Meet and greet at Kota Kinabalu International Airport and transfer to restaurant for lunch.
In the afternoon, proceed with half day city tour and follow by dinner. Transfer to hotel for check in.
After breakfast, meet at hotel lobby
Take a scenic 1/2 hr drive to Tamparuli Town. Visit Historical Wooden Shop houses of olden days and walk across the “Jambatan Tamparuli”, a suspension bridge which is the famous landmark in that small town to get a feel of kampong lifestyle.
Thereafter, proceed to Kinabalu Park. Journey will take approximately 1 1/2 hours passing by villages and paddy fields along mountainous roads that wind along the Crocker range. Along the way, make a brief stop at Nabalu. Nabalu is a place where the local natives gather to sell local produce, fruits, home grown vegetables and handicraft souvenirs.
On arrival at Kinabalu Park, you will notice the change in air temperature. Enjoy the refreshing and cooling air as you proceed for a walk along the nature trails in the Botanical Garden. If the day is clear, you may even spot a majestic view of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the New Guinea and Himalaya. Kinabalu Park boasts an estimate of 4,500 species of plants which include 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu. The park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies.
After the walk, depart for lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, depart for another interesting wonder, The Poring Hot Spring. At approximately 47 kilometers from Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring got its name from the tall bamboo plant that is abundant in that area. At this natural hot spring, there are Japanese baths where visitors can soak themselves and let the invigorating sulfurous water stimulate the body. It is believed to have curative powers. Visitors can also try the Treetop Canopy Walk, where suspension bridges are suspended at the top of the tropical jungle. Experience the height of 41 metres above the ground and length of 157 metres. A 20 minutes hike is needed to reach the Canopy Walkway.
After a relaxing soak, bid Kinabalu park goodbye as you return back to your respective hotel.
Dinner at local restaurant before transfer to hotel for check-in
After breakfast, Full Day Pulau Tiga – Survivor Island Day Trip.
Survivor Island didn’t get its name out of no where. Pulau Tiga was essentially unfamiliar to many, until it became a household place name in America, much thanks to the highly successful TV Series, “Survivor”. Formed by an epic volcanic eruption over a hundred years ago, the name when translated means ‘Three’, inspired by the three undulating humps visible from a distance when approaching the island.
This slice of paradise is open for discovery and stay. The accommodations provided boasts a relaxed chalet style, a far cry from the accommodation filmed and experience by the “Survivor” participants.
The Pulau Tiga Park sits poised north of Kuala Penyu, covering an area of 158 square km and was gazzete as a National Park in 1978.
As far back as 1933, the main island, together with the two smaller islands of Kalampunian Besar and Kalampunian Damit (better known as Snake Island) were designated as Forest Reserve. Sabah Parks maintains a number of trails through the forest, one of them leading to the intriguing mud "volcanoes", where mineral-rich mud and gas slowly bubble up from deep underground. The island is also known for its shy megapodes, chicken-sized birds which lay their eggs in the sand and leave the sun to incubate them.
After Breakfast, transfer to Airport for your next flight to Brunei.
Meet & greet at Brunei International airport and transfer to Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque. Continue your visit to The Malay Technology Museum and learn about the techniques used in the olden days of the Sultanate, then visit The Maritime Museum, a gleaming building, ship-like in both style and proportion, houses this interesting museum opened in 2015. On display are some of the more than 13,000 artefacts excavated from a shipwreck discovered by divers in 1997. The ship is believed to have set sail from China sometime in the late 15th or early 16th centuries before being struck by stormy weather as it approached Brunei.
In the afternoon, proceed for a photo stop by the Istana Nurul Iman, the world’s largest residential palace, home of the Sultan of Brunei and seat of Government, then visit the magnificent Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. Stop at the Gadong night market before return to Hotel.
After breakfast, visit the bustling riverside Tamu Kianggeh and discover an array of exotic foodstuffs and medicinal plants sold at Bandar’s oldest market. Drive through downtown Bandar and its historic buildings, before visiting the spectacular Royal Regalia building and its display of precious objects used by the Brunei monarchy. Proceed to the banks of the Brunei River and embark on a local watercraft to visit the original Venice of the East, Brunei’s famous Kampong Ayer, where a traditional light refreshment of local delicacies will be served in a local family’s home.
Lunch at Tarindak D’Seni Restaurant where local Brunei dishes and delicacies are served. After lunch, stop by The Handicraft Center, where traditional craft skills are passed on to the new generation. After lunch continue your visit to the Islamic Exhibition Gallery at the Mufti’s Office, to view some of His Majesty’s prized collection of ancient Holy Qurans, as well as to gain an insight into Brunei’s unique Malay Islamic Monarchy philosophy.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your onward flight.
Things to remember when visiting Brunei
When visiting a mosque, all visitors should remove their shoes. Women should cover their heads and not have the knees or arms exposed. You should not pass in front of a person in prayer or touch the Quran.
Bruneians shake hands by lightly touching the hands and bringing their hands to the chest. Some people do not shake hands with members of the opposite sex.
During the Islamic fasting month of Ramadhan, Muslims do not take food from sunrise to sundown. It would be inconsiderate to eat or drink in their presence during this period.
All shops and offices will be close for operation on every Friday from 12 PM – 2 PM to respect the Friday Prayer.
In deference to the Muslim majority, alcohol is not sold in Brunei, but private consumption by non-Muslims is allowed. Non-Muslim tourists are allowed a generous duty-free allowance of 2 bottles of alcohol (wine, spirits, etc) and 12 cans of beer per entry, and may consume alcohol with sensible discretion in hotels and some restaurants.