Country: Malaysia
Type of holiday: Classic, Heritage, Wildlife
Destinations: Kuching, Sarawak's interior, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah's interior
Duration: 8
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
Highlight: Sample travel plan only: for a ‘no obligation’ comprehensive itinerary within 24 hours, click here.

This 8 day discovery tour of Malaysian Borneo explores the natural landscapes and rainforest cultures of Borneo, and includes a first-hand encounter with an overnight stay at an Iban Longhouse in Sarawak as the guest of the Headman, enjoying tribal life and testing your skill with the blowpipe.
Another highlight is meeting the Orang Utans in their forest reserve at Semenggoh. The journey then takes you to Sabah, exploring the rainforest beneath the looming presence of Gunung Kinabalu, hunting for Rafflesia and visiting the beautiful orchid gardens. The tour culminates with a thrilling white water rafting experience down the Padas Gorge.

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Tour programme:


Day 1: Arriving at Kuching Airport, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel, with the remainder of your day free to settle in and familiarise yourself with your surroundings.
Day 2: In the morning, you’ll have a tour of Kuching’s historic and cultural highlights, including Chinatown, the Cat Monument, the old State Mosque, Fort Margherita, Sarawak Museum and the colonial centre. After lunch, you’ll travel beyond the city limits to visit the Sarawak Cultural Village, and award winning ‘living museum’ authentically celebrating the dwellings, culture, costumes, music and handicrafts of the ethnic groups and rainforest peoples of Malaysian Borneo.

Lemanak River:

Day 3: After breakfast, you’ll leave Kuching, driving through the countryside to Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre, where you’ll hike through the forest reserve to see these iconic denizens. Later your drive through rainforest, pepper and rubber plantations will bring you to the Lemanak River, where a longboat will take you to a traditional Iban longhouse, where you’ll greet the Headman and spend the night enjoying dinner with traditional tribal dances and merry-making.
Kota Kinabalu:

Day 4: In the morning, the villagers will acquaint you with the art of using the blowpipe, and after your farewells, you’ll cruise downriver, lunching at Ranchan Waterfall Restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll be taken to Kuching airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah, and check-in to your hotel.
Day 5: Today, your journey along the Crocker Ridge to Poring Hot Springs. Upon arrival, a short trek to the canopy walkway, suspended 40 metres above the rainforest floor takes you 157 metres through the upper foliage, with a further short trek to the springs. After lunch, an hour’s drive will take you to Kinabalu Park, visiting its exhibition hall and garden, home to a wonderful collection of orchids among many other plants, returning to Kota Kinabalu in the late afternoon.
Day 6: In the morning, you’ll again journey through the plantations and forests of the Crocker ridge to the Rafflesia Centre, visiting its exhibition centre to learn about the world’s largest flower, before trekking into the Primary forest to find buds, and if you’re really lucky, blooms in the wild. After lunch, you’ll drive to Murut Cultural Village to explore the Murut way of life. Later, you’ll journey on to Tenom Agricultural Park, visiting its spice and orchid gardens, after which you’ll dine and spend the night in the park’s resthouse.
Day 7:  An early rise will catch the 08:00 train from Tenom to Pangi Station in the Padas River Gorge, where you’ll have a period of instruction before enjoying the thrill of white water rafting 10 km of rapids down the gorge. At the end of your raft, you’ll enjoy a barbecue lunch at the riverside, before boarding the train to Beaufort and the subsequent drive to Kota Kinabalu.


Day 8: Your time will be free at your leisure in Kota Kinabalu, until your driver arrives to take you to the airport for your onward or departure flight.
The price for this sample tour based on group of 2 persons: Contact us
Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

* Note: Our trips are entirely tailor made and departures can be arranged all year. This itinerary is simply a suggestion which can be modified entirely to your personal requirements including departure date, duration, accommodation used and how long you spend in each destination.

The prices include:
Breakfasts and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
Experienced English-speaking guides
Private chauffeur-driven air conditioned cars as appropriate

The prices exclude:
Domestic flights
Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

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