Overview

This is a tour designed for the explorer in you. It starts with the city attraction of Kuching like the Urang Sarawak Gallery, Waterfront, and colonial buildings. Nature and its conservation is a major theme and we explore conservation efforts and the vast endemic flora and fauna at Semenggoh Nature Reserve and Bako National Park. The traditional lifestyle is included with a touch of luxury when visiting the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat. Local Markets and boat rides are how we reach here. Visit the former headhunters of Borneo after riding a traditional longboat to a native longhouse. A traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia will be the highlight of this visit. The Bako National Park is the perfect place to see Sarawak’s fauna & wildlife. Experience primary forest with botanical treasures as well as the elusive proboscis monkey and many other wildlife species. The next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu Caves. Many of the caves in the region hold world records for size, height, or length. Visit Lang’s Cave, Deer Cave, Wind Cave and the Clearwater Cave and springs. This is a medium length tour covering many aspects of the beauty of the region and its diversity.

8 Nights 9 Days 14 Dec, 15 Dec, 16 Dec, and more Kuching Airport
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • You will enjoy 8-nights in an Air-conditioned hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis. The hotel rooms will have a private bathroom
  • Meals are covered as stated in the detailed description
  • All tour and transfers are with local English-speaking driver or guides in as air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees and/or boat fees as stated in the program
  • Drinking water available on the vehicles
  • 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
  • Gifts for the visit to the longhouse, this is quite a tradition in this part of the world
  • Hotels charges for storage of Luggage and use of porter services
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Experience enchanting Kuching and its landmarks like the Urang Sarawak Gallery
  • Understand the conservation efforts at Semenggoh Nature Reserve and Bako National Park
  • Meet the former headhunters of Borneo at Batang Ai and watch them do a war dance
  • Be mesmerized by the wonderful stalagmites, stalactites, and other cave phenomena at Mulu
  • Watch as millions of bats form a living tornado as they spiral out of the caves in the evening
  • Travel by traditional boat to a local village
Itinerary
Day 1: Kuching Arrival
  • You will be received by an English-speaking guide at the Kuching International Airport and a transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Hilton arranged. Check-in to the hotel, the day is at leisure – explore the hotel or the nearby areas. Night stay at the hotel is arranged in standard rooms.
  • Meals included: none
Day 2: Kuching – City Tour
  • Enjoy a lavish spread at the Breakfast before starting for a half day tour to explore the city of Kuching. The city brings together a number of cultures and has a flavor of all including the Malay, Indian and Chinese culture. You will also get to learn about the rich history of Sarawak
    The tour highlights include the Gambier spice streets, India street, Urang Sarawak Gallery, the oldest Chinese temple in Sarawak, Kuching South City Hall, as well as the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. The tour will include visiting a Malay Village, the old State Mosque that is situated on the waterfront and the Civic Centre with the Chinese graveyard. Other places of interest that should not be missed are the Kuching Waterfront with a view of the Astana, the former "White Rajah Palace", and other colonial buildings. Once the city tour is over we return to the hotel for a relaxed afternoon. Night stay in standard rooms at the Hilton.
  • Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3: Semenggoh Nature Reserve – Batang Ai
  • A day of activity starts with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. We then travel to th e 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.
  • Our next destination is Batang Ai, where we spend time with the natives of Borneo. This is a 290 Km drive in an air-conditioned vehicle through the countryside. We will stop at local markets and enjoy the local flair throughout the drive. We will enjoy a few well-chosen stops along the way: the first one at Serian town, where we will visit a fascinating native fruit and vegetable market. The other stops include a visit to the pepper farm and a stop for lunch at "Lachau", a small upcountry Chinese village. At Lachau you may wish to make some last-minute shopping, for necessities such as insect repellent or for gifts for the Ibans.
  • The long road will take us to a beautiful lake called Batang Ai. The local lifestyle is what we are exploring on this trip, we shift to a traditional long boat for a 60-90 min boat ride over the lake to reach our resort. After check-in, the rest of the day is free to explore the facilities at the resort and for some relaxation after a long drive. The night stay is arranged at the Aiman Batang Ai Resort and Retreat. 
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 4: Iban Longhouse Tour
  • We enjoy an early breakfast at the resort and start our day with a visit to the former headhunters of Borneo. The journey to the Iban Longhouse involves a traditional longboat ride. On arrival, we interact with the resident families and relax over a cup of tea. Your guide will take you through the longhouse encouraging you to take part in daily activities. An elaborate local ritual is planned for your visit, The Ibans will sound their gongs and perform their traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia. You will be invited to join in, this can be a lot of fun even if you do not understand the local language. A native lunch will be served in the longhouse and we recommend you try the traditional rice wine called “tuak”. We now return to the resort. The afternoon provides you the chance to explore nature around the resort. Go on a short trek including a canopy bridge. Rest of the day is relaxed at the Aiman Batang Ai Resort. The night stay is arranged in the standard rooms of the resort.
  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Day 5: Batang Ai – Kuching
  • We enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the Aiman Batang Ai Resort before packing up for our return journey to Kuching. The long drive to Kuching will include a break for Lunch at our designated village.
  • A transfer by Airconditioned vehicle to the Hilton in Kuching is arranged. Overnight stay is arranged in standard rooms at the Hilton
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 6: Bako National Park Tour
  • We have breakfast at the hotel before we start on 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. A packed lunch will be served.
  • Once the tour is over we transfer back to the Hilton in Kuching. The rest of the evening is free for some more of city exploration. Overnight stay in standard rooms at the Hilton.
  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Day 7: Kuching Departure - Mulu Arrival – Mulu Caves Tour
  • We enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the hotel checkout. Transfer to the Kuching inter national airport for your onward journey to Mulu is arranged. You will be received at the Mulu airport, a quick transfer to your designated hotel follows. Once settled in comfortably, change into your trekking gear. We now move to the Mulu National Park Headquarters for registration. Lunch is arranged at the park’s canteen.
  • We start our adventure with a 45 min walk to the first set of caves. This walk is on narrow forest paths made of wooden planks that take you through riverine and lowland forests on limestone cliffsides.  The first cave we reach is the Lang’s cave which has an exquisite collection of stalagmites and stalactites. You are observing nature at its creative best, we recommend carrying a good camera for some stunning pictures. The next cave we visit is the Deer cave, this is famous for its passage which is the largest for any cave in the world. The Deer cave is also famous for its large (as many as 3 million) populations of bats. These caves are designated as world heritage by UNESCO.
  • Once the exploration of the caves is done we move to the bat observation platform. The site of millions of bats coming out of the caves in the dusk is simply mesmerizing. It appears like black streams emerging from the caves. You will require a good camera as the light is low when the bats finally decide to venture out in the evening.
  • We return to the park headquarters for a transfer to the hotel.
  • Meals provided: Breakfast and lunch             
Day 8Mulu Caves Tour – Mulu Departure
  • Breakfast is followed by check out from your hotel.
  • The day’s adventure begins with a half hour long boat ride. Our first shortstop is at a Penan settlement. This is your chance for understanding the old nomadic lifestyle of the people and indulge yourself in the local handicrafts market. The boat ride then takes us to the wind cave. A plank walk leads from the riverbank to the entrance of the Wind Cave. This cave is so named because of the cool breezes which you can feel at the narrow parts of the cave. This cave is part of the Clearwater system and has many impressive stalactites, stalagmites, flowrocks, helitites and rock corals. Some of these are illuminated in the ‘King’s” Room. A short walk takes us to the Clearwater springs, we take a short break here. 200 steps lead up through the forest to the mouth of Clearwater Cave. Clearwater is a fascinating cave system to scroll around, it has its own underground river system. Plank walks, paths and small floating bridges make this an easy and enjoyable experience. There are excellent photo opportunities for those who are bitten by the photography bug.
  • We now climb down the steps to the picnic area. At the base of the steps, there is a crystal-clear pool, swim in the pool or just relax on the picnic benches and admire the rainforest scenery. Lots of beautiful flora and fauna around, watch the swarms of butterflies that are often found fluttering around near the river bank. Your guide will help spot the Rajah Brooke butterfly with its huge bright-green colored wings. A simple picnic lunch is arranged at Clearwater spring.
  • Transfer to your hotel is arranged. The rest of the afternoon is available at leisure to enjoy the beautiful natural environment of the surrounding areas. There are a number of activities available at the Mulu world heritage area which one can join (separate from the tour). Interesting options include activities like canopy walk, a trek to a waterfall or a night walk. The park also has a short and easy botanical loop trail for you to explore. This trail has interesting information boards about the amazing flora of Mulu National Park. Mulu provides significant natural habitat for a wide range of plant and animal both above and below ground.
  • If you missed the bats the previous evening, now is a great time to walk up to the observation deck, this natural spectacle is worth a view any day.
  • Night stay is arranged at your hotel
  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch.
Day 9: Mulu Departure
  • The morning is relaxed with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. The last 2 days of natural wonders and the beauty of the place will all come back to you as you pack for the onward trip. We will have a transfer waiting to take you to the Mulu Airport for a flight to your next destination.
  • Meals included: breakfast  

Notes

  • We try our best to get the mentioned hotels, but during heavy bookings period, we may have to substitute within the offered category.
  • 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. These services include boat transfers & activities in the longhouse.
  • Sightings of wildlife depend on several natural factors (e.g. weather) and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
  • It is customary to bring some gifts for the Iban longhouse people, which can be divided by the number of families. Your guide can assist you during one of the stops en-route to buy some suitable presents. This custom is only applicable to Iban longhouse tours.
  • The longhouse stay is simple, and we request you to please travel light. Your luggage can be kept safe at your hotel in Kuching.
Pickup point
Directions.
Kuching International Airport (KCH/WBGG) (KCH), 900B, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia View on Map