Into the Heart of Borneo10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Kuching
Upon arrival in the charming city of Kuching, with its appealing waterfront and colonial architecture, you will be escorted to your hotel.Hilton Kuching - 1 Night
Day 2To Batang Ai
After breakfast, depart for the interior. En route to Batang Ai, visit the Semonggok Rehabilitation Center in Sarawak - home to semi-wild orangutans rescued from captivity. Thanks to the successful breeding program at the center, there's always the possibility of seeing an orangutan mother with a young baby. Late afternoon, arrive on the shores of beautiful Batang Ai Lake and check in to your unique longhouse resort set on the edge of some of the world's most ancient rainforest. Later, set out to explore the surrounding jungle on a guided nature walk. Then, ascend into the canopy for an unforgettable forest tour.Batang Ai Longhouse Resort - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 3Batang Ai
Embark on a boat journey into the heart of the Sarawak jungle to visit an Iban longhouse. Enjoy an authentic and friendly introduction to traditional life with this welcoming tribe. Visit a waterfall (and take a refreshing dip) before returning to your resort.Batang Ai Longhouse Resort (B, L, D)
Day 4To Kuching
After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to your rainforest resort and return to Kuching. This afternoon, explore the charms of this riverside city with your local guide and enjoy a sunset cruise.Hilton Kuching - 1 Night (B, L)
Day 5To Kota Kinabalu
Fly east to Kota Kinabalu, also referred to as "land below the wind." Upon arrival, transfer to your lovely seaside resort and enjoy some time to relax. This afternoon, visit the Lok Kawi zoological park, home to orangutan, bear, pygmy elephant, tiger and hornbill monkey.Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort - 5 Nights (B)
Day 6Kota Kinabalu
Take a leisurely drive through fields and orchards to the Mari Mari cultural village where you can go back in time to the days of the headhunters in Borneo. Walk across a suspension bridge and be welcomed by the village headman. Learn about the traditional arts of the jungle, including how to make fire from bamboo and the best way to fashion a blow-dart for hunting. Sample some local delicacies, cook your own chicken and get a henna tattoo. Watch a performance of traditional dance before returning to your resort.Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort (B, L)
Day 7Kota Kinabalu
After a morning spent enjoying the amenities of your resort, depart for the Klias Wetlands and Mangrove Forest Reserve. Upon arrival after refreshments, board a river cruise in search of local wildlife including proboscis monkey, longtail macaque, silver-leaf monkey and a variety of tropical bird. Savor the sunset and, if you're lucky, the thousands of glowing fireflies that call the park home. Enjoy dinner before returning to your resort.Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort (B, D)
Day 8Kota Kinabalu
Experience the romance of the colonial days this morning on a steam train ride through native villages, rubber plantations and rice fields. Stop at the Kinarut Chinese temple before continuing to the village of Papar. Disembark to browse the wares at the local market before heading back to Kota Kinabalu aboard the train. On the return journey, enjoy a traditional tiffin lunch.Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort (B, L)
Day 9Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast, transfer to the city jetty for a 20-minute boat ride to one of the coral islands in stunning Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters - or just savor an al fresco lunch on the beach.Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort (B, L)
Day 10Depart Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast, bid farewell to Borneo as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Into The Heart Of Borneo
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