5-Day Best Of Kuching (German Speaking) – Option B: group experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

  • Marvel at the array of flora & fauna in Bako National Park
  • Look out for the rare & elusive proboscis monkey
  • Discover Semenggoh Nature Reserve
  • home to orangutans
  • Meet the former headhunters of Borneo at Batang Ai during a day visit
  • Watch a local war dance

tour details

Marvel at the natural beauty of Bako National Park – a perfect introduction to the local flora & wildlife. You’ll journey by boat to see primary forest full of botanical treasures and home to the proboscis monkey & other wildlife. After exploring Semenggoh Nature Reserve – a sanctuary for orangutans – continue to a native fruit market and pepper farm. Next stop is Batang Ai where you’ll be ferried across the lake to the idyllic Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat. Next morning, you’ll board traditional longboats and head upriver to meet the former headhunters of Borneo and later watch them sound their gongs and perform a war dance in full ceremonial regalia. You’ll next enjoy a tasty native lunch in the longhouse before returning to your resort. Later, unwind with a short nature walk including a canopy bridge.

Upon arrival at Kuching International Airport, you will be met by a Diethelm Travel representative. Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to hotel of your choice in Kuching.
Check-in at hotel & free at leisure.
In case of arrival in the morning you may opt to book the walking city tour "Walk The White Rajah Trail" (not included in the package).

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:None
After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour of Bako National Park. This is the oldest national park in Sarawak and offers the perfect introduction to Sarawak's forest and wildlife. The park is located at the northern tip of Muara Tebas peninsula. It can be reached by 30 minutes' drive by air-conditioned vehicle and another 20 minutes' by boat. The park has an area of 27 km2 of primary forest with an abundance of botanical treasures made up of 25 types of vegetation. Amongst the huge variety of plant life, the carnivorous pitcher plant can be found here as well. Bako's mangrove forest is home to the odd-nosed proboscis monkey, found only in Borneo. Other wildlife species found here are the long-tailed macaques, silver leaf monkeys, monitor lizards and bearded pigs.
There are a number of trails, which you could venture on to explore this fascinating park. A packed lunch will be served.
Return to Kuching in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
After an early breakfast, check-out from your hotel. Depart to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve. The entire facility occupies an area of 740 acres and acts as a sanctuary for orang utans that have been rescued from captivity and young orphaned primates. These animals are trained or re-trained to survive in their natural habitat. They learn how to forage for natural food and build nests in the trees. Many have been returned into the surrounding area of the nature reserve. But there are few that will never re-learn their natural skills due to long association with and dependence on humans. There are daily scheduled feeding times. However, sightings of these primates during feeding times are not guaranteed due to the fact that they are roaming freely within the nature reserve.
From here we depart for a 4 hours journey by air-conditioned vehicle to Batang Ai. Along the way, we will visit the native market in Serian, pass by rice fields and visit a pepper plantation. The last stop will be at Lachau, a small up-country Chinese village, where we will stop for lunch, before proceeding to Batang Ai.
Upon arrival at the Batang Ai lake, you will be ferried across by ferry/boat to the resort. After check-in, the rest of the day is free at leisure to use the many facilities of the resort.

Overnight at Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat, Standard Room.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
After breakfast, the day starts with a fascinating visit of the former headhunters of Borneo! The journey to the longhouse involves a ride on a traditional Iban longboat. Upon arrival at the longhouse, you will be taken for a tour around the longhouse, to meet the natives and their families. The Ibans will sound their gongs and perform their traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia. One is often invited to join in.....don't be shy....it can be fun...even if you don't understand their language. Don't leave without tasting their rice wine "tuak". A native lunch will be served in the longhouse.
Return to the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat.
In the afternoon you have the option to venture on a nature walk including a canopy bridge (subject to weather conditions). The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight at Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat, Standard Room.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
After breakfast today, you depart the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat by boat/ferry and return to Kuching by air-conditioned vehicle with an en-route stop for lunch at a local cafe.
Transfer to Kuching International Airport for your late afternoon flight to your next destination or to Kuching city for your extension stay.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch

includes

  • 4 nights accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guides in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees and/or boat fees as stated in the programme
  • Drinking water available on the vehicles
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)

excludes

  • Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to/from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Gifts for the longhouse

notes

  • Hotels can be changed without prior notice, but substitute will be within the offered category.
  • Tours will be offered as stated in the programme, but some may be done on different days than stated in the programme. For example, if our programme states a city tour on Day 1,
    it may be postponed to Day 3 instead, without any prior notice given.
  • Even if the package is booked on private basis, certain services may be on shared basis in order to minimise impacts on the natural environment or if other circumstances require so.
    These services include boat transfers in Bako and boat transfers & activities in the longhouse.
  • Sightings of wildlife depend on several natural factors (e.g. weather) and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
  • It is customary to bring some gifts for the Iban longhouse people, which can be divided by the number of families. Our guide can assist you during one of the stops en-route to buy some suitable
    presents. This custom is only applicable to Iban longhouse tours.
  • Flight departure from Kuchig should not be earlier than 16:00 hrs on Day 5 (1 Nov 2016
  • 31 Oct 2017)

Tour code: KCHDS5DBOKBGJ18

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