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Sample Itinerary

Sarawak Suggested Itinerary  (MY2)    

  Day 1   Arrive Miri airport late afternoon or evening. The short walk across the airport apron brings the first taste and feel of the tropics - warm and fragrant  - transfer to Hotel/Lodge - wash, change, swim and adjourn to dinner venue. Dinner al fresco - crab, prawns, tofu, squid (kalimares), with plentiful drinks of fresh coconut, beer or Soya bean. (Dinner)

Aerial View of Miri looking towards Lambir Hills

Wake up late (Day 2)  - swim - large,  lazy breakfast. Explore surroundings. Visit beach. 

City Tour to see the sights and sounds of Miri, including the first oil wells on Canada Hill with its fine views over the town and along the coast, visit the local markets and modern shopping Malls or spend the time at your leisure. Buffet lunch at Cafe Rosita. (B/L/D)

 

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  Day 3, 4 & 5   Mulu visit - flight by aircraft (Fokker 50 or Twin Otter) of Malaysian Airlines to Mulu airfield, about 30 minutes flying time. Flights depart early morning and early afternoon and are weather dependent, which is why we put this trip in the middle and not at the end! In the mornings the airfield at Mulu is often covered in mist and fog and by early evening the daily thunderstorm is usually in progress around the mountain!

Arrive mid-morning and check in to the Park HQ/Royal Mulu Resort Hotel; after lunch, meet the guides and proceed through the National Park  up to Deer and Lang caves; Deer cave is famous for its sheer size and Lang's has an exceptional array of stalagmites and -tites. The afternoon is rounded off at the viewing platform waiting for the millions of bats emerging at sunset. Evening back at the Park HQ and riverside canteen or the hotel where there is a pool built 20 foot up in the woodwork and once or twice a week the hotel staff are persuaded to demonstrate local dancing. Dinner al fresco in the huge unwalled dining room.(D)

Day two brings the chance for a boat trip upriver as far as Clearwater cave which meanders 70 kms underground and emerges into a huge clear rock pool where you can swim or just relax with a picnic lunch. Returning downstream in the afternoon., there is the chance to visit a Penan settlement and sample their wares, including blow-pipes and handicrafts. Evening at leisure. (B/L)

On day three there is the chance to try kayaking or rock climbing (not included) before the return flight to Miri.(B/D) 

Return flights are included plus overnight accommodation  either at the Park cabins or at the  Royal Mulu Resort (L extra cost - see below), whose package includes all guides, boat trips, meals and airport transfers. 

Trip (Days 6 to 9)  to Bario in the Kelabit Highlands.  (Basic accommodation only)

Arrive 11 am at Bario, to lunch at  Lodge. Afternoon walk round Bario Asal, Arur Dalan and Ramapuh Longhouses. See life unchanged for 50 years - no electricity, no cars, no TV, no phone. Some of these Longhouses were built/repaired by the British Army in the 60's at the time of Confrontation with Indonesia. Read "World Within" by Tom Harrison for a further insight into the Kelabit Highlands , if you can get hold of it. (L/D)

 Second Day  - early start for Pa Lungan. A brisk 4 hour hike, tiring but quite manageable even for kids. Lunch along the way; arrive mid-afternoon. Early supper of local forest foods at Supang's Canteen (she will explain each dish in detail!!). If Supang and Mr Tiew not at home, overnight will be at Patrick's Lodge. Mr Tiew is a fund of knowledge on all things - aged around 70 now, he has lived in Sarawak all his life, mostly in Government service and speaks excellent English (unlike most younger people these days!). (B/D)

Third Day  Return at leisure to Bario (4 hours) from Pa Lungan. Settle back in to the Lodge in Bario, then an evening walk to see the local churches and meet the people. (B/D)

Last Day   Free morning until flight back to Miri. ((B/D))

Whilst staying at Miri (Days 10 to 14)  as a base, one or all of the following trips will be organised independently, depending on your preferences:

  • Day trip  to Lambir National Park.  Jungle walk (easy) 20 minutes - rock pools - swim and picnic. Self-guided or let your host accompany you.  Return for sundown. (B/D) 
  • 3 day trip to Kuching to visit the Semmengoh Orang Utan Sanctuary and the Sarawak Cultural Village where a sample of all the Tribes is available
  • Semilijau National Park (near Bintulu). Overnight at Park H.Q. (B). Excellent beach, small limited canteen. Wonderful opportunities to walk and boat upstream into unspoilt lowland forest. (B/D) 
  • Sibuti Wetlands - a natural Bird Sanctuary by the mouth of the Sibuti River, just 40 minutes away. Not yet a National Park as such, but a designated and protected area with no tourist facilities. Best at dusk and dawn of course! (B/D)
  • Loagan Bunut inland lake - a chance to witnes an ages old fishing site and the tranquility of an undisturbed lake. Rough drive for three hours and basic accommodation only available.
  • Brunei - palaces, mosques and luxury hotels, all topped with gold!! A unique little sultanate. (Overnight luxury accommodation at the Empire Hotel is extra).

Last Night  Farewell barbecue party at TreeTops Lodge.

Day 14     Transfer to Miri Airport and International flight back home ........................

  L = Luxury Tour            M = Mixed Accommodation            B = Basic Accommodation

The above NET cost is £595 per person, based on twin share accommodation at our own Lodge "TreeTops" and similar. Single supplement is £50.

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Price includes all accommodation on half-board basis, all transport including internal flights and airport transfers. Also guides where necessary.

*Mulu Caves (4-star Resort) option - add £90     

 

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