Orangutans and proboscis monkeys swing through thick rainforests, a bright underwater world hides an abundance of marine life, 60 million-year-old caves await exploration. There’s so much to discover in Sarawak, Malaysia. And now, thanks to Malaysia Airlines and the Sarawak Tourism Board, you and a friend could be jetting off on a six-day trip to this incredible country...
Less than an hour from the airport is pristine Peraya, where you will spend your first night soaking up the local culture at a homestay. Your trip will get off to a thrilling start as you board a traditional bamboo raft and are paddled down the rainforest-lined river by guides. The guides will steer you through rapids before anchoring up at a pebble beach where you can refuel on a traditional BBQ lunch. Before continuing down the river, you’ll have the chance to explore the forest, learning about the plants and foraging for food such as bamboo shoots.
On day three, you’ll be able to see more of Sarawak’s wildlife at Bako National Park. Take one of the many trails and look out for proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, flying lemurs, monitor lizards and over 190 species of birds. Nearby Bako National Park is the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where you will be able to see orangutans swing down from the trees and feast on fruit. At the centre, you can learn about the conservation work that’s being done to help protect these rare and beautiful primates.
Next, you’ll head to the UNESCO-listed Gunung Mulu National Park, where the spear-like Pinnacles pierce through the jungle canopy of some of the world’s oldest pristine rainforest. Don't miss the moment when a huge cloud of bats fly out of Deer Cave and admire the otherworldly stalactites and stalagmites that adorn the Lang Cave. Once you’ve explored under the ground, it’s time to get above it, which you can do on the 20m-high Mulu Skywalk. At 480m-long, this canopy walkway is the longest in the world. During the two-hour walk, you will be among the treetops, looking down at the rivers snaking their way through the forest floor below.
The next morning, you’ll head up the vast, muddy expanse of the Melinau River on a longboat, stopping at a village in the rainforest to meet the Penan people. Here, you can see how traditional crafts are made and buy some souvenirs. Back in the boat, you’ll continue along the river, passing through the stalactite-studded Wind Cave before reaching Clearwater Cave. At over 100km long, Clearwater is one of the longest caves in all of Asia. Get out of the boat to explore the walls up close by walking along the planks, paths and floating bridges.
In front of Clearwater is a pool with a surface like glass, which is hard to resist jumping into. Sitting on the edge of the pool – watching the butterflies flutter above its surface – is a perfect place for a picnic and is an image that will likely stay with you long after you return from your trip to Sarawak.
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