From  £3875
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore the riverine city of Kuching
  • Hike the coastal trails in Bako National Park
  • Cruise the waterways of the Kapuas River in style
  • Spot an abundance of birdlife along the riverbanks
  • Meet local tribes people in Kalimantan
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Discover the Heart of Borneo

17 Day Tour, from £3875 per person

Malaysia and Indonesia share most of the incredible island of Borneo (saving a little for Brunei) and this tour visits both. Starting in the charming city of Kuching in Malaysia’s Sarawak state you will explore one of South East Asia’s most attractive cities which boasts a rich cultural and architectural history. Visit the orangutan rehabilitation centre at Semenggoh, where these magnificent animals are prepared for a return to the wild and spend a full day at the nearby Bako National Park where you are likely to see proboscis and silver leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, wild boar and, if you’re lucky, flying lemurs.

From Kuching head across the border into Indonesian Borneo and Lanjak in West Kalimantan to board the RV Katha Pandaw river boat to explore the Kapuas River system – the largest in Borneo. With only 16 cabins you can be sure to receive excellent service from the crew as you meander through the waterways and lakes of the Sentarum National Park. From the deck you can hope to see a wide variety of animal and birdlife and excursions will take you to remote stilted villages, the rock monolith of Bukit Kelam (said to be the second largest in the world after Uluru) and the bustling river port at Sekadau. After the cruise return to Kuching before transferring to Gaya Island in the Malaysian state of Sabah where you can relax by the pool, be pampered in the spa, or if you’re still feeling active head into the mangroves by canoe, go snorkelling from the beach, head across the island on nature walks or book a diving course.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO BORNEO
Fly to Kuching.
DAY 2
KUCHING
KUCHING
Land Kuching and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation
Hilton Kuching
DAY 3
KUCHING
KUCHING
This morning drive out to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre which specialises in helping to rehabilitate orphaned orangutans. Observe the animals from a feeding platform before returning to the city for lunch. In the afternoon discover the riverine city of Kuching. See buildings dating back to the days of the White Rajahs and explore the interesting Sarawak Museum. The evening is at leisure. (B/L)
Accommodation
Hilton Kuching
DAY 4
BAKO NATIONAL PARK
BAKO NATIONAL PARK
This morning depart the city and drive about 35 minutes to Bako village and cross to the small but perfectly formed Bako National Park via boat. This is one of the best places to see wildlife in a natural setting. The range of animals commonly spotted in Bako include proboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, wild boars, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. Discover the park trails before returning to Kuching mid-afternoon. (B/L)
Accommodation
Hilton Kuching
DAY 5
KUCHING TO LANJAK (WEST KALIMANTAN)
KUCHING TO LANJAK (WEST KALIMANTAN)
Transfer by road to Lanjak in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Board the RV Katha Pandaw, 'home' for the next 7 nights. The cruise will cover the upper part of the Kapuas River system between Lanjak and Sanggau passing through the lush Sentarum National Park. Settle into your cabin and overnight onboard. (B/L/D)
DAY 6
SENTARUM NATIONAL PARK
SENTARUM NATIONAL PARK
Explore the lush lake system and enjoy a visit to Pulay Melayu island. Here you will encounter traditional honey farms along the lake shores and visit small fishing villages which have their own smokeries. Trekking is also available as an optional excursion. Overnight onboard. (B/L/D)
DAY 7
SENTARUM NATIONAL PARK
SENTARUM NATIONAL PARK
Traverse the vast lake system, the region offers many opportunities to spot regional wildlife including proboscis monkeys and maybe orangutans not to mention crocodiles and the bird life is profuse here. There is the opportunity to go fishing or explore the extraordinarily diverse botany. (B/L/D)
DAY 8
SELIMBAU
SELIMBAU
This morning there may be the chance to visit an orangutan sanctuary in the morning before the cruise leaves the lakes to connect to the Kapuas River via a tributary channel. This evening walk around Selimbau which is perhaps the most delightful of these pretty river towns, and completely built on stilts so there is not a car in sight. (B/L/D)
 
DAY 9
SELIMBAU TO SINTANG
SELIMBAU TO SINTANG
Cast off and take the 'Japanese Short Cut', a canal dug by the Japanese in the war to connect the main river with the lakes. At Sintang visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre run by the Jacobson Foundation which is set in a traditional house decorated with traditional handicrafts. In the afternoon go for a 20km drive in local trucks to the rock monolith of Bukit Kelam, said to be the second largest rock in the world after Uluru, - the fit amongst the group can scale it by rope ladder. For the less adventurous there is a 100yr old longhouse at Ensaid Panjang which is a centre of Dayak weaving. Moor overnight at Selimbau. (B/L/D)
DAY 10
SINTANG TO SEKADAU
SINTANG TO SEKADAU
Sail through the day and go ashore again at Sintang to see a kraton or old palace in the picturesque old town where the Mewali river joins the Kapuas. (B/L/D)
DAY 11
SEKADAU TO SANGGAU
SEKADAU TO SANGGAU
Set sail for Sekadau and enjoy a walk around this fun and lively town whish is abundant with busy boat traffic coming into trade. Visit the Lawang Shrines which are set on rock face by a local pernambang boat and sacred to the Malays, Dyaks and Chinese. Depart and make a long boat trip up the Sekayam river to see the waterfalls and hot springs in the jungle. (B/L/D)
DAY 12
SANGGAU TO TAYAN
SANGGAU TO TAYAN
This morning cruise in to Tayan, another idyllic riverine town, and say good bye to your river cruise home. Disembark and drive to Kuching. Check in to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)
Accommodation
Hilton Kuching
DAY 13
KUCHING TO GAYA ISLAND
KUCHING TO GAYA ISLAND
This morning return to Kuching airport and fly to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Land and drive to the jetty for the resort crossing to Gaya Island Resort. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Accommodation
Gaya Island Resort
       
DAY 14
GAYA ISLAND
GAYA ISLAND
Enjoy a further day at leisure, who not sample the fantastic spa facilities. (B)
Accommodation
Gaya Island Resort
       
DAY 15
GAYA ISLAND
GAYA ISLAND
The day is free to explore the island with the resort naturalist. (B)
Accommodation
Gaya Island Resort
       
DAY 16
GAYA ISLAND
GAYA ISLAND
Enjoy your final day on the island with a snorkelling expedition to discover the marine life. (B)
Accommodation
Gaya Island Resort
       
DAY 17
DEPARTURE
Return to the mainland and return to the airport for the flight home. (B)

Pricing Information

17 day tour, from £3875 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur from London Heathrow
  • Economy class flight within Borneo on Malaysia Airlines
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis 
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Private airport transfers in Kuching & Kota Kinabalu
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide/driver
  • Shared coach transfer from Kuching to Lanjak//Pontianak to Kuching
  • Entrance fees and English-speaking guide services on the cruise itinerary
  • Full board meals plus locally made soft drinks, local beer and spirits, tea/coffee & mineral water
  • Cruise crew tips

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Premium beverages on the cruise : wines, premium spirits & soft drinks (eg Perrier), espressos & cappuccinos at the bar 
  • Tips to tour guides and any extra local guides eg cyclo drivers
  • Tips and gratuities (off the cruise)
  • Indonesian Visa
  • Any other items not mentioned

Price Notes

Cruise Dates (starting on day 5):
16 July 2016
23 July 2016
13 August 2016
20 August 2016
10 September 2016
17 September 2016
08 October 2016
15 October 2016
05 November 2016
12 November 2016
17 January 2017
24 January 2017
14 February 2017
21 February 2017
04 March 2017
11 March 2017

RV Katha Pandaw

The RV Katha Pandaw was built in Vietnam in 2011 and originally ploughed the waterways of Burma before being  re-located to the ‘heart of Borneo’. With only two decks these smaller K class ships have lower air draft so can get under bridges and supposedly a shallower draft. The ship offers just 16 cabins, 6 on the upper deck and 10 on the lower, main deck. Rooms come equipped with kimonos and slippers, Spa-brand amenities, individual air-conditioning, premium mattresses, mini-safe and bottled water. The ship is finished in teak and brass with panoramic French windows. The onboard chef offers a range of tasty dishes and the bar has an extensive list of premium wines. 
 

 

Tour Route Map


  1. Borneo, Kuching
  2. Indonesia, Lanjak
  3. Indonesia, Sentarum National Park
  4. Indonesia, Selimbau
  5. Indonesia, Sintang
  6. Indonesia, Sekadau
  7. Indonesia, Sanggau
  8. Indonesia, Tayan
  9. Borneo, Kuching
  10. Borneo, Gaya Island
  11. Borneo, Kota Kinabalu

Tour Accommodation

Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort Situated on Pulau Gaya within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Borneo, Gaya Island Resort is a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest. The 120......
Hilton Kuching
Hilton Kuching The Hilton Kuching is the perfect base for exploring this charming city as it is situated on the waterfront of the Sarawak River and offers excellent views over the city. The hotel is......

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