8 Days Three Faces of Borneo – With Mulu Caves

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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.

Arrival in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included: None
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 your flight to Mulu (airfare not included). Upon arrival in Mulu, you will be met and transferred to Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.
In the afternoon depart for a visit of Deer Cave and Lang Cave. An approximately 45 minutes' walk along a wooden plank path through riverine forest will lead you from the park headquarters to Lang's Cave. Explore this beautiful cave with its astonishing rock formations! Next, you will venture into the Deer Cave, the world's largest cave passage! After the exploration of these two caves you will wait at the bat observation platform to witness the bats flying out of the caves for their nightly hunt (no guarantee to see the bats; subject to weather conditions). Walk back the same path to the park headquarters and return to the resort.

Overnight at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, Deluxe Room.

Meals included: Breakfast
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.

Overnight at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, Deluxe Room.

Meals included: Breakfast
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.

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

Overnight at hotel of choice.

Meals included: Breakfast
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.

Meals included: Breakfast


  • 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
  • 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)


  • 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 Kota Kinabalu and ending in Kuching.
  • 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, land & boat transfers in Mulu, 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.
  • 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: KCHDKS8DTFP18

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