8 Days 7 Nights Sarawak Rainforest Bike Discovery Trip ~ Sarawak Borneo
Sarawak is where adventure lives. Join us for the trip of a lifetime, into Malaysia’s largest state, all 48,000 square miles of it. Borneo’s tropical rainforests and climate provides the ideal conditions for a wide variety of species to thrive, including home to some wonderful and highly endangered animals, such as hornbills (Sarawak is called “land of the hornbill”) and primates such as proboscis monkeys and the iconic orangutans.
On the historical front, Sarawak used to be under Brunei suzerainty, but in the 1840s an English gentleman – adventurer, James Brooke, was awarded custody of the turbulent little province, and granted the title Rajah. The dynasty of White Rajahs lasted 100 years; today Sarawak is part of Malaysia. Discover traces of the White Rajahs, how they fought the Dayaks and left important Brooke era buildings which are an important part of Sarawak’s architectural heritage today.
The Dayaks, who were renowned for practicing headhunting and territorial expansion, had a fearsome reputation as a strong and successful warring tribe in the past. The headhunting has gradually faded out of practice although many tribal customs, practices and language continue. They live in longhouses called Rumah Panjai. Apart from the Dayak, you will also meet the other people of Sarawak and experience first hand how people of different religions and races in Sarawak live in harmony side by side for generations! On top of it all, you can indulge in a wide variety of popular Authentic Sarawak cuisine, including jungle foods, ocean catches, local street food and dessert treats! We’ll try to limit the food so that you will be able to keep riding!
This 8 days trip will provide amazing experience living among the proud people of Borneo — an epic bike holiday to discover the sight, sound & taste of Authentic Sarawak!
Paved roads and gravel tracks with some undulations.
Some easy off-road biking.
DestinationBorneo ~ Sarawak ~ Kuching ~ 6 National Parks
Minimum no. of Persons
Min 2 person
Hotel pick up - within Kuching City
Tour Starts At
8 Days 7 Nights
RM 508 / Bike
No. of Cycling Days
4 full days, 2 half days
Facility & Activity
English speaking guide, accommodations and meals, support vehicle, helmet, rain ponchos, drinks & snacks, other non-riding activities as per itinerary and entrance fees. Free airport transfer for tours of more than 3 days.
8 Days 7 Nights Sarawak Rainforest Bike Discovery Trip ~ Valid Till 31st December 2017 (Rates based on per person per package)
- English speaking guide, accommodations and meals, support vehicle, helmet, rain ponchos, drinks & snacks, other non-riding activities as per itinerary and entrance fees. Free airport transfer for tours of more than 3 days.
RM 1,046 / Rider
Minimum Age of participant:
When bookings are made the following information needs to be confirmed :
-Name and Nationality of participant -Height of participant -Email address of primary contact - Mobile number of primary contact - Dietary requirements (if any) -Medical conditions (if any)
8 Jan – 15 Jan 5 Feb – 12 Feb
7 May – 14 May 9 July – 16 July ※
30 July – 6 Aug 17 Sept – 24 Sept
8 Oct – 15 Oct 5 Nov – 12 Nov
3 Dec – 10 Dec
DAY 1 Arrive at Kuching, Cycle the Heritage Trail (12 km)
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.
Basaga Hotel / The Marian Meals: D
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 (34 km)
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.
Annah Rais Homestay Meals: BLD
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( 37 km)
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.
Siniawan Heritage / One Tondong Hotel Meals: BLD
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 (55 km)
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.
Matang Wildlife Center Meals: BLD
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 (64 km)
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.
Lundu Union Yes Retreat Meals: BLD
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 (36 km)
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.
Sematan Palm Beach Resort Meals: BLD
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
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.
Basaga Hotel / The Marian Meals: BLD
(Extension of the trip to the Tip of Borneo (2D1 N) by boat during the Dry Season is possible from Sematan).
DAY 8 Tour Concludes in Kuching
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.
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What You Should Expect
Our Team: Your local English-speaking tour leader takes great pride in his or her heritage (as well as their own personal story) and are well informed in Borneo’s history, culture and natural wonders of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Along with further support from his or her assistant and / or driver, the tour leader’s aim is to deliver a comfortable, safe, fun and enriching travel experience by ensuring- that everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy a trouble-free journey with no worries at all.
Bikes and Backup Support: On short tours (those under 3 days) we include bike hire in the tour price, while on longer tours, we offer bike hire as a supplement in case you prefer to bring your own bike. Bikes can be rented from us on an availability basis (please check the factsheet for the hire cost). We provide good condition front suspension mountain bike with lightweight alloy frames, 27-speed gearing, dish-brakes and Shimano components. Helmets are included. Our tour leader carry spares and tools for basic repair.
Support Vehicle: Our bike tours are fully supported by an air-conditioned vehicles, so should you want put your feet up, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike. The support vehicle also carries your luggage as well as keep you topped up with water, tropical fruit and snacks.
Safety Measures: Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended on all our biking adventures. Your tour leader will conduct a group cycling safety meeting on day one, as well as a trip briefing at the beginning of each day on what to expect during the day’s ride. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. For non-biking activities such as kayaking, safety measure such as life-jackets are compulsory and a separate safety briefing will be given before the start of each activity.
Food & Drinks: Meals and snacks are included as per the itinerary. We take good care in our planning so it includes the best of Sarawak cuisine, including delicacies from mixture of Dayak, Malay and Chinese cuisine that uses local fresh ingredients from the tropics. Some can be hot and spicy. We eat dinner together Malaysia style by sharing delicious dishes. Alcoholic drinks are available at your own expense, but it might not be served in some Muslim halal restaurants where we will eat.
Accommodation: We have carefully chosen accommodation that is the best available for the location and have friendly local hosts. We strive to offer a good mix of accommodation that is clean, comfortable and representative of the local culture so you have a comfortable night after a hard day in the saddle. The type of lodging can vary depending on location and what is available: local tribal homestay, jungle lodge, national park cabin, historical shophouse and seaside resort. Rooms are based on twin sharing basis with double beds and if you are a single traveler, you might be paired with traveler of the same sex unless you book a single supplement.
Fitness and Cycling Conditions: The tour statistics of cycling days, cycling distances and cycling grades for each tour are listed in the fact sheet. All our trips require basic fitness, preferably acquired through riding your bike. The fitter you are the more you’ll enjoy the riding. However, all of our current bike tours in Sarawak are less strenuous in nature with the average cycling distance of 30-40 km per day and the longest cycling not more than 70km. Most cycling terrains are mainly on continuous paved roads (and limited gravel tracks) with some undulations. It is mostly feasible for the journey to be completed by people of moderate cycling ability.
Your Pre- and Post- Tour Information
Weather: Borneo being on the equator is generally hot (average daily temperatures are around 30 Celsius) and humid, especially during the noon period. Therefore, as much as possible, we like to start our day early and finds points of interest to rest at during the hottest part of the day. Short busts of rain are fairly common during the mid to late afternoon but we provide waterproof ponchos for continuous riding which can be fun.
What to Bring: Once you have booked your tour, we will send you a pre-tour information pack that will have all the information you need to prepare for the tour, such as the packing list and joining instruction etc.
Start & Finish Point: For longer tours of over 3 days, your tour start and finish point is at the Kuching airport and we will transfer you to and from our pre-arranged hotels. For shorter tour, the tour start and finish point is the accommodation of your own arrangement within Kuching city where we will arrange for your pick up on the day the tour starts. Upon your booking, you will need to give us your flight arrival details so that airport transfer can be arranged (for longer tours) or your hotel detail (for shorter tours).
Singles: Sole travelers are always welcome and those who would like their own room have the option of paying -a single supplement. Otherwise, we will arrange for a shared room with another solo traveler (of the same sex) at no extra cost. If there is no roommate available, we will cover the additional cost of a single room.
Money: The official currency is the Malaysian ringgit (RM). Foreign currencies are not generally accepted and currency exchange is only available in Kuching’s major banks as well as larger hotels. Credit cards can be used only in larger hotels and shops. ATMs are widely available in cities and towns, but you’ll need cash in villages to pay for some extra meals, drinks, activities and, of course, shopping. We recommend that you bring an equivalent of US$ 250/- (i n Malaysian ringgit) for incidentals.
Each participant is required to sign an indemnity form before the tour commences.
**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.
i. Confirmation more than 60 calendar days before the tour: Full payment must be received at least 60 days before the tour start date;
ii. Confirmation from 60 to 29 calendar days before the tour: Full payment must be received within one week of when the tour is confirmed;
iii. If the tour is confirmed within 28 days before the tour date: Full payment must be
received within 3 business days of when the tour is confirmed.
If you wish to cancel your booking, you must notify us in writing either by post or by email.
Days prior to trip start / Cancellation fee per person:
- 0-20 days or No-show: No refund 100% of tour price
- 21-41 days: 75% of the net rate
- 42-55 days: 50% of the net rate
- 56-69 days: RM 1,000/-
- 70 days: Admin expenses plus any non-recoverable expenses, include bank fees, reservation or advance charges incurred for boats, guides transport accommodation or restaurants and any other reasonable expenses.
Exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies or civil unrest. There is also no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early. Single person supplements, bike rental and additional services are considered part of the trip price and are subject to cancellation fees. Tour Operator is not responsible for expenses incurred by the Customers in connection with or in preparation for any canceled trips, such as airline tickets. Customers who fail to provide a signed "Waiver and Release of Liability" will not be allowed to join the trip and the cancellation policy applies.
Cancellation or Alteration by the Tour Operator
Tour Operator reserve the right to alter itineraries or to cancel tours at short or no notice when it is necessary or advisable. The Tour Operator reserves the right to make route and hotel modifications as needed at it’s discretion. If the Tour Operator cancel a tour, the Customers willbe offered at least one of the following options, the choice of which will be at Customers discretion:
1) To join the requested tour at an alternative time or at an alternative date;
2) To join an alternative tour to commence within 13 months of the date the first tour was due to commence. The Customers will need to cover any price difference.
3) To receive a full refund from Tour operator, ie. all payments received to date will be 100% refunded.
Other Circumstances of Cancellation
Tour Operator reserves a right to terminate a Customers's trip immediately due to his inappropriate conduct or behaviour, dress or appearance. This may include occasions where the Customer is drunk, in possession of, or taking or dealing in narcotics, or uses threatening,abusive, insulting or violent behaviour to any of our staff or third parties or other Customers or any behaviour detrimental to the enjoyment of the majority of the group.
Tour Operator strongly advise that Customers have full personal travel insurance that covers for the refund of monies paid in case either party cancels the tour for any reason.
For damages where Tour Operator is responsible, it’s liability is strictly limited to twice the total price of the tour.
If, before the start of the tour, Acts of God, political incident, Force Majeure or heavy weather covering the tour route should render cycling inadvisable or dangerous to the life or health of the cyclists or cause damage to the bikes, with or without consultation, Tour Operator shall have the right to delay, alter or postpone the tour. Likewise, in the course of the execution of the tour, should heavy weather or Force Majeure events occur to make it inadvisable for cyclists to cycle, the Tour Leader shall have the right to delay, alter or postpone cycling until the conditions permit the parties to make adjustments to the itinerary including cancellation of routes through certain areas. Tour Operator shall not be liable for any failure or delay in performance of its obligations which results directly or indirectly from any cause or circumstance which is beyond its reasonable control. The following shall be regarded as examples of such circumstances: act of God, outbreak of hostilities, outbreak of infectious or contagious disease, riot, civil disturbance, acts of terrorism, revolution, the act of any government or authority (including but not limited to refusal or revocation of any licence or consent), fire, flood, lightning, explosion, fog, landslide, subsidence or bad weather, interruption or failure of a utility service (including but not limited to electricity, gas, water or telecommunications), renovations undertaken by the hotel, strikes, lockouts or boycotts, embargo, blockade in the country visited or elsewhere.
Customers must be in possession of a valid passport and all the visas and permits required for the tour. This includes any medical certificates that are required. The Customers accepts full responsibility for obtaining any and all such documentation. bout their immigration / transit policies.Tour Operator does not accept responsibility if Customers documentation is not in order.
Information provided by the Tour Operator about these matters and other related items (clothing, baggage, climate etc.) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
Tour Operator has its own insurance policy but with limited coverage. Tour Operator strongly advise that the Customers arrange their own policy to suit their own requirements that include adequate cover for personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, injury, illness, death, Customers property and repatriation of the Customers and any Customers property. Insurance should also provide cover for cancellation or curtailment of the holiday and any consequential loss any liability to third parties. Customers should also ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for any dangerous or unusual activities that might be included in their tour.
A copy of the travel insurance should be given to Tour Operator prior to departure of the tour. The Customers can either mail, fax or email it to the Tour Operator or give it to the Tour Leader before the tour,.
Upon signing up for a tour Customers must agree to accept the authority of the tour leader who is the representative of the Tour Operator. At all times the authority of the tour leader will be final when concerning matters likely to endanger Customers own health or safety or in regard to behavior or ill health that is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or disturbance to the group and the well-being of the tour. Failure to abide by the authority of the tour leader could result in the immediate termination of Customers participation in the tour. In such circumstances
Tour Operator reserve the right to terminate all travel arrangements without liability on the part of the company. Customers must always comply with the local law, customs and drug regulations of Malaysia. Failure to do so may lead to Customers being ordered to leave the tour without recourse to any refund or any legal claim against the company.
Flights or Delays
Tour Operator will not accept any liability for any delay in Customers outward or inward flight/s, whether the cancellation or delay is caused by the weather, airline rescheduling, industrial action or mechanical failure. Tour Operator will give no refunds or compensation for lost time and services from the itinerary.
Should Customers have a complaint while on tour, he or she must notify the tour leader, or the Tour Operator, at the earliest opportunity, so that they can do what they can to immediately rectify it. Failure to do so will result in the limiting of a Customer's ability to claim compensation. If the problem is not brought to Tour Operator attention, the company will have no opportunity to rectify it. Any complaints should be sent to Tour Operator in writing, or by email, not more than 28 days after the tour ends.
Unless where caused by an intentional or negligent act on Tour Operator part, Tour Operator is not liable for illness or bodily injury or property damage as a result of (but not limited to): insect bites, food poisoning or animal attack or criminal attack, physical exertion for which a guest is not prepared; forces of nature; travel by plane, train, auto, boat or other conveyance, or by bicycle, kayak, foot or other form of active or adventure travel; consumption of alcoholic beverages or narcotics; civil unrest; terrorism; breakdown of equipment; high altitude; lack of or limited access to medical attention in remote locations; and the adequacy of medical attention obtained or provided.
Tour Operator is also not liable for: expenses (e.g., meals, transportation or hotel costs) that are not specified as included in the trip cost but may be required to get to or from a trip start or end.
Tour Operator reserves the right in its discretion to make route and hotel modifications as necessary to improve the trip quality or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests.
Customers will be asked to sign Tour Operator’s Waiver and Release of Liability form before the start each tour. The person who signs the booking form (which incorporates these conditions) warrants that he / she does so, with full authority on behalf of all those whose names appear thereon, and confirms thereby that all such persons accept and are fully aware of these conditions.
Climate, Health, Pregnancy
Customers should be prepared for climates in Malaysia, and should pack accordingly. Customers may suffer from insect bites and stomach upsets and diarrhea and should carry medicine to deal with these routine matters. Customers should obtain all necessary inoculations prior to departure and should consult a hospital or doctor for advice on what inoculations you should have. Customers are asked to advise us specifically if they have any handicap, disability, disease, allergies or health problems or dietary requirements. Tour Operator expect Customers to disclose these frankly, so that Tour Operator can consider whether any additional arrangements ought to be made in Customer’s own interests, or whether Tour Operator can agree to accept Customers for the trip.
Tour Operator do not accept any females Customers who are more than three months pregnant.
Youth on Tours
Youths from age 14 on up are welcome on standard bike tours. Children under the age of 14 will be considered on a case by case basis. If a family with younger children wishes to join a date, Tour Operator will contact guests already registered on that date and with their OK, will accept the family's booking. Youths must share a room with a family member or have a private room
(single supplement applies).
Customers grant Tour Operator express permission to take photographs or make film records of its trips for promotional and commercial use, as well as approve such use by third parties with whom Tour Operator may engage in joint marketing, without financial remuneration. Any intellectual property rights in such photos or films shall belong to Tour Operator.
Tour Operator respects Customer's right to privacy. The personal information gathered from Tour Operator website and from any printed applications or questionnaires is used solely by Tour Operator for the registration and operation of the tours. Some personal information, such as addresses, maybe exchanged with banking institutions while processing payment. Email address will not be shared with anyone.
This Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Malaysian Law