Borneo Self Drive Explorer Tour (9D/8N)
Traverse through the entire northern part of Borneo Island as you explore Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak.
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For those of you who are not into the typical traditional tours, then this self-drive tour is definitely recommended. Traveling around Borneo by car is a unique experience, offering a close perspective of this beautiful region, something most traditional packages are unable to offer. This promotional package includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers and the car rental with GPS.
Beginning in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak, your road trip around Borneo will take you to Batang Ai where you can explore the jungle interiors of Borneo. Then it's off to Sibu and Miri along the northern coast of Borneo and across the border to Brunei! After exploring this amazing Malay sultanate, cross over into Malaysia again to Kota Kinabalu. Your tour wraps up in the shadow of the tallest peak of the country, Mount Kinabalu.
Along the way, you will have time to explore the various places and attractions in Borneo. Here are some suggestions on how to occupy your time at some of these places.
The tour of Kuching will take you around what was known as the Kingdom of Sarawak during the first White Rajah's reign. It includes both modern and historical landmarks, including Chinatown, the city's Cat Statue (the Malay word for cat is Kuching), and the famous Sarawak Museum. Trace the legacy of the White Rajahs as you view buildings like Fort Margherita and the Astana, their former residence by the river.
The highlight at Batang Ai is the boat ride through Batang Ai Hydro Lake, the largest man-made lake in the country. The lake itself is a beauty of nature, one that you will be able to admire at leisure from the luxurious Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort.
Sibu is Sarawak's third largest city, and boasts of a few superlatives like having one of the biggest open air market, tallest building - the Sanyan Tower - and the largest town square in Malaysia. The local food here is simply amazing, so be sure to try the Sibu Kong Pia (local made bun with stuffed fillings).
The Brunei sultanate once stretched across the northern region of Borneo, much of it now is modern day Sarawak and parts of Sabah. While Brunei today may not be vast, the country is one of the richest in the world, owning vast oil reserves and numerous global concerns. Brunei is a monarchy, led by the Sultan, who holds near absolute power. His wealth can be seen in the many beautiful buildings in the country's capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, including Istana Nurul Iman - the Sultan’s Palace, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, the Royal Regalia Museum and the Brunei Museum.
Many of Sabah's major tourist attractions happen to be within close proximity of Kota Kinabalu. Just off the coast lies the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which is an amazing wonder of nature. The city is situated in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak of the country, and one of the world's most diverse ecosystems. Many locals take opportunity of this close proximity to indulge in mountain climbing and other nature related activities during the weekends.
Day 1 KUCHING
Distance: 15 kms (20 minutes by chauffeur driven car)
No driving for the day
Arrive at Kuching airport, where you will be welcomed by our local representative. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure as you explore the capital of the former White Rajah.
Day 2 KUCHING – BATANG AI
Distance: 220 Kms (5.5 hours by car and 20 minutes by boat)
After getting acquainted with your rented car, make your way to Batang Ai as you depart Kuching. Upon reaching the jetty at Batang Ai Lake, board a boat that will take you to the Hilton Batang Ai Resort. Remember to park your car at the hotel jetty, which is free of charge. The boat leaves the jetty at 4.15pm and 5.30pm to the resort. Please make sure you arrive 15 minutes before boat departure time.
The rented car will be delivered to your hotel in the morning.
On your way to Batang Ai, you are advised to make a stop at Serian town to visit and experience the colorful local market, where you can purchase some local products. Enjoy the boat ride after reaching the Batang Ai Jetty. Relax in the evening and admire the lake.
Day 3 BATANG AI
Distance: 4 hour tour (by boat)
No driving for the day
Breakfast at the resort.
Relax the entire day doing nothing at all, or sign up for an optional tour conducted by the resort. The tour will take you to a long house and will cost approximately RM 120.- / USD 45.- per person. The tour will take you via boat to Mengkak Longhouse. You will experience the longhouse culture, by meeting with its natives and share a moment of their day, and feel the pace of the rural life in the interior of Sarawak, as you share a glass of tuak (rice wine) and cultural performance with your Iban hosts on the Ruai-the communal enclosed verandah common to all Longhouse. Retrace your journey back to the Batang Ai Resort for more relaxation.
Day 4 Batang Ai – Sibu
Distance: 200 kms (3 hours by car)
Bid goodbye to Batang Ai and retrieve your car from the parking lot after your boat ride back. Head to Sibu when you are ready.
Breakfast at the resort.
Enjoy the drive along Borneo's countryside as you make your way to Sibu. Take a drive through town and put together your own impromptu tour.
Day 5 Sibu – Miri
Distance: 393 kms (6 hours by car)
Head towards Miri via the Sibu-Bintulu Road. Remember to stop by at Bintulu along the way to Miri.
Along your way to Bintulu, stop at kilometre 26 of the Sibu-Bintulu Road to admire the Yu Lung San Tien En Si Temple. The temple is said to be the biggest of its kind in Asia and is dedicated to bringing together three faiths - Buddhist, Taoism and Confucianism. At Bintulu, you can check out the Similajau national park that has a very unique beach line which sands are said to be the color of gold. A hike is needed to reach the beach. When you are done, continue on to Miri.
Day 6 - MIRI
Distance: Depending on sights
Drive around Miri town or head to one of the nearby attractions.
Miri is home to a population of about 300,000 people and is the second largest city in Sarawak. It is also the birthplace of Sarawak's and Malaysia's petroleum industry, which remains the major industry of the city. The famous Gunung Mulu National Park, which is not accessible by road, is only a half an hour by flight away. Other attractions such as the Loagan Bunut National Park, Lambir National Park and the Niah Caves are accessible by car.
Day 7 - MIRI to BRUNEI
Distance: 35 kms (1 hour by car)
Please note the immigration checkpoints, as it requires a bit of attention as you will be leaving Malaysia in to Brunei and then re-entering Malaysia again and Brunei a second time before you get back into Malaysia.
Make your way to Brunei, the tiny sultanate that is one of the richest countries in the world. Admire the wealthy opulence as you embark on a self- exploration of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's capital city.
Day 8 BRUNEI - LAWAS – KOTA KINABALU
Distance: 170 km (2 hours)
Take an early drive from Brunei to Sabah. Then proceed north to Kota Kinabalu. It is approximately 170 kilometers to Kota Kinabalu from Merapok, via the towns/villages of Sipitang, Beaufort, and Papar.
Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu, remember to check out some of the interesting sights of the city. In the evening, you might want to head down to the Waterfront and enjoy some of the fresh seafood available there.
Day 9 - KOTA KINABALU
Drive Information: Return the rented car in the morning at your hotel.
Day at leisure until the return flight.
Hilton Kuching Hotel
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
Tel: 082 223 888
Fax: 082 428 984
Batang Ai Longhouse Resort by Hilton
Lubuk Antu, Batang Ai, Sri Aman,
Tel: +60 83 584 388
Fax: +60 83 584 399
Tanah Mas Hotel Sibu
Lot 277, Block 5
Jalan Kampung Nyabor
P.O. Box 240
96007, Sibu, Sarawak
Tel: 084 333 188
Fax: 084 333 288
Miri Marriott Resort
Jalan Temenggong Datuk Oyong
Lawai, Miri, 98000
Tel: 085 421 121
Fax: 085 420 199
Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam
PO Box 2203, Jalan Tasek, Bandar Seri Begawan
BS 8674, Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673 224 4272
Fax: +673 222 1579
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong
Tel: 088 22 1234
Fax: 088 22 5972
All package rates are nett price in USD. Valid from 1 November 2011 till 31 March 2013.
Proton Wira 1.5 (Auto) USD 1100 per person
Proton Waja 1.5 (Auto) USD 1200 per person
Toyota VIOS (Auto) USD 1300 per person
Toyota Unser (Manual) USD 1300 per person
Toyota Hilux, Frontier, Triton (M) USD 1300 per person
Single room Supplement USD 500 per person
* All vehicles listed above are subjected to availability
PEAK SEASON SURCHARGES
USD 20 per room/night for the period of 1 July to 31 August
Package Rate includes:
Accommodation in air conditioned rooms with bath/shower with daily breakfast
Service charge of 10 % and local taxes of 6 %
Private transfer from Kuching airport to Hilton Hotel in Kuching
Private transfer from Hyatt Hotel to Kota Kinabalu airport
Car on self drive basis with CDW
Car Collection Fee at Kota Kinabalu
Garmin Global Positioning System (GPS)
Package Rate excludes:
Any damages caused by hirer carelessness or negligence
All entrance fees, sightseeing, petrol, toll, parking, etc.
Any domestic or international flights
Expenditure of a personal nature
Departure airport tax
Optional tours such as the Longhouse tour at Batang Ai, etc.
Minor changes to the itinerary are sometimes necessary, we will endeavour to minimise these changes, which are at times out of our control.
All prices are subject to changes due to unforeseen circumstances such as but not limited to increase in government taxes etc.
The non-waiver excess:
Model 1 – 2: RM 500
Model 3: RM 700
Model 4 – 5: RM 1000
Model 6: RM 2000
Sun protection (Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.)
Good walking shoes
Arrange for a local prepaid SIM card (preferably Celcom, which has the widest coverage on Borneo)