8-Day Three Faces of Borneo – With Mulu Caves (Standard)

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • Meet orangutans & spend the night with the native people of Borneo
  • Ride in a longboat & join in the locals' activities
  • Visit the beautiful Deer Cave & Lang Cave in Mulu
  • Discover Penan village & enter the Wind Cave
  • Swim & snorkel in paradise

tour details

Start your tour at Semenggok Nature Reserve where you will see semi-wild orangutans before travelling on a traditional longboat to meet Borneo’s natives & spend a night in their longhouse. You’ll also join in various Iban activities including a blowpipe demonstration. You’ll then transfer to Mulu to visit Deer Cave & Lang Cave. Admire the beauty of Lang Cave’s astonishing rock formations, venture into the world’s largest cave passage in Deer Cave, and witness the amazing sight of bats flying out of the caves for their nightly hunt. Next, you’ll take a boat to Penan village before continuing to Wind Cave & Clearwater Cave. You’ll later visit Kinabalu Park and Mountain Garden with its rich flora & fauna. Then, take a boat to an island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park to swim & snorkel.

Why choose this tour?

Seen the historical sights? Done the local food scene? Tired of the cityscape? Looking for an alternative?
Then this is the perfect antidote providing an authentic experience to meet with, and experience the hospitality of local people.
    Arrival in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. Rest of the day at leisure.

    Accommodation at The Lime Tree

    Estimated driving time/distance:
    20 minutes, 10 kilometers

    Meal included:
    08:00 hours
    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".

    1) Currently due to the under constructions of Pan Borneo Highway, the road journey from Kuching to Lemanak river and/or Batang Ai Lake might take longer than expected.
    2) Basic accommodation in the communal hall of the longhouse with mosquito net, mattress, pillows and blanket provided.

    Accommodation at Iban Longhouse

    Estimated driving time/distance:
    5 hours 00 mins/300 kilometers

    Meal included:
    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.

    Accommodation at The Lime Tree

    Estimated driving time/distance:
    5 hours 00 mins/300 kilometers

    Meal included:
    Transfer to airport for your flight to Mulu (airfare not included). Upon arrival in Mulu, you will be met and transferred to Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.
    14:00 hours (depending on the flight arrival time)
    After lunch, you will take an approximately 45 minutes' walk along a wooden plank path through riverine and lowland limestone forest leading to Lang's Cave. Explore this beautiful cave with its stunning stalagmites and stalactites, followed by the Deer Cave with the largest cave passage in the world. This cave also houses an estimated 2 to 3 million bats, so be prepared for the stinging smell of guano.
    After the exploration of these two amazing caves, you will proceed to the bat observatory platform. If weather permits you will witness the bats emerging from the cave in spiralling black streams.
    Walk back to the park's headquarters the same way and return to your accommodation.

    Accommodation at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

    Estimated driving time/distance:
    Hotel - Kuching Airport 30 minutes, 10 kilometers
    Mulu Airport - Hotel 10 minutes, 3 kilometers

    Meal included:
    This morning, after breakfast, take a boat ride (30 to 40 minutes) to reach Wind Cave, with a stopover 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 can enjoy a swim in the beautiful stream outside the cave. Return to your accommodation.
    The rest of the day 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) offered by the national park, such as a canopy walk or a night walk. 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.

    Accommodation at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

    Meal included:
    After breakfast, transfer to Mulu airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu (airfare not included).

    Meet & greet at Kota Kinabalu International Airport upon arrival and transfer to your hotel.

    Accommodation at Hotel Shangri-La

    Estimated driving time/distance:
    Mulu Airport - Hotel 10 minutes, 3 kilometers
    Kota Kinabalu Airport - Hotel 20 minutes, 10 kilometers

    Meal included:
    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 Park's Exhibit Centre. Lunch is included. Late afternoon, depart for Kota Kinabalu.

    Accommodation at Hotel Shangri-La

    Estimated driving time/distance:
    1 hour 45 minutes, 85.8 kilometers

    Meal included:
    Check-out from the hotel. 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. Basic shower facilities are available on the island. Return to mainland by mid-afternoon. Transfer to airport for evening flight to next destination.

    Estimated driving time/distance:
    Hotel - Jetty: 8 minutes/2 kilometers
    Jetty - Airport: 16 minutes/10 kilometers

    Meal included:
    Packed lunch

    customise the tour

    • Extension to Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley and/or Tabin Wildlife to discover more wildlife such as Orang Utan,
      Proboscis Monkey, Pigmy Elephant

    • Join a classic roundtrip to visit major cities in Peninsular Malaysia to learn the differences of culture and history influences from
      various culture.


    • 6 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
    • Private transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guide in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Shared boat transfer where applicable
    • Entrance fees and/or boat fees as stated in the programme
    • Drinking water available on the vehicles except in Mulu


    • 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


    • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
    • We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
    • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
    • For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS including passport details. Airfares and reservations are always subject to change.
    • Please be advised that prices may be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers and hotel room availability at time of booking
    • This is a quotation only and reservation for services has not been made nor has availability been checked.
    • What To Bring
      Loose-fitting summer clothing
      Sun hat/ cap
      Sun block
      Insect repellent
      Personal toiletries
      Flat walking shoes with good grip
      Torch or flashlight
    Tour code: PKKWFS8B

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