15 DAYS ●
With Special Guests
Tour price from $8,599 per person
International award-winning wildlife photographer
Malaysian naturalist & conservationist
Founder & President of The Orangutan Project
National Travel Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Our Traveller Reader Tour - Borneo itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Kuching International Airport. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Stroll through the cultural melting pot, Sarawak, with your guide and experience the Chinese History Museum along the Kuching waterfront, Ewe Hai Street to see traditional Chinese shop houses, and visit a traditional Chinese medicine man and a tin smith crafts person. A culinary tour through Kuching to sample Sarawak's signature dishes for lunch is preceded by the Urang Sarawak Gallery, before boarding a traditional sampan to an island to explore a traditional Malay village. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with The Sydney Morning and The Age Traveller editor, Anthony Dennis, who will share his thoughts and travel experiences of Borneo, why it's one of the most unique places in the world. (B,L,D)
In the company of Anthony Dennis, travel on an air-conditioned vehicle from Kuching city to the Malay village of Bako. Take a short boat ride to reach the Bako National Park, where you’re almost guaranteed to see wildlife, including wild boars, silver leaf monkeys, monitor lizards, and possibly the elusive odd-nosed proboscis monkey. Lunch today is a BBQ at a scenic beach. Return to your hotel with the option of free time, or a tea break with a Malay family at their house. Enjoy dinner with Anthony Dennis. (B,L,D)
Depart for the Semenggoh Nature Reserve and visit the 740 acre sanctuary for rescued and orphaned orangutans. After the reserve experience, take a comfortable 4-hour road trip to Batang Ai, stopping at a native market in Serian, pass by rice fields, and visit a pepper plantation. Arrive at Batang Ai for a ferry crossing to your accommodation, the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat. (B,L,D)
Spend the day with the former head- hunters of Borneo. Catch a traditional Iban longboat to reach their longhouse village where you'll be greeted by traditional war dance performances, and taste traditional rice wine
Depart resort and transfer to your hotel in Kuching, with a lunch stop at a local cafe. Dinner this evening is at a Hindu temple. The local Indian community will welcome you near Kuching's city centre for the feast on typical South-Indian vegetarian delicacies served on banana leaves. (B,L,D)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Mulu. On arrival proceed to the Mulu National Park for lunch and exploring. Walk along a wooden plank path through riverine and lowland limestone forest leading to Lang's Cave featuring stunning stalagmites and stalactites, followed by time at the largest cave passage in the world, Deer Cave, which is home to an estimated 2 to 3 million bats. Tonight enjoy dinner with international award-winning wildlife photographer C.S. Ling, who will share her experience working and shooting nature. (B,L,D)
In the company of Traveller Tours special guest C.S. Ling, enjoy a boat ride to Mulu Caves, stopping at a Penan settlement and visit a small handicraft market. Arrive at Wind Cave and feel its gentle breeze, then take in King's chamber with its astonishing rock calcite formations, and the most impressive in the system, the Clearwater Cave. Lunch and swim at the Clearwater Spring before returning to your accommodation for free time. Traveller Tours special guest C.S. Ling will advise and help guests with getting the best wildlife shots. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Mulu airport and fly to Kota Kinabalu, a coastal city surrounded by rainforest. (B,L,D)
Spend the morning exploring the capital city of Sabah, including a visit to the Sabah Museum with its fine collection of artifacts, a colorful Chinese temple with Borneo’s largest statue of Kwan Yin (the goddess of mercy), and a vibrant handicraft market. Continue on foot to the town's oldest area, dating back to pre-World War 2 times, stopping at the Padang Merdeka, Atkinson Clock Tower and Australia Place. You may choose to get a Henna Tattoo with a local artist. Join Traveller Tours expert guest, Leif Cocks, founder and president of The Orangutan Project, orangutan protection and conservation, for dinner where he will give a talk on his work and the importance of habitation conservation in Borneo. (B,L,D)
Depart Kota Kinabalu for a 2-hour drive to Kinabalu Park with Traveller Tours expert guest, Leif Cocks. Join a guided walk along a forest trail and visit the Mountain Garden with its collection of orchids and plants unique to Kinabalu. (B,L,D)
Depart Kota by plane. Arrive in Sandakan and transfer to the multi-award winning ecolodge, the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Depart for a river safari to see wildlife and birds, followed by a candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide. Tonight enjoy dinner with Traveller Tours special guest, Malaysian naturalist Irshad Mobarak who will give a talk on his work in and around the region.(B,L,D)
Along with Traveller Tours special guest, Malaysian naturalist Irshad Mobarak, enjoy a morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenap Ox-Bow lake is followed by an educational tour along our Hornbill Boardwalk located behind the lodge with an in-house naturalist. The afternoon is spent cruising along the river for more wildlife spotting. (B,L,D)
Boat transfer to Sukau and journey overland to the Gomantong Cave to see millions of swiftlets and bats. The swiftlet's nests are collected for the famous Chinese Bird's nest soup. Proceed onwards to Sandakan Town with lunch at an English Tea House, then transfer to Sandakan airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu for a farewell dinner and cultural performances. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for your flight home. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Australian passport holders do not require a visa to travel to Malaysia and Borneo. Other passport holders should arrange visas well in advance of departure, if required.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate.
Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights.
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