Dream Trip: Exotic Wildlife, Borneo on a Budget from Asia

You live in one of Asia’s big cities and would love to get away to see some unspoiled nature and exotic wildlife! But you only have a week to go and need to watch your budget! No problem, Sarawak in Southern Borneo is easy to reach and easy on your wallet, but offers amazing wildlife in the national parks all around Kuching. You can reach all of them with public transport or on inexpensive tours and there are lots of eating and shopping options that are just as inexpensive, making Southern Borneo a great low-cost destination that has lots to offer!

Dream Trip Sample
Traveler: 2 people
Starting from: Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila
Experience: Nature & Wildlife Retreat
Trip Duration: 1 week
Region: Asia
Comfort Level: budget
Budget for Air fare and Hotels for 2 people: $475-$725

AirAsia and other low cost carriers serve Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, making it easy to reach from Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Manila or Kuala Lumpur and many other cities in Asia. You’ll avoid luggage fees by following my Top 10 Tips to pack light and pick up economy class tickets for $100-$250 per person, depending on your city of departure.

Kuching has a number of budget hotels in the city, like the clean, safe and simple Tune Hotel just steps from the river promenade. Because you have a lot of nature activities on your agenda, you check into the budget hotel for the first night. You start with a walk of Kuching, a city with character, enjoy the promenade along the river and, if you are interested in the history of the city, check out the Sarawak Museum.
Kuching River PanoramaOn your second day, you take the public bus to the Semenggoh Wildlife Center to see Orang Utans up close and personal. They share more than 97% of our DNA – and you can see quickly yourself as you observe them and they observe you!
Semenggoh6Your second day takes you on a tour of the Bako National Park, reached quickly by bus and boat, yet far removed from city life. With a little luck, you’ll see proboscis monkeys or silver leaf monkeys – or even a snake from a safe distance. After hiking through the park, you’ll get a break on the beach before heading back to Kuching.
Bako SnakeYour next day gives you another shot at seeing rare animals in their natural habitat, with a Kuching Wetlands cruise. You have a chance to see rare dolphins, crocodiles, monkeys or, at nightfall, fireflies! It’s very relaxing to see wildlife from the comforts of your boat!
Bako Proboscis3After all these activities, you want to relax and be pampered for the last two nights of your vacation and check into the luxurious Hilton Kuching or pullman Hotel. Hilton BedYou enjoy the comforts of your room, the pool and fitness center, and maybe a treat at the spa. You have time to share all the amazing experiences and great photos with your friends and family and get some souvenir shopping done before it is time to head home!

Kuching River nightDoes this sound like a trip you’d love to take? Follow the links provided in this Dream Itinerary to find more information and plan your own trip! Or check out Travel Made Easy Services to find out how I can help you with your very own, personalized dream trip!

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