Malaysia and Borneo
Borneo has been described as Asia’s best kept secret. Sabah is the destination in Borneo known for history, mystery, romance and exotic golf adventures. The land of the fabled White Rajhas, the hornbill and the orang utan. It’s rain forest, the size of Austria, houses the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystem.
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Day 01 – Kuala Lumpur
Arrive into Kuala Lumpur airport in the mid-day. After clearing airport formalities, meet our guide and transfer to Impiana KLCC Hotel.
Day 02 – Kuala Lumpur (B,D)
Morning half day tour of Kuala Lumpur. A must for first time visitors to Kuala Lumpur. An interesting tour which unveils the beauty and charm of the old and new Kuala Lumpur – Garden City of Light. Highlights of the tour include: PETRONAS Twin Towers (photo stop), King’s Palace (photo stop), National Monument, National Museum (exclude entrance fee), National Mosque (photo stop), Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Tudor styled Cricket Club. This evening, visit the bustling night markets in Chinatown. Take a stroll through the open air market where you can test your bargaining skills for a wide variety of merchandises spread across the street. Visit the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple located in the heart of Chinatown. The smell of burning jasmine, incessant chanting of the Hindu priest, intricately carved deities and the mystical aura combines to give you a lasting impression of this religion. A delicious Malay buffet dinner is served in a typical local restaurant while you enjoy a traditional Malay Cultural performances.
Day 03 – Kuala Lumpur | Malacca (B,L)
Full day tour to the historic town of Malacca, where you will see the cultural remnants in the form of both cuisines and buildings, starting with a visit to St Peter’s Church, oldest Christian church still in use in Malaysia. Drive past the Chinese cemetery with a stop at the foothills to view the Sultan’s Well before driving through the Portugese Settlement. Continue to view the famous gateway, Porta de Santiago. Next, visit Red Square, housing the Malaka Museum and government offices. Visit Cheng Hoon Teng temple, the only temple where you can find three major doctrines of local Chinese beliefs under the same roof. Stroll along Malacca’s antique street by the banks of the Malacca River.
Day 04 – Kuala Lumpur (B)
Free day to explore the city.
Day 05 – Kuala Lumpur (B)
This morning, visit Batu Caves that comprise of three caverns and several smaller caves. It is the site of a Hindu shrine, situated 272 steps up to the temple cave. Another cave, museum cave, is filled with images of deities and murals depicting scenes from Hindu scriptures. Next stop is the Royal Selangor Pewter which features the largest and most modern pewter factory in the world. Afternoon free.
Day 06 – Kuala Lumpur | Kota Kinabalu (B)
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Kota Kinabalu. After clearing airport formailites at Kota Kinabalu airport, meet our guide and transfer to the Sutera Harbour Resort.
Day 07 – Kota Kinabalu (B,L,D)
A ride on the North Borneo Railway’s old steam train is truly a journey of rediscovery into the heart of Borneo as it transports you back in yesteryear. On the journey, passengers experience the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah. Depart Tanjung Aru station with a stop at Kinarut town to visit Tien Shi Temple or traditional shops. Upon arrival at Papar town, visit local wet market and shops before returning to Kota Kinabalu. A ‘tiffin’ colonial lunch will be served on the return trip. In the evening, enjoy a brief sunset tour covering the city centre, Atkinson Clock Tower and Gaya Island. Visit the night market to bargain for the wide variety of local spices, souvenirs, fruits and vegetables. Then enjoy a scrumptious dinner before returning to hotel.
Day 08 – Kota Kinabalu (B,L)
Half day Sunday market tour seeing the scenic paddy fields, rubber plantations and native houses with Mount Kinabalu as the background. Arrive at Kota Belud, the rice bowl of Sabah. Try your bargaining skills at the open market and observe the natives engaging in trade.
Day 09 – Kota Kinabalu (B,L)
This morning, drive overland to the foothills of Mount Kinabalu at 1500m above sea level with a short stop at Pekan Nabalu market to savour local fruits in season. Visit the Education Centre and Mountain Garden in Kinabalu Park headquarters followed by a guided walk on one of the trails in the cool surroundings in exploring the mountain forests. Continue overland to Poring and explore the tropical rainforest among the jungle trail leading to the treetop canopy walkway. Return to hotel.
Day 10 – Kota Kinabalu (B)
This morning visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village. Mari Mari Cultural Village is located deep in the countryside about 25 minutes away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo with you so that it is not forgotten. This visit offers you the opportunity to see and experience the culture and lifestyle of how the indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live in the olden days when electricity had not yet been introduced in their land. The village features 5 different ethnic tribes in one village. They are the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsey Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut. Lunch at the village and return to your resort in the city.
Day 11 – Kota Kinabalu (B)
Free day to relax
Day 12 – Kota Kinabalu | Sandakan (B,L,D)
Today we begin our wildlife adventure as we fly to Sandakan. On arrival, lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2.5 hours boat journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah’s longest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view birds and wildlife in virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats. After check-in and afternoon refreshment, we take a river cruise using electric motor in search of some of the 10 primate species. Sukau is home to Borneo pygmy elephants, orang utans, proboscis monkeys and all eight species of hornbill in Borneo. Return for solar heated hot shower, candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide. Overnight at the newly renovated 20 rooms Sukau Rainforest Lodge, named by National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2009 as one of the top 50 jungle lodges in the world.
Day 13 – Sandakan (B,L,D)
Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills and hot Sabah tea. At 06:00hrs morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed for an educational tour at our own in-house Hornbill Boardwalk located behind the lodge with the in-house naturalist. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
Day 14 – Sandakan | Kota Kinabalu (B,L)
After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat journey followed by a visit to the Sandakan War Memorial. After lunch visit Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 15:00 hrs. Watch a short video show of the rehabilitation process, then proceed to Rainforest Discovery Centre. Take a bird view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge before exploring the botanical garden, home to various species of flora. Proceed to airport for flight back to Kota Kinabalu with overnight at Sutera Harbour Resort.
Day 15 – Kota Kinabalu (B)
Free day to relax
Day 16 – Kota Kinabalu (B)
Free day to relax
Day 17 – Kota Kinabalu | Home (B)
Mid morning transfer to airport for flights home via Hong Kong.
Kuala Lumpur – 5 Nights
Kota Kinabalu – 9 Nights
Sandakan – 2 Nights
Kuala Lumpur – Impiana KLCC Hotel
Kota Kinabalu -Sutera Harbour Resort
Sandakan -Sukau Rainforest Lodge
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