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.