7-Day Around Kuching: group experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 7 Days

tour highlights

  • Tour Kuching to find its many hidden gems
  • Observe orangutans at the Semenggoh Nature Reserve
  • Board a native longboat to meet the Ibans
  • Watch a traditional war dance by the locals
  • Visit Bako National Park to search for proboscis monkeys

tour details

Take a city tour to explore Kuching & experience the lifestyle of the local people. Here you’ll see different facets of its many cultures & visit the famous Urang Sarawak Gallery. Continue to Semenggoh Nature Reserve – a sanctuary for orangutans rescued from captivity. You’ll then travel to Batang Ai Lake via a native fruit & vegetable market as well as a pepper farm. Upon arrival, board native longboats to reach an Iban longhouse where you’ll meet the natives & their families before watching the Ibans sound their gongs & perform their traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia. Later, join in a blowpipe demonstration & take a jungle walk around the area. You’ll take a boat ride to Bako National Park for trek to explore its flora & fauna – look out for proboscis monkeys & other animals!

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.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:None
Depart for a half-day city tour to explore the streets of Kuching and encounter the lifestyle of the local people in one of the largest cities in Borneo. See all the different facets of the
many cultures combined in Kuching, like Malay, Indian and Chinese culture, and learn about the history of Sarawak.
Highlights include the Gambier spice streets, India street, Urang Sarawak Gallery, the oldest Chinese temple in Sarawak, Kuching South City Hall, as well as the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. You will also get to see a Malay Village, the old State Mosque and the Civic Centre with the Chinese graveyard. Not to be missed of course is a stop at the Kuching Waterfront with a view of the Astana, the former "White Rajah Palace", and other colonial buildings.
Return to your hotel & afternoon free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel of choice.


Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast, depart to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, located 22 km south of Kuching. 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.
Return to your hotel & afternoon free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel & check-out. Today you will travel 290 km by air-conditioned vehicle to Batang Ai, with a few stops along the way: the first one at Serian town, where we will visit a fascinating native fruit and vegetable market. The other stops include a visit to the pepper farm and a stop for lunch at "Lachau", a small up country Chinese village. 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, and travel by boat 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.
After dinner, the Ibans will sound their gongs and perform their traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia.

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. After breakfast you can join in a blowpipe demonstration before you depart by native longboat downriver to arrive back at the jetty. Return to Kuching by air-conditioned vehicle with an en-route stop for lunch at a local cafe.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from your hotel to Bako National Park. This tour starts with a ride on air-conditioned vehicle from Kuching city to the small Malay village of Bako, where you then venture on a 20 minutes' boat ride to reach the national park. This is a day with plenty of opportunities to trek through the beautiful park and explore flora and fauna at its best. Get to see the proboscis monkeys that can only be found on the island of Borneo. If you are lucky you might also spot various other animals. Among them are wild boars, silver leaf monkeys, macaques or warans.
Plenty of trails to choose from, so discuss with your guide which one to take. A packed lunch is included.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Transfer to airport for flight to next destination (check-out at hotel: 12:00 hrs. noon).

Meals included:Breakfast

includes

  • 5 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.
  • Please travel light for the overnight at the longhouse. Suitcases can be stored at your hotel in Kuching.
  • Due to primitive conditions in the longhouse, be prepared for some discomfort. You will be accommodated in the community area of the longhouse with no privacy. A mattress, mosquito net, pillow, blanket and clean linen will be provided. Simple sanitary facilities are available. Pets like cats and dogs might be encountered in the communal hall of the longhouse and livestock such as chicken or pigs are roaming freely within the longhouse compound.
  • 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.

Tour code: KCHDS7DAKJ18

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