Overview

Add some group adventure to your vacations with a bicycle tour of Kuching and its surroundings. Cycle through picture postcard Malay kampongs while exploring local lifestyle. Visit a Malay wooden stilt house as well. You are never far from some of the world’s best-preserved forest and a structured effort to conserve wildlife when in Malaysia. Visit the Semenggoh Nature Reserve and the Matang Wildlife Centre, to understand the conservation efforts. Relax in the cooling water of the clear jungle streams and learn more about the Sarawak people at the Sarawak Cultural Village. You will also enjoy a boat ride to Bako National Park and explore some amazing flora & fauna that includes the elusive proboscis monkeys.

At Danum valley trek through one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Relax by swimming in mountain rivers and get a bird’s eye view of the forest from the canopied suspension bridge. Try to learn the ricks to spot some of the larger mammals of Borneo. Mornings become memorable with guided bird walks and treks through trails in the rainforest. Reach beautiful waterfalls and ancient cites while on the trails. The high point in the night walks with torch lights, again a time to learn the tricks of the jungle and spot some illusive local wildlife. This will be one tour that opens you up to mother nature like never before.

9 Nights 10 Days 08 Dec, 09 Dec, 10 Dec, and more Kuching International Airport
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • The tour covers 6-nights AC accommodation in a shared twin room that has a private bathroom
  • Danum Valley stay is in a twin-bed STANDARD chalet (non-air-conditioned) with fan and private bathroom
  • Detailed literary talks of the meals covered in the tour
  • All your transfers and tours will be with a local English-speaking driver/guides
  • English Speaking guides will be available on-site as well
  • Transfers and tours will be in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees and/or boat fees where ever applicable as per the program
  • Drinking water will be available on your vehicles
  • A night safari in a vehicle is included for animal spotting
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Air-travel Domestic or international to/from Malaysia, this can be quoted separately by us on request
  • Any optional tours you take
  • Charges for arranging guides for other languages if requested
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications – including phone bills, postage, gratuities and the likes
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the program
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Drinks with meals and bottled water
  • Porter charges, certificate, and the likes
  • Hotels may charge for early check-in and late check-out, this can be covered only if it is explicitly mentioned in the program
  • Additional baby seats while cycling are not part of the tour and are chargeable separately
  • Resort activities like "Kids Club", table-tennis, mini-golf and the likes available at Damai Beach Resort are as per resort charges and not covered in the tour
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Explore local lifestyle while Cycling through Kuching and nearby areas with stunning Malay kampongs
  • Learn more about the local Sarawak culture and visit inside a Malay wooden stilt house
  • Explore Semenggok Nature Reserve and Matang Wildlife Centre
  • Visit the world's oldest and best-preserved rainforests, wonder at the diversity of nature in local flora and fauna
  • Enjoy a night walk to spot some of Borneo's big mammals
  • Get mesmerized by scenic trails to fresh waterfalls and historic sites
Itinerary
Day 1: Kuching Arrival
  • A courteous English-speaking guide will be at the Kuching International Airport for facilitating your arrival and hotel check-in. You will be the guests of the Pullman Hotel, Kuching. It is a 30 min drive from the airport. The hotel offers stunning panoramic views of Kuching City and the Sarawak River.
  • The hotel is well equipped for young travelers including a children’s swimming pool. The rooms are spacious and designed for families as the core audience. Each family room (Triple Room) has a king-size bed and a single bed. The rooms are large enough for an extra bed to be added if need be.
  • The day is designed to give you some time to get used to the tropical climate and to relax away any jet lag that you may experience. The night stay at the hotel will surely be refreshing and luxurious. The hotel offers an exquisite range of dining options where the chefs take pride in local sourcing and quality produced ingredients for creating a lavish and extensive menu. Options include full-service restaurants, bar/lounge, and a café.
  • Meals included: None      
Day 2: Kuching Cycling Tour
  • The day starts with a cycling tour (Half day – 5hours). The children have a choice of kid bikes and junior bikes in a variety of sizes. Protective sports helmets are provided for the entire family.
  • The cycling trip covers as much of the heritage sites as possible. It takes you through the countryside and allows you to explore the Malay Kampongs (Local villages of indigenous people). These villages are dotted all along the banks of the great Sarawak river creating a striking contrast with the urban center that is Kuching. We will ride on wooden bridges and on the banks of the river. You will enjoy a relaxed and leisurely bicycle tour through the villages. Your guide will help you experience first-hand how the kampong people live. You will be visiting a traditional Malay wooden stilt house full of historical stories to tell. The local folks are friendly and like to interact, they never fail to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
  • We cycle to the local markets (most colorful during the weekends) called Kubah Ria. Experience the diverse color of tropical fresh fruits and vegetables, shop for local handicrafts, and discover a whole range of jungle produce including unique wild ferns, exotic vegetables, and even orchid plants. The market also provides a great chance to explore local delicacies, deliverance for the food lover in you. 
  • We now return to our hotel for a relaxed afternoon. Enjoy the hospitality of the hotel and relax for the rest of the evening. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
  • Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3: Semenggoh Nature Reserve Tour
  • A day of activity starts with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. We then travel to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, originally built to protect the Orangutans and to rehabilitate captive and orphaned ones back to the wild.
  • The reserve has its own rare flora and fauna including the giant squirrel, pigmy squirrel and splendid variety of birds. Trekking trails make Semenggoh an ideal place for wildlife photographers and nature lovers.
  • The highlight of the visit is a chance to see an Orangutan, your guide will help spot one during the morning feeding time. This is when the Orangutans swing down from the trees for a free handout of fruit. This reserve is one of the few places in the world where humans can interact with their shy jungle cousins.
  • We return to a relaxed afternoon at the hotel in Kuching. The night stay at the hotel will give you a chance to experience Malay hospitality like never before.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast  
Day 4: Kuching – Matang Wildlife Centre – Damai Beach
  • We check out of our hotel after breakfast. It is time for a 45 min drive to the Matang Wildlife Center. The Matang Wildlife Centre is part of the Kubah National Park. It houses endangered wildlife in large enclosed areas of rainforest and in spacious cages. The central attraction remains the Orangutan conservation programme. Matang includes spacious enclosures housing Sambar Deer, Crocodiles, Sun Bears, Civets, and Bearcats. The center has three large aviaries featuring Hornbills, Eagles, Kites, Storks and a host of other birds native to Sarawak.
  • A freshwater clear jungle stream runs next to the center and has some picturesque picnic spots just a short walk from the information center. The place also has four jungle trails. The much-preferred Pitcher Trail, which follows a circular path through the forest, takes approximately two hours and trekkers can hope of spotting various species of pitcher plants that litter the forest floor at the sides of the trail. One of the picnic spots is used for a quick packed lunch and some relaxation in the form of a dip in the refreshing stream waters.
  • We now start towards the Damai Beach resort which is about 1-hour drive from the Matang wildlife center. The Damai Beach Resort is designed with young families in mind. It offers 2 children's pools and a "Kids Club" with playground, board games, storybooks and organized activities (charges might occur depending on the activities offered) for its young guests. Table-tennis and mini-golf (both chargeable) are also on offer. The resort's twin-bedded Chalet Rooms are well furnished to take care of the needs of young families. We spend the rest of the evening engaging in activities at the resort and relaxing. One can also opt to relax at the beach. The night stay is arranged at the resort.
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 5: Sarawak Cultural Village Tour
  • We enjoy a simple Breakfast at the resort and start our visit to the village. This place is termed as the living museum of Sarawak and is just next to the Damai Beach Resort. The cultural center brings together the lifestyles and arts of the 7 major ethnic groups which form the traditional tribes of Borneo. These indigenous people stay in typical traditional houses and demonstrate parts of their daily work. Your guide will explain in great details about the different tribes and their background to give you a deeper understanding. The tour includes a vivid and colorful cultural show with the natives, dressed in their elaborate traditional costumes. We now return to the Damai Beach Resort then we have the rest of the afternoon free to ourselves for some relaxation and some great time with family at the beach. We spend the night relaxing at the resort
  • Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6: Bako National Part Tour
  • We have breakfast at the resort and start for a 30 min drive to the small village called Bako. From here we take a 20 min boat ride to reach the national park. The national park covers the northern tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula and is spread over an area of 27 sq km.  Bako contains a wide range of vegetation – swamp forest, scrub-like Padang vegetation, mangrove forest, dipterocarp forest, delicate cliff vegetation and more. Bako also contains a rich variety of wildlife and a coastline covered with small bays, coves, and beaches. The park has a number of well-marked trails offering interesting walks ranging from short pleasant strolls to serious full-day hikes. Visitors to Bako are almost guaranteed to see wildlife.  Long-tailed macaque monkeys and silver leaf monkeys are ever present, wild boar is often found rummaging around the park HQ, squirrels and monitor lizards are also common. There is every chance of seeing the rare and unusual proboscis monkeys on trails such as Telok Paku and Telok Delima, particularly if you go out late in the afternoon.
  • Once the tour is over we transfer back to the resort for some leisure time. We spend the night at the ever so pleasant Permai Rainforest Resort.
  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Day 7: Kuching Departure
  • It’s now time to wind down our adventure, the checkout is at 12:00 noon but you get a lot of time to enjoy the morning after a good breakfast at the resort. The transfer to the Kuching international airport will bring back memories of the last few days.
  • Your pick-up will be waiting at the Lahad Datu airport for a 2.5-hour drive to the Danum Valley, Borneo Rainforest Lodge. This will be our base for the 3 days we spend in Danum Valley. Danum Valley is one of the oldest rainforests in the world. It is unique as this was undisturbed by man before becoming a conservation area. Today it has evolved into one of the foremost rainforest research areas in South East Asia. The place now has a permanent research facility and an extensive trail system to explore. The valley is home to over 15,000 plant species, 94% of these belong to the dipterocarp genus. Other unique flora seen in the valley are pitcher plants.
  • We enjoy lunch and then go out trekking in the pristine rainforests of Borneo. The trails are designed to give splendid views of the forest along with options to swim in the rock ponds and there are some canopied suspension bridges to give you a bird’s eye view of the landscape. We return to the lodge for dinner and then go out exploring the forest to spot some of the larger mammals of Borneo.
  • Overnight stay is arranged at the Lodge’s twin bed chalet.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 8: Danum Valley
  • The ancient forest of Danum Valley is home to over 270 bird spices. We will go on a guided trail to spot some of the rare birds we can see in the valley. In the afternoon we will explore more trails which take us to some beautiful waterfalls and old burial sites. The dusk brings with it further exploration of the forests, this time for the predators that come out in the night.
  • Overnight stay at the chalet
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 9: Danum Valley
  • The beauty of this place is almost endless, it is photography lover’s paradise. Take a trek to the beautiful Fairy Falls and Serpent Falls. The walks will take almost the entire morning and by the time you return to the lodge, it would be lunchtime. The rest of the afternoon can be spent on your own exploring the treks or just relaxing. You can also opt for a guided trek along the Segama River, a beautiful trail that takes you deep into the virgin forests.
  • We return to the chalet for the night.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 10: Danum Valley – Lahad Datu
  • This is a day where you explore the bird trails on your own. Experience the wilderness and listen to the bird calls to spot them high-up in the forest canopy.  We return to the lodge for lunch and transfer to the Lahad Datu airport.
  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch.

Notes

  • This is a family tour designed for young families including children of any age
  • The tour detailed itinerary may change due to unforeseen events - we will cover all that we have stated here only the program by day may change. For example, if our program states a city tour on Day 1, it may be postponed to Day 3 instead. This is mostly a last-minute adjustment and will be without any prior notice
  • Some package can be booked on a private basis, but certain services may be on a shared basis only. This is to minimize impacts on the natural environment or if other circumstances require so.
  • Sightings of wildlife depend on several natural factors (e.g. weather) and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
  • All accommodation at Borneo Rainforest Lodge is managed by Borneo Nature Tours
  • Professional photography or filming requires prior permissions and is separately chargeable.
  • The local weather is quite unpredictable and heavy rains can sometimes make it difficult to cover all the activities, we may re-organize to best meet operational situations.
  • We reserve the right to change or cancel any or all part of the tour if conditions beyond our control demand such an action. Your safety will always be our priority number one.
  • All guests visiting Danum Valley are required to sign a letter of indemnity.
Pickup point
Directions.
Kuching International Airport (KCH/WBGG) (KCH), 900B, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia View on Map