ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Kuching
Arrive in Kuching and make your way to your hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, with the option to wander around this bustling capital city. Known for its open-air hawker food markets, Kuching is well regarded among local and international foodies. Try local Malaysian satay or some Malaysian chicken rendang curry.
Day 2: Batang Ai National Park
Embark on your three-day Batang Ai adventure tour, making your way to the Hilton Batang Ai Resort first by private air-conditioned vehicle. See exquisite countryside, traditional Malay villages and lush paddy fields as you weave your way through virgin rainforest to the island’s interior. Stop for lunch at Lachau village, once a major Iban trading port, before arriving at the hydro lake of Batang Ai National Park in the border district of Lubok Antu.
Afterwards, board a lake ferry for a relaxing cruise to your resort, nestled on the southern bank. Enjoy a tasty dinner and relaxing night’s sleep among nature at the Hilton Batang Ai Resort.
Day 3: Batang Ai National Park
In the morning, make your way to Mengkak Longhouse on a traditional motorized longboat. Enjoy stunning views of the lake and surrounding rainforest as you cruise your way across the lake to the Engkari River - one of the many tributaries that flow into the lake.
Arrive at Mengkak Longhouse, nestled on a hill beside the river and boasting spectacular views of the countryside. Witness a short cultural performance by the longhouse residents followed by a demonstration of the fascinating tradition of blow piping.
Settle down for a relaxing lunch before enjoying an afternoon off back at the resort.
Day 4: Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast, make your way back to Kuching, stopping for lunch at a small roadside town. Continue on to Kuching Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu and meet with your guide before making your way to the hotel. Enjoy an afternoon off at the hotel or wander through the streets of Kota Kinabalu village.
Day 5: Sukau
Make an early start for your flight to Sandakan. Arrive at Sandakan airport and meet with your guide before continuing on to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Learn about the centre’s rehabilitation program for young and displaced orang utans as you get up close with these affectionate primates. Later, take a stroll along the boardwalk to a forest platform to feed the orang utans.
Afterwards, continue driving for 2.5 hours through the rustic countryside dotted with traditional villages before embarking on a short boat ride to the scenic Borneo Nature Lodge. After checking into your room, relax by the river and soak up the serene ambience of this blissfully quiet corner of the world.
In the afternoon, make your way up Sabah’s longest river, the Kinabatangan River, to get up close with local wildlife and native birds congregating along the riverbanks and in the mangroves. With the help of your guide, spot the elusive proboscis monkey swinging through the tree tops. Back at the lodge, settle down for a tasty dinner before enjoying a good night’s sleep.
Day 6: Sukau
Wake up to the call of native birds and other animals welcoming the dawn. Make an early start up the Kinabatangan River by boat to Kenlenanap Ox-Bow Lake for some bird watching and snap some photos of local wildlife. Then, take a stroll through the breathtaking wilderness of Borneo before returning to the lodge for breakfast.
Spend the afternoon at your leisure, with the option to explore surrounding areas or visit some of the nearby villages. In the evening, get up close with local wildlife and fauna on a boat cruise along the river to a different part of the Borneo rainforest. Explore lush stretches of untouched wildness before heading back to the lodge.
Day 7: Sandakan
In the morning, make your way to Gomantong Cave, famous for the sustainable harvesting of edible swiftlet nests, sold for up to $1000 per kilo. Then, hike the boardwalk to the mouth of Semut Hitam cave before descending into its deep caverns.
Back in Sandakan, settle down for a hearty lunch before embarking on your afternoon city tour, stopping at the Sim Sim water village, central market and the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, know for its use of reverse Swastika symbols – symbolising good luck in Buddhism.
Head back to Sandakan town for a leisurely evening off.
Day 8: Sandakan
After breakfast, get in some last minute shopping and street food sampling before departing for the airport for your flight home.