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3D2N Bario Highlands

TOUR CODE: BBN01

Close to the Indonesian border in the north-eastern corner of Sarawak and dominated by Gunung Murud are the Kelabit Highlands, the highest inhabited area of Borneo. It can only be reached by light aircraft or on foot, not by road or river. Kelabit, Murut, Sabahan, Lun Bawang and Penan are people who live in longhouses at an altitude of 3700ft. wet padi farming is the main source of food, supplemented by hunting and the cultivation of fruit and vegetables for local consumption. In the past salt springs and a fairy rich soil, plus the people’s own industry and ingenuity, made them self-sufficient, needing only iron which was traded for salt and tobacco. Although many people have left the area to work in the towns, enough rice is still grown for home consumption and for sale to other parts of the state.

Bario rice is considered the best in the country. In 1945 the Royal Australian Air Force dropped eight men into the Highlands, and together they set up a base from which to organize guerilla operations against the Japanese. At about this time, groups of missionaries had arrived and the people began to embrace Christianity. Today the majority are practicing members of the SIB Church. Christmas and Easter celebrations have replaced the traditional birth and death ceremonies, but the practice of renaming people when their first child is born still continues, celebrated by guests in traditional costume dancing, singing & feasting.

During Malaysia’s confrontation with Indonesia, from 1963 to 1966, British and Gurkha troops were stationed in the Highlands, and people from outlaying longhouses converged on the garrison at Bario for protection. Today Bario, the centre of the Kelabit Highlands, consists of several longhouses and a number of individual dwellings, the airstrip with daily flights to Miri, few shops, school, clinic and immigration post.

Bario, which means ‘wind’ in the Kelabit language, a remote plateau surrounded by rolling hills, has many paths leading off into the forest, tempting one to explore further afield.

TOUR PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Upon arrival Bario Airport, meet and greet by our friendly representative and transfer to Bario Highland Country Cottage for check in.
  • Lunch at Cottage.
  • In afternoon proceed to visit famous Bario salt spring which will take 30 minutes one way, then continue procced to visit the pineapple plantation and enjoy the best pineapples in Borneo.
  • Climb the Korea Hill to see the bird' eye view of Bario and its padi farms. Tour round all the longhouses by 4 x 4 wheel drive ie Bario,Pa'rampur , Pa' ulat, Pa'Umor etc.
  • Return back to Bario Highland Country Cottage.
  • Dinner & overnight at Cottage.

DAY 2

  • Breakfast at Cottage.
  • Proceed to Aru Dalan Longhouse where we will trek up the Prayer mountain ( measuring 1137 ft and will take 2.5 hours ie to and fro ) and from there we trek to the Arur Dalan waterfall and finally a visit to the Penan settlement ( Each participants will have to pay rm 20 for the tourist guide ie base on 12 people )
  • Visit the Christian revival site at SMK hilltop.
  • Visit the Bario museum and cultural performance site.
  • Return back to Bario Highland Country Cottage.
  • Dinner & overnight at Cottage.

DAY 3

  • After breakfast, transfer to Bario airport for flight departure.

Rates

HOTEL TWIN / TRIPLE SHARING
BARIO HIGHLAND COUNTRY COTTAGE (DORMITORY TYPE) MYR 698BOOK

Rates are based on per person basis & Mininum 4 person

* All rates above valid till 31 December 2018 (tour commencement date).

  • Rates Include:
  • 2 night accommodation at Bario Highland Country Cottage (Dormitory Type)
  • 2 breakfast, 2 lunch & 2 dinner.
  • All transfers & tours as stated in the package.
  • Rates exclude:
  • Airfare, Tipping, Travel insurance, Tourism Tax
  • Requirement for the trip:
  • Torchlight, insect repellent, raincoat, towel, hair & body Shampoo, trekking shoes, own drinking bottle and first aid kit.

Note: Every person participates in any tour or holiday organized by the company shall be regarded in every respect as carrying his / her own risk with respect to loss or injury to person or property. The company does not accept responsibility for losses or expenses due to delay, sickness, weather, strikes, war, quarantine or other travelers.