5 Days Best Of Kuching (English or German Spk) – Option A

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

  • See the diverse flora & fauna of Bako National Park
  • Spend time with the orangutans in Semenggoh Nature Reserve
  • Watch the Ibans perform a war dance and experience their hospitality during an overnight stay
  • Walk through nature around stunning Batang Ai

tour details

Begin your tour at Bako National Park – a perfect introduction to local flora & wildlife. You’ll journey by boat to see primary forest full of botanical treasures and home to the proboscis monkey & other wildlife. Next, head to Semenggoh Nature Reserve – a sanctuary for orangutans – before continuing to Batang Ai via a native fruit market & pepper farm. You’ll then board native longboats and travel to an Iban longhouse to meet the natives. Later, watch them perform a war dance in full ceremonial regalia. You’ll next join in a blowpipe demonstration, take a jungle walk & enjoy a typical native lunch cooked in bamboo over an open fire. You’ll then head to Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat for a nature walk including a canopy bridge, as well as some relaxing time.

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 Semenggok 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 to Batang Ai. You will travel 290 km by air-conditioned vehicle, with a few stops along the way: the first one at Serian town, where we will stop for refreshments. You can also visit a fascinating native fruit and vegetable market. The other stops include a visit to the pepper farm and a stop at the roadside where you can see wild orchids and also pitcher plants (insect-eating plants). The last stop will be at "Lachau", a small up country Chinese village, where we will stop for lunch. Here you can still observe barter trading between the natives of Kalimantan, the Chinese shop owners and the natives of Sarawak. At Lachau you may wish to make some last minute shopping, for necessities such as insect repellent or for gifts for the Ibans.
After lunch we proceed to the final stage of the journey, and arrive at Batang Ai lake. Here you will board native longboats to travel across the lake and further up the river (approx. 40 to 50 minutes) to reach an Iban longhouse. Upon arrival at the longhouse, you will be taken for a tour of the longhouse, to meet the natives and their families.
Activities for the evening include dining in one of the family rooms in the longhouse. After which the Ibans will then 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".

Overnight at the longhouse (very simple accommodation).

Note:
Basic accommodation in the communal hall of the longhouse with mosquito net, mattress, pillows and blanket provided.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
The cockerels will sing loud and clear for you to wake up the next morning. Observe the special atmosphere in the early hours of the day when the first rays of sunlight wake the longhouse and the natives prepare for their daily chores in the rice fields and pepper farms. After a simple breakfast, you may try your skills with the blowpipe, the ancient hunting weapon of Borneo's natives.
Depart the longhouse and venture on a nature walk (approximately 1 hour) through the farmland of the Ibans to arrive at a small stream. A typical native lunch, cooked in bamboo over an open fire, will be served by the stream (subject to weather condition; in case of rain the lunch will be served in the longhouse).
After lunch proceed by longboat downriver to the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat. Check-in at the resort.
In the afternoon you can venture on another short nature walk including a canopy bridge (subject to weather conditions). The rest of the day is free at your own leisure to use the many facilities of the resort.

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

  • 3 nights accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • 1 night accommodation in the communal room of a longhouse with shared sanitary facilities
  • 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.
  • Due to primitive conditions in the longhouse, be prepared for some discomfort. You will be provided with mattress, mosquito net, pillow, blanket, clean linen and towel. Simple sanitary
    facilities are available.
  • 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.
Tour code: KCHDS5DBOKAP18

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