Borneo National Parks
Sarawak, Sabah, Borneo
Sarawak, Sabah, Borneo
Even today, the name Borneo evokes a sense of the exotic – of adventure and a journey into the unknown. Visions of impenetrable jungle, of head-hunters and jungle-dwelling tribes and great riches refuse to fade. While the head-hunters are long gone, Sarawak’s tradition of open hospitality continues, making Kuching Southeast Asia’s friendliest city.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS SARAWAK EXPERIENCE AND WITNESS AN AMAZING MILLION BATS SPECTACLE.
We begin with a comprehensive tour of Kuching, where we will stay at the 4-star Grand Margherita Hotel. The next day however, we will travel by boat to a remote village and spend a night with the Ibans, once renowned for practising headhunting. They live in longhouses and so will we, in simple comforts, but their hospitality will more than compensate the luxuries of your hotel.
After an interesting night at a longhouse, and witnessing a longhouse celebration or gawai, the taste of Borneo is firmly instilled. We continue to Sarawak’s Gunung Mulu National Park, where over millennia the flow of water drainage towards the sea has cut deep gorges through the Park’s limestone mountains forming a complex network of some of the most spectacular caves on earth.
With your private guide explore the caves and witness an amazing spectacle of a million bats rushing out of cave before travelling by road to Brunei and stay at the luxurious Empire Hotel. Play a game of golf or inform the concierge of your special interests or special dining requirements.
Next we travel to Ulu Temburong national park, often been regarded as a refuge for threatened species in Borneo. You will stay at the Ulu Ulu eco resort where you will explore the forest with your expert guides and take the Canopy Walkway, one of the longest in the world.
Continue to Kota Kinabalu and fly to Lahad Datu and then travel to Danum Valley, home to many birds and mammals including the Orang-utans, gibbons, and other primates. Spend three nights, exploring the Borneo jungles and if you are lucky you may also see wild cats and the rare Bornean Pygmy Elephant.
Max your Awim
If you are looking for a holiday with a difference then combine your Borneo adventure with the sophistication of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. This unique combination provides a memorable experience of lush rainforests, unique wildlife, stunning beaches and vibrant cities.
Time your visit to coincide with the Borneo Cultural Festival, held every July in the small city of Sibu in Sarawak. This 10-day festival is packed with traditional music, celebrations, contests, and even a beauty pageant. It is a great place to learn about Sarawak's indigenous music and culture.
The Borneo International Kite Festival has become one of the most pleasant festivals in Borneo. Hundreds of people gather in late September or early October to fly colourful and intriguing kites, some of which so complex that it require handling teams. The festival is held at the Old Bintulu Airport in Bintulu, Sarawak.
Alternatively, travel to the secret Labuan Island, once known as the "Pearl of the South China Sea". Today, it serves as an excellent stopover for travellers crossing between Brunei and Sabah. Time your stay to visit the Borneo Arts Festival usually held in the month of August.
Walk down its undeveloped beaches most of which, aside from weekends, are usually void of people. For divers, the nearby Pulau Layang-Layang is considered a top diving destination in Southeast Asia. A three-star dive resort offers diving along the wall which drops to a depth of 2000 meters. Hammerhead sharks, tuna, and big-eye trevallies frequent the wall.
One More Thing
We make no extra charge for minor changes to hotels, or hotel add-ons to the beginning or at the end of the existing itinerary. If you wish to customise this itinerary then please let us know your interests.
A number of direct international airlines fly to Borneo’s two main airports; Kuching in Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. The two major airlines; Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia also operate domestic flights linking tourist destinations of interest. This has made getting around Sabah a lot easier and cheaper. With a little preplanning you can find a flight that will rival the local bus prices.