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Take in the highlights of Malaysian Borneo with this amazing journey through Sabah and Sarawak. Visit tranquil islands with stunning beaches and see some of Borneo’s unique but often endangered wildlife including the “Man of the Forest”, the magnificent Orang-utan. Gaze up at Southeast Asia’s highest peak and stay in a longhouse deep in the jungle with an ancient tribe.
Our Highlight itineraries cover the key attractions at a relatively quick pace. Enjoy them as they are or extend them to create your perfect holiday. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.
Your guide will meet you upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city and check in.
In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is known. Visit the State Museum & Heritage Village for a closer view of Sabah's ethnic diversity and its traditional housing. Head up to Signal Hill for excellent panoramic views of the city before taking a drive through the city to take in the major landmarks such as the State and City Mosque, Tanjung Aru Beach and the highest building in Kota Kinabalu, Tun Mustapha Tower.
Make your way to the jetty for a short boat journey to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Island Park. Spend the day relaxing under the swaying palms and snorkelling or swimming in the crystal clear waters of this beautiful marine park.
You will be served a delicious lunch out on the islands and return to the city late in the afternoon.
Take a scenic 2-hour drive to Kinabalu Park early in the morning, passing by villages and paddy fields along mountainous roads that wind along the Crocker range. Along the way, you can make a brief stop at Nabalu Market. Once arrived at Kinabalu Park, you will notice the change in air temperature. Enjoy the refreshing and cooling air as you proceed for a walk along the nature trails in the Botanical Garden.
After the walk, depart for lunch at a local restaurant after which you head out to the interesting wonder of the Poring Hot Springs. Soak yourself in the Japanese baths and let the invigorating sulphurous water stimulate the body. There is the opportunity to ascent to the canopy walkway to get panoramic views of the surrounding forest. Experience the height of 41 metres above the ground after a 20 minute hike. You have the opportunity to take a walk into the jungle to see a bat cave or swim under a waterfall before enjoying the hot sulphur baths. You will return to Kota Kinabalu in the late afternoon.
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak state. Your guide will meet you on arrival at Kuching airport and you will transfer to your hotel.
After some time to settle in, take a city tour of Sarawak’s historic capital, Kuching. Visit Chinatown, the Cat Statue, the colourful Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the Civic Centre Viewing Platform and the world famous Sarawak Museum. Walk through Old Kuching, with its narrow alleyways and heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, including the Astana, their former residence situated across the river.
Today we depart for Batang Ai passing through scenic countryside consisting of quaint little towns, villages, paddy fields, pepper and oil palm plantations interspersed with secondary and virgin jungle as the road starts to wind and undulate as you go deeper into the interior with a short stopover at Serian Town. The second Stopover will be for lunch at Lachau, a small town on the way to the longhouse.
You will have a stop at Batang Ai Hydro Lake where you will be taken across the lake into the Engkari River, one of the many tributaries flowing into the lake. The journey will take approximately 30 minutes before reaching Mengkak Longhouse nestled on a hill beside the river. Visit this 37 door longhouse which will be your accommodation for the night. Join the longhouse resident for a glass or two of tuak (rice wine) and a short cultural performance, after dinner. The Iban are a fun-loving people, and visitors are expected to join in whatever activities are going on at the Longhouse!
Overnight in the longhouse “Ruai”. You will be spending your night at the ruai (the longhouse common room). As for the washroom / toilet facilities you will be sharing with the Ibans.
After breakfast, enjoy a blowpipe demonstration and try shooting one yourself. Afterwards, you can take a short walk around the vicinity of the longhouse and learn about the traditional uses of rainforest plants in Iban culture. Depart for Kuching via the same route and there will be a stop in between to have lunch.
Semenggok Orang Utan Tour ; The centre is 30 mins drive from Kuching and another 20 mins on foot. Along the way visitors pass by the ethno-botanical gardens, with their unique collection of rain-forest plants. Semengok also has a number of short collection of rain-forest plants. Semengok also has a number of short jungle trails and optional forest walks can be incorporated into the tour.
Note: Feeding takes place between 9.00-10.00am and between 3.00-3.30 pm. As the orang utan in Semengok are semi-wild, sightings cannot be guaranteed.
All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.
|Standard:||from AU $1,350|
|Superior:||from AU $394|
|Deluxe:||from AU $1,691|
All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!
Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).
• All entrance fees
• All land, sea and river transportation
• English speaking driver/guide
• All accommodation with daily breakfast
• All meals during longhouse stay
This trip package includes 1 internal flight (Kinabula - Kuching) which retails at about 200AUD.
Availability of accommodation and season.
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"We had a fabulous time in Borneo… love the surprise birthday cake … THANK YOU" — Mr and Mrs Crisp, Sunshine Coast, September 2018
"We were very impressed with Borneo and Malaysia actually.It is developing very slowly in the country but KL is as modern as you can get. We even got to see the Sandakan Memorial which was very emotional for us. Turtle Island was excellent.The food was tasty and fresh. Very basic bedroom but only place on island. Our cabin at Tabin Wildlife Reserve....very nice.Great place, great food, accepting the humidity is just part of life there. " — Mr and Mrs Martin, Sydney, December 2017
"I really enjoyed Sarawak! The caves in Mulu are excellent and heaps to do there. All staff in hotels in Borneo were friendly and had a lovely time. " — Mr Wallis, Perth WA, March 2017
"Our favorite experience would have to be setting off in a boat from Abai Village on our first afternoon and coming around a corner in the river to see a family of Pygmy Elephants eating on the riverbank. We were SO close to them. They were just beautiful. The guides we had were absolutely amazing and our kids loved them. They made the trip extremely interesting and fun. The natural turtle hatching was very special too. " — Cortona Family, Sydney, October 2016