7-Day Land of The Headhunters: group experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 7 Days

tour highlights

  • Tour Kuching's highlights, including Urang Sarawak Gallery & the Waterfront
  • Meet orangutans in Semenggoh Nature Reserve
  • Trek in the stunning surrounds of Bako National Park
  • Spend a night with the natives of Borneo
  • Explore a number of amazing caves

tour details

A city tour introduces the different facets of cultures in Kuching including stops at Urang Sarawak Gallery, the Waterfront & colonial buildings. Next, head to Bako National Park by boat to trek & explore the park’s flora & fauna, including the rare proboscis monkeys. Visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve – a sanctuary for orangutans. You’ll then depart to Batang Ai to meet the natives of Borneo, spend an unforgettable night in their longhouse & join them in a blowpipe demonstration. Continuing to Mulu, you’ll explore Deer Cave & Lang Cave. Deer Cave is home to the world’s largest cave passage, while Lang Cave includes many unusual rock formations. Watch bats flying out of the caves for their nightly hunt. After a stopover at Penan village, visit Wind Cave & Clearwater Cave.

Upon arrival at Kuching International Airport, you will be met by a Diethelm Travel representative. Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel of choice in Kuching. Check-in at hotel & free at leisure. In the afternoon depart for a half-day city tour to 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.

Overnight at hotel of choice.
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 various animals, such as wild boars, silver leaf monkeys, macaques or warans. If you are lucky you might also spot the odd-nosed proboscis monkeys that can only be found on the island of Borneo.
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
Breakfast at the hotel & check-out.
Depart to 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. Many have been returned into the surrounding area of the nature reserve. 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.
Proceed to Batang Ai to meet the natives of Borneo and spend an unforgettable night with them in the longhouse. The journey takes you 290 km into beautiful countryside, 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 to 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).

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

Meals included:Breakfast
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 caf'e9.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
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 caf'e9.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
This morning, after breakfast, take a boat ride (30 to 40 minutes) to reach Wind Cave, with a stop-over at a Penan village. After exploration of Wind Cave, take a 10 minutes' walk to reach the Clearwater Springs. After a short tea break, climb the 200 steps up to the cave entrance and explore Clearwater Cave. A simple picnic lunch will be served next to the Clearwater Springs, after which you may enjoy a swim in the cool clear water of the Clearwater Spring.
Return to your accommodation. The afternoon is free at your own leisure to enjoy the beautiful natural environment or to sign up for one of the many other activities (not included in the package) offered by the national park, such as a canopy walk, a trek to a waterfall or a night walk. There is also a short and easy botanical loop trail for you to venture on, with interesting information boards about the amazing flora of Mulu National Park. If you were not lucky to see the bats the evening before or simply want to witness the natural spectacle one more time, you may also walk on your own to the bat observatory to try your luck again.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
Breakfast at the resort & check-out.
Transfer to Mulu airport for the flight to your next destination.

Meals included:Breakfast


  • 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, except in Miri and Mulu
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)


  • 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


  • 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, boat transfers & activities in the longhouse and land & boat transfers in Mulu.
  • 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 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: KCHDS7DHJ17

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