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Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival

Categories:

  • Holidays
  • Asia
  • Festivals
  • Malaysia

Price:

From $2,760

Stay:

10 nights

Travel Dates:

Thursday 9th of July 2020 until Sunday 19th of July 2020

Description:

Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival - 11 Days / 10 Nights - from $2760* per person (with Intrepid).

Full of lush rainforest landscapes, breathtaking cave systems, rolling rivers and lost islands, Sarawak is one of South East Asia’s best kept secrets. Take the opportunity to experience both the culture and the nature of this verdant wonderland on an adventure including the Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival. This annual gathering brings a diverse spectrum of performers and culture to the coastline of the Santubong Peninsula for three days of celebration, allowing you to soak in both the beauty of the area and the artistic essence of its people. Meet local musicians, visit an orangutan sanctuary and delve into national parks on a jungle adventure you’ll never forget.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Kuching

Selamat Datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on day 1. Kuching, meaning ‘cat’ in Malay, is arguably the most pleasant city in all of Borneo. Full of captivating architecture, the waterfront here is well worth the visit – it houses a wealth of curio shops and local marketplaces, brimming with spices, vegetables and fresh fish. If you arrive early you may want to head to the Sarawak Cultural Village. A great introduction to the local culture of Sarawak.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Kuching - Sarawak Cultural Village - MYR60

Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Days 2-4: Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival

Start off your adventures through Kuching with an orientation walk through its sophisticated streets. There’s plenty to do while here – perhaps take a visit to the museum or travel along the Sarawak River by boat. By mid morning, take a transfer to the Santubong Peninsular where the Rainforest World Music Festival takes place. Feel free to interact with the numerous workshops and jam sessions running casually in the area, or perhaps sit in on one of the lectures. There’s also plenty of food stands that your leader can introduce you to.

The first performances begin in the early evening. Artists from Solomon Islands to Poland, Mexico to Brazil may be some of the acts that will play a wide range of music at the festival – you may find yourself tapping your toes to some soulful blues, marvelling at a Malay nose-flute player or watching classical string instruments used in a traditional orchestral format. Expect your appreciation for music to be widened in ways you never thought possible by the end of the first day of the festival, then push them even further as the second and third days rolls on. Safe to say, the grand finale will be incredible.

If you’re feeling like you need a change of pace on the third day of the festival, there’s always the option to travel off site to catch some fringe theatricals being held in Kuching. Just let your leader know and they’ll be happy to set things up for you.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival - 3 day pass

Meals Included

  • Breakfast (3)

Special Information

Your leader will be travelling with the group to and from the festival each day. If you decide to leave the festival early there is regular shuttle buses that you can catch to take you back to Kuching. Please note the acts are only confirmed in the first part of 2019. This itinerary will be updated once 2019 festival acts are confirmed.

Day 5: Bau Homestay

Travel to your homestay and learn about a traditional lute called a ‘sape’, an instrument you have no doubt grown to appreciate over the past few days at the festival. This instrument, used by some of Borneo’s indigenous tribes, is carved from a single piece of wood. Most sapes have three to five strings and produce rich, complex sounds. Learn about the production of the sape and get an informal lesson on how to play one. Spend the evening at this local home.

Accommodation

  • Homestay (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

The rooms at the homestay are simple and shared but the cultural insights more than make up for it. All meals are included during our time here.

Day 6: Bako National Park

Depart after breakfast and head onwards to the Bako National Park – you may have an early start depending on the tides. Once you arrive at Bako Jetty, board a boat towards the park itself. Bako is the oldest national park in Sarawak. The rainforests, abundant fauna, vibrant flora, jungle streams, waterfalls, secluded beaches and trekking trails ensure that a breathtaking view lies around every turn and an adventure is never too far away. Weather permitting, your leader will take you on a walk to the beautiful beach at Telok Pandan Kecil. Whatever you plan, check with the ranger to find out the best time to spy the proboscis monkeys as they come to feed from the beach mangroves – you may even spot some wild pigs along the way. Return to Kuching in the late afternoon and spend the evening in a hotel.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Bako National Park

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 7: Kuching

Travel by private minivan to the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary. Once you arrive at the sanctuary, a government funded rehabilitation centre, take a walk into the lush jungle for a chance to watch these peaceful primates feed – a truly remarkable sight. Later, travel back to the hotel where you’ll be able to freshen up from the heat. Afterwards, perhaps stroll through one of the many Chinese-influenced hawker markets and grab a dinner of fresh, local seafood.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Kuching - Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 8: Mulu National Park

Transfer to the airport for a short flight to the Gunung Mulu National Park, one of the most spectacular reserves in all of Asia. Spend the afternoon strolling along the walkways and peering at the forest below before catching the sunset flight of the bats as they pour out of Deer Cave. This spectacular landmark is home to millions of these furry flutterers who emerge every evening to feed in the night – rising from the opening like a black plume of smoke across the darkening evening sky. We stay in multishare cabins inside the park.

Accommodation

  • Cabin (multishare) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Mulu NP - Deer & Lang Caves

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 9: Mulu National Park

Today’s adventures take you to visit a local Penan Settlement and spelunking through Mulu’s Clear Water Cave and Wind Cave systems, otherwise known as the hidden home of Asia’s longest underground river. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch here too. Take a brief longboat ride upstream and perhaps spend a bit of time splashing in the waters, then it’s time to return to the headquarters in Mulu. You’ve got a bit of free time to kill in the afternoon, so perhaps wander the self guided trails throughout the park.

Accommodation

  • Cabin (multishare) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Mulu NP - Wind & Clearwater Caves

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 10: Kota Kinabalu

Trek to the canopy walkways in the early morning. Take a flight to Kota Kinabalu – the capital city of Sabah. The largest commercial centre of Malaysian Borneo, this coastal city captures a fantastic mix of costal charm, rainforest splendour and bustling streets. After transferring to the hotel, take the chance to visit some of the islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park or visit the Sabah Museum for some cultural insight. The last evening has crept up on you – perhaps a fitting end to a trip dedicated to music is to join your group in a karaoke session or check out some local gigs.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Mulu National Park - Canopy Walk

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 11: Kota Kinabalu

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Departs: 09 Jul 2020.

Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.

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