Sarawak – also known as the Kingdom of the White Rajah or Land of the Headhunters – is a melting pot of cultures made up of the Iban, Chinese, Malay, Indian and other indigenous tribes such as Bidayuh and Melanau, who still maintain much of their traditional heritage and customs. The plentiful national parks showcase Nature’s creations at its best, ranging from tropical forests, coastal mangroves, complex caves to magnificent waterfalls. This area is also home to a number of exotic and rare flora, fauna and creatures, such as the Rafflesia, Orangutan, Proboscis monkey, Irrawaddy dolphins, to name a few. For the outdoor enthusiast, the land also offers a myriad of adventure activities ranging from mountain climbing, trekking, cycling, spelunking and river rafting. To experience a taste of what this amazing place has to offer, start off by visiting the understated capital of Kuching and its surroundings. In this 4D3N Kuching escapade, you will be charmed by the natural and cultural highlights of Sarawak which will leave you wanting to explore the inner regions of the land further.
SEMENGGOH WILDLIFE CENTER & ANNAH RAIS LONGHOUSE
Upon arrival at Kuching International Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly local guide who will bring you to your hotel. Visit the Semenggoh wildlife Center where injured and orphaned orangutans are rehabilitated before they are released back to the wild. In this sanctuary, the orangutans are semi-wild and free to roam around the thick forest canopy. The afternoon feeding session provides a unique opportunity for you to view the orangutans at close range. The center also houses other wildlife such as rescued gibbons, porcupines, crocodiles, etc. There are also several nice nature trails that will bring you around the various gardens in the park. You will then travel along a scenic road passing through the landscape of limestone formation, the countryside and plantations to reach Annah Rais Longhouse – one of the oldest longhouse in Borneo. If time permits, you can also visit the hot springs and waterfall that are nearby before returning back to Kuching city.
Overnight: Hotel/Guesthouse in Kuching
BAKO NATIONAL PARK
In the early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel to Bako Market (approx. 1 hr drive) where you will be transferred by boat to Bako National Park (approx. 45 min ride). Highlights of the park include the rare, pendulous-nosed and pot bellied proboscis monkeys found only in Borneo, bearded pigs, mouse deer, otters and flying lizards. There are extensive trails within the parks for you to explore, which will lead you to mangrove forests, streams, waterfalls, pristine beaches, clear lagoons and various look-out points. Day- trippers can opt for the one and a half hour trek to Telok Pandan Kecil which leads you through a path lined with carnivorous pitcher plants and ends at a cliff top with stunning views of the secluded bay below and the famous sea stack off its shore. The coastal plain has a very low gradient, therefore at low tide, the water edge is very far away from the shore. Coincide your visit with an extreme low tide and experience wading through a short stretch of ankle- deep waters. You can choose to either stay overnight in the national park (subjected to accommodation availability) or return back to Kuching city.
Overnight: Hotel/Guesthouse in Kuching
WIND CAVE & FAIRY CAVE
After breakfast, we will visit both Wind Cave and Fairy Caves where you will enter the subterranean universe of maze- like passages, vast chambers, deep crevices and creepy creatures. Wind Cave is famous for its network of underground streams which flow out of the cave and join the Sungai Sarawak Kanan at the northern end. A 1km boardwalk runs throughout the length of the cave, leading visitors to beautiful chambers with interesting geographic formations like stalactites, stalagmites and limestone pinnacles. The cave is inhabited by thousands of bats whose high-pitched squeaking can be heard throughout the cave. Look out for the swiftlets and their saliva-made nests adhering to the nooks and crannies of the upper cave walls. End your visit to the Wind cave with a refreshing swim in the waters of Sungai Sarawak Kanan. After lunch, we will proceed to the Fairy Cave which is located a few minutes drive away from the Wind Cave. The cave entrance is 30m above ground at the side of a limestone cliff, and is accessed via a 5 storey high tower with a tower staircase. The attractions of the cave lie in its enormity that is almost the size of a football field, and its subtle beauty – created by the beautiful contrasts between light entering the caves, its shadowy darkness, the various hues and shades of the rock surface and the rich greenery of the surrounding ferns and mosses. After the caves exploration, you will then be transferred back to Kuching city.
Overnight: Hotel/Guesthouse in Kuching
KUCHING – SINGAPORE
After enjoying your breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to Kuching International Airport for your flight back to Singapore. If time permits, you can go for some sightseeing, shopping or massage within the city.
- All land transfers including airport transfers
- All accomodations
- Entrance fees to all places of interest
- English speaking driver
- English speaking station guides
All items not mentioned in the above inclusion list but not limited to:
- Return international air ticket*
- Travel insurance*
- Tips for driver and guides
- All expenses of a personal nature
*International fights and AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.
Sarawak’s rich diversity in natural landscapes, its wide variety of flora, fauna and its unique selection of animal species means that it has much more to offer, and these are a couple of recommendations that we would propose if you would like to spend a longer time there.
Gunung Gading National Park – one of the best places in Asia to view the world’s largest flower – the elusive Rafflesia – in bloom. There are two major trails; the Waterfall Trail – a relatively easy (2 hour return) scenic trail which passes through a number of waterfalls and a dip pool, the Gunung Gading Summit Trail – a strenuous 3 ½ hrs hike to the summit of Gunung Gading (806m).
Kudah National Park – dominated by a sandstone ridge with three mountain peaks (Mount Serapi, Mount Selang and Mount Sendok), and is famous for its palms and waterfalls. Almost a hundred different palm species and dozen waterfalls can be found within the national park. Kubah also offers an interesting range of treks ranging from gentle forest walks to arduous hill climb.
Santubong Peninsula – dominated by the spectacular Mount Santubong (810m) and cut off from Kuching by the Santubong River in the south, the peninsular is a rural outback at the doorstep of Kuching. Attempt a day climb (6-8 hrs) to the Mount Santubong summit and be rewarded with sweeping views of the Santubong river and the South China Sea. After the climb, you can relax your aching muscles and enjoy the sunset by the resorts at the Damai Beach.
Sarawak Cultural Village – a living museum showcasing the culture and customs of the various indigenous tribes of Sarawak. There are replica houses of the Bidayuh, Iban, Penan, Orang Ulu and Melanau tribes built according to their actual sizes and designs. Time your visit with the annual Rainforest World Music Festival – a 3 days music festival featuring a wide range of performances from traditional to fusion and contemporary music.
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Guide and driver were very nice people. Caring, considerate, conscientious, patient, nice and fun people. Car was driven with care so that we were comfortable and did not feel car sick during the long rides. I enjoyed the trips to ijen, bromo and the waterfall at batu. Views were very scenic. Our guide Vinda and the local guides which she got along the way brought us to scenic spots (esp @ the waterfalls) and helped to take great pictures.
– Alexia (Group of 3 on a 5D4N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in Sep 2016)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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