This year in April, YPT offers you to escape the crowds and head back to wild nature on a trip to the jungle of Borneo! To design this trip, we have teamed up with local partners who can take us where few tourists go. You can expect a trip full of jungle treks and rich in encounters.
During this trip, we’ll charter boats to visit the Tanjung Datu National Park, on the tip of the Sarawak region. It is one of Malaysia’s most beautiful park, where lush dipterocarp forest come to meet the pristine waters and coral reef. As one of the least accessible parks of Malaysia, it will truly be ours to enjoy. It features an incredible biodiversity.
We’ll also spend a day on a boat hoping to find turtles as they go swimming, maybe even see them lay their eggs by the beach.
The tour also comes with a homestay amongst the Bidayuh community, where people still live in longhouses. That evening, we can see the very special frogs of Kubah National Park. From there, we will visit the Orang Utan preservation center, where we can not only meet the hairy guys but also learn more about the efforts that are made to preserve the species.
A tour of Borneo wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the Bako National Park, the oldest National Park in Sarawak and home to the proboscis monkeys. These monkeys, the weirdest looking ones if you ask us, can only be found here in Borneo.
Our trip starts in the city of Kuching but ends in Kuala Lumpur, which will allow us to take in one of the most multicultural and interesting cities of Asia. It is also a great launching pad for further adventures if you still have time. Sign up quickly for what is the perfect spring getaway!
Arrival in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, at your convenience (airport pickup can be arranged).
Sarawak region retains control of its immigration separately from the rest of Malaysia. While it is just a formality, you will have to fill a different declaration form and get a rare stamp
Meeting the rest of the group at our guesthouse by 8 PM
It wouldn’t be a YPT tour if we didn’t check out the nightlife of Kuching so we will head out to see what is happening around the area of Padunga Road, famed from its parties.
Overnight at our guesthouse
Thursday 4th April – Tanjung Datu National Park
After our breakfast, we hop on a boat in Sematan on our way to Tanjung Datu National Park
On our way, we’ll jump off the boat to try some snorkelling. Some amazing fauna can be found in the prisitine waters around us and if we’re lucky we might see some swimming turtles
For lunch, we get the chance to stop in Teluk Melano, a Malay fishing village, where we can try some of the local grub
We arrive in Tanjung Datu National Park and check in our forest huts.
After dinner by our huts, we will go for an evening walk. On our way, we can hope to see many kinds of sleeping birds and, hopefully, turtles as they lay their eggs on the beach
Overnight in our huts
Friday 5th April – Tanjung Datu National Park
Today, we get the chance to explore in depth Tanjung Datu National Park
Tanjung Datu National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks of Malaysia, but also one of the most inaccessible. We can expect to have this park to ourselves. The park is special because it is on a narrow ridge. It is composed of thick jungle which falls into the sea and white sand beaches.
In the park, we might very well catch glimpse of multiple kinds of primates such as Bornean Gibbons, Pig-Tailed Macaques, Long-Tailed Macaques and Silvered and Banded Langurs.
We eat lunch in the jungle
In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy the beaches of the park to the fullest by doing some more snorkelling. Here, coral grows abundantly and dolphins and whales have been sighted!
We head back to our hut for dinner and bit of a jungle party
Overnight in the huts
Saturday 6th April – Kuching
After our breakfast, we head on a boat
Today, we’ll spend most of the day island hopping and looking around for turtles
Lunch on the boat
We’ll be on the boat some more since we need to head back to Kuching. However, nobody will get tired of the pristine sceneries we’ll get to witness.
Dinner in Kuching at a restaurant serving local specialities.
This time tonight, we will explore another party district of Kuching, Travillion. While this place used to be very rough, it has now improved a lot and is now home to the best emerging bars of the city.
Overnight at our guesthouse in Kuching
Sunday 7th April – Semonggok Orang Utan Wildlife Center/Bidayuh village
Up nice and early for our packed day
Our first stop today is the Semonggok Orang Utan Wildlife Center. Here we will have the chance to not only observe Orang Utan whilst they are being fed but also learn more about the preservation efforts made to save the species.
Lunch nearby the Wildlife Center
In the afternoon, we go for some kayaking where we take in the resplendent nature and we paddle down the river.
On our way back, we visit a Bidayuh village. This village is interesting because the local people here still live in longhouses. Bidayuh is the collective name given to the indigenous tribes around Sarawak. We will get the chance to interact with them and play games while we learn more about their cultures. The Bidayuh are fascinating because their beliefs combine Animism with Christianity.
Before dark, we will head to Kubah National Park. Kubah is home to the biggest number of orchids and palms of Borneo. The reason we’re coming here, however is that it is home to a plethora of reptiles, some of the most interesting being the psychedelic frogs!
We head back to the Bidayuh village and stay with the locals in their longhouses with all the necessary celebrations!
Overnight at our guesthouse in Kuching
Monday 8th April – Bako National Park/Kuala Lumpur
Today, we head to Bako National Park.
Bako National Park is one of the most renowned park of Sarawak. Not only it is the oldest park of Borneo but it is also unbeatable when it comes to biodiversity.
Bako NP is home to the infamous proboscis monkey, probably one of the ugliest animals on Earth and only found here on Borneo!
We leave the park in the middle of the afternoon as we have to head to the airport
We catch Air Asia’s direct flight to Kuala Lumpur at 5:55 pm arriving in the early evening.
We drop our bags at the guesthouse before heading for late dinner in the capital of Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur is renowned around the world for its hawker street food, so we’ll make sure to both sample this culinary scene but also the vibrant night scene.
Tuesday 9th April – Kuala Lumpur
Today we rise and shine and head on a city tour of Malaysia’s metropolis.
We visit Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur’s oldest hindu temple but also the pride of the local Tamil community.
A trip to Malaysia wouldn’t be complete without a lunch of Nasi Kandar, or mixed rice, so we try some of the best on our way.
We head to Istana Negara, old royal palace now turned museum, to learn more about the intriguing history of the multiple kings who share the rule over Malaysia. We’ll be right in time to witness the change of the guards.
It wouldn’t be a tour of Kuala Lumpur without visiting the Petronas Tower. We’ll go a take in the view for sunset.
We’ll stroll around Kuala Lumpur’s chinatown, one of the biggest in the world!
Two days are not enough to take in all the flavours of Kuala Lumpur so we stop by Alor Street. While it used to be a place of ill-repute, Alor street has now been turned into a showcase street for the best Malaysian street food.
We have arrived at the end of our trip and as such, it calls for one last memorable trip in the bustling nightlife of Kuala Lumpur!