About Us

Sticky Rice Travel is a boutique travel agency and operator that focuses on destinations in Malaysian Borneo. We plan personalized trips that explore sensitive ecosystems and indigenous cultures, all while adhering to our strict policy on low-impact, responsible travel. Our motto of meaningful adventures lives through our dedication to environmental conservation and the preservation of local communities and cultures. Join us as we blaze the trail for responsible travel in Malaysian Borneo.

Why Travel With Us

TAILOR-MADE TRIPS

Low impact travel means that we cater to smaller, more focused markets, including private departures for couples, family getaways, and small group requests. We create custom itineraries based on specific interests and travel styles, and assign each client to a travel consultant that helps build the itinerary from start to finish. Whether you know exactly what you want, or need some travel inspiration, our travel consultants are here to help you customize your ideal Borneo adventure.

NICHE TRAVEL

Are you a birder looking to visit Borneo for endemic birds? Or maybe a photographer looking to shoot wildlife in one of Malaysian Borneo’s conservation areas? The Sticky Rice Travel team has the capacity to cover a wide range of special interests and build programs that meet your specific needs. From birding to botany, from entomology to mammalogy, we know the best way to help you experience Borneo.

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE AND INSIDER ACCESS

Our knowledge of travel is based on personal experience, and our guides are some of the best in the business. Our consultants and guides have traveled extensively throughout Borneo and we’re continuously exploring new areas in order to keep our adventures unique and fulfilling. Along with having fun, we strive to engage conscious travelers and offer educational ways to experience Borneo through our private network of conservation organizations.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Sticky Rice Travel is built on the philosophy of responsible tourism. We understand the delicate balance between tourism and conservation, and promote adventures that appeal to the socially conscious traveler. We engage in environmental conservation with local conservation groups, advocate for the preservation of local cultures, and partner with operators that have similar ethics and values to ensure that our adventures are meaningful and memorable. Along with the classic Borneo trips, we also pledge to continuously promote community-based tourism initiatives that identify small-scale tourism as an alternative livelihood for rural or remote communities. We provide travelers with an intimate way to experience Borneo - not just seeing the sights, but getting a taste of the local culture.

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Customer Testimonials

A Rare Combination

Charlie - a quick note to say thanks you so much for an incredible adventure to Borneo. Renee and I (and Patti) felt so fortunate to have you as a expedition leader- what an amazing experience!!! I rarely - make that never - write after these types of trips but I have to say that you are the Lebron James of guides here. Not only are you knowledgeable in ornithology, herpetology, botany, primates, etc., speak Malay fluently, have an engaging, outgoing personality but most important is your enthusiasm about Borneo as well as your pleasure and excitement of teaching. A rare combination. You were absolutely terrific - a gem.

Charlie - a quick note to say thanks you so much for an incredible adventure to Borneo. Renee and I (and Patti) felt so fortunate to have you as a expedition leader- what an amazing experience!!! I rarely - make that never - write after these types of trips but I have to say that you are the Lebron James of guides here. Not only are you knowledgeable in ornithology, herpetology, botany, primates, etc., speak Malay fluently, have an engaging, outgoing personality but most important is your enthusiasm about Borneo as well as your pleasure and excitement of teaching. A rare combination. You were absolutely terrific - a gem.

Cecile Schneider

"Our guide adapted to all our requests, including long night drives and early birdwatching, which allowed us to see around 20 rare species of birds, small mammals and reptiles. The proficiency of our guide was really mindblowing. On top of this, the accommodation and food were also very good, which is impressive in such a remote area. Thumbs up for Sticky Rice!"

"Our guide adapted to all our requests, including long night drives and early birdwatching, which allowed us to see around 20 rare species of birds, small mammals and reptiles. The proficiency of our guide was really mindblowing..."

Dario M

"Me and my wife chose Sticky Rice to organize our trip to Sabah region (Borneo) and the service they offerd us has been perfect. Consultants are absolutely kind, polite and always ready to adjust your journey to best fit your needs in every situation. I warmly reccommend Orou Sapulot and Semporna Archipelago packages."

"Me and my wife chose Sticky Rice to organize our trip to Sabah region (Borneo) and the service they offerd us has been perfect. Consultants are absolutely kind, polite and always ready to adjust your journey to best fit your needs in every situation..."