Day 1: Kuala Lumpur-Kushing. Arrive Kuching by flight. Meet and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon City Tour - the start of the Borneo Adventure covering the Sarawak Museum - (closed on Fridays), Market Place, State Mosque and Historical Chinese Temple. Join a pontoon river cruise for a scenic view of the Astana - Residence of the former White Rajah and the surrounding area. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Pullman Kuching / Grand Margherita.
Day 2: Kuchimg-Lemanak River-Batang Ai. A 225-km car/coach journey takes you through lush green countryside dotted with padi fields, pepper gardens and rubber plantations, and flanked by rugged jungle-clad mountains. Along the way, stop off at the Serian farmer’s market, visit a pepper garden and view carnivorous pitcher plants. Stop for lunch at a roadside bazaar deep in Iban country. Arrive at Lemanak jetty mid-afternoon for a longboat ride up the Lemanak River, passing through typical Borneo countryside with an ancient long house tucked behind almost every bend in the river. Arrive at either Serubah or Nanga Kesit Longhouse and visit the “entire village under one roof.” Tour the longhouse and enjoy a demonstration of blowpipe shooting. Return down river for transfer to Batang Ai jetty. After a 20 minutes boat ride across the 24sq km Batang Ai Hydro Lake, arrive at the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Batang Ai-Kuchimg-Kota Kinabalu. Breakfast at the resort. Enjoy the view of the lake – it is sometimes shrouded in mist which makes it quite breathtaking. Depart for Kuching via the same route. Lunch is served en route. Drop off at the Kuching airport for flight (Suggest Flight MH 638 (1550/1715)) to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, meet and transfer to Shangri-la`s Tanjung Aru Resort/Novotel 1 Borneo. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: In Kota Kinabalu. Full Day Kinabalu National Park. Drive 2 hours overland (88 km) through padi-fields and Dusun villages over the ridges of the Crocker Range to the park headquarters of Kinabalu National Park. Nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage, Kinabalu Park is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Here, Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia towers majestically at 4095 m (13431 feet). Visit the Mountain Garden - home to many species of flowering rhododendrons, pitcher plants, ferns and plants. Enjoy a marked nature trail in the montane forest. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan. Depart Kota Kinabalu by flight (Suggest MH 2042 (0730)/0810) to Sandakan. Arrive Sandakan airport, meet and transfer to the world's largest - Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. The orphaned orangutans from logging sites, plantations and illegal hunting are rehabilitated before being released into the wild. See the primates being fed by the park wardens plus a video show. After lunch, embark on a 2-hour boat journey to Sukau Rain forest Lodge along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan. The journey takes you through the mangrove, wetland and rain forest habitats with a good chance of wildlife sightings.
In the late afternoon, take a two-hour river cruise to see the Proboscis monkeys as they settle down on treetops along the tributary of Kinabatangan River. Evening dinner & slide show conducted by in-house naturalist guide. Overnight at Lodge. Accommodation at Sukau Lodge is simple yet comfortable with modern amenities in room with electric fan and hot water. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu. After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat journey. Lunch at Sandakan. Transfer to airport for flight (Suggest MH2709 (1415 hours) – daily flight to Kuala Lumpur International Airport via Kota Kinabalu.
Recommended Personal Gear:
- Insect Repellent
- Good Walking Shoes
- Sun Screen (sweat proof)
- Sun Hat
- Swim Wear
- Tevas (sandals)
- Personal Toiletries
- Extra Light Cotton Clothing.
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