Insights of Borneo + Kuala Lumpur
Spend two nights before your tour begins in Southeast Asia's very own cyber city - Kuala Lumpur. Commonly known as KL, the city is an exciting metropolis where ultra modern skyscrapers feature alongside temples and mosques. It's almost impossible to miss the imposing Petronas Towers - a symbol of modern Malaysia and a fantastic place from which to view the city!
Choose between the Anggun Boutique Hotel or Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur.
DAY 1: Depart UK.
DAY 2: Arrive Kuala Lumpur.
Upon arrival, transfer from the airport to your chosen hotel.
DAY 3: Kuala Lumpur.
A full day to explore the glittering metropolis of 'KL' - one of Southeast Asia's fastest expanding cities.
DAY 4: Kuala Lumpur - Kota Kinabalu.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu.
DAY 5: Kuching.
After breakfast, travel through the lush green countryside dotted with padi fields, pepper gardens and rubber plantations, and flanked by rugged jungle-clad mountains. Stop for lunch at a roadside bazaar deep in Iban country before heading up Lemanak River in the mid-afternoon, passing through typical Borneo countryside. For Guest Staying At The Local Longhouse Community: Arrive at Serubah Longhouse and visit the "entire village under one roof." Dinner, featuring delicious fresh jungle produce, is served in the simple guest-house. After dinner, return to the longhouse for your evening's entertainment, including traditional dancing, music, games and a glass or two of tuak (rice wine) with the longhouse chief. The Iban are a fun-loving people, and visitors are incouraged to join in! Overnight in the guest house with basic amenities (No air-conditioning and no private room for individuals) as the accommodation is built by the Longhouse people to help supplement their income for their livelihood and childrens education. For Guest Staying At Batang Ai by Hilton: After dropping some guest off at Lemanak, the remaining guest will return downriver for transfer to Batang Ai Jetty. After the 20 minute boat ride across the Batang Ai Hydro Lake, arrive at the luxurious Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. Dinner, and accommodation at the resort. (B, L, D)
DAY 6: Kuching.
For Guest Staying At The Local Longhouse Community: After breakfast, enjoy a blowpipe demonstration and try shooting one yourself. Then take a short walk through the forest accompanied by Iban trackers, and learn about the traditional uses of rainforest plants in Iban culture. The walk ends at the river bank, where you embark in a longboat for a journey upriver to a tree-lined jungle pool. Lunch is cooked at the riverside in traditional Iban style - all ingredients are steamed in freshly-cut bamboo tubes over an open fire. After lunch, bathe in the pool or relax at the waterside. The return journey is done in traditional style to the sounds of the rainforest - boats are propelled with poles instead of outboard motor. Return downriver for transfer to Batang Ai jetty. After the boat ride across Batang Ai Hydro Lake, arrive at the luxurious Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. For Guest Staying at the Batang Ai by Hilton: After breakfast, leave the Resort by Shuttle Boat and journey to the Lemanak River for the short ride to the longhouse, where you will join the rest of the group and start the blow pipe activities. (B, L, D)
DAY 7: Kuching - Sandakan.
After breakfast, leave Kuching and transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu. The evening is free to relax and settle into your new hotel. (B, L, D)
DAY 8: Sandakan - Sakau.
Rise early this morning to see a real highlight of your trip - a visit to the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest. Learn about the rehabilitation of young or strayed orang-utans before taking a board walk through the lowland rainforest to a viewing platform where you will witness the feeding of orphaned orang-utans; a once in a lifetime experience. After lunch proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary for the afternoon feeding. This privately-owned sanctuary located within an oil palm estate gives you the chance to observe these animals up close and personal. After dinner, enjoy a Night Cruise along the river. Keep an eye out for all the nocturnal animals along the riverbank. (B, L, D)
DAY 9: Sukau.
Rise early this morning, to the call of birds, insects and animals before taking a cruise on the Kinabatangan River. The river is best viewed at dawn and sustains one of the world's richest ecosystems; it is one of just two known places in the world where ten species of primates can be found. As well as orang-utans and proboscis monkeys, you may even sight an Asian elephant or Sumatran rhinoceros amongst the thick forest or at the water's edge. Continue up the river to Kelenanap Ox-Bow Lake to watch for birds and other wildlife, before returning to your lodge for breakfast. This morning, you will have the unique opportunity to help the Borneo Nature Lodge contribute to a wildlife corridor by planting seedlings bought from a nursery in Sukau, run by Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project. The seedlings are specifically chosen for their suitability for local wildlife including orang-utans. Enjoy a free afternoon, before taking an evening cruise along the river to search for more flora and fauna. (B, L, D)
DAY 10: Sakau - Kota Kinabalu.
After a leisurely breakfast depart for Sandakan Airport and fly to Kota Kinabalu. The rest of the day is yours to do with what you wish. (B, L)
DAY 11: Kota Kinabalu.
Take a morning drive to Gayang Village. Upon reaching the village board the boat and journey down the river to see the houses of the Bajau's. Observe the vegetation of the mangrove and Stilt houses, which can be seen along the river banks. After returning back to the jetty, experience Batik Painting, one of the countries pastimes. Try your skills on one of Malaysia's major Cottage industry and you just might be able to bring back your priceless work of art. (B)
DAY 12: Kota Kinabalu - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK or extend your holiday at Gayana Beach. (B)
DAY 13: Home landing in the UK.
Anggun Boutique Hotel
The Anggun Boutique Hotel combines history and culture with sustainable living and modernistic architectural designs, inspired by traditional Malay kampong (village) houses.
Location: Enviably located in the capital’s hip and vibrant Soho area, Bukit Bintang; the hotel is a short walk to nearby restaurants and shopping malls, ten minutes walk to KL’s famous Chinatown Bazaar, and close to bus and train stops for further city exploration.
Facilities: Rooftop restaurant; concierge; car rental; laundry service.
Price includes: Bed and breakfast in a double room with private facilities; air conditioning; TV & DVD player; coffee maker; hairdryer; bathrobes; safe; internet access.
Al-Asyikin Mosque and Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A 'boutique urban resort'; Hotel Maya is located next to the famous Petronas Towers and the buzzing business district, providing guests with a serene and peaceful retreat from busy city life.
Location: Adjacent to the Petronas Towers, in the hub of the business and commercial districts. Walking distance to the city’s premier shopping centre and the light rail transit system; and a short drive to Little India, Chinatown and Bukit Bintang.
Facilities: Concierge; hydrotherapy pool; gym; pillow menu; spa; café; Sky Lounge; Still Waters Restaurant; Maya Brasserie; Ramah Tamah Deli.
Price includes: Bed & breakfast in a double room with private facilities; air conditioning; TV & DVD player; coffee maker; safe; internet access.
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Insights of Borneo + Kuala Lumpur
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- Kuching Longboat ride up Lemanak River, Blowpipe demonstration,
- Sandakan Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Labuk Bay Monkey Sanctuary
- Sukau Kinabatangan River, Kelenanap Ox-Bow Lake, seedling planting, night river cruise, nocturnal animal watching
- Kota Kinabalu Gayana Village drive, Batik Painting
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- Tuesdays - 2014
01 Apr 2014 to 04 Nov 2014