Day 1: Kuala Lumpur-Kuching. 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: Kuching-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 longhouse 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-Kuching. 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 Hilton Kuching/Holiday Inn for overnight. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Kuching-Mulu. Take the early morning flight to Miri and connect to Mulu. On arrival, transfer to Royal Mulu Resort. In the afternoon, depart for 3-km plank walk to visit Deer and Lang caves and wait for bat exit at the observatory before returning late evening to resort for overnight. Includes: (B).
Day 5: In Mulu. After breakfast, depart by longboat journey for short stopover at penan settlement (semi nomadic tribe of Sarawak) before continuing on to Wind and Clearwater caves. Return to resort at mid afternoon. Rest of the day – relax in this unique resort by the pool or indulge yourself in the Spa or Massage treatment. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Mulu-Kota Kinabalu. Transfer to airport for flight to Miri to connect to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, meet and transfer to Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort/Novotel 1Borneo. Includes: (B).
Day 7: In Kota Kinabalu. Full Day Kinabalu Park and Poring Hotspring. 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 Malaysia towers majestically at 4095 m (13431 feet). From the mountain oak-chestnut forest proceed to the lowland dipterocarp forest at Poring. Cross a Canopy walkway to view epiphytes growing on the treetops. If time permits, you will be able to take a dip at the Hot Springs where the sulfuric content of the natural springs are said to have therapeutic value. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan–Selingan Island. Depart Kota Kinabalu by flight to Sandakan. Arrive Sandakan airport, meet and transfer to jetty for a 45 minute boat ride by speedboat to Selingan Island. On arrival, register at the Turtle Island Park’s Headquarters and check into the chalets. After lunch at the Cafeteria, you are free at leisure to go swimming or snorkeling. After dinner, wait for the ranger's call to observe turtles laying their eggs. The eggs will then be transferred to the Hatchery and if there are any young turtle hatchlings, you will have the opportunity to observe the release of the turtles into the sea. Overnight at Chalet. Photography are strictly prohibited between 6pm–6am. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Selingan-Sandakan-Sukau. Return to Sandakan by boat and proceed to the world's largest - Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. 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 and slide show conducted by in-house naturalist guide. Overnight at Sukau 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 10: Sukau–Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu. After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat journey. Lunch at Sandakan. Transfer to airport for flight – daily flight to Kuala Lumpur International Airport via Kota Kinabalu. Includes: (B), (L).
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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