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
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.
The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.
– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)
First, we would like to thank hs for coming up with the itinerary of the places that we wanted to visit and always being prompt and patient in answering our queries. This trip turned out to be one of the best trips ever! Our guide, Bayu, was simply wonderful. He speaks good English and we enjoyed our conversations with him. During the hike, he frequently stopped to ask if we were okay and if we needed a rest. He would also ask if we had any other places in mind that we would like to visit around the vicinity. In all, we felt very well-taken of throughout the entire trip. Our fondest memory was the day when we had cup noodles around a campfire together with him during the early hours of dawn at King Kong Hill. It was truly unforgettable. Bayu also offered to help us take photos during the trip and we were really thankful for that. Our driver, Bayu (same name as our guide) had superb driving skills. We were really amazed at how he was able to navigate and drive through narrow and winding roads under foggy weather conditions. Throughout the trip, both of them made us feel very safe and comfortable. We did not have to worry about anything. It was really such an enjoyable trip. A big thank you to our guide, Bayu, and our driver, Bayu! 🙂
– Eunice (Group of 2 on an 5D4N Ijen, Mt Bromo, Batu in June 2017)
We always have a wish that to have a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and laugh, and so we stop dreaming and start planning. No doubt IWT is our best choice with no regretted. First of all, we wanna thank you to our tour guide Ms Vinda, a young lady with always have a cute smiling. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and patience lady. She care a lot of us, and make sure we are not injure while hiking, but manage to reach to the top. Due to some of my friends is lack of exercise and felt exhausted, especially Ijen and Mt Bromo, she keep accompanied us and make sure 4 of us are in good condition to continue. She keep reminding us some sleepy area, and hold our hand if needed to ensure we are not fell down. She also giving us a lot of info about some interest places were going and we'll communication. She always standby to be our photographer, even some time our pose is funny. She willing to share her photos and videos with us. Thanks ya. And most importantly that she notice 1 of my friend didn't wear a suitable shoe to waterfall, she immediately take off her shoe and let my friend to wear, and help to carry my friend shoe and walk with no shoe herself...so embarrassing. She treat us ginger tea while we feel cold, Indomee after hiking and dragon fruit along the way to Surabaya. Bring us to minimart to buy our secret stuff. Lastly, we should say that~Ms Vinda, thank you so much. We are enjoyable the trip and this is really amazing. We highly recommend her as a tour guide and wish her all the best. Thumb up 👍
– May (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in May 2017)
Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.
– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)
Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.
– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)
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)
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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