Sarawak Rainforest Bike Discovery (8D7N)
Culture, Kayaking, Cycling, Caving, Orang Utans, Rafflesia Flower, Paddy Fields and Beach!
Discover the Sights, Sounds & Taste of Authentic Sarawak
Explore on two-wheels the diversity of amazing Borneo from the mountainous interior to the coastal mangroves. Stunning Borneo rainforest, spectacular scenery, fascinating wildlife, real locals and delicious tribal cuisine make this an unmissable experience.
The Ultimate Two-Wheels Explorer’s Choice: kick-start from the majestic interior mountain range and pedal down to spectacular coastal national parks; and en-route, meet mankind’s closest relative, the Orangutan. Fully immerse yourself in the tropical rainforest by trekking in the jungle, kayaking down serene mountain streams and dipping yourself under cool waterfall. To top it all off, discover the hospitality (or is it the hostility?) of Sarawak’s legendary Head-Hunters and indulge yourself in tropical cuisines with fresh ingredients of jungle produces and ocean catches. Open up your senses and take in all the sight, sound & taste of this eight-days unique Borneo rainforest cycling adventure around Kuching, the irresistible cultural and historical center of mystical Sarawak.
DAY 1 Arrive at Kuching, Cycle the Heritage Trail (D)
Arrive in the capital of Sarawak, the charming old town of Kuching. The group will meet with the tour leader in the late afternoon for a briefing on the tour, a chance to try out the bikes, and then we head off straightaway onto the heritage trail of the White Rajah. Enjoy a welcomed sunset dinner at the bank of the romantic Sarawak River.
Accommodation: Basaga Hotel / The Marian
Pedal into history on this heritage tour of Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. Explore the Main Bazaar of the picturesque Old Town, and stop at the Square Tower, at the ‘stone jetty’. In the early days of the Brooke Rajah, this Fort and a nearby Court House were the full extent of government buildings. Cross the River in the traditional fashion, in a ‘sampan’ ferry deftly steered with oars, to visit Fort Margherita, built by Charles Brooke in 1879 and named after his bride. The Fort’s cannons were trained on the river, both a traffic route and possible source of an enemy attack. As it happens, the brick-built edifice has never been shot at in anger. After substantial renovations it is now a Museum of Brooke memorabilia.
DAY 2 Transfer and Cycle to Annah Rais Longhouse (B/L/D)
We watch orangutan emerge from the rain forest during their feeding time before getting on two wheels and cycle along the spectacular Penrissen Range dotted with local farms and villages. Explore a peaceful Bidayuh Longhouse and experience a freshly cooked authentic Bidayuh dinner in a lovely homestay.
Accommodation: Annah Rais Homestay
We start off early with a transfer to visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve, a large enclosed area of rainforest which is home to endangered Orangutans rescued from captivity and kept for rehabilitation. During the scheduled feeding time, some orangutans may descend from the rainforest to the lower branches of trees near the feeding platform. Those who are in luck will be offered a wealth of facial expressions by mankind’s closest relative. After the feeding time, it’s time to start riding. Using winding rural back road, we pedal through a series of kampongs dotted with small scale pepper farms, rice fields and plantations. We arrive at a large and old Bidayuh Tribe’s longhouse that houses over 80 families and boasts a history of 500 years in existence. Join one of the host family in the longhouse to enjoy freshly cooked bamboo chicken and wild jungle vegetable on tanju (patio) of the longhouse. After lunch, explore this peaceful Bidayuh longhouse and learn about the culture of the Land Dayaks who were once headhunters. The remaining of the afternoon is free and easy, you can opt to swim in the mountain stream before enjoying another authentic longhouse meal at a very pleasant Bidayuh Homestay.
DAY 3 Kayak (7 km) and Cycle to Siniawan (B/L/D)
Kayak, Cave and Cycle, 3-in-1 Day! We start the day by floating down a stretch of untouched tributary of the Sarawak River in a kayak to discover hidden waterfall and explore unique limestone formations. After a quick transfer, it’s then back on the bike to cycle through some spectacular limestone karst landscape and visit bat caves before settling in a century old historical town.
Accommodation: Siniawan Heritage / One Tondong
A full day of 3-in-1 (3 adventure activities of Kayaking, Caving and Cycling, all in one day) awaits us. After a quick transfer to reach the start of your kayak adventure, we paddle through the rainforest on a meandering river shaded by overhanging canopies of trees with the sounds of rustling water and chirping of insects and birds. We hit the saddle again to cycle one of the most scenic stretch of riding on this trip to reach Bau, the oldest goldmine outpost in Sarawak. After lunch we head off-road to explore some hidden gold mines and experience the moderately challenging off-road up and down hill through some spectacular limestone karst landscape! Along the way,we enter two caves (both National Reserve Area), the Wind Cave filled with bats and the majestic Fairy Cave chamber. We then finish our ride for the day at the beautiful historical shophouse town of for a merry evening of dining before an early rest at a simple but uniquely Asian shoplot guesthouse.
DAY 4 Cycle to Matang Wildlife Center (B/L/D)
A lot of fun riding today as we cycle along the foothill of Matang mountain range. Experience sections of jungle off-road biking, river crossings and soak beneath cool waterfalls. We reach to Matang Wildlife Center for another chance to see the orangutans and enjoy the unique sounds of Mother Nature at night.
Accommodation: Matang Wildlife Center
After an early morning traditional noodle breakfast at an old town coffee-shop (kopitiam), we get ready for a full day of fun riding including riding across a suspension bridge, taking a traditional boat ferry and pushing your bike across the jungle stream. We ride using shaded back roads under the mountain before stopping for a breather at a jungle waterfall for a cooling dip and lunch break. We reach Matang Wildlife Center in the early afternoon for another encounter with the orangutans as well as other endemic Borneo wildlife such as the Sun Bears, Sambar Deer and Hornbills. For the adventurous, we will venture out into the night jungle to experience the darkness of the rainforest and explore its unique creatures at night.
DAY 5 Cycle to Gunung Gading National Park (B/L/D)
Pedal hard today on a cross-country coastal ride towards the western tip of Borneo. At Lundu, we stop by Gunung Gading National Park to try our luck to spot the blooming of Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world. The afternoon is free and easy to enjoy the resort’s swimming pool.
Accommodation: Lundu Union Yes Retreat
We say goodbye to the Orangutan and follow the long coastline dotted with isolated beaches and peat swamp forest. There are great chances to spot a large variety of wetland and coastal birds including many migratory birds temporarily residing in Borneo. Along the way, ride your bicycle up a unique car ferry to cross the Sampadi River. The long flat ride ends with a series of fishing kampongs before we reach the coastal town of Lundu for lunch. After lunch, we venture into Gunung Gading National Park for a chance to see any blooming Rafflesia before ending our ride at a lovely seaside resort for a well deserve cooling off by the pool, and enjoy sunset by the beach.
DAY 6 Cycle to Sematan (B/L/D)
We cycle along the beach lined with coconut trees leading to the beautiful seaside town of Sematan. Cycle past deserted beaches and paddy fields to reach our last seaside resort.
Accommodation: Sematan Palm Beach Resort
After breakfast by the pool, saddle up for our final day of great riding. We follow the coastline and ride on mixture of dirt trail and village road towards the picturesque Sematan town. At Sematan, visit the local fish market with fresh catches from the sea before riding to a local waterfall for a picnic lunch. The final bike ride is along another beautiful stretch of isolated white sand beach, and during low tide, you can even ride your bike all the way to reach the seaside resort. Enjoy the cool sea breeze sunset dinner.
DAY 7 Rest and Transfer to Kuching (B/L/D)
Make the most of our last day by the beach. After lunch, we drive back to Kuching to check-in hotel before our farewell seafood dinner.
Accommodation: Basaga Hotel / The Marian
DAY 8 Tour Concludes in Kuching (B)
Today the tour concludes. For those who are not in a hurry to leave, the interior of Borneo awaits. For information on these and other destinations to extend your holiday, please ask our team at the time of booking.
Transfer to Kuching airport for a flight home sweet home.
Please note that the above itinerary is subjected to change due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we will always do our best to adhere to this original itinerary.
- Accommodation as stated
- Transfer as stadet
- Meals as stated
- Activities as stated
- Tourism Tax
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