TOUR CODE: MLSPBO
Trip Type: Independent Journey
Enjoy an incredible journey in fascinating Borneo, one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, explore the city’s sites before heading out to Kinabalu National Park, at the base of Southeast Asia’s tallest mountain, and then visit Mulu National Park, with its enormous cave passage and diverse flora and fauna. After exploring the caves on foot and boat, meet some local people to learn about their culture and traditional handicrafts. From here, it’s on to bustling Kuching with its historic buildings and cultural attractions. A particular highlight of this trip is visiting the Semenggok Orangutans Rehabilitation Center to meet these beautiful creatures before exploring the Batan Ai Dam and villages and enjoying traditional performances before returning by plane to Kuching, where the tour concludes.
ARRIVE IN KOTA KINABALU
We arrive in Kota Kinabalu, meet your driver, and proceed to the city for a city tour. Start the tour with a scenic drive through its capital, Kota Kinabalu City. Kota Kinabalu is formerly known as “Singgahmata” or “the place where the eye lingers,” has risen from the destruction of the last world war to become a vibrant and modern city that still retains its traditional charms. See places of interest in the city center, such as the Wisma Tun Mustapha (Sabah Foundation Building), City Mosque, and the Sabah Museum for the indigenous people’s historical and cultural aspects. Time permitting, enjoy a short stop at Signal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and visit a local handicraft market. After our tour, return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
KOTA KINABALU/KINABALU NATIONAL PARK/KOTA KINABALU (B/L)
A delightful day awaits as you visit the incomparable Kinabalu National Park, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. Cross the mountainous Crocker Range with sweeping views of the countryside. Along the way, stop at the village of Nabalu, where you can savor some locally grown fruits, or maybe bargain for craftwork at the numerous roadside stalls. Explore the park, which is home to a wide range of unspoiled flora and fauna. Visit the exhibition center and enjoy a guided botanical walk through the picturesque mountain garden, admiring the beautiful flora up close.
KOTA KINABALU/MULU (B/D)
We fly this morning to Mulu in northern Sarawak. In the afternoon, proceed to Park Headquarters for registration and take a 2.5-mile walk on elevated plank walk to explore the hidden secrets of Lang Cave and the largest cave passage in the world called Deer Cave. If the weather permits, then we can wait for the quite phenomenal exodus of bats out from the cave’s entrance searching for insects. Return to the Park Headquarters, then transfer back to your resort for rest. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
We depart this morning for a boat trip up streams on the Melinau River, with a stop at a Penan Settlement along the way. The Penan are among the last of the nomadic hunter-gatherers living in the world today. We return to our boat and cruise further to explore the Wind Cave, known for its impressive speleothem. Continue to the Clearwater Caves, the longest underground river system in Southeast Asia with a total length of almost 124 miles. We will have a picnic lunch at the Clearwater hut. After lunch, we return to our resort by longboat before heading back to Mulu Airport for our flight to Kuching.
A perfect introduction to Sarawak’s historic capital, this tour will introduce you to the famous landmarks of Kuching, such as the Chinatown, Cat Statue, Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, Chinese History Museum, and Darul Hana Bridge. Return via the golden-domed City mosque passing through Kuching’s old town brimming with spice dealers and textile shops. Admire the city’s many historical buildings built during the White Rajah era, including the Pavilion, Square Tower, Court House, and Charles Brooke Monument. Later, take in views of The Astana, a former residence of the White Rajahs from across the Kuching Waterfront river.
Please note: Chinese History Museum is closed on public holidays
We depart this morning from Kuching to Batang Ai National Park, passing through scenic countryside dotted with villages, paddy fields, pepper, and oil palm plantations. Enjoy lunch at Lachau town before arriving at Batang Ai hydro lake. Embark on a 30-minute motorized longboat to Nanga Ukom longhouse. Arrive at the longhouse, and we visit the ‘entire village under one roof.’ After dinner, return to the main part of the longhouse for some entertainment, including traditional dancing, music, and a glass or two of tuak (rice wine) with the longhouse dwellers.
Please note: You will be spending the night and sleeping in the ruai (no air-conditioning) with basic shared facilities.
SERI AMAN/KUCHING (B/L)
Wake to the soothing sounds of the jungle chorus and try your hand at the blowpipe demonstration. Then, depart for Kuching and enjoy lunch en-route.
KUCHING DEPARTURE (B)
This morning, you will be free at your leisure. Later, transfer back to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B= Breakfast L=Lunch D= Dinner
Per person, based on double occupancy