3-Day Pedal & Paddle Sarawak Rainforest (BM3A)
- Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
- Location: Kuching, Sarawak, Sarawak
- Product code: BM3A
Discover Sarawak on Wheels and Kayak (3D2N)
Discover Sarawak on Wheels and Kayak (3D2N) A three days ride to explore the diversity of amazing Borneo from the mountainous interior to the coastal mangroves. Stunning Borneo rainforest, spectacular scenery, fascinating wildlife, real locals and delicious tribal cuisine make this an unmissable experience.
DAY 1 Transfer and Cycle to Annah Rais Longhouse (34 km)
We watch orangutan emerge from the rain forest during their feeding time before getting on two wheels and cycle along the spectacular Penrissen Range dotted with local farms and villages. Explore a peaceful Bidayuh Longhouse and experience a freshly cooked authentic Bidayuh dinner in a lovely homestay.
Annah Rais Homestay Meals: LD
We start off early with a transfer to visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve, a large enclosed area of rainforest which is home to endangered Orangutans rescued from captivity and kept for rehabilitation. During the scheduled feeding time, some orangutans may descend from the rainforest to the lower branches of trees near the feeding platform. Those who are in luck will be offered a wealth of facial expressions by mankind’s closest relative. After the feeding time, it’s time to start riding. Using winding rural back road, we pedal through a series of kampongs dotted with small scale pepper farms, rice fields and plantations. We arrive at a large and old Bidayuh Tribe’s longhouse that houses over 80 families and boasts a history of 500 years in existence. Join one of the host family in the longhouse to enjoy freshly cooked bamboo chicken and wild jungle vegetable on tanju (patio) of the longhouse. After lunch, explore this peaceful Bidayuh longhouse and learn about the culture of the Land Dayaks who were once headhunters. The remaining of the afternoon is free and easy, you can opt to swim in the mountain stream before enjoying another authentic longhouse meal at a very pleasant Bidayuh Homestay.
DAY 2 Kayak (7 km) and Cycle to Siniawan( 37 km)
Kayak, Cave and Cycle, 3-in-1 Day! We start the day by floating down a stretch of untouched tributary of the Sarawak River in a kayak to discover hidden waterfall and explore unique limestone formations. After a quick transfer, it’s then back on the bike to cycle through some spectacular limestone karst landscape and visit bat caves before settling in the historical town of Siniawan.
Siniawan Heritage Meals: BLD
A full day of 3-in-1 (3 adventure activities of Kayaking, Caving and Cycling, all in one day) awaits us. After a quick transfer to reach the start of your kayak adventure, we paddle through the rainforest on a meandering river shaded by overhanging canopies of trees with the sounds of rustling water and chirping of insects and birds. We hit the saddle again to cycle one of the most scenic stretch of riding on this trip to reach Bau, the oldest goldmine outpost in Sarawak. After lunch we head off-road to explore some hidden gold mines and experience the moderately challenging off-road up and down hill through some spectacular limestone karst landscape! Along the way,we enter two caves (both National Reserve Area), the Wind Cave filled with bats and the majestic Fairy Cave chamber. We then finish our ride for the day at the beautiful historical shophouse town of Siniawan for a merry evening of dining before an early rest at a simple but uniquely Asian shoplot guesthouse.
DAY 3 Cycle to Matang Wildlife Center (55 km)
A lot of fun riding today as we cycle along the foothill of Matang mountain range. Experience sections of jungle off-road biking, river crossings and soak beneath cool waterfalls. We reach to Matang Wildlife Center for another chance to see the orangutans. The tour concludes by sending you back to your city hotel.
After an early morning traditional noodle breakfast at an old town coffee-shop (kopitiam), we get ready for a full day of fun riding including riding across a suspension bridge, taking a traditional boat ferry and pushing your bike across the jungle stream. We ride using shaded back roads under the mountain before stopping for a breather at a jungle waterfall for a cooling dip and lunch break. We reach Matang Wildlife Center in the early afternoon for another encounter with the orangutans as well as other endemic Borneo wildlife such as the Sun Bears, Sambar Deer and Hornbills. Our Pedal & Paddle Sarawak adventure ends and we transfer you back to your city hotel.
Please note that the above itinerary is subjected to change due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we will always do our best to adhere to this original itinerary.
SCHEDULE DEPARTURE 2020
- 6 Jan – 8 Jan
- 3 Feb – 5 Feb
- 4 May – 6 May
- 19 Oct – 21 Oct
- 2 Nov – 4 Nov
- 7 Dec – 9 Dec
SCHEDULE DEPARTURE 2021
- 11 Jan - 13 Jan
- 1 Mar - 3 Mar
- 3 May - 5 May
- 18 Oct - 20 Oct
- 1 Nov - 3 Nov
- 6 Dec - 8 Dec
- 10 Jan - 12 Jan
- 28 Feb - 2 Mar
- 2 May - 4 May
- 17 Oct - 19 Oct
- 31 Oct - 2 Nov
- 5 Dec - 7 Dec
Contact Us:– If the Scheduled dates don’t fit your schedule, contact us to custom your tour to an alternative date. Or if you have a group of more than 6 pax, ask for our group pricing!
- Number of Days: 3 Days / 2 Nights
- Total Cycling Distance: 133 kilometers
- Biking Difficulty: 2/5 (Moderate) Paved roads and gravel tracks with some undulations. Some easy off-road biking.
- No. of Cycling Days: 2 full days and 1 half day
- Accommodation: As per itinerary
- Meals: As per itinerary
- Minimum 2 adults per order
- Minimum Age: 12 Years Old (on Schedule Departure)
Package also include: English speaking guide, bikes and backup support, accommodations and meals, support vehicle, helmet, rain ponchos, drinks & snacks, other non-riding activities as per itinerary and entrance fees.
All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking.These tours operate on the principle that you may be in a small group of other people.
What You Should Expect
Our Team: Your local English-speaking tour leader takes great pride in his or her heritage (as well as their own personal story) and are well informed in Borneo’s history, culture and natural wonders of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Along with further support from his or her assistant and / or driver, the tour leader’s aim is to deliver a comfortable, safe, fun and enriching travel experience by ensuring- that everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy a trouble-free journey with no worries at all.
Bikes and Backup Support: On short tours (those under 3 days) we include bike hire in the tour price, while on longer tours, we offer bike hire as a supplement in case you prefer to bring your own bike. Bikes can be rented from us on an availability basis (please check the factsheet for the hire cost). We provide good condition front suspension mountain bike with lightweight alloy frames, 27-speed gearing, dish-brakes and Shimano components. Helmets are included. Our tour leader carry spares and tools for basic repair.
Support Vehicle: Our bike tours are fully supported by an air-conditioned vehicles, so should you want put your feet up, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike. The support vehicle also carries your luggage as well as keep you topped up with water, tropical fruit and snacks.
Safety Measures: Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended on all our biking adventures. Your tour leader will conduct a group cycling safety meeting on day one, as well as a trip briefing at the beginning of each day on what to expect during the day’s ride. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. For non-biking activities such as kayaking, safety measure such as life-jackets are compulsory and a separate safety briefing will be given before the start of each activity.
Food & Drinks: Meals and snacks are included as per the itinerary. We take good care in our planning so it includes the best of Sarawak cuisine, including delicacies from mixture of Dayak, Malay and Chinese cuisine that uses local fresh ingredients from the tropics. Some can be hot and spicy. We eat dinner together Malaysia style by sharing delicious dishes. Alcoholic drinks are available at your own expense, but it might not be served in some Muslim halal restaurants where we will eat.
Accommodation: We have carefully chosen accommodation that is the best available for the location and have friendly local hosts. We strive to offer a good mix of accommodation that is clean, comfortable and representative of the local culture so you have a comfortable night after a hard day in the saddle. The type of lodging can vary depending on location and what is available: local tribal homestay, jungle lodge, national park cabin, historical shophouse and seaside resort. Rooms are based on twin sharing basis with double beds and if you are a single traveler, you might be paired with traveler of the same sex unless you book a single supplement.
Fitness and Cycling Conditions: The tour statistics of cycling days, cycling distances and cycling grades for each tour are listed in the fact sheet. All our trips require basic fitness, preferably acquired through riding your bike. The fitter you are the more you’ll enjoy the riding. However, all of our current bike tours in Sarawak are less strenuous in nature with the average cycling distance of 30-40 km per day and the longest cycling not more than 70km. Most cycling terrains are mainly on continuous paved roads (and limited gravel tracks) with some undulations. It is mostly feasible for the journey to be completed by people of moderate cycling ability.
Your Pre- and Post- Tour Information
Weather: Borneo being on the equator is generally hot (average daily temperatures are around 30 Celsius) and humid, especially during the noon period. Therefore, as much as possible, we like to start our day early and finds points of interest to rest at during the hottest part of the day. Short busts of rain are fairly common during the mid to late afternoon but we provide waterproof ponchos for continuous riding which can be fun.
What to Bring: Once you have booked your tour, we will send you a pre-tour information pack that will have all the information you need to prepare for the tour, such as the packing list and joining instruction etc.
Start & Finish Point: For longer tours of over 3 days, your tour start and finish point is at the Kuching airport and we will transfer you to and from our pre-arranged hotels. For shorter tour, the tour start and finish point is the accommodation of your own arrangement within Kuching city where we will arrange for your pick up on the day the tour starts. Upon your booking, you will need to give us your flight arrival details so that airport transfer can be arranged (for longer tours) or your hotel detail (for shorter tours).
Singles: Soles travelers are always welcome and those who would like their own room have the option of paying -a single supplement. Otherwise, we will arrange for a shared room with another solo traveler (of the same sex) at no extra cost. If there is no roommate available, we will cover the additional cost of a single room.
Money: The official currency is the Malaysian ringgit (RM). Foreign currencies are not generally accepted and currency exchange is only available in Kuching’s major banks as well as larger hotels. Credit cards can be used only in larger hotels and shops. ATMs are widely available in cities and towns, but you’ll need cash in villages to pay for some extra meals, drinks, activities and, of course, shopping. We recommend that you bring an equivalent of US$ 250/- (i n Malaysian ringgit) for incidentals.
The Story of Borneo Sarawak
Sarawak is where adventure lives. Join us for the trip of a lifetime, into Malaysia's largest state, all 48,000 square miles of it. Borneo's tropical rainforests and climate provides the ideal conditions for a wide variety of species to thrive, including home to some wonderful and highly endangered animals, such as hornbills (Sarawak is called "land of the hornbill") and primates such as proboscis monkeys and the iconic orangutans.
On the historical front, Sarawak used to be under Brunei suzerainty, but in the 1840s an English gentleman - adventurer, James Brooke, was awarded custody of the turbulent little province, and granted the title Rajah. The dynasty of White Rajahs lasted 100 years; today Sarawak is part of Malaysia. Discover traces of the White Rajahs, how they fought the Dayaks and left important Brooke era buildings which are an important part of Sarawak's architectural heritage today.
The Dayaks, who were renowned for practicing headhunting and territorial expansion, had a fearsome reputation as a strong and successful warring tribe in the past. The headhunting has gradually faded out of practice although many tribal customs, practices and language continue. They live in longhouses called Rumah Panjai. Apart from the Dayak, you will also meet the other people of Sarawak and experience first hand how people of different religions and races in Sarawak live in harmony side by side for generations! On top of it all, you can indulge in a wide variety of popular Authentic Sarawak cuisine, including jungle foods, ocean catches, local street food and dessert treats! We'll try to limit the food so that you will be able to keep riding!
This 3 days trip will provide amazing experience living among the proud people of Borneo — an epic bike holiday to discover the sight, sound & taste of Authentic Sarawak!
Ride with us, the locals!
As the first and pioneer professional bike tour operator in Sarawak Borneo, we have got it covered: Borneo’s best bike trail, most spectacular national parks, best wildlife spotting grounds, the most authentic delicacies and rice wines, secret waterfalls and hidden cave chambers, the friendliest cultural homestays and an amazing biking holiday!
Since 2013, we started with just 1 Bike Day Tour to now over 16 bike tours, including 6 multi-days /-activities bike holiday, ranging from 3 Days 2 Nights to 9 Days 8 Nights. Tourism Malaysia rated Paradesa Borneo to be one of the best bike tour company currently operating in Malaysia.
Our Bike Tours are: Meticulously Planned With Local Knowledge & Professionally Serviced With Borneo Hospitality!
“Travel Globally, Cycle Locally”
How To Book: Done you research and ready to go on our exciting Bike Holiday in Sarawak Borneo?
1) If you see a tour you like, from the tour page, select from the calendar’s schedule date which you’d like to travel;
2) Input the number of participants (minimum number of participants is usually 2);
3) Click the ‘Check Availability’ button;,
4) If you are a single traveler, email us from the Contact page to see if there are other travel on the same date;
5) We will confirm go or no go within 24 hours;
6) Once a trip is confirmed you are free to book your flights and make other travel arrangements;
7) For the next steps we will need to know the names of the people traveling as well as extra details such as passport numbers, height and meal preference etc.;
8) To guarantee your place we require a 30% deposit;
9) Upon receiving the deposit, we will send you an information pack contains useful information such as joining instruction and packing list etc;
Balance of full payment is required to be settled before the due date depends on when the tour is confirmed;
10) Please check our General Booking Conditions section for more detail on Booking Conditions, Payment Procedure and Cancellation Policy etc.
11) If you are having any problems or just want to ask us for more details, please send us an email, or give us a call and one of our tour adviser will assist you with your booking.
( Note: Fairy Cave might be under renovation 2019 and could be inaccessible)