• Cruising the Kinabatangan River in search of Borneo wildlife
  • One of the Islands in the TAR Marine Park in Kota Kinabalu
  • The Golden Glow of Caves in Mulu, Sarawak, Borneo
  • Long Boat ride to Temburong in Brunei

Heart of Borneo

20 days Amazing Borneo Journey

Follow us in this Borneo package and explore the best of Borneo! This journey will take you through the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the small sovereign Sultanate of Brunei. Experiencing unique encounters with local tribes, traditional longhouses, amazing wildlife and rainforests to indulging in the modern city life and enjoying the island beach resort.

Included: Many meals • Tours • Guides • Entrance fees • Accommodations • Transport

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Day 1
Arrival at Kuching, Sarawak

Upon arrival at the Kuching International Airport, we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel, where you will have the night to yourself. This is a great opportunity for you to explore the Malaysian kitchen.

Included

Pick up from Kuching Airport • Accommodation at Grand Margherita [Superior]

Day 2
Kuching city tour and Sarawak Cultural Village

Start your day with the Kuching City tour. The tour will give you an introduction to Kuching – a charming, green and airy city that offers a mix of well-preserved British Colonial Buildings and graceful modern architecture.

Visit Chinatown, Chinese History Museum, Colonial Centre and the Cat Monument. Ascend the Civic Center Tower for a bird’s eye view of Kuching and learn the history and culture of Sarawak at the renowned Sarawak Museum of ethnology.

You will then proceed with a 40-minute journey to the Sarawak Cultural Village, which is also known as the 'Living Museum'. This village showcases an exact traditional house replica of the seven major ethnic races in Sarawak namely, Iban, Bidayuh, Penan, Orang Ulu, Melanau, Malay and Chinese.

Visit each house and learn about their cultures and history. Participate in various activities and enjoy a cultural dance performance before returning to your hotel for the night.

Included

English speaking guide • Entrance fees • Accommodation at Grand Margherita [Superior]

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch

Day 3
Kuching / Batang Ai Resort

Start the day with a pleasant drive to the Semenggoh Orangutan Centre. Walk through the scenic Forest Reserve to the feeding platform and witness the Orangutans swaying from the treetop canopy as they climb down for the feeding.

Continue with a four-hour drive, passing through the scenic countryside of rainforest, pepper and rubber plantations. Make a pit stop at Serian town to visit an excellent farmers market and pepper plantation.

After lunch, continue with a drive to Batang Ai Hydro Dam and take a 20-minute ferry ride across the lake to the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort.

Included

English speaking guide • Entrance fees • Transportation • Accommodation at Batang Ai Resort

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 4
Batang Ai Resort

After breakfast, embark on a native longboat tour for a day of exploring the Ulu Ai River and its Iban Longhouse communities.

Here, you can take part in the welcoming ceremony of native dance, music and gong-beating. Try your hands on the blowpipe and taste the local brew of rice wine. A bamboo picnic lunch will also be arranged by the riverbank.

Return to the resort in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at the Batang Ai Resort.

Included

English speaking guide • Accommodation at Batang Ai Resort

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 5
Batang Ai Resort/Kuching

After breakfast, you will take a ferry ride to the Batang Ai Terminal for your journey back to Kuching. Lunch will be provided at the Ranchan Waterfall Restaurant. Arrive in Kuching in the late afternoon.

Included

English speaking guide • Accommodation at Grand Margherita [Superior]

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch

Day 6
Kuching / Mulu

Pick up from your hotel in Kuching and transfer to the Kuching International Airport to catch the flight to Mulu.

Upon arrival at Mulu Airport, our representative will meet you and you will be transferred to your accommodation at the Royal Mulu Resort.

In the afternoon, you’ll do a three-kilometer trek on a plank walk to the Deer Cave and Lang Cave. Late in the evening, witness the exodus of thousands of bats at the observatory before you return.

Included

Transfer to Kuching Airport • Pick up from Mulu Airport • Accommodation at Marriott Mulu Resort • Entrance fees • English speaking guide

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 7
Mulu

After breakfast, proceed by longboat to Batu Bungan, a Penan Settlement for a visit.

Continue the boat journey to the Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. Enjoy a picnic lunch and have a swim in the Clearwater spring before returning to Mulu for an overnight stay.

Included

English speaking guide • Accommodation at Marriott Mulu Resort

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 8
Mulu / Miri / Brunei

Transfer to Mulu Airport for the flight to Miri. Upon arrival in Miri, you will go on an two-hour overland journey to Brunei Darussalam.

Check–in at your hotel and have a short rest before proceeding to a short tour of the Brunei city.

The highlights of the tour include visit to the Brunei Museum, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, The Royal Regalia Exhibition Hall, Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque and photo stop at the entrance of the biggest residential palace in the World – Istana Nurul Iman, which is the official residence of His Majesty The Sultan of Negara Brunei Darussalam.

Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Included

Transfer to Mulu Airport • Pick up from Bandar Seri Begawan Airport • Entrance fees • Accommodation at 4-star hotel

Meals

Breakfast

Day 9
Batang Duri

Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the jetty to catch a water taxi to Bangar, Temburong. The ride takes about 45 minutes.

Upon arrival at Bangar, you will be transferred to Bukit Patoi for a trek up to the summit of Bukit Patoi. Later, you will be transferred to Batang Duri to check-in.

Relax and enjoy swimming or go on a hideaway into the tree house overhanging by the riverbank. You will also get a chance to assist in preparing dinner with bamboo.

In the evening, enjoy your dinner or opt for a night walk while spotting nocturnal wildlife. The overnight stay is at Batang Duri.

Included

Land and boat transfer to Ulu Temburung National Park • Entrance fees • English speaking guide • Accommodation at Batang Duri

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 10
Ulu Tempurung National Park – Brunei

Depart for your day adventure at the Ulu Temburong National park. You will depart by the “Tamuai” – a local Iban longboat upstream to reach the Forestry Registration office for registration.

After that, you will start trekking up to the canopy walkway to enjoy a breathtaking view and indulge in the serenity of the rainforest.

Later, you will trek back to the base and continue your day adventure with a nature trek to the waterfall where you can swim in the cool natural pool or just relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

Transfer back to the terminal house, freshen up and enjoy your lunch. After that, you will be transferred back to Bangar and take a boat back to Bandar Seri Begawan for a return transfer to the hotel.

Included

Land and boat transfer to Bandar Seri Begawan • English speaking guide • Accommodation at 4-star hotel

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch

Day 11
Brunei/Sabah (Kota Kinabalu)

Depart from your hotel for a transfer to the Bandar Seri Begawan airport. Today, your destination is Kota Kinabalu. We will meet you at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and transfer you to your hotel for the night.

Included

Pick up from Kota Kinabalu Airport • Accommodation at Hotel Grandis [superior Room]

Meals

Breakfast

Day 12
Kinabalu Park & Poring

Take a two-hour drive through the native villages and enjoy the panoramic view of the valleys of the Crocker Range heading towards the Mount Kinabalu National Park.

Visit the Natural History Gallery for a short introduction of the park. Then, take a walk with your guide to explore the rich diversity of plant species inhabiting the montane forest. Kinabalu Park boasts more than 5,000 vascular plant species, an estimated 1,000 orchid species, 621 fern species, nine Nepenthes species, 29 Rhododendron species and two Rafflesia species.

Continue with a visit to Poring Hot spring. Upon arrival, trek up to the 'Canopy Walkway' built 41 meters above the ground. After that, it's free and easy.

You can also take this opportunity to take a dip in one of the open-air sulfur spring bathtubs before returning to Kota Kinabalu.

Included

Return transfer • Entrance fees • Accommodation at Hotel Grandis [superior Room] • English speaking guide

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch

Day 13
Luxury Island beach tour with snorkelling

Enjoy a day at a quiet and private beach away from the normally crowded islands around Kota Kinabalu. You will check in at the Bunga Raya Island Resort’s Lounge at the Jesselton Point Jetty before being transferred by boat to Gaya Island for a relaxing trip in a secluded part on the Island owned by the 5-Star Bunga Raya Resort.

Go snorkelling or kayaking if you feel like frolicking in the sea. Otherwise, simply spend the day relaxing under the sun. At 4.00pm, you will be transferred back to the Jesselton Point Jetty.

Included

Return boat transfer from/to jetty to the island • Access to Bunga Raya Island Resort’s private beach and facilities • Snorkelling equipment or Kayak • Conservation fee & Jetty fee • Accommodation at Hotel Grandis [superior Room]

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch

Day 14
Kota Kinabalu / Sandakan / Sukau

Pick up early in the morning from your hotel to catch the early flight to Sandakan.

Arrive in Sandakan and land transfer to the the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Watch a short video documentary of the rehabilitation activities before taking a stroll on the boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to witness the feeding of the Orang Utan at 10.00am.

After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for two-and-a-half hours boat ride to the multi award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, along Sabah's longest river, the Kinabatangan River. This gives you the opportunity to go birdwatching and wildlife-spotting in the virgin mangrove area, wetland and rainforest habitats.

After checking in and enjoying your afternoon refreshment, you will go on a river cruise in search of some of the 10 primate species.

Sukau is home to the famous Bornean pygmy elephants, orang utans, proboscis monkeys and all eight species of hornbills in Borneo.

Return for solar heated hot shower, candle-lit dinner overlooking the riverbanks, followed by slideshow presentation and nature interpretation by a naturalist guide.

Overnight stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, which in 2015 was awarded by National Geographic to be one of the most Unique Lodges in the World.

Included

Boat transfer to Sukau Rainforest Lodge • Entrance fees • English speaking guide • Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 15
Sukau

Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills and hot Sabah tea!

At 6.00am, you will go on a morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed to have an educational tour at our own in-house Hornbill Boardwalk, located behind the lodge with our in-house naturalist.

In the afternoon, you will proceed to have another river cruise for more wildlife sighting. Overnight stay at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Included

English speaking guide • Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 16
Sukau / Sandakan

After breakfast you will return to Sandakan by boat. Visit Sandakan War Memorial and proceed to the Rainforest Discovery Centre.

Experience a bird’s view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge before exploring the botanical garden, which is home to various species of flora. Overnight at Sepilok Nature Resort.

Included

Boat transfer to Sandakan • Entrance fees • English speaking guide • Accommodation at Sepilok Nature Resort

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 17
Lankayan Island

From Sepilok Nature Resort, we will transfer you to the Sandakan Jetty for a one-hour boat transfer to Lankayan Island. Check-in upon arrival and spend the rest of the day at leisure. The island is well known for its crystal clear water and many coral reefs.

Included

Accommodation at Lankayan Island Resort

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 18
Lankayan Island

Sunbathe, snorkel or just spend the day at leisure at Lankayan Island. Enjoy a warm dip in the water and drink in the serenity of the island.

Included

Accommodation at Lankayan Island Resort

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 19
Lankayan Island

Enjoy yet another day at Lankayan Island. We highly recommend snorkeling in this area because of the clear water and the great biodiversity underwater. At night there is a good chance of experiencing sea turtles coming ashore to lay eggs.

Included

Accommodation at Lankayan Island Resort

Meals

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 20
End of Tour

Depart to the Sandakan mainland after breakfast. Afterwards, you will be transported to the Sandakan Airport for your flight home.

Included

Boat transfer to Sandakan Jetty • Overland transfer to Sandakan Airport

Meals

Breakfast

Price information
Price

MYR 13595 / person (min 2 people)

MYR 6695 / child (2 - 11 years)

Please contact us if you are a single traveller.


High Season Surcharges:

01 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017 @ MYR 300

We accept payments in the following currencies: MYR, USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, NZD, SGD, DKK, SEK and NOK.

Please contact us for prices in mentioned currencies.


Package excludes:

Flight tickets, Camera fee, Alcoholic drinks

Prices valid until 31 Mar 2018
Tours Designed for Independent Travellers
We have especially tailor-made our tours to suit the independent travelers who are not inclined to follow big groups – you are free to select the starting date of your tour based on your preference. We are also able to customize your tour packages and accommodate your special requests accordingly.
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