4-Day Best of Kota Kinabalu (Superior)

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 4 Days

English    Kota Kinabalu

tour highlights

  • Discover the sights & sounds of Kota Kinabalu
  • Look out over the jungles of Borneo atop Mt Kinabalu
  • See the produce of the tribesmen at a local market
  • Trek to find the Nepenthes Rajah growing in the wild
  • Take a river cruise from Beaufort

tour details

After arriving in Kota Kinabalu (the land below the wind), enjoy some free time to relax before you head into the mountains to enjoy incredible views of Mt Kinabalu soaring 4,059 metres above the wild jungles of Borneo. En route, you’ll stop by a vibrant local market to see the local produce sold by the tribesmen of the area. Later, trek to a site on Mt Kinabalu where the endemic Nepenthes Rajah grows wild before exploring more flora in the Botanical Gardens. Next you’ll take a boat to an island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park to relax, swim or snorkel. Then, head to the town of Beaufort to embark on a river cruise in search of wildlife & marvel at the glittering array of lights appearing as the fireflies congregate on the tree canopies. End with some free time before your departure.

Why choose this tour?

Discover the sights and sounds of Kota Kinabalu on this 4-day journey. Look out over the jungles of Borneo from atop Mount Kinabalu, trek to find a unique flower, the Nepenthes Rajah, growing in the wild, take a river cruise from Beaufort and more.
    Arrive in Kota Kinabalu "Land below the wind". You will be met at the airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free at own leisure.

    Accommodation at Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

    Estimated driving time/distance:
    17 minutes, 8 kilometers

    Meal included:
    08:00 hours
    Depart your resort for a drive into the mountains. Enjoy scenic views of the mountain and valleys as you drive along the ridges of the Crocker range towards Mt Kinabalu. You should be rewarded with incredible views of Mt Kinabalu soaring majestically 4,059 meters from the jungles of Borneo. En route, we will stop by a local market to see the various local produce sold by the local tribesmen. Look out for traditional musical instruments, woven baskets, mats and other local handicraft. You will also have the opportunity to try out any local fruits that are in season. At Poring, join a jungle trail, venturing into the canopy walkway which is a series of bridges built 40m above the ground. This provides the visitor with a bird eyes view of the rainforest canopy. If time permits, take a dip in the therapeutic sulphur baths. After which, adjourn for lunch and proceed to the Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Visit the Mountain Garden with its collection of orchids and plants that are unique to Kinabalu. Depart the park and return to the city and your hotel.

    Accommodation at Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu.

    Estimated total driving time/distance:
    5 hours 30 minutes, 252 kilometers

    Meal included:
    09:00 hours
    The morning begins with the boat ride to an island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Relax under the shady trees on the beach, swim or snorkel. Simple packed lunch provided.
    Return to mainland by mid-afternoon.

    14:30 hours
    Depart for a 2-hour drive to the town of Beaufort. You will pass through scenic countryside passing by small towns to the Klias Wetlands and Mangrove Forest Reserve. Enjoy light refreshments before embarking on a river cruise in search of wildlife, such as the long nose Proboscis monkeys, long tail macaque, silver leaf monkeys and birds. As the sunsets, the glittering array of small Christmas lights appears as the fireflies congregate on the tree canopies (may be difficult to see if full moon or raining).

    Enjoy a local Malaysian dinner by the riverside restaurant before returning back to the luxury of your hotel.
    (Remarks: Boat transfer and river cruise by boat are always on shared basis / join in.)

    Accommodation at Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu.

    Estimated total driving time/distance:
    5 hours, 213 kilometers

    Meal included:
    After breakfast, free and easy until your transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to your hometown.

    Estimated driving time/distance:
    17 minutes, 8 kilometers

    Meal included:

    customise the tour

    • Include Mount Kinabalu Climb permit
    • Beach extension at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (Gaya Island)
    • Wildlife search in Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Tabin Wildlife Reserveā€¦
    • Upgrade to luxury vehicles with private guide include beverages packages and snacks, Wi-Fi and premium cold towel.


    • Accommodation in shared Twin/Double room, air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
    • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Local driver
    • Shared boat transfer and river cruise
    • Sightseeing/touring, entrance fees
    • Service charges


    • Optional tours
    • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Personal expenditure, such as tips to local guide, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
    • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
    • Visa


    • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
    • We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
    • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
    • For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS including passport details. Airfares and reservations are always subject to change.
    • Please be advised that prices may be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers and hotel room availability at time of booking
    • This is a quotation only and reservation for services has not been made nor has availability been checked.
    • Tours will be offered as stated in the program, but some may be done on different days than stated in the program. For example, if our program states a city tour on Day 1, it may be postponed to Day 3 instead, without
      any prior notice given.
    • All boat transfers and tour activities in the park are on join-in basis.

    Tour code: PKBCBP4B

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