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Rice field far views – Malaysian Borneo

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Discover the gift of nature

Borneo is an unparalleled and inspiring island where headhunters roam the jungle freely; where dragon-like birds with horns on their beaks soar the skies; and where the largest orchid in the world can be found. Malaysian Borneo is a place where religions fuse together harmoniously; where the most arboreal great ape gracefully swings through the treetops; and where the locals go crazy about the thought of the local delicacy: a live, fat and juicy worm.

Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state is also the least explored where one can spot Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys and Bearded Pigs. The state of Sabah is home to one of the largest peaks in South-East Asia, as well as some of the most beautiful diving spots in the world. Both states have been accredited a World UNESCO Site, namely Mulu National Park in Sarawak and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.

Within Borneo, we cover all locations your clients might want to visit. Moreover, our Borneo and Indonesia office works closely together to offer cross-border services on this magnificent island.

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Unique Experiences

Unique Experiences we’ve created some unique experience for your travelers. These are excursions that will give a travelers that special moment in their holiday. Think off: A perfect white beach all to yourself, a special evening with locals or a walk in just that undiscovered area of a major city

This unique tour program takes travelers through a large part of Mulu National Park. The park was gazette as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000 and is home to the world’s largest known natural chamber by area – the Sarawak Chamber. During the standard 5day/4night package travelers will visit multiple caves, each unique on its own. On the second day, the party will start the trek towards Camp 5, from where they can climb the Pinnacles. These limestone formations are another unique characteristic of the park. From this camp, a traveler will continue on the Headhunter’s trail that follows the route taken by a native tribal on a headhunting quest – over a century ago. This headhunting party paddles up the Melinau River as far as they could.

Upon reaching a gorge, they carried their longboats overland to the banks of the Terikan River, from where they launched raids in order to collect human heads from their enemies in the Limbang area. The final night will be spent at a longhouse before heading to Limbang by road. Headhunting has long been abolished in Sarawak, but the stories still linger in the air.
All served meals are prepared by your local guide using local vegetables.

Highlights:
– Visit to the largest known cave passage in the world
– Observe a massive bat exodus from one of the caves
– Climb Gunung Api (Fire Mountain) to see the famous Pinnacles – 45 meter high razor sharp limestone spikes
– Trek through Borneo jungle

Cycling is a relatively new and hip activity in Sarawak’s capital of Kuching. Many speed bicycles rush past as well as mountain bikes. People start using push bikes to go to work, and many take a leisure ride in the evening. A unique Happy Trails! Asia tour has been created. This excursion takes your travelers through the hinterland of Borneo, about one hour from Kuching. A guide will be present at this excursion at all the time. Travelers will visit a century-old mining town that turns into a food-festival every weekend; off-road paths will be taken to hidden and forgotten gold mines, as well as a unique cave with hundreds of thousands of swiftlets and bats.
Available as either a full day cycling or an extension with one night. The latter having more stops and scenery.

Highlights:
– Off-road mountain biking at the foothills of a mountain
– Optional overnight at a century old Chinese mining town
– Beautiful views of Mount Serapi
– Taste local food

Sayap Village is THE place to enjoy the astounding hospitality of a Dusun tribe in Sabah. The Dusun are the original inhabitants in the state. This experience is all about the local live of the natives in North Borneo. Activities at this destination include exploring the community’s farmlands, and swimming in the clear jungle stream nearby the village. Additionally, travelers will help with foraging food like vegetables from the local farms before preparing them to be used in a cooking class.

Highlights:
– Clear rivers to swim in
– Traditional farming activities
– Beautiful views of Mount Kinabalu
– Live like a local

Inspiring Tours

Inspiring tours are tours we’ve created to give you insight in the tours we offer in our destinations. From our most favorite tours to our less traveled paths. Creating the perfect tour for your travelers is a path we gladly walk with you. Contact us now and one of our travel experts will get back to you.

Day 1: Arrive Kuching

At the airport you will be greeted by our local representative who will bring you to your hotel. Today you have time to acclimatize and explore the city on your own.

Day 2: Kuching

After breakfast leave for the beautiful tropical peninsula of Bako National Park. The nature reserve has different ecosystems and is therefore very varied with rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, ancient forests and a range of rare monkeys, deer, boar and gibbons. Overnight in Kuching.

Day 3: Kuching – Lemanak

Today we leave the city and we continue our journey through cacao plantations, which of course we visit, like one of the many local markets who knows this area. After lunch we drive deeper into the jungle and sail the last stretch by longtail boat on the river Lemanak towards the village. Arriving at the village you will be welcomed by the Ibans, once feared headhunters, but nowadays friendly, welcoming and timid peasants. Tonight you will stay in this strain in one of the longhouses. The sanitary facilities we share and there is no air conditioning but a mosquito net ensures that you can sleep undisturbed … Very simple but unforgettable! The tribesmen can tell you all about their hunting techniques and medicinal plants that can be found in the jungle. Swim with the children of the village in the river, greeted the chief, behold the traditional war dances and sample the local rice wine.

Day 4: Lemanak

After breakfast, witness cockfighting and blowpipe demonstration, followed by a jungle walk to learn about the forest privy. Your guide will point out the various plants used for food, traditional medicine and handicraft. Watch how ingenious animal traps are set up. Continue upriver by longboat, negotiating rapids and bends, fishing, collecting jungle produce and lunch in native style at the river bank. Visit another longhouse, drift down the river by paddling and poling in the clear water. Return to the Longhouse for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Lemanak – Kuching

After breakfast, return by longboat to the jetty and continue overland for your return journey to Kuching. Lunch is provided at local restaurant en-route.

Day 6: Kuching departure

After Breakfast free and easy until time for your transfer to Kuching Airport for your on-wards flight.

Day 1: Arrive Kota Kinabalu

Arrive to Kota Kinabalu airport. Meet our local representative for the transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, free and easy. You will have time to acclimatize and explore the city.

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast, sail to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, approximately 20min ride across the South China Sea from Kota Kinabalu. A true paradise, white beaches and stunning underwater world. Go snorkeling, diving or enjoy the white beaches. In the afternoon relax and enjoy your packed lunch on the beach and in the course of the early evening, transfer back to your hotel in the city.

Day 3: Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan – Selingan Island

Today you will fly to Sandakan, and transfer directly to Sabah Park Jetty, for your transfer to Selingan Island. Boat Schedule:

  • 0930hrs Depart Sabah Parks Jetty
  • 0700hrs Depart Selingan Island

Notes: Additional charge for unscheduled boat transfer.

It takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to the Island. Upon arrival, check into chalet and lunch at cafeteria, then free at own leisure e.g. swimming or snorkelling. After dinner, wait for rangers’ signal to see turtles laying eggs. Conservation activities include relocate and rebury of turtle eggs and releasing the baby turtles. Overnight at chalet.

Remarks: Please pay your conservation fee of RM60.00 pp (adult) to Sabah Parks and Camera fee of RM10.00 for night photography of turtle unaided with flash. All are welcome to view the Parks Exhibition Hall which opens daily at 06:30 pm.

Day 4: Selingan Island – Sandakan – Sukau

Breakfast at resort and check out. Return to Sandakan by boat and proceed overland to Sandakan.
Visit Sepilok Orang utan Rehabilitation Centre. Follow the nature trail on boardwalk through tropical lowland rainforest to observe man’s closest animal relative, the orang utan or pongo pygmaeus, being rehabilitated to become wild (feeding time @ 1000hrs). Visit the Nature Education Centre to view the exhibits and watch the video documentary.

After the visit to the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, transfer to your jungle resort. Overnight.

Day 5: Sukau – Sandakan

After breakfast travel to Sandakan Airport for your connecting flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Day 1 : Arrival Miri, Entulang Longhouse, Borneo Tropical Rainforest (L/D)

All students will board a bus at their respective hotel or pick up point in Miri for a journey to Entulang Longhouse (approximately 2 hours). Upon arrival at the longhouse, students are welcomed by the Iban natives that live here. A meet and greet will take place, where the students get to ask questions about the lives the locals live. After this session, a traditional lunch is served.
After lunch, the students will participate in a handicraft workshop. Women and men from the longhouse will teach the students about weaving. The goal of this workshop is to create one’s own basket. Students will be able to use their creativity in creating something unique.
Tea and biscuits will be served after about two hours where the students show their classmates what they have made while explaining why they chose certain patterns.
In the late afternoon, students get to say goodbye to their Iban hosts and thank them for their hospitality. A short bus ride will take the group to the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort where after check-in everyone can freshen up. Students will have some free time before dinner is served at the hostel.
After dinner, the students will follow the guide into the jungle for a night-walk in search of spiders, frogs, insects and other nocturnal creatures.
Upon return to the hostels, lights out and time for a well-deserved night’s rest.

NOTE: Accommodation at the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Lodge is at a hostel. The hostel consists of 3 floors with 4 dormitory rooms. Every dormitory room sleeps maximum 28 persons. An activity and games room is situated on the lower floor. Bathrooms are shared.

Day 2: Flying foxes, team building, farming and more (B/L/D)

Breakfast is served in the hostel, before the students are briefed on today’s activities. Today’s activities are all about adventure and being outdoors. The group will be split up into two smaller groups. These two groups will have a different program in the morning, and in the afternoon they switch the program. In between the two programs, lunch is served at the hostel.

Program One – Adventure Time This program is packed with adventurous activities. The group is split up into smaller teams. These teams will have to follow a trail of challenges. These challenges include the “Flying Fox”, Bamboo Rafting, an Obstacle Course, and more. The students will have to work together in order to reach the finish line team.

Program Two – Educational Flora This program is all about the flora of Borneo. The Resort has its own farm, where children will be educated on the processes of farming, endemic and non-endemic fruits/vegetables. The students will get their hands dirty as they will help plant some vegetables/fruits/trees.
After the two programs, students will have free time to freshen up before dinner is served.  In the evening students will play smaller team building activities in the hostel. Overnight at the hostel.

Day 3: Niah Caves – Miri  (B/L)

Breakfast is served in the hostel, before the students hop on the bus for a 1,5 hour journey to the Niah Caves. Upon arrival at the Park Headquarters, the students will have a (safety) briefing at the park’s information center. After the briefing, the students will proceed to the Niah Museum, accessible only by a short boat ride across the river. After the guide has explained what the students can expect in this national park, the whole group will proceed on a plank walk leading to Niah’s main cave. The plank walk is approximately 3 km long and it will take the group about an hour to reach this point.
Upon arrival at the massive cave, the guide will talk about the history of the cave and why it is so significant. Bones and skulls that have found here date back to before 40.000 BC.
From here, the group will continue into the cave to the final destination, the Painted Cave. This part of the cave system is where centuries old paintings were found.
Students will return to the park Headquarters for lunch. After lunch the students will board the bus to return to Miri.

Day 1: Arrival Kuching

Arrive at Kuching Airport, meet with our representative and transfer to Kuching Hotel. Kuching – which mean ‘cat’ in Malay – is the capital city of Sarawak, situated at the banks of the Sungai Sarawak. There are a few interesting museums, a lively weekend market and historical attractions, like Chinatown’s collection of beautiful colonial-era shop houses and Chinese temples.

Day 2: Bako National Park

After breakfast, meet your guide and depart on a 45-minute drive to Bako Fishing Village where you will catch a motorized boat to Bako National Park. The boat ride is about 30-minutes in duration and will cruise along the coastline where Kuching meets the South China Sea. After visiting & registering at the National Park’s headquarters, begin your exploration along the Paku trail. Walk along jungle boardwalks and mangrove trails, winding through lush mangrove forests. Keep a keen eye out for local wildlife, from small mudskippers and blue-fiddler crabs to the larger proboscis monkeys and Borneo bearded pigs. The National Park is also home to unique plants, such as the carnivorous pitcher plant. Later, enjoy a lunch at the headquarters. Time permitting, you can also indulge in some bird-watching or trek along some nearby trails. In the early afternoon, return by boat back to Bako Village and then back to your hotel.

Day 3: Semenggoh & Cycling

Depart Kuching in the morning for a drive to Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, established in 1975, is located just 22-kilometres from Kuching and has 740 hectares of virgin rainforest which is home to Orang Utans, honey bears, barking deers as well as a variety of primates and birds (most of which were rescued from captivity and being rehabilitated before being released back into the jungle). Continue by van to the Wind Caves and have a walk through, where you can hear the it’s residents: the bats and the swiftlets. From here, jump on your bikes and follow an off-road trail to discover some hidden goldmines on the way to the halfway point which is the Fairy cave. Following the second cave, the trail continues off-road where you climb the hills, as well as descend them through the rainforest. The trail ends in the old mining town of Bau, where transportation will be waiting to bring you back to Kuching. (NOTE: The sequence of this tour might change, depending on season)

Day 4: Kuching – Sibu

After breakfast, meet our driver at your hotel for a transfer to the Kuching Jetty. From here, take a 4-5 hour scenic boatride to Sibu. Meet and greet at Sibu Express Boat Terminal. Transfer to Hotel for check-in & rest. Join us on a tour to the mind boggling Sibu Night Market, which is opened every night except when there is heavy rain. Be amazed by the food, gadgets, textiles, utensils & all things interesting at this amazing place.

Day 5: Sibu – Lamin Dana

After Breakfast, walk onto to the biggest Central Market in Malaysia – home to more than 1,200 stalls serving up a bedazzling variety of commodities. Seek out the live chicken stalls and find out how they are bundled with newspapers. You will get a real feel of how the people of Sibu live and get to see seasonal fruits, catches that are unique to Sibu. Then cut across the winding streets of Old Sibu Town and soak in the sights and smells of pastries baking in earthen ovens, alley ways small businesses that provides priceless photo opportunities as you head towards the Sibu Heritage Centre. There you get to view Sibu’s history, the local communities’ cultures, lifestyles and traditions. Walk on to a beautifully crafted Chinese Temple, climb up the Seven Storey Pagoda and take a panoramic view of SIbu’s waterfront life.
The Melanaus are one of the most celebrated ethnic tribes in Sarawak, known for their gentle, loving nature and seafaring skills. From Sibu, jump onto a speed boat and head towards Dalat Town. This boat journey will bring you through the meandering river, passing Malay villages, shipyards, timber & sago processing factories, Iban longhouses and Melanau villages. Mid-way through your journey, jump off the boat for a stop at the Sungai (River) Kut Melanau Village and take a glimpse into the peaceful, undemanding and amazingly serene village life. Then back into the boat which will snake its way between a Rainforest & Mangrove swamp before arriving in Dalat Town. Go visit the iconic Church by the River & The Jerunei Gardens to find out what’s so fascinating about these two icons of Dalat. Continue your journey to Lamin Dana. This Authentic Melanau Village, which houses the Melanau Cultural Centre. Spend the night at this cultural heritage and let your host spin you yarns from days of old.

Day 6: Lamin Dana – Mukah – Miri

After breakfast, take a leisure boat cruise along the dark mysterious brackish waters of Tellian River & Misan River. Visit the local sago processing centre, a cottage industry that produces Sago Pearl the traditional way. Sago pearls are exported all over the world for various uses in food and beverages, a local delicacies being the most prolific. Proceed to the Mukah market where you experience locals trading and carrying on with daily activities. Go “Bizarre Food” and sample Siet (Sago Worm) and Umai (Fresh Raw Fish). This will earn you bragging rights when you go home with the prized photos of you savouring these two famous dishes. Proceed to Mangrove Trails opposite Mukah fish market. Depending on weather conditions and water levels, you’ll come across crabs that climb trees, monitor lizards stalking its prey, monkeys and other forms of fauna and flora. In the afternoon, be dropped off at Mukah Airport for your flight to Miri.  Upon arrival in Miri, meet our driver for a transfer to your hotel.

Day 7: Miri – Brunei

Pick up from Miri hotel for transfer to nearby Brunei. Visit Seria, the oil town of Brunei where one can still see the “nodding donkeys”  hard at work pumping crude oil for the country and the Billionth Barrel Monument.
In the capital, highlights include:
• National Museum of Brunei to discover Brunei’s glorious past
• Royal Regalia Museum that displays the royal memorabilia of the sultan.
• Sultan’s Palace, Istana Nurul Iman, on the hilltop – open to the public briefly after Ramadan, its golden domes and sweeping rooflines is a popular photostop.
• Sultan Omar Mosque and a replica of a 16th-century royal barge moored in an adjoining lagoon
• Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque with 20 golden domes and 29 marble steps symbolizing His Majesty, the 29th Sultan of the 600 year old Bolkiah Dynasty, one of the world longest ruling monarchies. (Check closed days)
• Kampong Ayer, one of world’s largest, centuries-old water village sometimes described as the Venice of the East.
Return to Miri in the late afternoon.

Day 8: Brunei – Kota Kinabalu

Meet our driver for a transfer to the airport for your flight flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu, meet our driver for another transfer, to your hotel in the city.

Day 9: Kota Kinabalu

Spend your day free at leisure.

Day 10: Mount Kinabalu & Poring Hotsprings

We start our day with an early morning pickup from your Hotel before driving 2 hours overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 5000ft. A brief stop at roadside stalls at Nabalu market where we’ll savour some local fruits in season and take panorama photos of Mount Kinabalu before continuing our journey on towards Poring Hot Springs. Upon your arrival, you’ll be briefed by your guide with two options, either accompany the guide on a nature walk up to the canopy walkway or decide to have a dip in the Hot sulphur spring baths. Due to the limited time, you’ll have to choose either one.  After your activity, have a quick lunch at one of the few restaurants inside or outside the park (Lunch at own expense) or you can also bring along your own pack lunch. We’ll meet together again at 1.30pm for our departure to Kinabalu Park. There, we’ll visit the Education Centre and Mountain Garden and if the weather permits, take a short stroll on one of the many nature trails. Learn about the wonderful flora of Kinabalu Park as your guide shares the many hidden delights you’ll probably miss if you’ve come on your own. We depart Kinabalu Park at 3.30pm for our journey home, back to your hotel.

Day 11: Kota Kinabalu – Tambatuon Village

Pick-up at your hotel and drive for 1.5 hours to Tambatuon Village, stopping at points of interests along the way. Meet your host and check-in upon arrival and proceed to lunch at a local home. After lunch, your guide and host will introduce you to the ways of life in a local Dusun village. The Dusuns are the biggest ethnic group in Sabah, most living subsistence lifestyles in terms of agricultural farming which includes rice, fruit and vegetable plantation. Spend the day exploring the village farmlands. A traditional Dusun dinner will be served at your host’s home in the evening.

Day 12: Tambatuon Village

After a relaxing breakfast, meet your host to prepare for your traditional cooking class. Collect vegetables from local farms, or prepare the ingredients with your host before starting the cooking class at the area right in front of the homestead, with the background of Mount Kinabalu in the distance. Enjoy lunch together after the cooking class. Relax after lunch and trek out to a beautiful river coming from Mount Kinabalu and explore the agriculture and forestland surrounding the village. Return to the village in time for dinner.

Day 13: Tambatuon Village – Kota Kinabalu

Wake up early for breakfast and marvel in the beauty of Mount Kinabalu before returning to Kota Kinabalu.

Day 14: Kota Kinabalu – Departure

Meet our driver for a transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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