Borneo Exploration


Destinations: Borneo

Destination Services: English-speaking guide, Accommodation as stated above, Meals as stated above, All transfers in an air-con vehicle, Activities and excursions as stated above including all required entrance fees

Stars: 4-5 Stars

Days: 8 days

RMB:From 6,450


D1Arrival- Kuching

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and check in.

Enjoy some free time at your leisure to unpack and unwind. 

At the end of the afternoon, head out on a Sarawak River Cruise

The most amazing way to see historical Kuching is from the Sarawak River, the main artery around which the city has grown. From the comfort of the purpose-built pontoon boats, enjoy unobstructed views of every aspect of traditional life on the river and see the sun set in the background. The sunset cruise lasts for around 2 hours.

 

Meals: n/a

Hotel:  The LimeTree Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar

D2Kuching

After breakfast at the hotel, start the Kuching Heritage Trail walking tour.

The tour commences at the Kuching waterfront with a visit to the “Tua Pek Kong” Chinese temple and Chinese Historical Museum from where the historical Fort Margherita can be seen on the other side of the Sarawak River. From the temple, walk through Carpenter Street, a narrow street with small shops on either sides. Pass by several historical buildings and monuments: the General Post Office, the Round Tower, the Pavilion, the Brooke Memorial Monument, the Square Tower and the Old Court House.

Proceed to India Street, a pedestrians’ mall specialised in local and imported textiles.  From India Street, walk through a narrow covered passageway where you will find Masjid India which dates  back from the mid-19th century.  Just as you reach the end of the passageway, your senses will detect the slight aroma of Indian spices which follow you to Gambier Street.  

Next, walk to Brooke Dockyard and Dockyard lane passing by the Old Fire Brigade Station (now known as the open air market). Then, head to Merdeka Square where you will visit St Thomas’s Cathedral.  The tour concludes at the Sarawak Museum which you can explore at your leisure.

 

Meal: Breakfast

Hotel: The LimeTree Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar

D3Kuching– Lemanak Longhouse

After breakfast at the hotel, start your Lemanak River Safari day.

After breakfast, drive 225 kilometres through lush rainforest and scenic countryside dotted with small roadside towns, farmhouses, Malay, Chinese and Bidayuh villages, pepper orchards, rubber and oil palm plantations. On your way, stop at Serian for a short tour of the town. Continue your journey to Lachau or another roadside town for lunch until you reach the Lemanak River where you will hop on-board a motorised longboat for a thrilling ride, travelling upstream against the flow of the water.

Arrive at Ngemah or Nanga Kesit longhouse and experience for yourself a way of life that goes back many centuries. Take a dip or swim in the cool water of the Lemanak River. In the evening, enjoy a local dinner accompanied by tuak (rice wine) and entertainment by the longhouse residents: traditional dances to the music of gongs. Stay overnight in the longhouse at the heart of Borneo’s rainforest.

Note: Guest houses only have basic amenities (no A.C. and no private room for individuals) 

 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Longhouse Guest House

D4Lemanak - Kuching

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a blowpipe demonstration and try using one yourself.  Then take a short walk through the forest accompanied by Iban trackers, and learn about the traditional usage of rainforest plants in Iban culture.  

Return to Kuching via the same route.  Lunch will be served en-route.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: The LimeTree Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar

D5Kuching – Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Kuching Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Arrive at Kota Kinabalu. Meet and great and transfer to your hotel for check in.

 

Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Grandis Hotel Kota Kinabalu (Superior Bayview room) or similar

D6Kota Kinabalu (Full Day Kinabalu Park)

After breakfast at the hotel, make you way to Kinabalu Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, you will be able to see the impressive Mt. Kinabalu, standing at a height of 4095 meters. The park offers fascinating fauna and flora. In that beautiful setting, you will take a short trek and witness life in the treetops as you walk along the 100ft high Canopy Walkway 

Note: if the walkway is closed, it will be replaced with a visit to the Tropical Garden.

 

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel:Grandis Hotel Kota Kinabalu (Superior Bayview room) or similar

D7Kota Kinabalu - Kudat

After breakfast at the hotel, visit a local market before proceeding to Kudat district to meet the Rungus people in their longhouses. Famous for their bead and basketry, watch them making handicrafts. 

Spend the night at Bavangaazo Longhouse which is a replica of an original Longhouse built of natural materials and managed by local villagers.  

Note: Long houses only have basic amenities (twin sharing, communal bathrooms, no hot water) and are closed on 24 & 25 December 2016.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Bavangaazo Longhouse

D8Kudat-Departure

After breakfast, visit Kampung Sumangkap Gong Factory to observe how local gongs are being made. Gongs are important heirlooms and commonly used in festivities.  

In the late afternoon, return to the city and transfer to the airport for your flight back home. 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

HoteL: n/a

Includes:

Accommodation as stated above

Meals as stated above

English speaking guide – other languages available on request 

All transfers in an air-con vehicle

Activities and excursions as stated above including all required entrance fees

 

Excludes: 

Airfare – we can arrange your transportation from any city in China, please contact us! 

Visa (if required)

Optional activities and tours

Travel insurance

Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included

Gratuities to guide and driver

 

Terms and Conditions:

Payment

Full payment is due 14 days prior to departure. Thomas Cook China reserves the right to release all services in case of payment default. 

 

Cancellation Policy

If any cancellation is received following a booking, the following general cancellation policy will apply:

Between 30 and 21 days prior to arrival : 20% of total amount is due

Between 20 and 7 days prior to arrival : 50% of total amount is due 

Between 6 days and 2 day prior to arrival: 75% of total amount is due 

1 day or No-show: 100% of total amount is due

 

Force Majeure

Thomas Cook China will not be liable for performance delays or for non-performance, due to causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, actions by any government authority (whether valid or invalid), fires, floods, windstorms, riots, explosions, natural disasters, wars, sabotage, labour problems (including lockouts, strikes and slowdowns), or court injunction or order.