DISCOVER BORNEO

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18th May 2020

Date

May 2020

Duration

10 Days

Price

$3799 AUD

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Available

Date

May 2020

Duration

10 Days

Price

$3799 AUD

Availability

Open

Date

May 2020

Duration

10 Days

Price

$3799 AUD

Availability

Open

Date

May 2020

Duration

10 Days

Price

$3799 AUD

Availability

Open

Date

May 2020

Duration

10 Days

Price

$3799 AUD

Availability

Open

Date

May 2019

Duration

10 Days

Price

$3799 AUD

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Discover Borneo

Join me on this 10-day journey into the most spectacular and extraordinary regions of Malaysian Borneo and Brunei. We begin this adventure in Sarawak, “Land of the Hornbills” where we first meet our distant relative, the orangutan. Travel through inland rainforests to visit the indigenous villages of the Iban headhunters. Continue North to Sabah the “land below the wind”, and home to one of South East Asia’s highest mountains, Mt Kinabalu. Enjoy a guided tour of the National Park and cross the walkway in the canopy of the rainforest. Travel along mighty rivers in search of the many animals that call this country home. End the tour with a day in rich Brunei.

Sarawak

“Land of the Hornbills”

DAY 1: Arrive Kuching

Welcome to Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, “Land of the Hornbills”. Upon your arrival in Kuching, you will be met and transferred to the impressive Pullman Hotel where Dee will be waiting for you. Enjoy your afternoon relaxing before meeting your fellow travellers for an enjoyable evening cruising along the Sarawak River. Witness the unique architectural, culinary and religious influences that have impacted Sarawak’s capital over the centuries.

Be enthralled by the landmarks of a bygone era whilst enjoying a buffet dinner and traditional dancing.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Pullman Kuching (Superior Room)

DAY 2: Kuching

After a good nights rest and a sumptuous breakfast, it is time to explore Kuching, a picturesque riverside city. Our first stop will be to introduce ourselves to the city’s most famous ambassador, the Cat Monument. We will then continue to stroll through the streets of old Kuching.

The Brooke Gallery enables us to step back into history where we learn the story of one of the most remarkable kingdoms in history: Sarawak and the White Rajahs. James and Charles Brooke forged a unique bond with the people and together built the foundations of today’s Sarawak.

After lunch venture into the foothills of Mount Santubong to visit Sarawak Village. Observe the authentic and contrasting designs of houses and structures built by Orang Ulu, Bidayauh, Iban and Melanau indigenous groups, as well as Malay and Chinese architecture. This living museum allows you to participate in everyday activities such as wood carving, sugar can crushing, weaving. Try your skills on a Penan blowpipe and listen to the enchanting melodies of a traditional Orang Ulu Sape. Our visit will conclude in the villages amphitheatre witnessing a multicultural performance.

After returning to the hotel and freshening we will take a stroll through the White Rajahs era and visit the Pavilion and the Grand Old Post Office en route to dinner.

This evening you may wish to pack down and leave your main luggage at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Pullman Kuching (Superior Room)

DAY 3: Kuching
Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre & Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse

Today we leave the city limits of Kuching to visit our closest and favourite cousins, the orang utan at the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Learn about their techniques developed for the rescue, rehabilitation, retraining and relocation of the orang utans by one of the dedicated rangers. Afterwards, we will continue our journey to visit Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse that houses over 80 families. Learn about the 175 years of history of this Bidayuh tribe.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Pullman Kuching (Superior room)

DAY 4: Kuching - Kota Kinabalu
Today we depart Sarawak and fly north to Sabah and the capital Kota Kinabalu, “Land below the wind” or KK as the locals call it. Enjoy some free time at the hotel or exploring the city before a buffet dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Grandis Kota Kinabalu (Superior Room)

Sabah

“Land below the wind”

DAY 5: Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - Kinabatangan River

This morning we have an early morning transfer to the airport for our flight over Mt Kinabalu (highest mountain in South East Asia) to the eastern city of Sandakan. On arrival, we will be met and transferred to the world famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Here we will witness young orang utans playing and exercising in the nursery before journeying to the feeding platforms to observe them in their natural habitat. Afterwards, we will venture next door to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. After an exciting morning, we will tear ourselves away to transfer to the Jetty for our thrilling boat ride up the Kinabatangan River. Enroute we will stop for lunch at the Abai Jungle Restaurant before continuing on to Sukau and the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.

If today could not already be exciting enough, we will transfer into smaller boats for a sunset cruise in search of wildlife along the river.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge (Limited Air-Con Room)

DAY 6: Kinabatagan River

Before breakfast, we will enjoy an early morning boat cruise to Oxbow lake. This is a great time for bird watching. After a well-deserved breakfast, we will drive to Gomontong Caves to explore Sabah’s largest bird’s nest caves home to millions of Bats and swiftlets. The local communities collect the swiftlets nest which are highly prized by the Chinese as a delicacy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge (Limited Air-Con Room)

DAY 7: Kinabatagan River - Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu
This morning we travel back along the river to Sandakan and visit the Sandakan Memorial Park. Here we will learn about the Sandakan prisoner of war camp and learn about the  Sandakan Death March. We will take an evening flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Accommodation: Hotel Grandis Kota Kinabalu (Superior Room)

DAY 8: Kota Kinabalu - Mt Kinabalu National Park

Today we journey up South East Asia’s highest mountain and into the Kinabalu Park World Heritage site. The jagged granite peaks of Mt. Kinabalu (4095m) towers above one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park is a natural wonder that offers day visitors a glimpse into the fascinating and often unique world of flora within the park. Enroute visit some local fruit stalls and market. Afterwards, visit the Ranau Monument before proceeding onto Poring Hot Springs.

Walk through the rainforest and witness life in the treetops as you walk along the 100ft high Canopy Walkway (If Canopy walkway is closed, it will be replaced with a visit to the Poring Garden).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Accommodation: Hotel Grandis Kota Kinabalu (Superior Room)

DAY 9: Kota Kinabalu - Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) - Kota Kinabalu

This morning we will take an early flight to rich Brunei and the capital Bandar Seri Begawan, or Bandar as the locals call it. Be blinded by the golden chariot in the Royal Regalia, visit the Sultan Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque and Kampong Air (the largest water village in the world).

We finish this magnificent day with a special afternoon tea at the Empire Hotel & Country Club before transferring to the airport for our flight home to Kota Kinabalu. Upon returning the hotel join your fellow passengers for a special farewell party to celebrate our wonderful adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Party Snacks

Accommodation: Hotel Grandis Kota Kinabalu (Superior Room)

DAY 10: Depart Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast, we say our sad farewells as you will be transferred to the airport for your journey home.

Highlights

  • Visit Semenggoh Orang utan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Visit an Iban Longhouse
  • Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Visit the Bornean Sunbear Conservation Centre
  • Search for wildlife on the Kinabatangan River
  • Pay our respects at Sandakan War Memorial
  • Visit Mt Kinabalu National Park
  • Enjoy a high tea at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Brunei

Inclusions

  • 9 breakfasts (2 boxed), 7 lunches, 1 High Tea, 5 dinners & a farewell party 
  • Professional & experienced Tour Director, Danielle (Dee)
  • Professional & experienced Local Guide and driver in Sarawak, Sabah & Brunei
  • Entrance and Park Fees (as per itinerary)
  • All accommodation, meals and transport (as per itinerary)
  • All economy flights as per the itinerary (taxes included)
  • All hotel & tourism taxes
  • Return airport transfers (arrival & departure)
  • Tipping and gratuities to guides and drivers
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities)

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses
  • Photography/ Video fees
  • Personal Travel Insurance (booking requirement)
  • Visas and Vaccinations (if required)
  • International flights to Kuching and from Kota Kinabalu
  • Personal expenses

Accommodation

  • Pullman Hotel, Kuching
  • Grand Regis, Kota Kinabalu
  • Sukau Lodge, Kinabatangan River

Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

 

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