Sarawak and Singapore vacation

“A real flavour of Sarawak – wildlife, caves, a longhouse stay and an orangutan sanctuary, plus a beach break and the big city charms of Kuching and Singapore”

Highlights

Kuching | Batang | Ai Reservoir | longhouse stay with an Iban family | Semenggoh Wildlife Centre | Sarawak River Cruise | Bako National Park | Mulu | Deer, Lang’s, Wind and Clearwater Caves | Damai Beach | Singapore

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Environment

During your visit to Sarawak you will have a chance to spend some time at the Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre. Set up in 1975 to provide care for orphaned, injured and illegally captured Orangutans, the centre is the best place to see semi-wild orangutans in Sarawak. During your visit you will be given a briefing about the work and studies carried out at the centre before trekking to the feeding area. Guests are asked to remain quiet and calm so as not to disturb the orangutans or have too much human presence felt. The centre and the forest reserve in which the orangutans live is a protected area and it is vital that none of the animals are handled, touched or fed to protect them from over domestication and diseases. By following the parks rules, visitors are able to witness the incredible majesty of these creatures while contributing to their survival and release into the wild.

Your trip also includes a visit to Bako National Park – the oldest and smallest national park in Borneo. Well-regarded for its wealth of plant, wildlife and beautiful scenery, it is also home to just under 300 rare proboscis monkeys. Your park fees help Sarawak Forestry protect and maintain this precious area and we ask that visitors are respectful and careful while exploring along the trails and beaches.

Throughout your trip you will stay in a variety of accommodation - from a traditional style Longhouse to a high-end resort. Each of the places you stay has a firm commitment to protecting its local environment and sustaining the communities that live and work nearby. For example, during your stay in Mulu your hotel has its own water treatment plant which supplies all guest rooms with clean and safe water, an efficient system which helps to prevent waste. In Kuching, your boutique guest house supports the local school with regular donations of essential supplies including work books, story books and dictionaries.

Community

This trip includes a stay with the Iban tribe in their Longhouse home. You will have the opportunity to interact with the tribe, enjoy an evening meal and learn more about their life and customs. The cost involved helps to fund medical supplies, schooling and bring wealth to the area in order to ensure that their way of life is sustainable. You will be escorted to the longhouse by local guides and boatmen and staff at the longhouse and lodges are all from the surrounding villages.

You will visit the Lachau Bazaar market on your way to Batang Ai Reservoir. This market is frequented by locals and the Iban tribes come here to barter and exchange their wares for goods. It is a wonderfuk place to pick up authentic souvenirs and money helps to fund locals living and working in the area.

Our ground agents only employ local guides to accompany you on your trip. this gives you an insiders view to the country but also helps to support the local communities and villages where the guides are from.

1 Reviews of Sarawak and Singapore vacation

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing orang-utans in the wild at Kinabatangan, and in the semi-wild at Sepilok, and seeing a herd of elephants cross the river at Kinabatangan seeing Deer Cave and Clearwater Cave at Mulu.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I don't really think the beach resort at the end was necessary to unwind. Don't worry about the clothes you bring.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes, we were made very welcome at longhouses

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


excellent, better even than I expected

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