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Nick Jansen

My name is Nick and my great love is, alongside my Malaysian wife, Borneo. In 2011 I moved to the Malaysian part of this gigantic island to work in tourism here. I find it particularly interesting to put together unique journeys and to work with local people. There is so much to see and experience in Borneo, and with pleasure, I share my experiences with travelers. In my free time I often go out to discover a new waterfall or see wildlife in the green jungle.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Malaysia is a vast country with wild jungles and vibrant cities. I specialise in tours with a twist, for example exploring a less-known part of a city during a Food tour. Additionally, I specialise in tailor made expeditions into the wild, for example a 5-day hike to the tallest waterfall in Malaysia."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I studied Tourism Management in the Netherlands. During my third year I did my internship in Borneo. During that time I fell in love with travel and South East Asia. I finished my studies and moved to Malaysia. Now, years later, it's still the best decision I have made in my life."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The best experiences travelling in Malaysia is spending time with the locals in the rainforest. Without phones and internet, one will learn to look at the world in different ways. I have spent much time trekking the jungles with local tribes, as we were looking for wild Orangutans. One of the best experiences was celebrating the Harvest Festival at the Batang Ai National Park. During the Harvest Festival, friends and family from all over the country will visit a the traditional homestay. For one week there are celebrations with dance, games and delicious food!"

Nick is part of the following groups: Malaysia Travel Agents
Traditional boat on Sarawak River
Discover Sarawak: Off the Beaten Path in Malaysian Borneo - 14 Days

From the Deer and Lang Caves to trekking the limestone formations of the Pinnacles Trail, there is so much to do and see in Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo. Taste unusual delicacies and delectably fresh fruits, tour cultural centers, and wander through rainforests with an eye keen to see wildlife. Learn more about Bako and Mulu National Parks, village life, and touring by longboat with detailed days below.

An aerial view of an undisturbed beach in Kota Belud, just north of Kota Kinabalu
Discover Sabah: Off the Beaten Path in Malaysian Borneo - 14 Days

Sabah is an area rich with culture, astonishing wildlife, incredible natural landscapes, and wild adventure that, when combined, make this Malaysian state a true gem of Borneo. Some lesser-known experiences and off-the-beaten-trails throughout Sabah are a must-see to truly embrace the beauty and diversity of this stunning tropical destination. With expert insight, you'll find the best spots, views, markets, and food to experience Sabah as the locals do.

Wild orangutan in the Bornean jungle
Culture & Nature in Malaysian Borneo: From Kuching to Sandakan - 14 Days

This 14-day journey takes you deep into the heart of Malaysian Borneo. You will learn about some of the indigenous cultures that have inhabited the island for centuries, immersing in their traditions with local homestays. Simultaneously, you'll have a chance to get close to nature with jungle camp stays, excursions into national parks, and wildlife-watching safaris. In the end, you'll leave with an understanding of what makes Borneo—the third largest island in the entire world—so incredibly unique.

Canopy walk in the Bornean rainforest
Grand Malaysian Borneo Adventure: Sabah & Sarawak States - 22 Days

On this 22-day adventure, you will cross Malaysian Borneo. You'll start in the state of Sabah, where you'll do river safaris, visit the island's northernmost point, and hike the highest mountain in Malaysia. Then, you'll head to the state of Sarawak, where you'll explore bat caves, stay in the heart of the jungle, and spend time in the eclectic city of Kuching. Throughout your here, you'll see many unique species, including orangutans and the rafflesia flower, the largest flower in the world.

The Kinabatangan River
Borneo Nature Lodge - 4 Days

This four-day tour will take you into the heart of the jungle to search for pygmy elephants, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and Bornean gibbons. Spend your days scanning the shores as you cruise along the river and your nights wandering the jungle trails, always in search of the next wild, elusive jungle creature.

Borneo monkey in the wild
Borneo Eastern Wildlife Adventure - 5 Days

With flora and fauna unlike anywhere else in the world, the Borneo rainforest offers a thrilling experience to anyone willing to venture this far. During this 5-day journey, you will explore the jungle by both river and land in search of elusive wildlife, as well as encounter endangered species through the local conservation and rehabilitation centers.