Sarawak in Borneo, Malaysia is a popular destination for eco-tourists. Famous for its orang-utans, natural beauty and, yes, head hunters, Sarawak surprisingly has some quite modern-day day trips and tours. From the Semenggoh Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center to a Sarawak Longhouse tour, you’ll find a tour for every taste in Sarawak, but these three are the best.
Semenggoh Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center – People travel from all over the world to visit the Semenggoh Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center, an orang-utan sanctuary for this endangered species. The rehabilitation center specializes in helping sick or injured orang-utans, with a goal of eventually returning them to the wild.
The Semenggoh Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center tour begins at your hotel, where you’ll be picked up for the short drive to the center. You’ll hear the orang-utans cries as you pull into the park, and will soon be able to see them too. Spend a morning or afternoon learning about orang-utan habits, why they’re so endangered in the wild and even get to see them being fed during the park’s regular feeding times. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to see something wild and beautiful, take great photos, and help out an important cause. The tour takes around three hours.
Bako National Park Day Trip – The Bako National Park is in an incredible area of Sarawak, not that far from Kuching city. On this day trip, you’ll be picked up at your hotel around 8:30 am, and taken directly to Bako National Park. At the park, you’ll experience the area’s beautiful beaches and bays, swim in the crystal clear water, walk on beautiful trails and even see the sunset from the park. A common sight too are proboscis monkeys, long tail macaques and monitor lizards. They can all be quite dangerous in certain circumstances, so don’t get too close.
On the tour, you’ll have a guide who’ll take you safely through the park showing you the typical sights and sounds of a tropical paradise. Lunch is also included and will be eaten in a secluded spot, where you can enjoy all the natural beauty around you. The duration of this best Sarawak tour is around eight hours.
Sarawak Longhouse Tour – The Sarawak area of Borneo, Malaysia is famous for its indigenous tribes, particularly head hunters (who don’t actually hunt heads any more). That’s why one of the best Sarawak half-day tours is a trip to see a longhouse, a traditional house where many members of one tribe live under the same roof.
On a Sarawak Longhouse Tour, you’ll be picked up at your hotel in Kuching in the early morning and taken to the river where you’ll take a longboat up the river. The river boat ride by itself is fascinating enough, but wait until you get to the tribal village and prepare to be even more enthralled. On the boat ride, your tour guide will explain about the tribe you’re going to visit, what their customs are, how they live and how you should behave (dos and don’ts) before you get there.
Once at the village, you’ll be shown around a typical longhouse, meet tribal leaders and be entertained with traditional music and dance. You’ll also be served a cup of rice wine and, if lunch is included, you may find yourself eating your packed lunch with the natives too. One of the best tours in Sarawak and a true cultural experience.
Semenggoh Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center Tour
Bako National Park Day Trip
Sarawak Longhouse Tour