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Exploring Sarawak

Step off the beaten path and discover a remote culture when you take this nine-day Exploring Sarawak trip. Chat and stay with local tribespeople in rarely-visited areas, untouched by the modern world. Stroll through the rainforest and enjoy Borneo’s natural beauty. Step back in time as you travel to Kuching, Batang Ai and Bario.  

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  • Catch a glimpse into a living museum when you visit the Sarawak Cultural Village
  • Stay with members of the famous “headhunting” tribe that is now known for their friendliness and hospitality
  • Sleep in a longhouse as ancient Bornean tribes members have for centuries
  • Explore the natural beauty of Borneo and look for rare species populating the rainforest
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Fly into ancient Kuching, a quaint city resting along the banks of the Sarawak River in Borneo’s North West. The city was once the stomping grounds of powerful sultans. Connect through either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Rest up for a big day of exploring at the luxurious Hilton Kuching.

Day 2

Immerse yourself in traditional life upon visiting the Sarawak Cultural Village. The area is known as a “living museum.” View traditional life as the village and its 150 inhabitants continue life as if time were stood still. Explore Borneo’s most sophisticated city’s artistic side. Visit the quirky Cat Statues spotting the urban landscape. The Ethnology Museum has two colonial cannons outside the building - reminiscent of past times. The museum contains a rich collection of indigenous cultures. Return to the Hilton Kuching this evening to relax.

Day 3
Anah Rais

Discover Borneo’s ancient way of life as you visit Anah Rais - a traditional village welcoming to outsiders. Explore a Bidayuh longhouse - where nearly 1,400 people live in one extraordinarily long house. Here, you will see the integration of modern times - some parts of the longhouse even have a satellite dish. The villagers don’t pay special mind to the tourists and actually go about their everyday lives. It’s a fascinating combination of traditional life and modern times. Return to the Hilton Kuching to unwind for the night.

Day 4
Batang Ai

Enjoy a peek into a rare culture, yet still find yourself in utmost comfort when you stay at the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. The hotel is fashioned into the rustic style of traditional native Borneo design. The rooms are either in longhouse-style or a duplex suite. Batang Ai is the perfect location for relaxing and learning about Bornean culture. The resort sits two hours outside the National Park.

Day 5
Batang Ai

Learn about sustainable eco-tourism at your resort. You have the option to take a two-hour boat ride to explore the natural beauty of Borneo’s rainforest. The Batang Ai National Park is home to the rare orangutan species - keep your eyes peeled and you have a pretty good chance of spotting one! Return to the Batang Ai for the evening.

Day 6
Kuching or Sibu-Miri

It’s a bit of a journey, but well worth the reward as you travel into Bario - a remote village located in the heart of the Kelabit Highlands. You will either drive to Kuching or Sibu and fly to Miri to spend the night. Rise early the next morning to catch a flight to Bario.

Day 7

Explore your remote location as you chat with the local Kelabit people. Here, there are few roads, the area is at a high elevation, and the river has high rapids - these barriers prevent many from making the journey here, and thus, the tribe remains relatively unaffected by the rapidly-evolving outside world. The tribespeople are very welcoming to new people. You will gain a rare cultural insight not available to many travelers. Stay with the local people in a homestay. They will welcome you as one of the family.

Day 8

Learn about your hosts’ past. The tribe was once known for their headhunting raids. The practice proved one’s courage. This was also used as a revenge tactic, but it was surprisingly not used as a war tactic. Have no fear though as the tribe is now known for their friendliness and hospitality. Traipse through the highlands, exploring the beautiful landscape in pure isolation. Return back to your homestay to enjoy a meal and conversation with your hosts.

Day 9
Option to extend or return home

Say goodbye to your friendly hosts as you travel onward. You have the option to fly to Miri and onward to either Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu. You may choose to spend some time relaxing on the gorgeous beaches or head home.


Suggested Accommodations

Hilton Kuching

Hilton Kuching

With a stunning view of the Sarawak River, Hilton Kuching offers all the luxury and convenience associated with the Hilton brand along with ideal placement on Kuching's waterfront. Each room is designed to promote comfort and relaxation with LCD televisions and high speed internet service provided. Facilities include a gym, pool, florist, and barbershop. In the evening, relax at the Waterfront Cafe or sample local cuisine at Toh Yuen Restaurant before grabbing a drink at Senso Bar. Hilton Kuching is approximately 25 minutes from Kuching International Airport (KCH).

Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed by Hilton

Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed by Hilton

Resting in the heart of Malaysia’s beautiful rainforest on Borneo Island, the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed by Hilton is a four-star establishment that will cater to almost every travel desire. Guests can choose from 100 accommodating suites, each equipped with stylish wood furnishings, modern décor, in-room movies, high-speed Internet, as well as a refrigerator, and tea and coffee-making facilities. After settling in, patrons can swim in the spacious outdoor pool, play a game of tennis on the asphalt tennis courts, indulge in a massage at the spa and wellness center and take a stroll through the lovely garden. Other services include kids’ club and babysitting services, poolside snack bar, dry cleaning, meeting facilities, and more. After a day of excursions, enjoy a mouthwatering meal at the Nanga Mepi Restaurant. Here, guests will taste authentic Malaysian cuisine and sip exotic cocktails, while overlooking a scenic lake. 

Miri Marriott Resort & Spa

Miri Marriott Resort & Spa

An outpost of the internationally renowned Marriott brand, the Miri Resort and Spa offers high standards of luxury and hospitality. Situated on a hill overlooking the South China Sea, the Miri features 220 guest rooms and suites that come with air conditioning, cable and satellite television, mini-bar, in-room safe, hairdryer, and alarm clock. The Miri hosts a number of dining venues, including the all-day Zest, which serves pasta, brick oven pizza, grilled foods, and Asian cuisine; the Borneo Baking Company, a deli that sells lighter fare; a pool terrace perfect for barbecues and casual functions; and a lobby bar with views of the nearby ocean. The Miri also boasts Sarawak’s larges outdoor free-form pool, shaped to resemble natural bodies of water; an appointment-only spa; several, nearby golf courses; a fitness center; and a number of outdoor activities, including a biking trail, scuba diving, and water skiing. The resort is about five miles northwest of Miri Airport (MYY).
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