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Malaysian Nature Trails – Borneo

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14 days / 11 nights
Availability : July 2019 - December 2019
London
Kuala Lumpur

Tour Details

Eturia proposes a unique holiday in the island of Borneo, Malaysia. You will visit Kuching, the capital of the Serawak region, the most populous city on Borneo’s island. You will have the chance of living an unforgettable adventure that gives an insight into the everyday life of indigenous people. You will get close to Borneo’s wildlife, including the endangered orangutans. The visit to Sepilok will take you to the world’s most famous place to see the orangutans in their natural habitat, the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center.

 

 

Departure & Return Location

London

Price Includes

  • International flight tickets: London - Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur - London
  • Domestic flight tickets:Kuala Lumpur - Kuching; Kuchig - Sandakan; Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu; Kota Kinabalu - Kuala Lumpur
  • Airport fees for domestic and international flights
  • 11 nights accommodation at the mentioned hotels, in the specified type of rooms
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All the transfers and tours as described above
  • Transportation in sharing basis
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking local guide for the included tours and visits
  • Travel tips
  • Medical & Travel insurance
  • Service fees
  • 24/7 emergency phone number

Price Excludes

  • Excess baggage charge
  • Tips for local guides and drivers
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Optional tours
  • Non-included meals (lunch and dinner do not include drinks)
  • Personal expenses (minibar items, phone, internet, safe lock, cleaning services, babysitting, etc.)

Top Attractions

Serawak Cultural Village

Sepilok Urang Utan Rehabilitation Center

Kota Kinabalu

Off the Beaten Track Experience

Cultural show of the Serawak tribes

Visit Bidayuh Tribe longhouse and have lunch with a local family

Cooking class in Kuching

Early morning river cruise on Ox-Bow Lake

Itinerary

Day 1Departure London

Day 2Arrival Kuala Lumpur

Transfer airport – hotel in Kuala Lumpur (PVT)
Upon arrival at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, you are waited by our guide and driver. They will directly transfer you to your hotel for overnight.

Day 3Kuala Lumpur - Kuching

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Transfer hotel – airport Kuala Lumpur (PVT)
You will be transferred to the airport in Kuala Lumpur for the flight to Kuching.

Flight Kuala Lumpur – Kuching

Transfer airport – hotel in Kuching (SIC)
Upon arrival, our friendly representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Kuching half day city tour (SIB)
This is a comprehensive tour where you can see all the places of attraction around this historical city. The tour begins with a drive to see the gigantic Cat Status (mascot of the city) at Padungan before cruising through Chinatown and a stop at the Tua Pek Kong temple (1876) – the oldest in Sarawak. From the temple, you can get a good view of the imposing Fort Margherita (1879) and the Waterfront Esplanade. The route passes through the superbly-designed St. Joseph Cathedral, the Syariah (Muslim) Court, Satok Market and traditional Malay houses built on stilts. Take a photo stop at the magnificent-looking Mosque built along the river bank. Drive pass Gambier Street (famous for spices), look out for the old Colonial Law Court House – complete with a Clock Tower and a granite obelisk built in memory of Rajah Charles Brooke.
Across the river, is a good view of the majestic Astana (1870) – former palace of White Rajahs and the imposing State Assemble Building. Take a short walk at the Waterfront or Main Bazaar for shopping and drop-in at the Chinese Museum. The tour will end at the Cat Museum, which is acknowledged as one of the finest.

Day 4Kuching

Breakfast
Enjoy an early breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Bako National Park Visit (PVT)
Meet the local guide in the hotel foyer after an early breakfast for the 35- minute drive to Kampung Bako. Upon arrival at Bako village, walk to the pier and take a 25-minute boat ride to Bako National Park, the oldest national park in Malaysia. There are 16 diverse walking trails within this unique biome, containing all the plant species found in Borneo. Proboscis monkeys gather by the beach in the mid-afternoon, catching crabs as the tide changes. This is a great location to watch these animals in the wild.
NOTE: As Bako National Park is only accessible on the high and moderate tides, some changes to this program may be necessary – the guide will advise.

Lunch
You will have lunch at a local restaurant.

Sarawak Cultural Village Visit (PVT)
You will spend time exploring and learning from the guide the ethnic houses; Bidayuh Longhouse, Iban Longhouse, the Penan Hut, the Orang Ulu Longhouse, the Melanau House, the Malay House and a Chinese Farm House. These houses are built in their authentic style and traditional artefacts. Watch how the womenfolk make intricate bead-necklaces and baskets, observe their traditional cooking methods, admire the refined skills of their male counterpart in handling the deadly blowpipe, making the Parang Ilang (ceremonial sword) or casting their fishing nets into the man-made lake. A 45-minute Cultural Show gives a fantastic insight into the traditional dress and cultural dancing of the tribes of Sarawak. Charming Orang Ulu maidens following the pattern of the hornbill, the rugged Iban warrior performing to the rhythm of deep gongs and rainforest musical instruments.

Dinner
Dinner at the Cultural Village before returning to Kuching.

Day 5Kuching

Breakfast
Have an early breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.

Semenggoh Nature Reserve visit (PVT)
You will start off early with a transfer to visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve, a large enclosed area of rainforest which is home to endangered Orangutans rescued from captivity and kept for rehabilitation. During the scheduled feeding time, some orangutans may descend from the rainforest to the lower branches of trees near the feeding platform. Those who are in luck will be offered a wealth of facial expressions by mankind’s closest relative.

Bidayuh Tribe’s Longhouse cycling tour with lunch (PVT)
After the feeding time, it’s time to start riding. Using winding rural back road, we pedal through a series of kampongs dotted with small scale pepper farms, rice fields and plantations. We arrive at a large and old Bidayuh Tribe’s longhouse that houses over 80 families and boasts a history of 500 years in existence. Join one of the host family in the longhouse to enjoy freshly cooked bamboo chicken and wild jungle vegetable on tanju (patio) of the longhouse.

Cycle up to 20km at leisure – easy, flat terrain.

Cooking Class and dinner (PVT)
Transfer back to Kuching for a 3 hour cooking class from 1630 – 1930. Cook with fresh organic ingredients from the rainforest. Prepare this crunchy delicacy, along with a main dish and a dessert that’s served in a pandan-leaf basket you weave yourself.

Day 6Kuching - Sandakan

Transfer hotel – airport in Kuching (PVT)
You will be transferred to Kuching airopot for your onward flight.

Flight Kuching – Kuala Lumpur- Sandakan

Transfer airport – hotel Sandakan (PVT)
Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport, meet with the English-Speaking Guide and transfer to your hotel.

Day 7Sandakan - Sukau

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Visit Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
Meet the guide at hotel lobby and drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. At this centre, observe man’s closest relative “the Orang Utan” being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo. Proceed to the free roaming area feeding platform for the feeding sessions of Orang Utans at 10:00 hrs. Next, continue your visit to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The centre helps to improve the living condition of the rescued sun bear and released to its natural behaviours in the 2.5ha enclosed forest.

Transfer Sandakan – Sukau by boat
Depart from the Sepilok Centre and transfer to jetty in Sandakan for scheduled boat which departs at 12:00 hrs.

Lunch
Take an hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary and you will be having your lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. This wonderful journey of discovery starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. Continue the journey via boat to Sukau village in search of primates such as the endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other Wildlife. Upon arrival in Sukau, check-in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.

Dinner
Enjoy your dinner at the lodge.

Day 8Sukau

Morning River Cruise to Ox-Bow Lake
Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Take an early morning river trip to the Ox-Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning ambience of the longest river in Sabah.

Breakfast
Return to the lodge to enjoy your breakfast.

Gomantong Bird Nest Caves Tour
Explore the largest bird’s nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of Bats and Swiftlets. The nest of the swiftlets is collected for the famous Chinese edible bird nest soup. Return to the lodge and free at own leisure.

Lunch
Have lunch at the lodge. Speend your time walking around or relaxing at the sun deck while reading your favourite book from the mini library and enjoying the river view.

Evening River Cruise
Proceed with the afternoon river cruise in the search for more wildlife’s.

Dinner
Enjoy your dinner at the lodge.

Day 9Sukau - Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Transfer Sukau – Sandakan (SIC)
After breakfast, transfer via boat back to Sandakan.

Lunch
Upon arrival at the jetty, proceed with transfer for lunch before dropping off at Sandakan Airport for onwards flight.

Flight Sandakan – Kota Kinabalu

Transfer airport-hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Upon arrival on the Kota Kinabalu Airport, you’ll be waited by the driver and transferred to the hotel.

Day 10 - 11Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Free days
Spend your free days at leisure, relaxing at the beach or exploring Kota Kinabalu on your own.

Day 12Kota Kinabalu - Kuala Lumpur

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Transfer hotel – airport in Kota Kinabalu (PVT)
Transfer to airport for flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Flight Kota Kinabalu – Kuala Lumpur
Departure Kota Kinabalu 13:55; arrival Kuala Lumpur 16:25; Air Asia

Transfer airport – hotel in Kuala Lumpur
Upon arrival our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the Kuala Lumpur hotel.

Day 13Departure Kuala Lumpur

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Half day city tour Kuala Lumpur (PVT)
Visit the National Mosque or in Malay the Masjid Negara, which is the most distinguished mosque in KL. You will also pass the Moorish-styled Federal Court, the old Railway station which is a striking piece of Mohammedan architecture, the Tudor-styled Cricket Club and Independence Square.

Transfer hotel – airport in Kuala Lumpur
You will be transferred to the Kuala Lumpur airport for your flight home.

Day 14Arrival London

Meals included: 9 breakfast, 4 lunch, 5 dinner

Accommodation options

Standard
Availability Rates

1st of September – 19th of December 2019

 

£2,580 per person

1st of July – 31st of August 2019

 

£3,080 per person

 

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