A TASTE OF BORNEO

10 Day Tour

TOUR CODE BTS 10


 

Day 1

Take your flight to Kuala Lumpur. From Australia, this will take you up to about 8 hours, from Europe a bit longer and from North America, up to about 16 hours or so. From Kuala Lumpur, take your Malaysia Airlines flight to Kuching in magical, mystical Borneo. Flying in from most places in Australia, you will arrive in Kuching Sarawak in the late evening. From Europe and North America, flights appear to be scheduled so that you have a good chance of arriving in the morning.

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel - depending on arrival time, have the remainder of the day at leisure or get some rest. 

 
 

View of Kuching across Sarawak RiverView of Kuching City
Day 2 Morning tour of the sights of Kuching City - purported to be the cleanest city in Malaysia. Afternoon at your leisure to look for local handicrafts and artefacts in the Main Bazaar on the waterfront. 

Day 3 Travel from Kuching, about a one hour journey by coach/mini bus, to Anah Rais, located in the heart of the Padawan District (about 40 km from Kuching). Anah Rais is the largest Bidayuh longhouse which exists in Sarawak. Explore this peaceful Bidayuh village and learn about the culture of the Land Dayaks who were once headhunters. Visit the baruk (headhouse) where skulls can be seen.

  
Day 4 
Rock Formations at BakoRock Formations at Bako
National Park Spend a full day visiting Sarawak's oldest National Park at Bako. It is home to a variety of wildlife including Macaque and Proboscis monkeys.

Return to your hotel in Kuching for the night.

Beach at Bako National ParkBeach at Bako National Park
Day 5 Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to  Mulu Caves which may be either direct or via the oil town of Miri, depending on schedules.

Gunung Mulu, as it is known locally, is the gem of Sarawak's national parks and contains the largest limestone cave system in the world. 

Mulu's system of caves is truly spectacular. The world's largest natural chamber (Sarawak Chamber), the world's largest cave passage (Deer Cave) and the longest cave in South-East Asia (Clearwater Cave) are all found at Mulu. 
 
 

Mulu CavesMulu Caves
Tour the Deer and Lang Caves on your first afternoon and evening in Mulu National Park. 

Overnight at Royal Mulu Resort which has been built on a bend in the river in the middle of the rainforest.

Day 6 Tour the Wind and Clearwater Caves and enjoy a picnic lunch and perhaps a swim in the mountain stream. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure. There is plenty to see and do above ground, without having to venture into the caves. The park contains 15 different types of forest - including mixed dipterocarp, heath, peat swamp, moss forest and montane vegetation - and thousands of species of ferns, fungi, mosses and flowering plants, including 170 species of wild orchid and 10 species of pitcher plant. Mulu's wildlife is as rich as its flora, and is inhabited by an impressive variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and other invertebrates.  Overnight at Royal Mulu Resort.

Day 7 Transfer to Kota Kinabalu, stopping off briefly on the way to visit the oil town of Miri on the coast. This will depend on flight schedules. Direct flights operate from Mulu to Kota Kinabalu three times per week. You will be met at the airport on arrival in KK, and transferred to your accommodation. After checking into your hotel in KK, spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. 
 
 

Mt. KinabaluMt.  Kinabalu
Day 8 A full day trip to Kinabalu National Park and Poring Hot Springs. Enjoy the vista of the jungle covered mountains and valleys as you proceed up to the base of South-East Asia's highest mountain. Near the base of Mt Kinabalu, you will possibly find a local Tamu or market, where you will be able to stop to look at the variety of goods on sale. 
 
 
 
 
Local Tamu at base of Mt KinabaluLocal Tamu at base of Mt
Kinabalu
You will proceed on to the Springs where you will be able to take a "canopy walk" through the canopy of a rainforest, (the canopy walk is generally closed for a few weeks in April for maintenance - check at time of booking) before returning to the hot baths which were built by the Japanese. If time permits, you may be able to enjoy a soak in one of the hot baths. At Kinabalu National Park, enjoy a guided walk through the botanical gardens at the base of Mt Kinabalu. 

Day 9 Spend your last morning in Borneo at your leisure. We can recommend a trip to one of the nearby Islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - perhaps Manukan or Sapi - to take in some snorkelling on the nearby reefs, or just soaking up the sun. Let us organise the trips for you, or you can take one of the many shuttle boats to the islands. 

In the afternoon, board a flight to Kuala Lumpur and then on to your final destination (home?). Some destinations may require that you spend an additional night in Kota Kinabalu, departing early the following morning. - this will be confirmed at time of booking 

Day 10 Arrive back at your destination (for overnight flights from Kuala Lumpur). 
 

Prices:

From KUCHING $A1320.00 (twin share) plus airfare taxes. Refer International Price Schedule for further details

From AUSTRALIA (East Coast) $A2250.00 (twin share) plus airfare taxes. Refer Australian Price Schedule for further details

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Additional photographs on this page are courtesy of Wayne Tarman (view from beach at Bako National Park), Albert Teo (Mulu Caves), Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation (Mt Kinabalu).
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