Best of Borneo

Best of Borneo

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Best of Borneo

16 Days Starting in UK and ending in UK

Visiting: Kuching, ሀመር።, Bako National Park, Semenggoh Nature Reserve,, Sri Aman, Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu, Sandakan, Sepilok, Kinabatangan River

Tour operator:

Wendy Wu

Tour code:

1266

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

16-70

Special diets catered:

Meat, Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Hiking, Trekking

From:
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$5265 (USD) including Flights from the UK Operator discount: $505 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $149 -11%
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Tour Overview

An island of unchartered jungles and tribal culture, Borneo is a destination that exudes adventure! Discover 'headhunter' heritage, see a wealth of wildlife, delve deep into nature and meet the beautiful orangutans of Sabah and Sarawak on this incredible itinerary.

Highlights

  • Stroll through charming Kuching.

  • Explore Bako National Park.

  • Spot Orangutans in Semenggoh.

  • Immerse in Batang Ai nature.

  • Experience life in an Iban longhouse.

  • Stand in Mt Kinabalu’s shadow.

  • Visit Sepilok Orangutans Centre.

  • Cruise the Kinabatangan River.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - 2 : Fly Overnight To Kuching
Location: Kuching
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Fly overnight to the relaxed and charismatic city of Kuching, Borneo's largest city.

Day 3 : Explore Kuching
Location: Kuching
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day enjoying the diverse culture of Sarawak with a walking tour, starting at the Chinese History Museum on Kuching's waterfront. Stroll past the old shop houses of Ewe Hai Street and pay visits to traditional businesses, including a 'sinseh', a Chinese medicine man. Next you'll be introduced to Sarawak's delicious food, with a tasting at a local coffee shop. Continue to the Sarawak Museum, before a sampan ride across Kuching's river to visit a Malay village.

Day 4 : Bako National Park
Location: Bako National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel out to Bako before boarding a boat to reach the national park. Explore the park on foot with a guide — one of Borneo's most biodiverse areas, the diversity of flora and fauna here is incredible and easily accessible. Following trails along streams, past caves and across plateaus, keeping an eye out for wild boar, macaques, monitor lizards and, if you're lucky, a proboscis monkey! Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Day 5 : Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Location: Semenggoh Nature Reserve,, Sri Aman
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you have the opportunity to meet Borneo's most famous native; the orangutan! Semenggoh is a centre dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued or orphaned young orangutans — here, they are taught how to survive in the wild. Visit the orangutan release area, where they live freely, in search of these beautiful but elusive creatures. After lunch, drive for approximately 4 hours to Sri Aman, where you will be checked into your hotel on arrival.

Day 6 : Iban Longhouse
Location: Sri Aman
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will discover more about Borneo's native Iban people, renowned for their former practice of headhunting. After breakfast, drive approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to the jetty, where you will board a traditional Iban longboat for a 45-minute river journey to a tribal longhouse. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the longhouse, meeting the Iban families. Witness a performance of a traditional war dance, in full regalia, and lunch on Iban cuisine. Return to the hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 7 : Return To Kuching
Location: Kuching
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey back to Kuching, stopping en route for lunch at a local café.

Day 8 : Fly To Kota Kinabalu
Location: Kota Kinabalu
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to the airport and fly over to Malaysian Borneo's other state, Sabah, and the vibrant city of Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 9 : Explore Kota Kinabalu
Location: Kota Kinabalu
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your explorations at the Sabah State Museum where you can learn about the state's diverse cultural and natural heritage, before exploring some of the city's beautiful architecture, including the Blue Mosque and Chinese Temple. Browse the piles of wares at the Handicraft Market and spice bazaar, before strolling through the oldest part of the city. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine on traditional Malay cuisine.

Day 10 : Kinabalu Park
Location: Mount Kinabalu
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head out of the city to the foot of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo's highest mountain, where you will spend the day exploring Kinabalu Park, Malaysia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walk along one of the many forest trails to discover some unique flora and fauna that calls the area home.

Day 11 : Sandakan & Sepilok
Location: Sandakan, Sepilok
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan. Visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, which commemorates British and Australian prisoners of war during World War II. Continue into Sandakan itself and tour the city, passing the William Pryer and Sandakan Liberation Monuments, and browsing the displays of the Heritage Museum and the Agnes Keith Museum. This evening, transfer to your Sepilok lodge at the edge of the rainforest.

Day 12 : Sepilok & The Sun Bear Centre
Location: Sepilok, Kinabatangan River
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sepilok offers another chance to see orangutans in their natural habitat – like Semenggoh, this is a centre for the rehabilitation of former captive and orphaned orangutans. Around 60 to 80 orangutans live free within the centre's forest, and there may be young orangutans to visit in the nursery. Pop over the road to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to visit the world's smallest bear and learn about the conservation efforts to protect them. Journey to Bilit and enjoy lunch at your lodge. Later, board a cruise along the Kinabatangan River to spot some abundant wildlife.

Day 13 : Kinabatangan River
Location: Kinabatangan River
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on an early morning cruise to the Oxbow Lake, where you can spot wildlife and soak up the peaceful ambience. Returning to the lodge, the rest of the day is at leisure until the late afternoon, when you will head out for another cruise, searching for wildlife once more. You could spot anything from hornbills to pygmy elephants!

Day 14 : Return To Kota Kinabalu
Location: Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Return to Sandakan for lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport to fly back to Kota Kinabalu. This evening, dine on local flavours and enjoy a cultural dance performance.

Day 15 - 16 : Fly Kota Kinablau To Uk
Location: ሀመር።
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    13 nights in 3+/4 star

  • Cruise

  • Fully Inclusive

    Touring with Guides and entrance fees

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Entrance Fees

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Meals – Full Board

    Breakfasts: 13, Lunches: 12, Dinners: 13

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will endeavour to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any changes to confirmed bookings need to be sent to us in writing via your travel agent. Please refer to our booking conditions for further information and fees.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Customers booking to travel solo can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable them to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share, thus avoiding the need to pay single room supplements. Note that ‘Happy to Share’ requests can be received when you make your booking with us but will not be confirmed until your final payment due date.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your Final Travel Documents are usually sent to you 2-3 weeks prior to your departure. Your travel pack will include your tour itinerary, hotel details, flight e-tickets and a travel guide. If you have booked with a travel agent, your tickets will be dispatched to your travel agent unless we have been otherwise informed.

  • Will I be travelling with passengers from other countries?

    Our passengers generally enjoy the mixture of British, Australian and American clients on tour. Occasionally we are joined by English-speaking passengers from other countries.

  • Do you allow children on your tours?

    We allow children 12 years and over on our group tours. We recommend that families with children of any age take advantage of our private or tailormade tours. This will give you more flexibility while on tour.

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The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $170 (USD)

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Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Wendy Wu allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 0 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Wendy Wu requires a minimum deposit of 350 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of wendy wu charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 41 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • How we Keep you safe on our Tours

    Your safety and well-being will always be our Number 1 priority which is why we’ve instituted the most stringent COVID health and safety protocols on all of our tours. Here is a brief summary of the steps we are taking to ensure you will be safe, secure and satisfied when you travel with us.


    Guides and National Escorts
    Our National Escorts and guides will conduct a Health and Safety briefing with you before the tour begins and will help everyone ensure they adhere to social distancing, hygiene practises and local regulations. They will carry a supply of face masks and hand sanitiser for you to use free of charge and will, of course, observe the highest level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Should anyone on the group fall ill your National Escort will ensure the individual receives swift medical attention and can only return to the group once cleared to do so.


    Transport & Sightseeing
    Vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant after each excursion service, overnight and between different groups.

    You will always have at least one seat between you and your fellow tourers, hand sanitiser will be given to the group on each embarkation and vehicles will be thoroughly ventilated prior to passengers boarding.

    Drivers will always embark vehicles after clients, disembark the group vehicle prior to clients disembarking, and maintain social distancing and a high level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Your guides will assess the situation on the ground avoiding large crowds – where possible, alter timings and splitting the group into smaller sizes.


    Accommodation
    Wendy Wu Tours will only offer hotels that have undergone a detailed hygiene assessment, have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with government standards.

    We will ensure these protocols include staff practising social distancing and wearing appropriate PPI, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in all areas and food safety.


    Dining
    All the restaurants we visit will be researched and inspected regularly to ensure that they follow the strictest health, cleanliness and safety guidelines.

    All waiting staff will wear face masks and gloves and we will arrange à la carte dining, waiter-served meals or waiter-assisted buffets throughout the tour. We will not share open-buffet meals with other hotel or restaurant guests.

    Hand sanitiser will be provided to the group before and after every food and beverage service.

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