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Experience Borneo's cultural, historical and natural wonders on this journey through one of the most beautiful areas of South East Asia.
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10 nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, transport by local air-conditioned vehicle, bus and boat, sightseeing with English speaking local guides, entrance fees and flight Kuching/Kota Kinabalu
This journey is the ultimate Borneo experience. Witness the orangutans in Semenggoh and Sandakan, trek around Bako and Kinabalu National Parks, interact with indigenous tribes and visit their homes and local villages, learn how to cook local foods with an interactive cooking experience, enjoy high tea at Sabah Tea House and cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife.
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Rare opportunities to see orang-utans in Semenggoh and Sepilok at wildlife and rehabilitation centres.
Chance to interact with indigenous and ethnic tribes, visit their homes and cook dinner for their families.
Trek through Bako and Kinabalu National Parks where you can observe the wildlife and see exotic vegetation.
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On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Orangutan Conservation Centre and enjoy a river cruise on a traditional boat. (D)
Explore the national park at the mouth of the Bako River, this is one of the best places in the world to spot the unique Proboscis monkey in the wild. (B)(L)
Visit the Bidayuh Longhouse and observe the lifestyle of the tribal communities. Transfer back to Kuching for an afternoon visit to the markets followed by a cooking class. (B)(D)
Visit the Sarawak Cultural Village. This award-winning living museum showcases Sarawak’s unique and diverse cultures in an accessible, visitor-friendly setting. After lunch visit the Santubong Peninsula for a boat tour of the mangroves. (B)(L)
Transfer to Kuching airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. This afternoon spend some time sightseeing in Kota Kinabalu. (B)
Spend the morning snorkelling in the marine park. This afternoon, discover the local tribes at Mari Mari Cultural Village. The village operates as a museum preserving Borneo’s ethnic culture and features five different ethnic tribes in one village; the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunting and fishing Lundayeh, the sea gypsy Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut. (B)(L)(D)
Today head to Kinabalu Park. The first stop is Kundasang War Memorial. This was one of the first memorials to commemorate the Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan during the infamous death marches during World War II. After lunch, journey to Sabah Tea Plantation to learn how tea is harvested and processed. (B)(L)
Continue your journey to Sandakan. On arrival, enjoy
lunch at the English Tea House, a colonial restaurant located on top of a hill with panoramic
views of Sandakan city. In the afternoon, proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey
Today visit the world’s largest orangutan rehabilitation centre in Sepilok. Depart for Kinabatangan River. (B)(L)(D)
Wake up to the calls of hornbills and other exotic birds and proceed to Ox Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river. After breakfast embark on a trek in the surrounding jungle. This afternoon take another river cruise upstream and look for monkeys, gibbons, elephant and perhaps even an orangutan. After dinner enjoy a night cruise on the Kinabatangan River, looking for civets, leopard cats, fish owls and other nocturnal species. (B)(L)(D)
Head back to Sandakan and transfer to the airport. (B)
NOTE: Day 6 snorkelling is on a join in basis.
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