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Essential Borneo from Kota Kinabalu

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,378

An exciting tour of an exceptional land. Experience the highest mountain range in South East Asia, lush rainforests and a native longhouse on this perfect in-depth journey through Borneo.


The island of Borneo is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The area occupied by Malaysia is approximately 30%. There are two Malaysian states, namely Sabah and Sarawak.

Commence with arrival in the capital of Sabah, the city of Kota Kinabalu, a pleasant and fairly modern city. The following morning, commence your exploration of Kota Kinabalu with a visit to the highest point in the city, Signal Hill for an amazing view of the surrounding area. Then continue to one of the excellent beaches in the city, LikasBay where you will view the SabahFoundationBuilding, a uniquely designed multi-use tower.  Then visit the BuddhistTemple, the StateMuseum, a good place to learn about the history of Kota Kinabalu and Sabah and the State Mosque, the largest in Sabah with real gold on its dome and minaret.

The following day is an excursion to KinabaluNational Park which contains the highest mountain in South East Asia, MountKinabalu.  The park is extensive with many hiking trails and a diverse array of flora and fauna. You will go on a guided nature walk and also visit the exhibition hall for an interesting slide show.

Next day fly to Mulu to explore and stay in the MuluNational Park, a park of exceptional natural beauty consisting of canyons, rainforest- covered mountains, rivers and interesting limestone peaks. There are over 3500 different plants and 270 species of birds here.  Later, travel by boat to the park’s headquarters where you will commence a walk on a raised 3 kilometre/2 mile plank through the forest.

The following morning, you will discover the unusual MuluCaves starting with ClearwaterCave, 60 kilometres/ 37 miles of cave system and the longest in Asia. Also explore the Cave of Winds after which arrive at the Penan Tribe Longhouse at Batu Bungan for a visit. A longhouse is a long narrow building usually made of wood in which a whole community resides with divisions by family and common space. The style is very suitable for jungle lifestyle. Later that day, fly to Kuching.

Kuching is the capital of SarawakState, an attractive city situated on the banks of the SarawakRiver. The following day is time to get to know Kuching. Start with a visit to the old FortMargherita on the other side of the river, then to the 7 storey tall Tua Pek Kong Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Kuching and the SarawakMuseum.  The remainder of the day is at leisure. You might want to take time to visit the whimsical CatMuseum (Kuching means Cat in Malay).

The next day takes you to the Semenggok Orangutan Sanctuary, where the primates are rehabilitated and trained to survive in the rainforest. Later, continue to an Iban Tribe Longhouse. This is a unique visit to a Longhouse reached by road before arriving in a remote part of the country. You will stay over and see how the original Headhunters now live. Enjoy dinner here after which meet the Headman and also be entertained by traditional dances and try the locally made rice wine. The following morning is devoted to a demonstration of various tribal games played by the Iban after which return to Kuching. Overnight there and then transfer to the airport. 


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,378

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Day 1

Arrive Kota Kinabalu

You will be met at the airport by a Goway representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Promenade Hotel

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    Promenade Hotel



    The Promenade Hotel is an international business class hotel nestled in the heart of Kota Kinabalu city just 10 minutes away from the International Airport. The Promenade Hotel has 451 well-appointed rooms and suites that are fully equipped. The hotel has a business centre, high ...

    The Promenade Hotel is an international business class hotel nestled in the heart of Kota Kinabalu city just 10 minutes away from the International Airport. The Promenade Hotel has 451 well-appointed rooms and suites that are fully equipped. The hotel has a business centre, high speed internet service, leisure centre, health spa, outdoor pool and beauty salon.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Kota Kinabalu

This morning, enjoy a city tour and introduction to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. Visit the Sabah Foundation Building, with one of the largest hanging structures in the world, as well as the Po Toh Tze Buddhist Temple, the State Museum and the magnificent State Mosque (closed on Fridays). The remainder of the day is free for you to continue exploring Kota Kinabalu on your own.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Kinabalu National Park

Today, enjoy a full-day excursion to Kinabalu National Park, which forms the base of the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Kinabalu is a botanist's paradise, and a park guide will take you on a nature walk this morning. You'll also visit the exhibition hall and watch a presentation on Kinabalu National Park and Mount Kinabalu.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Kota Kinabalu to Mulu

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mulu. Mulu National Park is the home to the largest cave passage in the world and is a paradise for naturalists, with 1500 species of flowering plants, 170 species of wild orchids and 67 species of animals. After lunch on your own, proceed to the Park's headquarters and take a walk along a raised plank to explore the Deer and Lang Caves. You will pass through a fascinating peat swamp forest and, if weather permits, witness millions of bats which fly out of the cave each evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mulu National Park Lodge

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    Mulu National Park Lodge



    Welcome to Mulu National Park Lodge. There is so much to do in Mulu! When you arrive, spend a few minutes in the Discovery Centre to get a bigger picture of the incredible diversity that surrounds you, then relax and enjoy your visit to this ...

    Welcome to Mulu National Park Lodge. There is so much to do in Mulu! When you arrive, spend a few minutes in the Discovery Centre to get a bigger picture of the incredible diversity that surrounds you, then relax and enjoy your visit to this amazing place. The outside patio is a great place to relax and read, meet other travelers, play some of the games provided or just relax with a cold beer or a fine wine. All private rooms have air conditioning, ceiling fans and private bathrooms.

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    • Cafe
    • Gallery
    • WiFi

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Day 5

Mulu to Kuching

After an early breakfast, check out of the lodge and continue exploring the Mulu caves. Take a boat ride to Clearwater Cave and swim in a crystal clear pool, then explore the Wind Cave. Afterwards, proceed to the Batu Bungan Penan settlement and observe their traditional lifestyle and handicrafts. Transfer back to Mulu for your onward flight to Kuching. Upon arrival in Kuching, transfer to your hotel and the evening is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

The LimeTree Hotel

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    The LimeTree Hotel



    The LimeTree is a unique, mid-range boutique hotel with a passion for limes. The LimeTree's approach to contemporary design and comfort is therefore inspired with a zesty feel as fresh as its own privately grown limes. Ideally located in the city centre of Kuching and ...

    The LimeTree is a unique, mid-range boutique hotel with a passion for limes. The LimeTree's approach to contemporary design and comfort is therefore inspired with a zesty feel as fresh as its own privately grown limes. Ideally located in the city centre of Kuching and minutes away from Chinatown Padungan area. The LimeTree Hotel offers 50 modern rooms and suites equipped with free WIFI internet access from all rooms and throughout the hotel, in-built universal sockets, LCD TVs, plush bedding, rain-showers - all for the comfort of sophisticated travelers today.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Concierge
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Free WiFi
    • Front desk safe
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry Service
    • Lift
    • Newspapers
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking

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Day 6

Kuching

After breakfast, proceed on a city tour of Kuching. Highlights on this tour are view of the Fort Margherita from the waterfront, across the Sarawak River (no public admission), Tua Pek Kong Temple -- the oldest Chinese temple in Kuching and visit to an exhibition of "Urang Sarawak: An Exhibition US". Located in the Art Museum wing of the Sarawak Museum complex. It ranges from Sarawak's Paleolithic ages and early history, with sections on the Niah Caves and on the Sarawak River delta highlighting Tom Harrisson's work, to recent history. It also portrays a sample of significant cultural features of some of Sarawak's ethnic groups including cosmology, 'adat' and traditional healing. Return to hotel after tour.

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Day 7

Kuching to Iban

Early this morning, depart Kuching and visit the Semonggok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The Centre carefully nurtures and rehabilitates orangutans and other protected species so they can return to the wild. Depending on the day, you might witness the feeding of orangutans from the feeding platform. Afterwards, depart for an overnight stay with the tribal peoples of Iban. Ibans make up the largest group of indigenous peoples in Sarawak, and were once known as the head-hunters of Borneo. Upon arrival at the longhouse, the tribe will welcome you. You are free to mingle or go for a swim in the river. After dinner, meet the headman of the longhouse and be entertained by traditional dances. You might wish to try the rice wine and participate in the Ngajat, a graceful warrior's dance.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Iban Longhouse

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    Iban Longhouse



    Accommodation is in a common area and is simple and basic, without air conditioning. Individual mattresses and mosquito nets are provided, and basic shower (no hot water) and toilet facilities are available.

    Accommodation is in a common area and is simple and basic, without air conditioning. Individual mattresses and mosquito nets are provided, and basic shower (no hot water) and toilet facilities are available.

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Day 8

Iban to Kuching

Wake up to the crows of the roosters. After breakfast, witness a demonstration of various local games and pastimes, including blow-pipe competitions. Depart for Kuching and have lunch en-route. After checking into your hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore on your own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The LimeTree Hotel

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    The LimeTree Hotel



    The LimeTree is a unique, mid-range boutique hotel with a passion for limes. The LimeTree's approach to contemporary design and comfort is therefore inspired with a zesty feel as fresh as its own privately grown limes. Ideally located in the city centre of Kuching and ...

    The LimeTree is a unique, mid-range boutique hotel with a passion for limes. The LimeTree's approach to contemporary design and comfort is therefore inspired with a zesty feel as fresh as its own privately grown limes. Ideally located in the city centre of Kuching and minutes away from Chinatown Padungan area. The LimeTree Hotel offers 50 modern rooms and suites equipped with free WIFI internet access from all rooms and throughout the hotel, in-built universal sockets, LCD TVs, plush bedding, rain-showers - all for the comfort of sophisticated travelers today.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Concierge
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Free WiFi
    • Front desk safe
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry Service
    • Lift
    • Newspapers
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking

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Day 9

Depart Kuching

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays.  Minimum 2 people required.
  • This trip is also offerred on a Private Touring basis with daily departures. Please enquire.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guided tours by vehicle
  • Meals as indicated.

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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