The land of the ascending dragon of Vietnam and million elephants of Laos calls out to the adventurer in you to experience this memorable 15-day trip across the 2 countries hosting several well-known cities and natural wonders. Right from the mornings spent experiencing the surreal rituals of monks at Luang Prabang to saving your breath while slithering through the narrow cavities of Cu Chi Tunnels in Saigon and finding the simple joy of sharing a traditional Vietnamese meal with locals in Hanoi, these two weeks tailored by our experienced travellers and guides are bound to leave you astonished, enlightened and craving for more by the end of the journey. Come and be a part of this takeaway of a trove of lasting memories, from two of Southeast Asia’s most pleasant countries. Notes: Museums remain shut twice a week. Monday and Friday The Mausoleum in Hanoi are open throughout the year apart from September and October Hiring cycles and two wheelers are subject to government permits and availability of vehicles
A truly definitive tour this is a collection of the best Kuching and Kota Kinabalu have to offer. Kota Kinabalu is popularly referred to the land below the wind as it is below the 4059 meters high Mt Kinabalu. We head into the mountains to enjoy incredible views of the wild jungles of Borneo. We visit local markets and look at local produce sold by the tribesmen of the area. The trek gives us the chance to see Nepenthes Rajah grow wild before exploring more flora in the Botanical Gardens. The coral island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is where we are now headed for some well-deserved relaxation, swimming or snorkeling. We take a boat cruise on the river from the town of Beaufort. This is the time to look out for endemic wildlife & marvel at the glittering array of fireflies as they congregate on the tree canopies. Our exploration of incredible nature continues at Bako National Park – a perfect introduction to the local flora & wildlife. We take a boat journey to see the primary forest full of botanical treasures and home to the probosci's monkey & other wildlife. Understand the conservation efforts at the Semenggoh Nature Reserve. We add a bit of luxury and local tribal culture on the visit to Batang Ai and the idyllic Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat. A visit to a longhouse to interact with the former headhunters of Borneo is followed by a demonstration including sounding their gongs and performing a war dance in full ceremonial regalia. This tour will be a experience to talk about for years to come.
This tour is designed to be high on the endemic flora and fauna of the region. Starting at the Permai Rainforest Resort, you may spot the 3 species of monkeys right at the resort itself. Take a sunset cruise along the mangrove forest of Kuching Wetlands National Park. This offers a chance to spot the Proboscis monkey and estuarine crocodiles. You will also be amazed by the fireflies as they gather in the mangroves. Explore more of the Damai Peninsula and cross Bako-Buntal Bay to visit the Bako National Park. The place is rich in flora and fauna. The waters around this park are home to the Irrawaddy Dolphins. You will cruise along the mangroves to see the ecosystem of the mangrove swamp. The Satang Island is a great place for snorkeling and relaxing in the sea and the sun. Nature walks are aplenty. Trek through undisturbed rainforest environments on a real wilderness adventure which will take you to the oldest rainforests in the world. Its sheer magnificence will keep you in awe as you hike along its trails, swim in its rock pools and get a bird’s eye view of the forest from the canopied suspension bridge. The night walk and the guided bird walk in the morning are unique experiences in themselves. The local beauty and its richness in terms of flora and fauna will stay with you for years to come.
This is a tour designed for explorers, from the city sights and sounds of Kuching to the markets of Malay Kampongs, from the national parks to river cruises and trekking. The exploration of the extensive cave system of Borneo is followed by understanding the conservation efforts for the native wildlife at Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Kayaking to reach a native Bidayuh village to some relaxation at the Permai Rainforest Resort. The excitement never ends as you go looking for the estuarine crocodile the mangrove fireflies and the elusive Proboscis monkey. Explore the region before flying away to the Northern Highlands. This is the homeland of the indigenous Kelabit tribe. This entire region is known for its peaceful agricultural atmosphere. Visit the Ulung Palang Longhouse, the Bario school, and the oldest longhouse in the region. Explore the salt springs which are the source of the famous Bario Salt. The area is rich in archeological sites including remnants of the region’s ancient people. We will get a chance to visit the mighty Batu Narit Arur Bilit, and the Batu Ipak Upai Semaring. This is a tour that takes you off the beaten track.
This tour takes you to wildlife sanctuaries, limestone caves, and the Marine Park. We start in Kota Kinabalu with a trip to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park to relax, swim or snorkel. The natural wonders of the region are at full display in the Mountain Garden of Kinabalu Park. Explore the surrounding forest areas on well-marked treks. Travel to Miri to explore Niah Cave – an archaeological heritage site. Visit the Niah Museum, the Traders’ Cave, Great Cave & the Painted Cave. Kuching is next for a better understanding of the Orangutan conservation program at the Semenggok Nature Reserve. Next stop is Batang Ai where we meet the natives of Borneo & spend a memorable night with them in the longhouse. We take a native longboat & head up the river to meet the Ibans, join their activities in the longhouse & see a blowpipe demonstration. The UNESCO world heritage site of Mulu caves is simply majestic. Walk through the forest to Lang and Deer Cave, and later in the evening see millions of bats fly out of the caves in unison. Take off on a 12 km long trek through the stunning rainforest, which was historically used by war parties during headhunting days. This is a tour of nature mixed well with local traditions and some stunning wildlife.
Explore the sea, forest and the peaks in this unique tour. Starting at the spectacular city of Kota Kinabalu (the land below the wind), the tour takes you to Mt Kinabalu soaring 4,059 meters above the wild jungles of Borneo. The views are spectacular, to say the least. The journey is rewarding as you pass by a vibrant local market to see the local produce sold by the tribesmen of the area. The possibility of spotting the endemic Nepenthes Rajah growing wild is real on this trip. Visit the Botanical Gardens for more on the local flora and fauna. We now head to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park to relax, swim or snorkel. A river cruise is next starting from the town of Beaufort, search for wildlife & marvel at the beauty of fireflies congregating on the tree canopies. We now head to Mulu and visit the marvelous limestone caves here. This site is known for holding many records in terms of cave height, width, and length. We visit Deer Cave, Wind Cave, and the Clearwater cave and spring. We watch millions of bats fly out of the caves and marvel at natures unique creations. Once again, we start a climb up a steep mountain to get a bird’s eye view of the Pinnacles. Mt. Api. is a great place to climb and for great views of the rock formations standing like knives against the hardy mountain trees. A great tour which covers many experiences in a short time.
This is an adventure tour like no other, we start with a trip to the highest and most sacred peak in Sarawak and experience an enthralling 4-wheel drive. The climb up the peak is through the northern flank which offers some stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. We will stop at the Church Camp, the largest evangelical mountain church in the nation. We return to Lepo Bunga, where you’ll transfer to a homestay by 4-wheel drive. We spend an invigorating 3 day exploring the pristine northern highlands by 4-wheel drive. The exploration includes a trip to the Buduk Bui salt spring. We spend a night at a homestay and start early for a trek to Bukit Sarui, which gives us an immense panoramic view. We drive up to the Merarp Hot Springs, surrounded by the beautiful Lun Bawang Villages. The magnificent Batu Lawi towers overhead as you enjoy the amazing natural relaxation offered by the hot spring. We then travel to Lawas to see the Long Lidung riverine tagang system. Feed the fish before continuing to the city. One fast-paced tour to energize you up.
The tour offers a lot more of the local lifestyle and interactions with tribal groups as we spend time at the longhouse. The wildlife and nature exploration is always a component when visiting Borneo. The tour will take you to the Bako National park and Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Visit the fruit markets and the pepper farms. Travel up to Batang Ai and relax in the idyllic Aiman Batang Ai Resort and Retreat. Take a morning ride in a traditional longboat and head upriver to meet the former headhunters of Borneo and later watch them sound their gongs and perform a war dance in full ceremonial regalia. Unwind in the lap of nature with endless walks in the woods nearby. Take an express boat ride to Sarikei division and explore the native market. Walk in the jungle and pass through farmlands to arrive at a jungle waterfall. Swim & relax while native lunch is prepared for you. We now go for a Rainforest Kayaking expedition. Explore small pepper farms on the way to the start point. Hop into your kayak and follow a tributary before it joins the Sarawak Kiri river. Alight to explore a delightful Bidayuh village & enjoy a native lunch. Continue kayaking, surrounded by lush vegetation and some stunning views. Enjoy a culinary evening tour back to Kuching where a Malaysian family will invite you into their home to show you how to make traditional local food.
A tour that takes you from the depths of the seas to the mountain peaks. We start in Kuching and move to the pristine rainforest of Permai. The resort itself has 3 species of monkeys and the area is rich in both flora and fauna to explore. A night walk offers an unforgettable new perspective. We go out into the sea on a kayaking expedition along the coast of the Santubong Peninsula to reach the small remote beach of Teluk Pasir. Camp the night at the beach, start a fire, listen to the birds and enjoy a refreshing sunrise. The return trip is through jungle trekking in the pristine primary rainforest. We go on a mangrove sunset cruise in the forest of Kuching Wetlands National Park. This is where we keep an eye open for the elusive proboscis monkeys & the estuarine crocodile. Watch the spectacular show of fireflies that light up the mangrove trees like Christmas trees. We now shift to the deep dark caves of Mulu, a UNESCO world heritage site holding many records in terms of cave height, width, and length. Understand how they were formed and explore its beauty. We visit Deer Cave, with the largest cave passage in the world, before watching millions of bats exit to hunt at dusk. We also visit a local village by boat before stopping at Wind Cave, the King’s Chamber, and the peaceful Clearwater Cave and Spring. It is time to start our trek up the steep Mt. Api. The view from the top is spectacular, as are the rock formations standing like knives against the hardy mountain trees. These are the Pinnacles. A tour that introduces you to everything Borneo.