An Insider's Borneo

12 days
FROM £ 2256
Countries Visited: Malaysia

An Insider's Borneo

Visit the excavation site of a 40,000 year old human
See cave paintings of ancient spiritual beliefs
Fly in a light aircraft to reach a remote tribe
Stay in a longhouse-style homestay
Trek through the jungle to an ancient village
Journey downriver on a wooden boat
Witness sunrise atop SE Asia’s highest mountain
Relax on tropical Gaya Island

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Holiday Itinerary

DAY 1 - 2

Miri - the second largest city in Sarawak after Kuching - transformed from a sleepy town in the jungle after an oil boom in the 1900s, not to mention the timber boom which followed. The city itself has no inherent attractions for tourists, but it does make an excellent base for exploring the nearby national parks of Mulu, Lambir Hills, and Niah, where archaeologists unearthed a 40,000 year old (give or take) human skull, which is the oldest known evidence of human existence in South-East Asia. You’ll visit the cave where it was found, witness ancient cave paintings, and trek through the rainforest on the lookout for its more lively residents.

DAY 3 - 4

Kelabit Highlands
The Kelabit Highlands are ranged around a remote, picturesque mountain valley, home to the extremely hospitable Kelabit tribespeople, who were once head-hunters. You'll get here in a small Twin Otter aircraft, flying relatively low over extensive palm oil plantations, snaking rivers, and jungle-covered mountains dotted with remote villages, and your stay will include trekking through the jungle, visiting highly remote villages, and travelling along the river in a traditional longtail boat.

DAY 5 - 6

Kota Kinabalu
Head to the coast and Kota Kinabalu, the regional capital, which has excellent amenities, superb beaches, and National Parks within easy reach. Brace yourself for a 4am wake-up call - we promise it'll be worth it! After a light breakfast, set out on a pre-dawn hike to the summit of Prayer Mountain. This is a challenging 45-60 minute trek which is steep in places, but you will be rewarded with panoramic views across the rolling hills of the Bario Valley as the sun rises. Don’t forget your camera! Return to your homestay for breakfast, after which it'll be time to bid farewell to your hosts and fly back to Miri, and onwards to Kota Kinabalu. The rest of your day will be at leisure to recover from that early morning. Spend the morning cycling around the beautiful countryside outside KK, starting at Kiulu Town.
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Not Included: Flights to/from Asia, Entry visas, International airport departure taxes, Any meals not listed in the itinerary, Drinks (other than water on activity days), Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip etc.), Travel insurance, All other services not listed in 'inclusive', Any Covid testing or certification required for travel and/or quarantine costs.

Price Guide

Price per person starts at £2,256 based on two people sharing. Prices depend on the season of travel and available accommodation. Prices per person reduce if the are more than 2 people travelling. We will provide a fully costed quote when you send in your requirements.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

This is based on the accommodation and tour as listed. Should these not be available, the price will increase. For an exact quotation and itinerary for the dates you require, please do get in touch.

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