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The World Heritage of Borneo

The early European explorers thought that a chain of Crystal Mountains ran through the island from north to south, and that it was much subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

−Theodor Posewitz : Borneo - Its Geology

Video of Gunung Mulu NP by "PleaseTekeMeTo"

Tour Details

These tours showcase the unique biological and geological diversity of Borneo, allowing you to experience the wonders of this vast island’s two stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Both tours start with a visit to Bako National Park in Sarawak, not yet a World Heritage Site but surely deserving of the honour. We then move on to Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, home to the world’s most spectacular cave system, and Kinabalu Park in Sabah, a hotspot of biodiversity dominated by the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago.

The first tour is taken at a leisurely pace and is ideal for visitors of most fitness levels, while the second tour is designed for keen adventurers who want to climb the highest peak and explore the deepest depths of our beautiful island.

The World Heritage of Borneo - 8 Days 7 Nights (Easy Going)

Day 1  Arrival – Kuching City Tour: Meet on arrival at  Kuching International Airport, then proceed for a 3-hour Kuching City Tour  visiting many places of interest, including the Malay Village, the Cat Monument, the city’s oldest Chinese Temple, the City TowerChinatown, the Kuching Old Mosque and the world-famous Sarawak Museum. Transfer to hotel, free at own leisure to further explore this fascinating city, overnight.

Day 2 – Bako National Park Day Trip (B L): After breakfast (08.30), take a day trip to Bako National Park . The journey is 35 minutes by car to Bako Jetty, followed by a fascinating 20 minutes boat ride. Your guide will lead you on one or two of the easier trails, exploring seven distinct plant ecosystems in search of the bizarre Proboscis Monkey and the dainty Silver Leaf Monkey, both unique to Borneo, as well as long-tailed macaques, bearded pigs, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. A boat ride to view the famous Sea Stack is optional with a small additional charge, weather permitting. Lunch will be served at the park canteen. After lunch, you may continue to another short trail before returning to Kuching. Transfer back to hotel, free at leisure to sample Kuching’s gastronomic delights, overnight at hotel.

Day 3 – Kuching – Mulu  Deer & Lang Caves (B L D): After breakfast, depart Kuching in the morning on a direct flight to Mulu, meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your preferred accommodation for check in. Lunch will be served at Sungai Pala Café. In the afternoon, transfer to Mulu National Park headquarters for registration, then proceed on a 3 km plank walk through this UNESCO World Heritage Site to Deer Cave. This vast cave is home to 3 million wrinkle-lipped bats, as well as the beautiful Garden of Eden and a striking rock profile of Abraham Lincoln. Next is Lang’s Cave, with its stunningly beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations.  After exploring the caves, proceed to the Bat Observatory to view millions of bats flying out of the cave entrance in the late afternoon (weather permitting). Return via the plank walk to park headquarters and transfer back to your accommodation. Dinner at Sungai Pala Café.

Day 4 – Penan Settlement  Wind & Clearwater Caves (B L D): After breakfast, transfer by native longboat to the Batu Bungan Penan Settlement, which has a small handicraft market showcasing the remarkable skills of these semi-nomadic people. Continue by longboat to the Wind Cave to view the bizarre and spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, flowrocks, helitites and rock corals which are revealingly lit in the King’s Chamber. Continue to the dry passage of the Lady’s Cave to view the haunting stone figure, then proceed to Clearwater Cave, at 107 kilometres the longest cave in Asia. Venture deep inside the cave, visiting a dark box chasm and the underground Clearwater River. After a picnic lunch at the pavilion outside the cave mouth, take a dip in the Clearwater River or photograph the colourful Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing butterflies that abound here. Return by longboat to your accommodation, then free at leisure to relax or explore the park’s other attractions. Dinner at Sungai Pala Café.

Day 5 – Mulu  Kota Kinabalu (B): After breakfast, free at leisure until departure transfer to Mulu Airport for flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, at 1250 Hrs. Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport, direct transfer to hotel for check in. Free at leisure and overnight in Kota Kinabalu. 

Day 6 – Kota Kinabalu  Kinabalu Park (B L D): Early morning pick up from your hotel for a 2 hour drive through the Crocker Range – the backbone of Sabah – passing through remote villages with great mountain scenery. On the way, stop by at Nabalu Fruit Market. On arrival at Kinabalu Park, visit the Mountain Garden and take a guided jungle walk with the park naturalist. There are over 1000 species of plants found on Mount Kinabalu, with an abundance of pitcher plants and orchids. Check into Park Lodge. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Australian War Memorial & Rose Garden at Kundasang. Dinner and overnight at Park Lodge .

Day 7  Kinabalu Park  Poring Hot Springs & Canopy Walkway  Mesilau Pitcher Plants (B L): After breakfast, transfer to Poring Hot Springs (30 mins) to visit the Butterfly Farm and Orchid Conservation Centre. After a refreshing soak in the  Hot Sulphur Springs, observe the tropical rainforest from the Canopy Walkway. Following lunch in a local restaurant, transfer to the park’s Mesilau Station (20 mins) for a 20 minute trek up the West Mesilau River to view some of the world’s most spectacular nepenthes (pitcher plants). Species found here include the world’s largest, the Nepenthes raja, so large that even rats have been found partially digested in its huge 2-liter pitchers. The trail also offers spectacular views of the montane forest canopy, jagged rock faces, cascading waterfalls and the Mesilau Pinnacles. Transfer back to your Kota Kinabalu hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 8  Kota Kinabalu  Transfer Out (B): After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight departure.

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The World Heritage of Borneo - 9 Days 8 Nights (Action & Adventure)

Day 1  Arrival – Kuching City Tour: Meet on arrival at  Kuching International Airport, then proceed for a 3-hour Kuching City Tour  visiting many places of interest, including the Malay Village, the Cat Monument, the city’s oldest Chinese Temple, the City TowerChinatown, the Kuching Old Mosque and the world-famous Sarawak Museum. Transfer to hotel, free at own leisure to further explore this fascinating city, overnight.

Day 2 – Bako National Park Day Trip (B L): After breakfast (08.30), take a day trip to Bako National Park . The journey is 35 minutes by car to Bako Jetty, followed by a fascinating 20 minutes boat ride. Your guide will lead you on one or two of the easier trails, exploring seven distinct plant ecosystems in search of the bizarre Proboscis Monkey and the dainty Silver Leaf Monkey, both unique to Borneo, as well as long-tailed macaques, bearded pigs, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. A boat ride to view the famous Sea Stack is optional with a small additional charge, weather permitting. Lunch will be served at the park canteen. After lunch, you may continue to another short trail before returning to Kuching. Transfer back to hotel, free at leisure to sample Kuching’s gastronomic delights, overnight at hotel.

Day 3 – Kuching – Mulu  Deer & Lang Caves (B L D): After breakfast, depart Kuching in the morning on a direct flight to Mulu, meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your preferred accommodation for check in. Lunch will be served at Sungai Pala Café. In the afternoon, transfer to Mulu National Park headquarters for registration, then proceed on a 3 km plank walk through this UNESCO World Heritage Site to Deer Cave. This vast cave is home to 3 million wrinkle-lipped bats, as well as the beautiful Garden of Eden and a striking rock profile of Abraham Lincoln. Next is Lang’s Cave, with its stunningly beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations.  After exploring the caves, proceed to the Bat Observatory to view millions of bats flying out of the cave entrance in the late afternoon (weather permitting). Return via the plank walk to park headquarters and transfer back to your accommodation. Dinner at Sungai Pala Café.

Day 4 – Racer Cave Adventure Caving (B L D): After breakfast, transfer by longboat to the Racer Cave for an exciting morning of adventure caving. Your Guide leads you up and down the cave passageways with the aid of ropes. This cave is suitable for beginners but you must be fit enough to enjoy discovering your abilities and meeting a physical challenge. Along the way you will see insects that have evolved with curious shapes, replacing vision with long feelers to navigate in this underground world, as well Racer Snakes that have learned how to catch a tasty bat for dinner as it flies past. After a picnic lunch at the cave mouth, return to park headquarters or your accommodation. Free at leisure  to take part in additional park activity (at own expense), explore the park by yourself, or simply relax. Dinner at Sungai Pala Café.

Day 5 – Penan Settlement – Wind & Clearwater Caves  Kota Kinabalu (B): After breakfast, check-out and baggage collection. Transfer by native longboat to the Batu Bungan Penan Settlement, which has a small handicraft market showcasing the remarkable skills of these semi-nomadic people. Continue by longboat to the Wind Cave to view the bizarre and spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, flowrocks, helitites and rock corals which are revealingly lit in the King’s Chamber. Then proceed to Clearwater Cave, at 107 kilometres the longest cave in Asia. Venture deep inside the cave, visiting a dark box chasm and the underground Clearwater River. After a picnic lunch outside the cave mouth, take a dip in the Clearwater River or photograph the colourful Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing butterflies that abound here. Return to park HQ and transfer to Mulu Airport for flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport, direct transfer to hotel for check in. Free at leisure and overnight in Kota Kinabalu.

Day 6 – Kota Kinabalu  Kinabalu Park – Mountain Garden – Pitcher Plant Trek (B L D): Early morning pick up from your hotel for a 2 hour drive through the Crocker Range – the backbone of Sabah – passing through remote villages with great mountain scenery. On the way, stop by at Nabalu Fruit Market. On arrival at Kinabalu Park, visit the Mountain Garden and take a guided jungle walk with the park naturalist. There are over 1000 species of plants found on Mount Kinabalu, with an abundance of pitcher plants and orchids. Check into Park Lodge. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to the park’s Mesilau Station (20 mins) for a 20 minute trek up the West Mesilau River to view some of the world’s most spectacular nepenthes (pitcher plants). Species found here include the world’s largest, the Nepenthes raja, so large that even rats have been found partially digested in its huge 2-liter pitchers. The trail also offers spectacular views of the montane forest canopy, jagged rock faces, cascading waterfalls, and the Mesilau Pinnacles. Dinner and overnight at Park Lodge.

Day 7 – Kinabalu Park  Laban Rata (B L D): Early morning pick up and transfer to Park HQ for registration. Together with mountain guide, transfer to starting point at Timpohan Gate. Start trekking up the mountain, passing through a very wide range of habitats, from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain forest, sub-alpine forest and scrub on the higher elevations. Look out for colourful rhododendrons, pitcher plants, wild orchids and other interesting vegetation.  Along the way there are 7 shelters with toilets and drinking water, so you can rest at intervals and do not have to carry heavy water bottles. A packed lunch is provided to be consumed along the way, as the trekking will take 5-6 hours. Upon reaching 11,000 feet, check-into the mountain rest house at Laban Rata. Dinner and overnight at rest house.

Day 8  Laban Rata  Kinabalu Peak  Poring Hot Springs  Kota Kinabalu (B L):  Wake up early at about 2.00am to continue for the second phase of the climb which will begin at about 3.00am. You will make one stop at Sayat-Sayat Hut for final registration, collect a whistle each for safety precaution and refill water bottles. You will now head up to the Summit of Borneo – Low’s Peak – in total darkness; a good torchlight (flashlight) is essential. You will pass the 8km mark with views of the South Peak and St. John’s Peak in time to catch the sunrise. The view of the surrounding peaks is magnificent.  You will be able to see most of the peaks very clearly by 0600 hrs.

By 7.00am, descend from the summit back to Laban Rata Rest house for breakfast, then trek downhill to Timpohan Gate for transfer to the Park Headquarters to collect your certificate of achievement. After lunch, transfer to Poring Hot Springs (40 minutes) to soak in the hot sulphur springs and ease those aching joints and muscles.  Visit the Butterfly Farm and Orchid Conservation Centre or (if you have any energy left) observe the tropical rainforest from the Poring canopy Walkway. Return to your Kota Kinabalu hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 9  Kota Kinabalu  Transfer Out (B): After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight departure.

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What's Included in the Price?

The tour price is based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together on a twin-sharing basis unless otherwise indicated. Indicated prices are for 3-star hotels in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu and Sungai Pala Lodge, Mulu. Please enquire for detailed pricing, extensions and large group rates. Check the small print for our terms and conditions.

Tour Price Includes:

  • Accommodation  as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transfers in/out at Kuching, Mulu and Kota Kinabalu.
  • National park entrance fees and activity permits for all activities in the itinerary.
  • English/Malay-speaking tour guide

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Air fares, airport tax and airline surcharges. Flights can be booked on request.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Tipping for guides, drivers and boatmen
  • Alcoholic beverages

Note: Weather conditions and the water level may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. No refunds will be offered for any tour or extension sold.

Payment Methods

International Payment Methods:

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Telegraphic Transfer – TT (bank wire) in Malaysian Ringgit to our bank account. You are responsible for all originating bank charges. 

 Domestic Payment Methods (for Malaysian customers and overseas customers already in Malaysia)

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Online transfer to our bank account. 
  • Cash deposit to our bank account at any Maybank Counter/Cash Deposit Machine. 
  • By cheque (Malaysian cheques only, payable to “Suntravel Sdn Bhd”) at any Maybank Counter or Cheque Deposit Machine or by mail to the address shown on the page footer (please allow up to 7 days for clearance). 
  • By cash in person at our Kuching office. 

Bank Details 

  • Bank:  Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Branch:  Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Account No:  011 038 810 818
  • Account Name:  Suntravel Sdn Bhd
  • SWIFT Code (for telegraphic transfers):  MBBEMYKL

Notes 

  • When you deposit to our bank account via cash or cheque, please ensure that you retain the deposit slip and email the scanned image to sun@suntravelborneo.com as proof of payment.
  • If using online transfer, please state your name and invoice number in the comments area.
  • If paying by telegraphic transfer, please note that Malaysian banks do not use IBAN codes. Please ensure you include the SWIFT code.

Hints & Tips

  • Please Bring along:  Proper hiking shoes, Insect repellent, Sun block, Items of personal use, Swimwear, Extra clothing, Raincoat, Warm jacket or windbreaker , Water bottle, Torch light/Flashlight (waterproof and with new/fully charged batteries), Camera, Wide-brimmed hat (to catch bat and swiftlet droppings).
  • If you do not bring a good pair of binoculars or a lightweight spotting scope, you may never forgive yourself.
  • Please carry small change and low value notes to buy drinks and souvenirs.
  • Cover up or apply mosquito repellent to prevent getting bitten.
  • If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies, please let us know when you book so we can make the necessary arrangements.
  • You must be physically fit for the Action & Adventure options (Racer Cave and Kinabalu Peak Climb). Even the easier tour options are unsuitable for very unfit, infirm or physically frail guests.

Contact us now to experience the unique natural beauty of Mulu Caves and Mount Kinabalu.

Photo Credits

All photos on this page were taken in Mulu National Park and Kinabalu Park and are a fair representation of what you may expect to see. Images 1 & 2 © Sarawak Tourism Board. Images 3 & 4 © Sabah Tourism Board.

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