Kuching, Batang Ai & Kota Kinabalu with Cox and Kings
Discover the astounding variety of cultural and natural attractions of Borneo - colorful indigenous cultures, a spectacular diversity of wildlife and wide rivers twisting through the steamy jungles of the oldest rainforest on earth. On this exhilarating journey for the whole family, you'll visit a longhouse, learn about traditional life at a cultural village, cruise a remote river in search of monkeys, take a ride on a steam train and relax on some of the prettiest beaches in the Pacific.
Day 1 : Arrive Kuching
Upon arrival in the charming city of Kuching, with its appealing waterfront and colonial architecture, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Day 2: To Batang Ai
After breakfast, depart for the interior. En route to Batang Ai, visit the Semonggok Rehabilitation Center in Sarawak - home to semi-wild orangutans rescued from captivity. Thanks to the successful breeding program at the center, there's always the possibility of seeing an orangutan mother with a young baby. Late afternoon, arrive on the shores of beautiful Batang Ai Lake and check in to your unique longhouse resort set on the edge of some of the world's most ancient rainforest. Later, set out to explore the surrounding jungle on a guided nature walk. Then, ascend into the canopy for an unforgettable forest tour.
Day 3: Batang Ai
Embark on a boat journey into the heart of the Sarawak jungle to visit an Iban longhouse. Enjoy an authentic and friendly introduction to traditional life with this welcoming tribe. Visit a waterfall (and take a refreshing dip) before returning to your resort.
Day 4: To Kuching
After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to your rainforest resort and return to Kuching. This afternoon, explore the charms of this riverside city with your local guide and enjoy a sunset cruise.
Day 5: To Kota Kinabalu
Fly east to Kota Kinabalu, also referred to as "land below the wind." Upon arrival, transfer to your lovely seaside resort and enjoy some time to relax. This afternoon, visit the Lok Kawi zoological park, home to orangutan, bear, pygmy elephant, tiger and hornbill monkey.
Day 6: Kota Kinabalu
Take a leisurely drive through fields and orchards to the Mari Mari cultural village where you can go back in time to the days of the headhunters in Borneo. Walk across a suspension bridge and be welcomed by the village headman. Learn about the traditional arts of the jungle, including how to make fire from bamboo and the best way to fashion a blow-dart for hunting. Sample some local delicacies, cook your own chicken and get a henna tattoo. Watch a performance of traditional dance before returning to your resort.
Day 7: Kota Kinabalu
After a morning spent enjoying the amenities of your resort, depart for the Klias Wetlands and Mangrove Forest Reserve. Upon arrival after refreshments, board a river cruise in search of local wildlife including proboscis monkey, longtail macaque, silver-leaf monkey and a variety of tropical bird. Savor the sunset and, if you're lucky, the thousands of glowing fireflies that call the park home. Enjoy dinner before returning to your resort.
Day 8: Kota Kinabalu
Experience the romance of the colonial days this morning on a steam train ride through native villages, rubber plantations and rice fields. Stop at the Kinarut Chinese temple before continuing to the village of Papar. Disembark to browse the wares at the local market before heading back to Kota Kinabalu aboard the train. On the return journey, enjoy a traditional tiffin lunch.
Day 9: Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast, transfer to the city jetty for a 20-minute boat ride to one of the coral islands in stunning Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters - or just savor an al fresco lunch on the beach.
Day 10: Depart Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast, bid farewell to Borneo as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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