DAY 01 ARRIVAL / KUCHING (Meal on Board/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
❱ Arrive in the morning. Check in for your connecting flight to Kuching. Meet and greet at Kuching International Airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, proceed on a city tour which will take you to places of interest such as Tua Pek Kong Temple (the oldest Chinese Temple in Kuching), the old Gambier spice streets with their open market, the Malay village and the Muslim mosque, the Kuching waterfront with a reordered history of Sarawak and the Sarawak Museum (known to be the best museum in South East Asia). Overnight.
DAY 02 KUCHING - BAKO NATIONAL PARK (Breakfast/Lunch)
❱ Morning, depart Kuching for a 45 minutes drive which passes through mangrove forest with its unique nipah palms before arriving at the Bako Fishing Village. Continue by a motorized boat for a 30 minutes cruise along the coast facing the South China Sea to reach Bako National Park. After visiting the Park’s information and exhibition center, proceed to the park’s western end by trekking through mangrove forest to observe the mud skippers and blue-fiddler crabs, Paku trail to look-out for Proboscis Monkey, climb to the plateau which is home to various botanical delights and several species of the carnivorous pitcher plants. Notice the changes of the vegetation (mangrove, rainforest, kerangan and padang forest). After lunch, proceed by trekking through the forest which boasts monstrous rainforest trees, indulge in bird watching and observe other wildlife. Journey back to the jetty, then by boat to Bako Village and return by car to Kuching.
DAY 03 KUCHING / LEMANAK LONGHOUSE (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
❱ After breakfast you will travel 290 km by car, with a few stops along the way: the first at Semonggoh Orang Utan for feeding time at 1000 hours. Then to Serian town, where we will stop for refreshment. You may wish to make some last minute shopping, for insect repellent or gifts for the Ibans at Serian. You can also visit a fascinating native fruit and vegetable market. The other stops include a visit to the pepper farm and a stop where you can observe plenty of wild orchids and also pitcher plants, insect eating plants. The last stop will be at “Lachau” a small up country Chinese Village for lunch. Here you can still observe barter trading being held between the natives of Kalimantan, the Chinese shop owners and the natives of Sarawak. Upon arrival at the river jetty, proceed by motorized longboat going up river against of the many rapids, padding and poling in the clear water of the Lemanak River underneath the cool thick over-hanging jungle foliage for about 45 minutes to reach the Longhouse. Proceed to the longhouse for a warm welcome by the natives, which comprises of "miring" (welcoming rituals) and cultural dances. Tour the longhouse, watch the natives at work such as making mats, baskets, handicrafts and mending fishing nets. Join the natives in their daily chores like feeding their livestock, washing clothes, swim in the river or just relaxing by the riverbank. After home-cooked dinner, return to the longhouse for social gathering with the "Tuai Rumah" (headman), the longhouse dwellers and presentation of gifts. "Tuak" (a potent rice wine) will be served and there will be more cultural performances (where you can partake) before retiring for the night. Overnight.
DAY 04 LEMANAK LONGHOUSE / BATANG AI (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
❱ After breakfast, witness cockfighting and blowpipe demonstration, followed by a jungle walk too learn about the privy, with the guide highlighting the various plants which the natives use for food, making traditional medicine, handicraft and watch how the natives set up ingenious animal traps. The trail also passes through a Iban burial ground. Drift down the river back to the jetty and proceed to beautiful Batang Ai lake. At the jetty, you will take a boat/ferry across the lake to reach the resort and check in. Overnight.
Day 05 BATANG AI / KUCHING (Breakfast/Lunch)
❱ Breakfast at resort. Return to Kuching with the same route as of the first day, directly to the hotel. Check in and overnight.
DAY 06 KUCHING / KOTA KINABALU (Breakfast/Dinner)
❱ Check out after breakfast and transfer to Kuching International Airport for Kota Kinabalu. Meet and assisted upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport and transfer to hotel and check in. At evening, transfer to a local seafood dinner in an open-air restaurant and be entertained by a local cultural troop which perform dances of the ethnic tribes of Sabah. Back to the hotel and overnight.
DAY 07 KOTA KINABALU - KINABALU PARK (Breakfast/Lunch)
❱ After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for full day tour to Mount Kinabalu. This tour brings you across mountainous Crocker Range with panoramic view of the countryside and soaring hills. Whilst en route to Kinabalu Park, you can catch the magnificent sight of Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia highest peak. The Park is a World Heritage Site with incredible mega bio-diversity of flora and fauna, a heaven for nature enthusiasts. On arrival, enjoy a guided nature trek along one of the many trails in the park before proceeding to Poring Hot Springs which offers visitors the opportunity for an invigorating dip into its hot sulphur springs. For a closer look at nature, take the 41m high canopy walk which offers a spectacular view of the Borneo Rainforest flora and fauna. Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu and overnight.
DAY 08 KOTA KINABALU / SANDAKAN - SEPILOK / SUKAU (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
❱ Early morning, transfer to the airport for flight to Sandakan. This is the highlight of Borneo. Upon arrival at Sandakan airport, you will be meet and greet before proceed to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Learn about the rehabilitation of young or strayed orang utans before taking a boardwalk through lowland rainforest to the viewing feeding platform. Witness the feeding of orphaned orang utans at 1000a.m. Continue with 2.5 hours drive through rustic countryside studded with villages until we reach Sukau, Kinabantangan River. Take a short boat transfer to the lodge. Time for orientation and check in. In the late afternoon join a river cruise to see proboscis monkeys and other wildlife along the river bank. Overnight.
DAY 09 SUKAU - GOMANTONG / SANDAKAN / KOTA KINABALU (Breakfast/Lunch)
❱ We leave Sukau early in the morning and drive to the Gomantong Cave located within the Gomantong forest reserve. For well over 400 years the Orang Sungai natives of the Kinabatangan River have harvested the edible birds nests made by swiftlets that live in these caves. Today these edible birds nests are sold locally or exported at a high commercial value. Take about 15 minutes boardwalk to the opening of Semut Hitam cavern and explore the cave system on boardwalk. We drive back to Sandakan for lunch. Afternoon proceed to city tour, visit water village, central market and Buddhist temple. After tour, drop off at airport and continue flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Check in hotel and overnight.
DAY 10 KOTA KINABALU - TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PARK (Breakfast/Lunch)
❱ Breakfast at the hotel. Just 20 minutes away by boat from Kota Kinabalu city, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park beckons with its idyllic setting of sun, sand and sea. You can picnic, snorkel, and scuba dive or just relax. The day is yours to enjoy at leisure and it may be as lazy or as fun-filled as you wish it to be. Sumptuous barbecue is offered. Or take an option (chargeable) to trek across the Island through unspoiled rainforest and along planks through the wetlands or take a leisure dive for a more detailed examination of the underwater life. Late evening transfer back to mainland. Overnight.
DAY 11 KOTA KINABALU / KUALA LUMPUR (Breakfast)
❱ Breakfast at hotel till check out and transfer to the airport for flight to Kuala Lumpur. Upon arrival, meet and greet at KUL Airport. Proceed for Welcome Tour of Putrajaya. Covering an area of 4,931 hectares of land, Putrajaya is situated 25 kilometers from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and it is the new Administrative Centre of the Federal Government of Malaysia. Proceed to the Putrajaya Government Center, where numerous authorities are housed in spanking new buildings and complexes. We will see the pink Putra Mosque, the most imposing structure in Putrajaya. Standing besides it is the Dataran Putra that faces the Putrajaya Lake. Proceed along the lake where you may have a clear view of the modern buildings of the Foreign Minister Office, the Ministry of Finance and Sultan Selangor’s House. At the end of this tour you can see the Prime Minister Residence located on the top of a hill with a nice view on Putrajaya and the lake. Transfer to hotel in Kuala Lumpur and check in. Overnight.
DAY 12 KUALA LUMPUR - CITY TOUR (Breakfast/Lunch)
❱ Enjoy a day tour around Kuala Lumpur, and see the sights and hear the sounds of the old and new. The tour will highlight the old and the modern that makes this city exciting with traditions of each races still being practiced in daily routine. Places to visit; King’s Palace (photo stop), Thean Hou Temple, War Memorial, Parks and Gardens (pass by), Old Railway Station (pass by), National Mosque, Merdeka Square, KL City Gallery and Petronas Twin Towers (photo stop). Overnight
DAY 13 MELAKA TOUR (Breakfast/Lunch)
❱ Travel back into the pass 600 years as you visit Melaka city. Parameswara, a Hindu Prince from Palembang whom later converted to Islam in 1402, founded Melaka. This state is the most important landmark in the country. The Portuguese, Dutch and English had also ruled Melaka. The ruins and building of these foreign powers can still be seen today, in the midst of the fast developing, but carefully planned township. Visit St Peter's Church built in 1710, drive pass Bukit China and visit the gateway of the Portuguese fortress "A Formosa" built in 1511. Climb St Paul Hill and visit the ruins of the church where St Francis Xavier was once buried. Stop at the Dutch Square with its pink colored building called Stadhuys. Nearby is Christchurch built in 1753. Visit the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the country's oldest Chinese temple - the only temple where you can find 3 major doctrines of local Chinese beliefs under the same roof: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Take a stroll along Jonker street, which ends by the banks of Melaka river. *Melaka has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage City under historic cities.
DAY 14 KUALA LUMPUR / CAMERON HIGHLANDS (Breakfast)
❱ In the morning, after breakfast, depart for Cameron Highlands en-route tour to Batu Caves - the most famous landmark in Kuala Lumpur, which also doubles up as a religious side for Hindus. Ascend 272 steps to reach the top where you can admire the limestone formations and watch devotees pray to their shrines. Cameron Highlands which is 1542 metres above sea level and famous for its tea plantation and cool temperatures. On the way visit Lata Iskandar Water fall, an aboriginal settlement and a bamboo basket-making stall. Sweaters are recommended for evenings The temperature can drop to 15 degrees Celsius during night time or when it is raining. Overnight.
DAY 15 CAMERON HIGHLANDS / PENANG (Breakfast)
❱ Cameron Highland tour starts in the morning. Since the discovery of the Cameron Highlands by William Cameron in 1885, the highlands have not only been transformed into a farming land and a retreat for the wealthy Chinese businessman but have also become the most popular destination for local and foreign holiday makers alike. This half-day tour will take you to one of the tea plantations to watch the processing of black tea and later to sample various kinds of tea in the tea house. Visit the "Time Tunnel" - take a peek into the past of Cameron Highlands through photographs. Other places to visit such as Butterfly & Insect Farm, Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers Market and Strawberry Farm. Proceed to Penang with en-route visit to Kuala Kangsar - to the Ubudiah Mosque, Iskandariah Palace, Istana Kenangan Museum and Labu Sayong factory - named after village called Sayong located on the opposite bank of the Perak River (Labu is a a traditional earthenware container). Before reaching Penang, stopover at the Orang Utan Island, a small island in the middle of the 7,000 acre freshwater lake where a number of Orang Utans are kept in their natural habitat. Cross the Penang Bridge that links the Peninsula and Penang Island. Overnight.
DAY 16 PENANG (Breakfast)
❱ After breakfast, proceed for Georgetown City Tour. The city of Georgetown was once protected by Fort Cornwallis of the East India Co., where Captain Francis Light landed in 1786., the most prominent historical remains of Penang, with its Cannons still pointing towards the northern approach. View the heritage of the Khoo Kongsi Clan house (from the outside), where you will be fascinated by the detailed carvings on the walls, pillars and roofs by master craftsmen from China. Visit Chew Jetty, the early Chinese stilted settlement of Penang and later the colorful Little India and the bustling Chinatown then visit Wat Chayamankalaram, which houses one of the worlds largest reclining Buddha. *Penang has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage City under historic cities. Afternoon, free at leisure. Overnight. (ABF/-/-)
DAY 17 PENANG / KOTA BHARU (Breakfast)
❱ In the morning after breakfast depart for Kota Bahru. The journey takes us through the main mountain range that offers a breathtaking view of the tropical rainforest. Upon arrival if here is still time will be done a visit to the traditional craft centers such as the silver handicraft, kite making and top spinning. Overnight.
DAY 18 KOTA BHARU / TERRAPURI (Breakfast)
❱ In the morning visit the colorful wet market and take a stroll around the cultural zone, which offers an invaluable insight into the history of Kelantan. Visit places like the Royal Museum, Handicraft Village, Istana Balai Besar, Merdeka Square and the State Mosque. Depart for Terengganu and check in TERRAPURI. Overnight.
DAY 19 TERRAPURI - KUALA TERENGGANU CITY TOUR (Breakfast)
❱ Drive along the ‘long roof’ China Town and visit colourful Central Market. Take a water taxi to the picturesque Seberang Takir fishing village (dot with brightly paint fishing boat). Drive along Bukit Puteri (Princess Hill), Waterfront, Maziah Palace, State Mosque, then proceed to State Museum (the largest museum in Malaysia with outdoor and indoor museum). Proceed to Crystal Mosque located at Islamic Civilisation Park at Pulau Wan Man. The Park is a collection of 21 Islamic inspired architectural structures replica. Visit a unique boat building at the fishing village of Duyung Island (beautifully squeeze in the middle of Terengganu River mouth). At the headland of Duyung Island, there is a fine view of China Town wooden stilt houses. Stop at Batu Buruk Beach and Brassware factory to see the process of Terengganu brassware. Proceed to beautiful floating mosque and Batik factory. Overnight.
DAY 20 TERRAPURI (Breakfast)
❱ Free time at own arrangement. Overnight.
DAY 21 TERRAPURI / ONWARDS (Breakfast)
❱ Breakfast at resort and check out for being transferred to the airport for onwards flight.