Work on your biceps as well while kayaking
Get up close and personal with Borneo's inhabitants
Cycle the road less travelled
Come across delightfully strange things such as the Raffelesia
Learn more about Borneo on this trip
Get enthralled in the presence of the dense jungle

Wilds of Sarawak by Bicycle

Duration
8 days
Site savings
$56
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$1,794 USD

Borneo conjures up images of intrepid explorers, dense tropical rainforest, a dazzling array of tropical wildlife and of course, the great ape indigenous to this island, the orangutan. This week long cycling adventure takes in Kuching, the diverse, lively capital of Sarawak; orangutan rehabilitation centres where you have a chance to get up close to these engaging creatures, kayaking the languid Sarawak River, trekking along steamy jungle paths, and witnessing the birth of baby turtles on the pristine beaches. The jungle adventures are much the focus of the tour but there will also be plenty of time to mingle with the friendly, fun and fascinating local indigenous people, as the group will stay in their houses and visit their villages.

  • Category
    Adventurous
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    155.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.1 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    8 days
  • Main Destination
    Malaysia
  • Distance
    155.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.1 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrive in Kuching

    On arrival in Kuching, transfer to the hotel at the edge of town. Kuching is a fascinating, bustling city with a mix of old and new world cultures. In the afternoon, have a bike fitting and take a short ride along the waterfront, where the locals gather. Stop for awhile and visit Tua Pek Kong Temple, Kuching's oldest Chinese temple. After, continue along the river to the Astana, visiting the residence of the Governor of Sarawak, the Steamship Building, and Court House Complex.

    Head back to the hotel early in the evening for a welcome dinner.

    • Waterfront Hotel
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2Kuching – Annah Rais

    An action packed day lies ahead! lThe day starts with a visit to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, a home for injured and orphaned orangutans. You'll arrive in time for the 9:00am feeding, it's a real magical experience to see the great apes up close. After feeding time you'll go on a short transfer to the jump of point of your ride today at Panchor Dayak Hot Springs. You can also have a quick dip in the hot springs while the bikes are being prepared. The cycling today is on a fabulous back road that winds up and down, meandering around countless curves and bends. Picnic lunch will be in a village and you can take a gentle nature walk through a limestone rain forest.

    From here it's just another 13 km (8mi) to Annah Rais village where the second night will be spent.


    • 24.9 miles
    • Bidayuh Annah Rais Homestay
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  3. Day 3Annah Rais – Siniawan

    After breakfast it's about an hour cycle through beautiful limestone scenery to the river. The adventure begins as you shoot out into the crystal clear waters of the Sarawak River and have a relaxing paddle downstream.This is a great way to spot the river wildlife along the banks, like kingfishers and monkeys, so keep your eyes peeled. You'll be able to savour more views of the tranquil river and rainforest, with a riverside picnic lunch at a secluded campsite, before hopping on the bikes for a mostly flat 29-km ride to Siniawan.

    Siniawan is a tiny town dotted with Chinese wooden houses where the locals are friendly and hospitable. The accommodation tonight in this small town is very basic, though the proprietors are not inhospitable. You'll still be able to relax and reflect on the day's adventure over a cold beverage, but be sure your camp towel is handy tonight!

    • 36.7 miles
    • Siniawan Heritage Guesthouse
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Siniawan – Matang Wildlife Centre

    Today it's back in the saddle for another adventurous full day. The road is flat but windy, making it an easy and fun ride. Follow the enormous sandstone ridge of Mt. Kubah on your way to Matang Wildlife Centre. Here you'll have your second chance to see enigmatic, rehabilitated orangutans in their natural setting. We overnight in the park, taking in the atmosphere and sleeping to the magical sounds of the forest.

    • 40.4 miles
    • Matang Wildlife Centre
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  5. Day 5Matang Wildlife Centre – Gunung Gading

    After breakfast, prepare for a long but worthwhile ride. The route is mostly flat as you cycle along the coast to Lundu, crossing numerous creeks on narrow bridges. After a short break, a ferry will take you across the Sampadi River to an isolated windswept beach, a perfect place for a refreshing swim.

    Upon reaching the sleepy but friendly town of Lundu you can enjoy a delicious, local seafood lunch. From here it's just a short ride to Gunung Gading National Park where you can take a cooling dip in a waterfall or go for a quick jungle hike in search of the blooming Rafflesia. The gorgeous beach side hotel is just 14 km (9mi) away.

    • 43.5 miles
    • Pandan Gold Coast
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  6. Day 6Gunung Gading – Semantan

    After breakfast, bid goodbye to the baby turtles and head out for a ride on a backroad and off the beaten track to the old trading post of Semantan. The shady road follows the coast and your ride is relatively short and not too strenuous. You'll make it to the beach by lunch and after a meal in a local restaurant, the afternoon is free to enjoy the infinity swimming pool, swim in the ocean or explore the local surroundings by bike.

    • 18.6 miles
    • SPB Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  7. Day 7Semantan – Kuching

    Enjoy your last morning by the sea and take a walk on the long beach to stretch your legs before jumping back on the bus to Kuching. The trip’s not over yet though as in the late afternoon, the group will take a cruise through the spectacular mangroves near Kuching. Keep your eyes open for proboscis monkeys, dolphins and for those of you who are “twitchers”, the exotic birds that inhabit these wetlands. The finale is just after dusk when the fireflies come out to play for your evening’s entertainment. The tour is ended with a group, celebratory dinner and tales of this unique Borneo adventure.

    • Waterfront Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  8. Day 8Departure

    Depart Sarawak for a flight back home or you can extend your stay in Borneo.

    • Breakfast