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Borneo's UNESCO Wonders

Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Price Per Person
From $2,250
Interests
UNESCO
Destinations
Malaysia
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Travel into azure seas, towering mountaintops and lush green rainforests as you enter Borneo. This fascinating area is part of both Indonesia and Malaysia. Explore Kuching, Mulu National Park and Kota Kinabalu on this six-day itinerary. If you are feeling up for a challenge, add an additional day to climb Malaysia’s highest peak - Mt. Kinabalu. There’s plenty of time for both relaxation and adventure as you trek through incredible scenery and relax in natural hot springs. 

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Highlights

• Wildlife: Borneo's adorable and highly-intelligent orangutans are in danger. Learn about their plight with a visit to a rehabilitation center.

• Caverns: Explore massive caves in an extensive underground cave system in Mulu National Park.

• Hot Springs: The thermal pools nestled in the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu are rumored to have special healing powers.

Day-by-Day

Day 1 Kuching

Fly into charming Kuching, a quaint city resting along the banks of the Sarawak River on the northwestern part of Borneo. This ancient city was created by Sultans. Connect through Kuala Lumpur. We recommend staying at the Pullman Kuching Hotel, offering stunning views of the Sarawak River.

Day 2 Kuching

Step into the tropical rainforest and visit the Semengogh Oraguntan Rehabilitation Center. Orangutans are extremely endangered. Watch the highly-intelligent creatures play in their natural habitat. Time permitting, enjoy a rare cultural experience and pay a visit to 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.

Kuching

Day 3 Mulu

Travel by short flight to Mulu and visit the Gunung Mulu National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage site that will take your breath away with its natural beauty. Caves and karsts populate the area that is actually a mountainous equatorial rainforest. Take an adventurous trek through the beautiful natural area and visit the caves. The Lang Cave is a show cave that is part of the Deer Caves. The area earned its name from the local deer who used to come and lick the salt off the walls of the caves. Spend the night at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, just five minutes from the park.

Day 4 Mulu

Continue trekking today, getting plenty of exercise and fresh air. Take a boat ride through the winding rivers to a tribal "Penan" settlement. Continue uprive to two unique caves. The Clearwater Cave is Asia’s longest cave at nearly 70 miles long. There’s a beautiful 1.5-hour nature trail around the cave. Stop at the Wind Cave on your way. The cave is named for the cool breezes passing through the cave’s narrow crevasses.

Mulu

Day 5 Kota Kinabalu

Spend your morning at leisure before your flight from Mulu to Kota Kinabalu. Relax the rest of the day at your resort. We recommend either the Shangri-La Rasa Ria or Shangri-La Tanjung Aru.

Day 6 Kota Kinabalu

After an exciting drive (winding one lanes with the occasional bumps) and passing by the paddy fields, Dusun folks’ homes located over the ridges of the Crocker Range, you’ll arrive at the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu. Here, you are given a crash course on 5,000 vascular plant species, about 1,000 orchid types, 90 odd lowland mammal species, 300 over bird species, just to name a few. It is then another 40 kilometres to Poring where treetop canopy walkways suspended 41 metres above the forest floor challenge your height tolerance. Finally, relax and soak your legs in the many hot spring pools before returning to the city.

Kota Kinabalu

Day 7 Departure

Begin your journey home with a flight back to Kuala Lumpur, then onwards.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

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