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- Begin your Malaysian adventure with a stay in the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur, before exploring the eco-paradise island of Borneo.
- Enjoy free time in dynamic Kuala Lumpur to discover its skyscrapers, monorail system, sports stadiums and modern shopping complexes.
- Then embark on a tour of Borneo, to explore picturesque lakes, breathtaking wildlife and a unique culture, all set by the tropical rainforests.
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Your Destinations —
Explore some of the highlights of this buzzing metropolis, where you will marvel at the juxtaposition of ancient and modern, from the iconic Petronus Towers to the ancient Gombak and Klang waterways. As this cosmopolitan city is most traveller's entry point to Malaysia, there is an abundance of glitzy hotels and highly acclaimed restaurants to keep you satisfied.
The island of Borneo is a mixture of three countries. It is home to the two East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the independent kingdom of Brunei, ruled by one of the richest men in the world. The remainder of the island, Kalimantan, belongs to Indonesia. In Sandakan you will find the famous "wild man of Borneo".
The island's many natural attractions are complemented by a fascinating local culture that has preserved centuries-old ways of living into the present day.
Your Itinerary In Brief —
Day 1: Arrive in Kuala Lumpur
Day 2: Kuala Lumpur
Day 3: Kuala Lumpur
Day 4: Kuala Lumpur – Kuching
Day 5: Kuching - Bako Nat. Park - Kuching (March - October)Or Kuching (November -february)
Day 6: Kuching – Batang Ai
Day 7: Rajesh A
Day 8: Batang Ai - Start Of Kuching
Your Itinerary —
Arrival in Kuala Lumpur. Welcome to Malaysia! Transfer to your hotel. Free end of the day to rest from your long journey, without a guide or driver. If you wish, visit the famous Petronas Towers, the world's tallest twin towers (452 metres) which light up every night at 8pm for a sound and light show. They perfectly symbolise the meteoric rise of the city, the contemporary metropolis that is the "KL" of today.
Distance /duration: Kuala Lumpur Airport - Kuala Lumpur (55 km): about 1 hour
Days 2-3: Kuala Lumpur
Free time in Kuala Lumpur.
Day 4: Kuala Lumpur - Kuching
Transfer to Kuala Lumpur airport for your flight to Kuching. Arrival in Kuching. Welcome to Borneo! Transfer to your hotel and relax. Depending on the time of your arrival, discover Kuching at your leisure, a true mix of cultures, artisanal and gastronomic know-how. Don't miss the opportunity to stroll along the river or through the bustling and colourful streets of Little India. Overnight at the hotel.
Distance / Duration:Kuching Airport - Kuching (18 km): about 25 min
Depart at 8am for an excursion to Bako National Park. From the fishing village of Bako, you will reach the oldest park in the state of Sarawak by boat, first through the mangroves and then along the coast (30min). Located on a peninsula in the China Sea, a haven of peace awaits you: extraordinary rainforest where wildlife is abundant, streams, waterfalls, various exotic plants and beaches nestled in the hollow of protected bays. The fauna is just as varied as the landscapes with long-tailed macaques, varans and more than 150 species of birds. Lunch in the park restaurant. Return to Kuching in the afternoon, first by boat (30min) and then by road. Night at the hotel.
Distance / Duration: Kuching - Bako (37 km): about 45 min
The excursion to Bako National Park is seasonal (from March to October only due to the rough seas in the other months of the year), we offer the following alternative for departures from November to February:
Depart at 8:30 am to discover the Sarawak Cultural Village ,a "living museum" or reconstructed village presenting the history and traditions of the different tribes of the region. Seven houses with traditional architecture spread over several hundred square kilometers, with actors in period outfits presenting their lifestyles. Lunch on site and traditional dance show. Return to Kuching for an afternoon of discovery on foot: the many cat statues (the emblem of the city), the Chinatown, St. Joseph's Cathedral and the Chinese temple of Tua Pek Kong. The day ends with a cruise on the Sarawak River to watch the sunset. Night at the hotel.
Distance / Duration: Kuching – Sarawak Cultural Village (37 km): 45min
Depart at 8am for a fabulous journey through the Sarawak region. Your first stop is in Semenggoh to discover the orangutans in their natural environment. Established in 1975, this rehabilitation centre is now a nature reserve. You will be able to attend a feeding session by the rangers. You will also discover a series of rice fields, rubber plantations, pepper and cocoa, typical commodities of the region, but also lush tropical forests, tumultuous rivers and mountain ranges.
Then, stop in a thriving traditional market where your guide introduces you to exotic fruits and vegetables, before continuing on to a pepper plantation to discover how it is grown, harvested and dried. Lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Once you arrive at Batang Ai Pier, you board a motor canoe. You cross the eponymous lake which offers beautiful views of rice paddies and other crops before reaching the longhouse, the traditional longhouse of the Ibantribe, the head cutters. Don't worry! This tradition has not been relevant since the era of British colonisation. Dinner in the longhouse prepared with fresh produce from the area, then taste the famous rice wine, local alcohol, and attend a traditional dance and music show. Experience the unique experience of sleeping in a longhouse!
Distance / Duration:Kuching - Semenggoh(30km): about 45min
Semenggoh - Batang Ai Pier: about 4:15 a.m.
Batang Ai Jetty - Longhouse: about 35 min by boat
Be awakened by the mysterious sounds of the forest, then cross the river in a canoe and begin a hike through the jungle. The guide introduces you to all kinds of edible or medicinal plants, century-old trees, vines and other tree ferns. When you reach the top of the hill, you will descend down another trail, helping yourself if you wish with ropes arranged along the trail in case of slippery terrain. You reach a stream where it is nice to rest in the few natural pools before lunch of typical dishes of the area, cooked in bamboo wood fire.
Then transfer to Aiman Batang Ai, a 3-star hotel nestled in the heart of a beautiful nature and built in the pure tradition of longhouses, traditional houses of the Sarawak tribes. Free end of the day to enjoy the attractions of your hotel and the environment. Night at the hotel.
Distance / Duration: Hiking: 1:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. depending on capacity
Longhouse - Aiman Batang Ai: about 30 min by boat
Day 8: Aiman Batang Ai- Kuching
Depart at 8.30am to Kuching first by boat and then by van, through countryside and Malay villages. You make a stop at the Ranchan Waterfall, surrounded by a dense jungle. You are dropped off at Kuching airport around 3pm.
Distance /duration: Batang Ai Jetty - Kuching Airport (250 km): 4:45 a.m.
Your Tour Hotels —
Our members will stay at the following 3* category or 4* category hotels with breakfast included.
3* Category Hotels
Kuching: Batik Boutique Hotel or Similar in a City Facing Suite
Batang Ai: Aiman Batang Ai or Similar in a Standard Room
4* Category Hotels
Kuching: The Ranee or similar in a Deluxe Room
Batang Ai: Aiman Batang Ai or Similar in a Standard Room
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Your Journey —
Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.
The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Transfers in private and air-conditioned vehicles with English speaking driver-guide are included as per itinerary.