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Brunei

8Day Longhouse and Rainforest Tour

Price from $4,079.00 twin share per adult
Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights

From the splendor to Brunei to the forest of Sarawak and Sabah. (Private & small group)

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8Day Longhouse and Rainforest Tour

From the splendor to Brunei to the forest of Sarawak and Sabah. (Private & small group)

Learn the ancient way of live in a longhouse that supports the families of a single tribes. Marvel at the nature’s wonders and the largest caves in the world.


Itinerary


Day 1 Brunei (Dinner)

Arrive Brunei airport, meet and transfer to Empire Hotel & Country Club, besides the south China Sea, originally built by the Brunei Royal Family for family guests. enjoy i=unrivaled facilaties including a gold course, tennis, Squash and badminton courts, fitness centre, spa, sauna, pool, theater, bowling, snooker and cinemas. Each luxurious bedroom has a private balcony, marble tiles, ensuite baths and imperial king-size beds.

Overnight empire Hotel & Country Club

Day 2 Brunei City & Water Village Tour (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

After breakfast, pick up from your hotel in Brunei and proceed to visit the spectacular Jam’ Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque.  It is made of Italian marble, gold mosaic and English stained glass with craftsmanship that reflects classical Islamic architecture.  The Royal Regalia Exhibition Hall displays collection of Borneo Ethnography, natural history displays and Islamic art documenting the origins of much of Brunei’s culture.  This tour will also include a view of the magnificent Istana Nurul Iman, official residence of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam. 

After lunch, proceed to Kampong Ayer, the “Venice of the East”.  It is the world’s largest water village with 30,000 people living in houses on stilts snaking along the banks of the Brunei River in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan.  The village includes several schools, a fired brigade, a police station and several shops. Transfer back to your hotel.  Overnight Empire Hotel & Country Club. 

Note: Mosque is closed on Thursdays & Fridays. Guests could still visit the Mosque compound but not allowed to enter the Prayer Hall. Thursday is the cleaning of the Prayer Hall day and Friday is the prayer day.

Day 3 Brunei - Miri (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Depart Brunei for Miri via Seria, the oil town of Brunei. Visit the Oil Exploration Centre. Back enroute to Miri visit a pottery factory and a fish market. Check in to Miri Marriott Resort & Spa

 

 

Day 4 Iban Longhouse and City Tour (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Visit an Iban Longhouse.  The longhouse way of life evolved in the bygone days of head-hunting, when security was the fundamental concern.  A whole village community lived under the one roof of the longhouse, and your visit today will be an insight into a way of life which goes back 3000 years.  The journey will take 1½ hours along scenic countryside road with villages, farmland and plantations.  Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the chief of the longhouse and then entertained by dancers in traditional costumes performing to music played on Iban musical instruments.  During the course of your visit, you will have the chance to see how each family lives in its one room within the longhouse.  You will also be able to gain some insight into the Iban culture from the artwork all around you.  A warrior tribe in years gone by, the Iban are now an agrarian community and you can take a walk to see the rice fields, vegetable farms and rubber gardens from which the community makes a living.

Return to Miri for lunch and a city tour. Visit the “Grand Old lady”,the first oil well in Malaysia, a Taoist Temple and local market.

Overnight at Miri Marriott Resort & Spa

Day 5 Miri -Mulu (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a short domestic flight to Mulu.  Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa for 3 nights stay.  The resort is an extraordinary holiday destination, built on stilts and set in the heart of the rainforest in the Gunung Mulu National Park, now a world Heritage site.  Surrounded by lush vegetation, the resort offers a sense of serenity and harmony, blending effortlessly with its natural surroundings. 

Gunung Mulu National Park is the largest of Sarawak’s National Parks, covering a staggering 544 Sq Km of virgin rainforest and laced with fast-flowing rivers.  You can explore the amazing bio-diversity of the rainforest on a range of included jungle walks with an expert naturalist in search of the remarkable plant and animal life – 8000 species of flowering plants, 200 species of mammals, 100 butterfly species and at least 450 birds, including the unmistakable hornbill with its curly beak.

Mulu has now become more famous for the treasures it hides beneath the forest slopes of its three mountains.  One of the largest and most spectacular limestone cave system in the world. The oldest caves began to form about 5 million years ago and they continue to evolve as dripping water carves out new rock features.  So far, over 295 km of cave passages have been mapped, an estimated 40% of the total.

This afternoon, visit the Canopy sky walk and see the rainforest canopy. Hike through the peat swamp forest on a 3KM plankwalk to Deer Cave.  The hike takes you through the rainforest, swamp, alluvial flats, limestone outcrops and by an ancient Penan Burial Cave.

One of the largest cave passage in the world the the spacious Deer Cave is said to be able to contain London’s St Paul’s Cathedral five times over. A path leads into the cave and winds its way around, following the natural contours of the cave floor. Although the path is lit, a flashlight is useful for examining the guano-covered cave floor and its population of insects. The path eventually leads to the “Garden of Eden” where a hole in the cave roof lets in a shaft of light which allows the rich green vegetation to thrive. Another feature is the famous profile of Abraham Lincoln, which guards the southern entrance of the cave.

Only a short distance away from Deer cave is Lang Cave. Lang’s Cave is the smallest of the show caves with impressive rock formations. These are made all the more attractive by the strategically positioned spotlights which highlight stalactites and stalagmites. As the cave is relatively small and well-lit, it offers good opportunities to see some of its inhabitants such as bats and swiftlets.

As dusk closes in, proceed to the Bat Observation deck. Watch the spectacular sight of a black cloud of millions of free-tailed bats soaring out of the caves as they reach for the sky in search of food. At this point, it may seem beyond belief, but bats are more closely related to humans than to the mice and rats with which they are commonly thought to be associated.  They are also exceptionally good bug killers – it is reckoned that one bat can eat 1200 mosquitoes in an hour! Return to and overnight at the Mulu Marriott Resort. 

Day 6 Wind and Clearwater Caves (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

This morning, you will visit the Wind/Clearwater caves where you will explore the longest cave in South East Asia, running 107 kilometres.  You will depart the resort by traditional longboat and then a walk through the forest with your guide.  The Wind Cave is said to have receive its name because of the cooling breezes that blow through the caves, and these are particularly notable where they are funnelled through narrower passages.  There are some impressive stalactites and stalagmites, best seen in the illuminated area called ‘King’s Room’.

You return to the longboat and travel to the Clearwater Cave and may find yourself tempted to swim in the still, clear water of the subterranean river.  One of the most memorable sights of the day must be the huge butterflies which hover around the river and the entrance to the caves.  Named for the first White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir James Brooke, you are more likely to see the males which tend to settle near the riverbanks; the females are more reclusive and favour the flowering trees of the rainforest. Return to Resort for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at the Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Day 7 Nature Walk & Penan Longhouse (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

On a rainforet walk you’ll learn jungle survival skills. Return to the resort for lunch.

Travel by longboat to a remote Penan Longhouse to visit the last remaining semi-nomadic people in Malaysia. Their elifestyle is a microcosm of the manners of the past

Overnight at Mulu Marriott Hotel

Day 8 Travel to either Kota Kinabalu or Miri (Breakfast)

Free at leisure until your flight to either Kota Kinabalu or Miri.

 

Travel Notes


Includes

All accommodation

Meals as stated in itinerary

Internal flight Miri/Mulu only.

Park entrance fees

English speaking local guide

Excludes

Additional expenses of personal nature i.e. telephone, camera fees, alcoholic beverages etc.

Travel insurance

International flights

 

Starts in Brunei and ends in Mulu.

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