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HEART OF BORNEO SEMADOH ADVENTURE

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BORNEO WAKID ADVENTURES

We provide authentic and affordable adventure and travel throughout Borneo and the region

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HEART OF BORNEO SEMADOH ADVENTURE

The indigenous peoples of the Highland in the heart of Borneo shared a common heritage and land as the Lundayeh, Kelabit, Lun Bawang and Sa'ban people, come together in the Alliance of the indigenous peoples of the Highland of Borneo, better known as FORMADAT. Semadoh Valley, the most untouched virgin rainforest timing with uncountable insect, wild orchids, forest of giant dipterocarp trees, mammals and in addition it's located adjacent to Payeh Maga home to one of the Borneo Mystery Black- Napped Oriole and endemic bird of Borneo.You will experience 4x4 holidays and off road adventure expeditions and cover a wide variety of terrains and landscapes. Your safety and enjoyment is ensured as we personally lead all our expeditions, accompanied by modern, well prepared expedition vehicles and an experienced support team equipped with satellite phones and extensive medical training. We will always present exciting challenges and new experiences for the group. A City holiday will never be the same again!

DAY 1

Arrival

Meet and greet with your group leader at 14:00hrs at the hotel lobby, your group leader will proceed to take all your necessary details such as travel insurance detail, passport details, etc and briefing about the tour. Your tour start with first included activity, Sunset Sea Kayaking at Tanjung Aru. You are advisable to come a day early before today so you can get a enough rest from the jet legs before starting your tour. but if your arrival at today, make sure you arrive in the morning before the first activity. 16:00 hrs you will be transfer to the Tanjung Aru Beach, gear up and hear a safety briefing from our experience guide. Light refreshment will be served before start paddling. 1645hrs Start relaxing paddling to Magic Coral Island, Relaxing at Magic Coral Island and enjoy the snorkeling around the island and paddling back to Tanjung Aru Beach while enjoy the sunset. You can have your dinner at the seaside restauran before transfer back to your hotel. Read more

Megah D' Aru Hotel
DAY 2

Mari Mari Culture

After Breakfast, check out and transfer to Mari Mari Culture for the morning session. You start with a slow drive towards the Mari Mari Cultural Village, which is approximately 25 minutes away. Enjoy the scenic view of vast greenery and blue painted skies as you hit the road. Once you approach village entrance, be welcomed by the sight of ancient Borneo architecture, and take a step back in time of days of old. Be dazzled by the authentic wooden towers, distinct wooden houses and structures decorated by nature. You will be greeted by warm smiles and welcomes, and be given the opportunity to experience the different lifestyles of different indigenous tribes of Sabah (Dusun / Rungus / Murut / Bajau / Lundayeh). Blend in and see the culture like it really is.The houses here are all built by generations of Sabah native tribesmen, and are different in terms of style and design, each representing their own tribe. Have a go at blowpipe making, fire-starting, and understand tribal tattoos to learn the mythical meanings behind each symbol. Also not forgetting are the various Sabahan delicacies that you will get to try, like the Montoku or rice wine, steamed rice and fish as well as vegetables cooked using bamboo shoots. Embrace the warm hospitality and partake in the cultural performances (Bamboo Dance) by the tribe representatives, and end your tour with a delicious home-cooked authentic Sabahan meal, before you bid the village farewell, and continue your journey to Sipitang. Read more

Sipitang Hotel
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DAY 3

Semadoh Valley

Nothing much activity in Sipitang, leaving to Lawas after breakfast. Meet and greet to Local guide and exchange the vehicle for the next journey to 4WD. Resupply at Lawas town before proceed on highland safari journey throughout Lun Bawang Valley. Its take about 6hrs offroad drive on muddy and slippery logging road. Take a pitstop at Menagang Place will drag you to out for a good break. Continue journey to Semadoh Valley, which is compirising of seven villages with population around 1800 people of Lun Bawang ethnic. Meet and greet by the Long Tanid folks and experience the local people way of live. Read more

Homestay Long Tanid
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DAY 4

Semadoh Valley

You will breakfast with your host families. After that local guide will meet you at some point arrange the day before and you will start trek to Ancient Burials site is easy with few rivers crossing along the way to Lebaluh Lodge. This lodge once developed and runs by Mr Pengiran Dato' Racha a passionate retired Immigration officers but due to lacks of proposal and marketing plan this place been abandoned a struggling to get potential visitors. While the local prepare the meals,rest of the group can go for dip and swim at the Lebaluh Waterfall. Picnic lunch before heading back to Homestay (Kaum Ibu will do the cooking). if you have time in the evening, you can join the villagers playing soccer or just mingle around at the village. If you don't mind, feel free to offer a hand to prepare your dinner with the family. Read more

Long Tanid Homestay
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DAY 5

Long Semadoh Rayeh

After a hearty breakfast at Long Tanid homestay transfer to Long Semadoh Rayeh and will be introduced to Semadoh Valley Chief Penghulu Dennis Yahya on brief of Semadoh Valley history. Meet and greet with your new homestays host. Free and easy. Afternoon activities is going out with your homestay host to collect jungle products (fern,tapioca,bamboo shot,local fruits). Back to homestay. Mingle around with local on making a famous bamboo flute. The Long Semadoh Rayeh Bamboo Band is the most well known group for their achievement in wining the bamboo flute competition in 10 years consecutively at the Lun Bawang Festival. They also get previllage invitation to perform in Sibu, Kuching and even to Singapore as well. after dinner, the culture performance show at the village hall. The culture performance will be cancelled if someone died in the village, this is to show respect to the familly and to the community. Read more

Semadoh Valley
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DAY 6

Beaufort

Get ready for breakfast and packed your luggage. The very last journey back to Lawas Town for further destination. Before saying goodbye to your host family at the homestay Don't forget to buy a small bag of it's exquisite Semadoh Organic Adan Rice as your souvenirs, this is to support their economy as the majority of Semadoh people work as farmers renowned for expensive and organic planting method of Adan Rice and also sweet and big pineapple of Puneng Trusan. You might cannot bring back to your home but we can stopped by and donate to the organization of Shelter for Underprivileged Children or to Seri Mengasih Centre. Seri Mengasih is a special developmental centre located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia providing a comprehensive range of training programmes for the intellectually and developmentally disabled and services for their families. You can discuss this matter with your group leader. Read more

River Park Hotel
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DAY 7

Kota kinabalu

In the morning have a walk around the Beaufort town with your tour leader. While you have a chance to experience the local market . after breakfast you tour will be transfer to Kota KInabalu to your next accomodation. its will take about 2hrs drive by bus. If you stay longer in Kota Kinabalu, you can explore the city such as go for the Kinabalu National Park, the world heritage by UNESCO or explore the TunKu Abdul Rahman Marin Park or just have your rest at the hotel for the next long journey back to your home and enjoy the scenery at Kota KInabalu waterfront. By afternoon, you tour leader will say good bye to the group so if you like to do at the afternoon, you can discuss with the tour leader so she or he can help your with the arrangement. Read more

Shangri La Hotel

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Tanjung Aru
Day 2
Location Sipitang
Hotel SFI Motel
Day 3
Location Semadoh Valley
Hotel Long Tanid Homestay
Day 5
Location Semadoh Valley
Hotel Long Semadoh Rayeh
Day 6
Location Beaufort
Day 7
Location Kota KInabalu

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • 13 meals

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Semadoh Valley, comprising of seven villages with population around 1,800 people of Lun Bawang ethnic. Located at 914m above sea level of Maligan Highland which serve as the water source to Trusan river. The majority of Semadoh people work as farmers renowned for expensive and organic planting method of Adan Rice and also sweet and big pineapple of Puneng Trusan.The tourism planning has been and introduced by local NGO's knowned as HEART OF BORNEO INITIATIVE or FORMADAT 2004 (Forum Masyarakat Adat Tanah Tinggi Borneo) with objective to increase awareness and understanding about the highland communities, build local capacity, and encourage sustainable development for everyone. The most excellent achievement where FORMADAT received an International recognition from UNDP Equator Prize Awards presented at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change December 7,2015 in Paris.

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