Malaysia is a developed Asian nation offering first-class facilities, an extensive range of well-serviced national parks and nature reserves and a bounty of quality birds and mammals; simply put, this is the perfect destination for a birding tour! On this adventure, we will visit some of Asia’s most famous birding sites, including the Panti Forest, Danum Valley - protecting the largest rainforest in Southeast Asia, and Sepilok targeting the sole members of three monotypic families (Rail-babbler, Shrikejay, and Bristlehead) along with a rich mix of typical south-east Asian birds as well as several rare species and Bornean endemics. As if this wasn’t enough, it is also one of the best countries in Asia to enjoy rainforest mammals and we can expect some incredible creatures, including Orangutan, several species of Gibbon, Mouse-Deers and if we are lucky, Leopard Cat!


Top Birds

Bornean Bristlehead, Crested Shrike-jay, Rail-Babbler, Wrinkled and Rhinoceros Hornbills, Diard's Trogon, Mountain and Malaysian Peacock-pheasants, Great Argus, and up to six pittas. 

Top Mammals

Orangutan, Leopard Cat, Clouded Leopard, several species of Gibbon, Red Giant Flying-Squirrel, Pygmy Elephant, and Mouse-deers. 

Habitats Covered

lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, rivers, wetlands, coastal mudflats

Expected Climate

generally hot and humid, cooler in highlands, some rain expected

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper Leader & Local Leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate pace, walking on forest trails can be undemanding, some longer hikes


comfortable to luxurious hotels and resorts

Ease of Birding

moderate with some challenging species

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

Adam Walleyn
JB & CM, Malaysia & Borneo 2020

Our local leader and Adam Walleyn made a great team; we appreciated Adam’s great skill at spotting and identifying the mammals and herptofauna, which is an important part of any birding trip for us.

Glen Valentine
JW & MW, Malaysia & Borneo

We felt that the trip was very well organised and efficient so we could spend as much time in the field as possible. Glen was a terrific guide - excellent birder as well as his concern that everyone was seeing the birds. Glen was very even in his manner at all times and with everyone.

Glen Valentine
SP, Malaysia & Borneo

Glen did a fantastic job on this tour. Birding in the lowland rainforest looking for Pittas was certainly a challenge! Glen was informative, patient and persistent, and did his best in making sure that the entire group saw these fascinating birds. The itinerary was comprehensive, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. Overall, a wonderful trip.

Richard Lindie
BM, Malaysia & Borneo 2018

The ability of our guide, Rich Lindie, to locate the birds from the faintest movement or call under difficult and trying conditions was outstanding.

Glen Valentine
CM, Malaysia & Borneo

Our tour was really exceptional, and our guide, Glen Valentine, was fabulous!!! Being in the jungle meant our views were narrowed, but Glen went out of his way to make sure everyone had a chance to see these exceptional birds.

Malaysia & Borneo - Bird Families 2024

10 Aug 2024 - 21 Aug 2024 (12 days)

MYR34,950 - 4 Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Paul Varney

Tour price (Per person): MYR34,950 * USD7,444 * GBP6,074 * EUR7,026 * AUD11,484

Single Supplement: MYR4,200 * USD895 * GBP730 * EUR844 * AUD1,380

Flight costs: MYR1,320 * USD281 * GBP229 * EUR265 * AUD434

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