Explore the natural wonders Malaysia has to offer and experience close encounters with the native wildlife. This package can be added to any Malaysia holiday and will provide an unforgettable journey of discovery.
*Price based on seat-in coach tour departing on Wednesdays. Private tour available for £560 per person with daily departures.
On arrival at the Kuching International Airport, meet with our guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in. At 14:00 depart for a city tour. This includes a visit to the Tua Pek Kong temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Sarawak, built in 1876. From there, view the imposing Fort Margarita. Drive by St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the Syariah (Muslim) Court, traditional Malay houses built on stilts and the mosque built along the bank of the river, which winds through the heart of the city. Look out for the majestic Astana, the former palace of the White Rajahs, now the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak. Stop for a few minutes in front of the old colonial Court House, complete with a clock tower and a granite obelisk built in memory of the second White Rajah, Charles Brooke. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the Sarawak Museum, one of the finest in South-East Asia. It is a treasure house of artefacts and exhibits of great archaeological and cultural significance. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel.
Today we depart for a 45-minute drive to the beach of the Damai Peninsula where you will board a speedboat and proceed to the river mouth of the mangrove belt in search of the Irrawaddy (or snub fin) dolphins. The Irrawaddy dolphin is a slow swimmer; it surfaces in a rolling fashion and lifts its tail fluke clear of the water for a deep dive only. Observe the dolphins while they swim around the boats of the local fishermen in search for food. Afterwards, we will try to spot wild crocodiles along the riverbanks of the mangrove forest. Another 30 minutes’ ride will bring you to the Satang Islands, located off the coast of Santubong. On the way, pass by ‘Bird’s Rock’, a rocky islet which is an important habitat for Black-naped and Bridled terns. A packed lunch is provided on the island. Enjoy the beautiful view from the island, relax at the beach or go for a swim or snorkel in the clear water. By latest 14:00, before the winds make the sea rough, return to Damai and from there back to your hotel in Kuching and overnight.
In the morning meet your guide in the hotel lobby and start your journey to the Longhouse Safari along the Pan Borneo Highway, passing through beautiful scenery of rural villages, towns and gardens of pepper, rubber and rice fields. Along the way, visit the Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre situated about 30 minutes drive from Kuching. It provides a rare opportunity to be at close range with the ‘Wild Man of Borneo’ and to observe its behaviour and activities in its natural habitat. Before arriving at the feeding platform for the 09:00 feeding, you will have a brief experience walking through the amazing untouched rain forest. The centre closes at 09:30. A short stop will be made at the town of Serian where you can explore the market where the locals sell fruits and vegetables. From Serian your trip will bring you to Lachao where you will have your lunch and the opportunity to buy presents for the Iban families in the longhouse. After lunch in Lachao your onward journey will bring you to the Batang Ai jetty from where you will cross the lake by boat to the Batang Ai. Check-in. Dinner and overnight at resort.
At around 09:30 board a boat across the Batang Ai Lake to reach an original Iban longhouse. Tour the longhouse, watch the natives while they organise their daily chores, and enjoy a ‘native style’ lunch. Return to the resort in the early afternoon. Dinner and overnight.
This morning depart for Kuching, with a stop for lunch at a local restaurant en route. Upon arrival in Kuching, estimated in mid-afternoon, transfer to your hotel or to the airport.
Find us overlooking the Sarawak River, with captivating views over the city and within walking distance to many popular attractions. Relax in a spacious guest room, suite or executive room with spectacular views. Dine in one of five tempting restaurants and relax with a cocktail and snacks at Senso bar.
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