7 Days Three Faces of Borneo – With Niah Caves

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 7 Days

tour highlights

  • Relax, swim & snorkel in the Abdul Rahman Marine Park
  • Visit the Mountain Garden in Kinabalu Park
  • Explore Niah Cave, the Great Cave & the Painted Cave
  • Admire orangutans in a pristine nature reserve
  • Meet the Iban tribe & cruise in a longboat

tour details

Begin your tour in Kota Kinabalu before taking a boat to an island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park to relax, swim or snorkel. You’ll later drive to Kinabalu Park to join a trail walk, visit the Mountain Garden & learn about the rich flora & fauna at the Park’s Exhibit Centre. Next, head to Miri to explore Niah Cave – an archaeological heritage site. Visit the Niah Museum, the Traders’ Cave, Great Cave & the Painted Cave – where paintings are found on the walls. You’ll then proceed to Kuching & discover Semenggoh Nature Reserve with its semi-wild orangutans. Later, meet the natives of Borneo & spend a memorable night with them in the longhouse. You’ll board native longboats & head up the river to meet the Ibans, join their activities in the longhouse & see a blowpipe demonstration.

Arrival in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:None
The morning begins with a boat ride to an island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Relax under the shady trees on the beach, swim or snorkel. Simple packed lunch is provided. Return to mainland by mid-afternoon.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
Depart northbound on a two-hour drive to Kinabalu Park, elevation 5,000 feet above sea level. Opportunities to see native villages, handicraft stalls, rubber plantations and fruit orchards along the route. Upon reaching the Park, join a trail walk and visit the Mountain Garden. Learn about the rich flora and fauna at the Parks Exhibit Centre. Lunch is included. Late afternoon, depart for Kota Kinabalu and transfer to airport for your evening flight to Miri (airfare not included). Upon arrival in Miri, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
Depart for a full-day tour to Niah Cave, located about 109 km from Miri. The journey takes approximately two hours' drive, passing through oil palm plantations.
Niah Cave was declared as National Historic Monument in 1958 as an archaeological heritage site. Upon arrival at the park headquarters, register and cross Niah River. Visit the Niah Museum that houses some of the relics collected at the Niah Caves (the Niah Museum is closed on Mondays). Later take a 3 km plank-walk leading through mixed dipterocarp forest to the cave's entrance. Explore the Traders' Cave, Great Cave and eventually the Painted Cave where cave paintings are found on the walls of the cave. Return to Miri after the tour with a lunch stop en-route. (It is advisable to bring some snacks for this tour, as lunch tends to be late.) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuching (airfare not included). Upon arrival in Kuching, transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included:Breakfast
Start the day with a visit of Semenggoh Nature Reserve to watch the semi-wild orang utans, which roam freely in the rainforest, return to the centre at feeding time (no guarantee of orang utan sightings). After this amazing experience, proceed 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 scenic stops along the way. Upon arrival at the Batang Ai lake, board native longboats to head across the lake and up the river to reach an Iban longhouse. On arrival at the longhouse, you will be taken on a tour of the longhouse to meet the natives and their families. After dinner, join the Iban activities in the longhouse. 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
The cockerels will sing loud and clear for you to wake up in the morning. After breakfast, join the Ibans in a blowpipe demonstration to show off their skill. Then return to your hotel in Kuching, with lunch en-route.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

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

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
  • 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


  • This tour package can also be arranged vice versa, starting in Kuching and ending in Kota Kinabalu.
  • Hotels can be changed without prior notice, but substitute will be within the offered category.
  • Shangri-la Hotel in Kota Kinabalu is not a 5*-property under Shangri-La Hotel & Resort chain.
  • 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 Kota Kinabalu/Coral Island 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 Iban 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: BKIDKS7DTFNP18

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