Immerse in the local humble yet vibrant culture. Experience the juxtaposed nature of Bandar Seri Begawan with its modern infrastructures and its scenic natures.

 

A unique getaway, this package is ideal for travellers and nature lovers who want to see a unique side of ASEAN. Explore Asia’s largest water village by speedboat and witness the local lifestyle and be welcomed by their Malay hospitality. Set on a mangrove safari cruise to say hello to friendly probosci’s monkeys and other rare species such as monitor lizards, mangrove cat snakes, long-tailed macaques, crocodiles, endemic only to parts of Borneo as you descend onto the sunset.

 

Engulf as you travel back in time to the rustic Tutong District’s rich heritage, natural resources and unique preserved buildings.

 

Enjoy the tranquillity of Merimbun lake, ASEAN’s heritage site. Take a lake cruise into the lush greenery with flocks of exotic birds, rare insect species, friendly monkeys and lazing crocodiles. Other highlights of the tour are the butterfly-, sting-less bee and coconut farm. Take a speedboat 45 minutes outside the city to Sumbiling Eco Village (SEV). Here enjoy three nights of amazing glamping adventures, nature trekking and interact with the local Iban community.

 

This eco camp lodge practices its value of sustainability and community engagement. This humbling experience perfectly fits the busy and fast-paced travel itineraries, giving you time to breathe and unwind.

 

Enter Ulu-Ulu Temburong National Park’s postcard-perfect exhilarating view as you stand 50 meters above ground on the Canopy Walk in Ulu-Ulu Temburong National Park. Immerse yourself in the tranquil view of mountains of neighbouring countries.

 

On your way back, visit one of the many waterfalls this area has to offer and treat yourself to a natural fish spa. The adrenaline junkies might opt for more challenging hike trails on special requests.

 

Highlights: Water Village | City Tour | Tasek Merimbun | Rare flora and fauna | Glamping | Countryside Tour | Waterfall | Sumbiling Eco Village | Canopy Walk

 

Clean Travel believes that our innovative approach to tourism has the power to revitalise communities and provide financial security for its inhabitants. Find out more about Clean Travel here.

This trip includes

  • Guided forest night walk
  • Rainforest discovery trek through forest and river
  • Visit Canopy Walkway, return long boat ride
  • Visit waterfall (if water condition suitable)
  • English-speaking guide for both Ulu Temburong National Park and Rainforest Discovery excursion
  • Ulu Temburong National Park entrance fee
  • Return speedboat fare BSB-Bangar (ex. Kianggeh Jetty only)
  • Return transfer Bangar - Sumbiling Eco Village
  • Use of Eco Village recreational facilities to be indicated by staff
  • Accommodation in camping tents

 

Package Excludes

  • Personal Toiletries
  • Tips for guides and staff
  • Bamboo Chicken at B$30.00 per tube (requires pre-booking and is chargeable)
  • River rafting (requires pre-booking and is chargeable)
  • River tubing commencing from beyond Eco Village waterfront
  • Accommodation in basic rooms
  • A special request may be fulfilled at an additional cost
  • Additional requests for products, services or amenities not expressly mentioned above

 

Additional Add-Ons to this tour might be available. 

 

DISCLAIMER: Timing subject to boat schedules and other factors.

 

Terms & Conditions

 

Package provision subject to guest's acceptance of the following:
  • Provision of the package is on a seat-in-coach basis. Cost based on Minimum 2 pax going. Extra charges will be levied for personal tours.
  • The operator and its affiliates exclude any liability for any discomfort, death or injury occurring within our premises or on tours conducted resulting from guest's own negligence or from circumstances, natural or otherwise, beyond reasonable foresight of the operator.
  • Guests are expected to show respect for the natural environment by refraining from destruction or removal of flora, fauna or other components unless otherwise permitted, and with the knowledge of the guides in attendance. Guests are also expected to strictly adhere to safety regulations and directions from the guides at all times during the duration of the tour.
  • As an outdoor trip, itinerary and times indicated are subject to change without notice, as trips may be affected by rain, heat, high or low water levels in the river, and guests' fitness levels which might affect the speed of mobility.
  • Meals are prepared in a local style and consist of chicken, fish & assorted vegetables, unless otherwise pre-requested and agreed upon between operator and guest. Guests observing a vegetarian regime, or other dietary preferences are to make their preferences known at the time of booking in order for suitable meals to be prepared, to the best effort of the operator.
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Day One:

Arrival into Bandar Seri Begawan

 

"Selamat datang" means welcome! Prepared to be greeted by the sun, warm smiles and humid ambience as you step out of the Brunei International airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. After dinner, enjoy a good night’s rest. Alternatively, explore the unique city of Bandar Seri Begawan.

 

*(Dinner is provided)
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Day Two:

SOAS | Nurul Iman Palace | Kampong Ayer | Mangrove Safari

 

In the morning, discover the hidden gems of this independent sultanate. You will visit the country’s iconic landmarks such as the infamous gold dome of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the glittering Nurul Iman Palace.

 

You will tour around Kampong Ayer on an open roof speedboat. In this must see destination, you will have a glimpse of the modern traditional lifestyle of the village residents and its rich cultural heritage. After lunch, you will depart for your Mangrove tour.

 

This two hour boat ride will take you along the panoramic Brunei River as you cruise into the lush mangrove forest. Be awed by Brunei's amazing sunset as you transcend along the Brunei River with a gorgeous view of the city.

 

*(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are provided)
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Day Three:

Tasik Merimbun Heritage Park

 

We will take you out of Bandar Seri Begawan early in the morning to the Tutong District.

 

Visit the mystical Tasek Merimbun, a lake declared as an ASEAN Heritage Park. Once you arrive at Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park, you will explore the surrounding lake area by boat followed by the Exhibition Hall featuring the history of Tasek Merimbun.

 

After lunch, you will have time to cruise on the lake and be amazed by the beautiful native plant such as Purun that grows wild in abundance. This lake is home to various rare fauna, including White-Collared Fruit Bat which thought to be extinct, elusive Clouded Leopard, Red Monkey, Gibbon and rare flora such as Tiger Orchid, Nepenthes.

 

It is also home to 200 bird species, 50 species of freshwater fishes and 83 mammal species. You will arrive back to your hotel in the late evening as you prepare for another adventure filled day ahead.

 

*(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are provided)
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Day Four:

Sumbiling Eco Village

 

Dive into a complete rainforest experience at Sumbiling Eco Village (SEV). SEV is facilitated with shared huts, lodged, communal outdoor shower facilities, kitchen, and a dining/social area.

 

The lodge is also equipped with hammocks and tranquil gardens facing the Temburong river, perfect for re-energizing. Your trip begins with a 45-minute speedboat ride from Bandar Seri Begawan to Bangar, zipping through meandering rivers lined with mangroves and nipah palms.

 

From Bangar, a short drive with brief stop to visit an Iban Longhouse then continue to the premises, tucked away in a corner of Sumbiling Lama, an Iban village, and fronting an upstream stretch of the Temburong River.

 

The whole point of the gateway is to rewind and get back in touch with nature, so bring along a book, write a journal, painting materials or your guitar!

 

*(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are provided)

 

*(Accommodation is provided at Sumbiling Eco Village)
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Day Five:

Rainforest Discovery trek | Bamboo Chicken

 

Rain forest Discovery trek. Wake up in the morning to a lush green riverside. Literally jump into the river for a quick morning cool river bath, optional of course.

 

Local freshly picked outdoor breakfast is served followed by a briefing by the tour guide. Be prepared for an interesting immersion of cultivated rainforest with a diverse range of plants containing medicinal and unique properties.

 

You will be taken on an eccentric Temuai ride, a traditional open long boat ride which takes you along the meandering Temburong River. A unique and meditative experience filled with immense views of the mangrove, water rapids and if you’re lucky you’ll spot lazing crocodiles and friendly proboscis monkeys. The tour will then proceed deeper into the primary rainforest to enjoy the beautiful towering canopy trees. Lunch will be served with a local signature dish, ‘Bamboo Chicken’, a culinary specialty featuring succulent pieces of freshly marinated chicken with spices and herbs cooked in a green bamboo tube.

 

The poultry is homegrown and naturally feed and the vegetables are hand-picked. In the evening you will have time to rest and enjoy the peacefulness of the surroundings. You will appreciate the fresh, non polluted air as you transcend into a good night's sleep.

 

*(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are provided)

 

*(Accommodation is provided at Sumbiling Eco Village)
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Day Six:

Ulu Temburong National Park | Karangan Waterfall – fish spa

 

Picturesque canopy walk experience. Wake up to another day of fun filled adventure. The tour continues after breakfast. The Temuai will take you to UluTemburong National park, approximately a 20-30 minutes journey – depending on water levels and river conditions.

 

The National Park is also known as the Green Jewel of Brunei, an eco-tourism center filled with a plethora of flora and faunas. You will find dominant species of plants in the Shorea, Dryobalanops and Dipterocarpus genera around the tropical low forest.

 

As you hike up the muddy trials filled with palms, ferns, mosses and lichens, you will then be taken into different species of plants and varieties of forest blooms such as gingers, begonias, gesneriads, aroids, Ixora bloom as you continue your trail to the canopy walk. Take a breather as you wait for your turn to climb the 50 m Canopy.

 

Feel the adrenaline as the ground gets smaller beneath you, giving you a wider angle of the surrounding area. You will have a “top of the world’ feeling once you stand 50 m high peering over the untouched forest with amazing views of mountainous horizons of neighboring countries is picture perfect – definitely worth the upload on social media. After immersing the exhilarating picturesque view, you will walk slowly down the same steps to head back to the Temuai for stopover to a nearby waterfall for a refreshing dip.

 

You may leave some of your belongings in the Temuai as this activity will take around 20 minutes. Wear your flip flops and ensure that your electronic gadgets are in a waterproof bag. Soak your tired feet in the nature fish spa located near the waterfall. Not only that they remove dead skin, but scientifically proven to improve blood circulation.

 

Once back to the village, you are treated to a hearty local lunch harvested in the village itself. You will be given time to relax, take this time to get to know the community better. Enjoy your last night in the jungle before heading back to civilisation the next day.

 

*(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are provided)

 

*(Accommodation is provided at Sumbiling Eco Village)
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Day Seven:

Depart to Bandar Seri Begawan | Brunei International Airport

 

You will depart from Temburong to Bandar Seri Begawan in the morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to the Jetty where you will find your transport to the airport.

 

*(Breakfast is provided)

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Borneo Guide

Bornei Guide are a service provider specialising in travels and tours in and around the island of Borneo. We cater to a wide range of discerning travel needs, from the independent traveller to corporate trips, that suits every budget.

 

One of our earliest ventures was a rainforest ecotourism development called Sumbiling Eco Village. It was founded as joint-venture between local Iban villagers of Sumbiling Lama in Brunei’s Temburong District.

 

We provide economic welfare as well as an avenue for them to cultivate a sense of pride and purpose in their tribal heritage which had a strong grounding in natural sustainability and vast knowledge of herbal and natural applications of various plants of the rainforest.

 

Today, the venture is our flagship operation, and has welcomed many satisfied visitors who have returned home with a greater understanding of natural environment and creatures, and of course memories of a lifetime!

 

We also take pride in hosting visitors who have specific travel themes or purposes, such as Australian visitors on their Brunei leg of a Borneo WW2 remembrance tour, media crew and travel writers, volunteer travellers and more. Due to a strong passion for travel and their heritage past and present, our guides and staff are well-equipped and always eager to share tales, knowledge and experiences with visitors who come on this great journey.

 

From diving in beautiful waters teeming with spectacular marine life, to trekking into the depths of the lush tropical rainforest, to unearthing the hidden secrets of past civilisations, we aim to provide nothing short a perfect travel experience for you to cherish for years to come!

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