ULTIMATE BORNEO TOUR

This guided tour will introduce you to the cultural highlights and most famous destinations in Myanmar. From the bustling streets of Yangon to the awe-inspiring temple plains of Bagan.

OVERVIEW – SUMMARY

Day 1 : Arrival in Kuching
Day 2 : City tour
Day 3 : Kuching / Aiman Batang Ai Resort
Day 4 : Batang Ai Resort
Day 5 : Batang Ai / Kuching
Day 6 : Kuching / Mulu
Day 7 : Mulu
Day 8 : Mulu / Sandakan
Day 9 : Sepilok / Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Day 10 : Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Day 11 : Sukau / Lahad Datu / Danum Valley
Day 12 : Danum Valley
Day 13 : Danum Valley / Kota Kinabalu / Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Day 14 : Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Day 15 : Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Day 16 : Departure Kota Kinabalu

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Kuching, Sarawak
Upon arrival at Kuching airport, we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the middle of town next to the beautiful Sarawak River.

Include:
– Airport transport [private]
– Accommodation Hilton Kuching – Executive Deluxe (with Executive Floor Benefits)

 

Day 2: Kuching City Tour
Start your day with Kuching City tour. This tour will give you an introduction to Kuching – a charming, green and airy city offers a mix of well-preserved British Colonial Buildings and graceful modern architecture. Visit Chinese Temple, Colonial Centre and Sarawak Museum. Rest of the day free to explore more of the town on your own or relax at the pool.

Include:
– English speaking guide [private]
– 3 hours city tour [private]
– Entrance fees
– Accommodation Hilton Kuching – Executive Deluxe (with Executive Floor Benefits)

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Kuching / Batang Ai Resort
Today we go on a 4 hours drive passing through the scenic countryside of rainforest, pepper and rubber plantations. We stop at Serian town to visit an excellent farmers market and pepper plantation. After lunch continue driving to Batang A Hydro Dam and transfer by ferry boat for 20 minutes ride across the lake to Aiman Batang Ai Longhouse Resort.

Include:
– English speaking guide [private]
– Transportation [private]
– Accommodation Aiman Batang Ai Resort

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 4 : Batang Ai Resort
After breakfast, embark on a native longboat for a day of exploring the Ulu Ai River and its Iban Longhouse communities. Take part in the welcoming ceremony of native dance, music and gong. Try your hands on the blowpipe and taste the locally brew rice wine. A bamboo picnic lunch will be arranged by the river bank. Return to the resort in the afternoon overnight.

Include:
– English speaking guide [private]
– Tour [private]
– Accommodation in Aiman Batang Ai Resort

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 5: Batang Ai Resort / Kuching
After breakfast transfer by ferry to Batang Ai Terminal for your return journey to Kuching. Lunch will be provided at Ranchan Waterfall Restaurant. Arrive Kuching in the late afternoon.

Include:
– English speaking guide [private]
– Transportation [private]
– Accommodation Hilton Kuching – Executive Deluxe (with Executive Floor Benefits)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 6: Kuching / Mulu
Pick up from your hotel in Kuching and transfer to Kuching Airport to catch the flight to Mulu. Upon arrival at the Mulu Airport, you will be meet and transferred to your accommodation at Mulu Marriott Resort. In the afternoon, trek for 3km on a plank walk to Deer Cave and Lang Cave. Late evening, witness the exodus of thousands of bats at the observatory before we return.

Include:
– Airport transfers [private]
– Flight Ticket Kuching – Mulu
– Accommodation Mulu Marriott Resort – Premier Room
– Entrance fees
– English speaking guide [private]

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Mulu
After breakfast, proceed by longboat to Batu Bungan, a Penan Settlement for a visit. Continue the boat journey to Wind cave and Clearwater Cave. Enjoy picnic lunch and swimming at the Clearwater spring before returning to Mulu for overnight.

Include:
– English speaking guide [private]
– Accommodation Mulu Marriott Resort – Premier Room

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 8: Mulu / Sandakan
Departure from Mulu and fly to Sandakan. Pick up from the airport and transfer to Four Points by Sheraton in the middle of town.

Include:
– Flight ticket Mulu – Sandakan (via Kota Kinabalu)
– Transfer [private]
– Accommodation Four Points by Sheraton – Executive Deluxe Club (with Club Floor Benefits)

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 9: Sepilok Oragutan Center / Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Pick up in the morning from your hotel. Transfer to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Watch a short video documentary of the rehabilitation activities before taking a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to witness the feeding of the Orang Utan at 1000hrs. After that we proceed to visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

After lunch, we head to the Sandakan jetty where we’ll embark on a speedboat for a 2½ hours boat journey up the Kinabatangan River to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Don’t worry as the ride is not choppy and it won’t be just boat ride as there will be opportunities along the way to view wildlife and birds, and if you’re lucky, even the shy Bornean Pygmy Elephants. Take a few moments to savor afternoon tea before we head out into the wild on your first river safari. Every boat is equipped with eco friendly outboard engines (used along the main river where the current is strong) and electric motor (used during wildlife viewing in the small tributaries) in search of wildlife and birds. Take loads of photographs as the wildlife extravaganza puts on a show. Return for a solar heated hot shower after sunset before enjoying a candle light buffet dinner overlooking the mighty river. Dinner is followed by a slide show and interpretation by our in-house naturalist guide. Overnight stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, which in 2015 was awarded by National Geographic to be one of the most Unique Lodges in the World. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Include:
– Land transfers [private]
– Boat transfer to Sukau Rainforest Lodge [SIC]
– Afternoon River Cruse [private]
– Entrance fees
– English speaking guide [private]
– Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge – Deluxe Villa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 10: Sukau
Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills and hot Sabah tea. A 0600hrs morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed for an educational tour on the our own in-house Hornbill Boardwalk located behind the lodge with our in-house naturalist. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Include:
– English speaking guide [private]
– Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge – Deluxe Villa
– River Cruises [private]

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 11: Sandakan / Danum Valley
Today, your journey begins with an overland transfer to Lahad Datu.
After lunch, you will go on a 70 kilometer journey on gravelled road to Danum Valley. The area covers a sprawling 438-square kilometer undisturbed area of lowland dipterocarp rainforest in Sabah.

Have your first introduction of the forest in the afternoon through “Nature Trails” and the 300m tree top “Canopy Walkway” for a close-up observation of the rainforest. Danum Valley is home to many species of Borneo’s unique lowland fauna such as the Clouded Leopards, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Pygmy Elephants and Orang Utans. After dinner, proceed for a night drive in an open-top vehicle in search of nocturnal animals. Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Include:
– Overland transfer to Borneo Rainforest Lodge [private]
– English speaking guide [private]
– Accommodation at Borneo Rainforest Lodge – Deluxe
– Tours [private]

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 12: Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Spend the whole day exploring the rainforest for more chances of spotting birds and mammals. Trek to the ancient Kadazandusun burial site aka “Coffin Cliff” before continue trekking to the “view point” for a bird’s eye view of the valley. Take your time to catch your breath and relax before descending the hill to the “Jacuzzi Pool” for a refreshing dip in rock pools. Return to the lodge for lunch. Another jungle trekking in the afternoon or you can opt to go ‘tubing’ down the Danum River. A night walk after dinner for more wildlife watching experience. Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Include:
– English speaking guide [private]
– Accommodation at Borneo Rainforest Lodge
– Tours [private]

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 13: Borneo Rainforest Lodge / Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Depart Danum Valley and return to Lahad Datu to catch the late afternoon flight to Kota Kinabalu.
In Kota Kinabalu transfer by speedboat 20 min to Gaya Island and check-in to the Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa.

Include:
– Land transfers [private]
– Boat transfer to Bunga Raya Resort
– Flight Ticket Lahad Datu – Kota Kinabalu
– Accommodation Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 14-15: Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Snorkel, dive, kayak, jungle trekking or just simply relax at the pool or sea. It’s up to you!

 

Include:
– Accommodation Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 16: Departure Kota Kinabalu
Boat and land transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport.

Include:
– Boat transfer to Kota Kinabalu Jetty
– Overland transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport

Meals: Breakfast

 

END OF SERVICE

PRICE :
USD 4025 per Adult / Based on 2 adults sharing room
USD 2495 per Child / Max 1 sharing room with 2 adults

Price excludes: International Air tickets, Camera fees and items not mentioned

PRICE:From
DURATION:7 Days / 6 Nights
TOUR STYLE:Cultural & Heritage
DESTINATIONS:Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake,
TOUR CODE:
DEPARTURES:Daily (Private Departures)
STARTS:In Yangon
ENDS:In Yangon
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At a glance

Highlights

  • Colonial Yangon & Swedagon Pagoda
  • Temples of Ancient Kingdom of Bagan
  • Mesmerizing Inle Lake, minorities & boat trips

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrival. Yangon sights and highlights
  • DAY 2: Flight to Bagan. Bagan temples & arts
  • DAY 3: Bagan local life & e-biking
  • DAY 4: Flight to Heho & boat excursion on Inle Lake
  • DAY 5: Indein, Cottage Industries, leg rowers boat ride
  • DAY 6: Free time to explore lake. Pm flight to Yangon
  • DAY 7: Transfer to Yangon airport for your flight

Tour Details

On arrival to Yangon airport, you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide with a sign board and your name on it. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. After freshening up we will visit some of Yangon’s highlights; including colonial heritage buildings and bustling markets.

We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline.

After breakfast, transfer to Yangon domestic airport for a 1hr flight to Nyaung U/Bagan. Upon arrival we start our journey to Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan with visits to the areas main temples including the Dhamayazeka Zedi for a panoramic view of the temple studded plains of Bagan. We will also learn how Bagan’s famous sand paintings and lacquer ware crafts are produced during our visits to Htilominlo Temple and Myingaba Village. We conclude the day’s sightseeing with a horse or bullock cart to witness a magical sunset behind the temples (weather permitting).

Today we’ll set off on a guided tour exploring the back roads, villages and off the beaten trails temples of Bagan on E-bikes. E-bikes are easy and fun to drive. The ride will be mix of paved and small dirt roads to experience authentic local life. Afternoon will be free time for optional activities or own explorations and adventures in Bagan. In the late afternoon, we transfer to the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River for a private sunset cruise where local cocktails can be enjoyed on board along with views of the temple silhouettes and bustling shore.

Our guides are flexible. All touring schedules and activities can be adjusted according to guests’ wishes

Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the Bagan airport for the flight to Heho a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. Visit the bustling main Heho market, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce (on market days only).  Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. After checking into the hotel, we embark on afternoon explorations of Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds. Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake.

After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Inn Thein Pagoda Complex, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the complex, we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago. We boat back to the lake and visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers. We also make a visit to the Inpawkhon weaving village to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted. We end our day with magnificent sunset canoe ride with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg.

Free time for exploring the Inle lake in the morning. After lunch in Nyaung Shwe we drive 1 hour to Heho airport for afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival to Yangon we transfer to our hotel. Rest of the evening is free for relaxing & own Yangon explorations.

Breakfast at your hotel and free time until transfer to Yangon airport for your onward flight.

Yangon

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JASMINE PALACE HOTEL

Comfort

Modern city hotel in Yangon with excellent location. Jasmine Palace Hotel presents good value and high standards is the perfect base for exploring the city’s highlights.

Bagan

Bagan Umbra Hotel

HOTEL UMBRA

Comfort

Charming garden resort near Old Bagan. Hotel Umbra is one of our favourite hotels in Bagan. It was recently renovated and reconstructed. Particularly the Grand deluxe rooms are nice with modern and spacious facilities.

Inle Lake

RED CANAL HOTEL

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Mandalay

RED CANAL HOTEL

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What's Included

  • Private tours and transfers with air-conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
  • 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger per day
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage handling fees at airports
  • Entrance fees or zone fees
  • English speaking guide(other languages guide can be provide with additional charges)

What's Not Included

  • Visa to Myanmar (note that pre-arranged visa is required for tourists)
  • All entrance fees or zone fees
  • Domestic Airfares (always quoted and mentioned separately from tour package price)
  • International air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Peak season surcharges & Compulsory dinners during Xmas & New Year’s
  • Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 11am or 12 o’clock noon
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and expenses of personal nature
  • Camera & video fees. Some of the sites visited may ask small fees for photographing and video recording.

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