Agathis Camp. Watch the treetops and you might spy one of the forest's many varieties of monkeys as your breathe in the fragrant scents of the forest. Once you reach the Agathis Camp, the rest of the day is yours to relax and explore before turning in for a much deserved night's sleep.

Day 6
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tawau, Malaysia
None None

Begin your journey back to Tawau by car, arriving at the airport at approximately 14:00. Here, you have the option to fly back to Kota Kinabalu, where you can spend some leisure time by the aqua-blue sea, or to fly to lively Kuala Lumpur. Either begin your travels home or extend your holiday in Malaysia.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Push your body to the limit as you take a challenging trek into the heart of Borneo’s primeval rainforest. You will be one of the only people in the world to venture into this area. Travel into the stunning Maliau Basin and discover a whole new side to nature on this six-day Borneo’s Lost World itinerary. The trip begins in quaint Kota Kinabalu and voyages into the wild in the Maliau Basin, where you will enjoy the trek of a lifetime.


  • Trek across the wild rainforest in Borneo

  • Go where few have gone as you enter the heart of the Maliau Basin

  • See rare monkey species romping around their natural habitat

  • Spot over 150 different mammal species residing in the lush treetops of the basin

About Us

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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highly recommended

By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Excellent package

By: Mike53-Birmingham

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth


By: Dustin and Eli

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Geraldine Hasting

Taiwan 2018 trip

By: Cindi

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Byrd

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By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
Travel Advisor:  Jason Swaye


By: Joel and Kathy

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The Remote Lands Guides were excellent. The cars used for transportation were roomy and clean. The hotels were 5 star and their attention to detail was over the top. There was only perfection from the people we met and it was also comforting to know that our trip was being carefully monitored by Remote Lands supervisors every step of the way. We would recommend Remote Lands to anyone needing exceptional service in Asia.
Travel Advisor:  Kate Winslow

Remote Lands Rocks

By: Morty

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Terrific professionals! Looked out for us the entire time we were on the road!! Many thanks!
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Elias

Vietnam/Cambodia/Hong Kong

By: Emily

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

We had 4 different guides (one in each city) and they were all wonderful. We appreciated that they let us be flexible and make game time decisions. We skipped a lot of the "touristy" sites and felt we had a more authentic experience.

Beyond expectation

By: Anon

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2019

Excellent. Guides at each location were friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Want to share a special thank you to Nadia Thakul (Bangkok) & Mr. Buntheun (Siem Reap). After missing my connecting flight from Shanghai to Siem Reap, I called Mr. Buntheun to let him know I was not able tomake it to Siem Reap as planned and for him to notify the hotel. I was flying instead to Phnom Phen and would notify him later of my flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Phnom Phen as I was filling out my visa on arrival form, a Remote Land guide greeted me and told me that Mr. Buntheun had notified the Bangkok office of my predicament and sent him to greet me. As you can imagine being in a foreign land in an unplanned location he was a sight for sore eyes. He got me in contact with Nadia who then took care of the rest of the accommodations (hotel, transportation to/from airport and flight from Phnom Phen to Siem Reap the next day). Assistance provided by Remote Lands got us to Siem Reap on time.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

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By: susan

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2019

They were terrific.
Travel Advisor:  Shawna Owen

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By: KB

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2019

Our experience with Remote Lands was great. Everything went as planned from the time they met us at the airport until they took us back to the airport. Our guide and driver were fantastic.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Gerson