Into the Heart of Borneo - Sample Itinerary (March 09) by feltonhuggins

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									                                          Pandaw River Cruises

     Into the Heart of Borneo


                                                          RV Orient Pandaw


                                                    Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival into Kutching / Kutching White Rajah Trail             Day 8: Pelagus Rapids
You are met at Kutching International airport and then transferred    Return down the Baleh to rejoin the Rajang and proceed another
to the Hilton Kuching.                                                40km towards the Pelagus Rapids. This section of the river is
2.00pm—Explore Kuching by foot with a tour guide                      incredibly beautiful with thousands of islands, reefs and shoals.
Day 2: Bako National Park                                             Navigation here can be difficult depending on water levels and it
This day has plenty of opportunities to trek through the beautiful    may be necessary to transfer to long boats to continue our journey.
park and get to see the Proboscis monkeys that can only be found      At Pelagus we make a short trek to the Pelagus Resort Hotel for
on the island of Borneo. Other animals you may spot are wild          afternoon tea and fantastic views of the rapids.
boars, silver leave monkeys, macaques, monitor lizards and birds.     Day 9: Song
Day 3: Semenggok Orang utan centre                                    Song is a small river station between Kanowit and Kapit and we stop
About 22km South of Kuching City is the Semenggok Nature              here to make a boat trip up the Katibas river to visit long houses
Reserve of Sarawak. Here rangers are taking care of once captive      and the opportunity to trek part of the way back to Song. Continue
Orang Utans who are semi wild.                                        downstream through evening.
After this tour return back to your hotel to freshen-up before        Day 10: Sarikei and Thanjung Manis
transferring back to Kuching airport for your flight.                 We now enter the Rajang delta area with its rich agricultural life. At
Day 4: Sibu                                                           Sarikei we visit a deer farm and pepper plantations. On the coast
Board the ship in the bustling city port set close to the local       Thanjung Manis is the main seaport and gateway to the Rajang.
markets and temples. Free time to explore the town on foot with       Though a modern city it is not without interest. A short drive away,
its attractive streets of old Chinese shop houses, redolent of        village workshops specialise in songkat weaving. Return upstream,
Malacca or Penang but without the tourists. Sibu is a big port with   stopping over night a Bintangor.
sea going ships coming up and off loading.                            Day 11: Dock in Sibu early morning and disembark for onward
Day 5: Kanowit                                                        flights.
Cast off at dawn and proceed up the mighty Rajang. Morning stop
to visit rattan workshops. Here the river is still wide and full of   * Itinerary also operates in reverse
shipping. At the river station of Kanowit we visit the Brooke Raj
Fort Emma, of wooden construction and amazingly surviving intact
after 150 years. Explore deeper inland by long boat up the                            USD Lead in Prices
Kanowit River and voluntary jungle trek back to the Pandaw
moored at Kanowit.
Day 6: Kapit
                                                                      Main Deck
The upriver capital has an even more interesting Brooke Raj fort      Twin Share from USD$2529 pp
called Fort Sylvia with the adjacent tattoo museum showing
traditional Iban designs and techniques. We make            further
                                                                      Single     from USD$3655
explorations to visit an original Iban longhouse, a rare sight as
most have been rebuilt in modern style.                               Inclusions:
Day 7: The Baleh River                                                2 Nights accommodation pre or post cruise in Kuching
Just above Kapit we turn up the main tributary of the Rajang, the     Excursions as specified in itinerary in Kuching
Batang Baleh navigable for a Pandaw for another day’s sail. Along     8 Night Cruise onboard RV Orient Pandaw
the river we see a number of logging camps and fine new long          All main meals, soft drinks, local beer and local spirits on the cruise
houses. Logging is strictly controlled by the Sarawak government,     Shore excursions as noted in itinerary with English speaking guide
who have a strict replanting programme. We will visit a logging
camp and stop overnight at Nagamujong village with its long           * The itinerary is subject to change and prices will be firm at time of
house, school, clinic and church. We will also see loading points
                                                                       final payment. Special conditions apply. Booking conditions and
for coal coming from mines deep in the jungle.
                                                                       forms available on request.


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