VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS

10 days/9 nights for $699 per person, double occupancy, seat-in-coach tour, starting from the northern capital of Hanoi and ending in bustling Saigon
 

The Wilds of Borneo
Sabah & Sarawak

May 5-20, 2022

Journey from Singapore to Kuching, Mulu, Sandakan & Kuala Lumpur for $4199 per person, double occupancy, including airfare on Singapore Airlines from LAX

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Includes:

  • Round trip airfare on Singapore Airlines from LAX to Singapore, economy class (subject to change)

  • 3 nights in Singapore at the Furama City Centre Hotel or similar with transfers

  • Singapore Stopover Package, including sightseeing coupons

  • Flight from Singapore to Kuching

  • 3 nights in Kuching at the Grand Margherita Hotel with breakfast, round trip airport transfers

  • Visit to the Semonggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to see the Orangutans

  • City tour & visit  to the Sarawak Museum.

  • Visit to the Sarawak Cultural Village & river cruise

  • Flight from Kuching to Miri

  • 2 nights at the Miri Marriott with breakfast, round trip airport transfers

  • Tour of Niah National Park & Niah Cave with lunch.

  • Tour of Piasau Nature Reserve & Miri

  • Flight to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu

  • Short city tour of Kota Kinabalu

  • 2 nights at the Sabah Hotel in Sandakan with breakfast, round trip transfers

  • Tour of Tour of Gomantong Caves

  • 2 nights at the Bilit Adventure Rainforest Lodge in the heart of the jungle with full board & animal spotting tours

  • Visit to Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary & The Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center

  • Visit to the Sandakan War Memorial

  • Flight to Kuala Lumpur

  • 2 nights in Kualal Lumpur at the Pullman City Center Hotel with breakfast, round trip airport transfers

  • Kuala Lumpur City tour

  • Afternoon tour of the Batu Caves
     

PRICING

$4199 per person, double occupancy

$5049 per person, single occupancy

Prices based off of airfare from LAX to Singapore, returning from Kuala Lumpur. Pricing from SFO, HOU, JFK, EWR, and SEA available upon request.
 

ITINERARY

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Day One:

Fly to Singapore

Fly from the U.S. to Singapore. You will lose a day on the international date line, which will be gained on the return flight.

Upon arriving in Singapore, transfer to the Hotel Furama City Centre.

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Days Three & Four

Singapore

Spend a few days exploring Singapore on your own with the sightseeing coupons found in your Singapore Stopover package. You can visit Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, the Asian Civilizations Museum, take a river cruise on a bumboat, explore Chinatown & it's food street, see the Singapore Zoo, and much much more.

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Day Five

Kuching

Fly to Kuching and transfer to the Grand Margherita Hotel. The hotel is right on the river front in the heart of town, and you won't be able to miss it with one of the city's famous cat statues right across the street. Rest of the day is free to explore Kuching.

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Day Six

The Orangs at Semonggoh

In the morning, visit the Semonggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for your first chance to see our distant, red-headed cousins, the Orangutans. The Orangutans at the Center are free to roam, so there is no guarantee of how many you will see, but they do like to join in the fun when it's feeding time.

In the afternoon, take a tour of city including the famous Sarawak Museum.

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Day Seven

Sarawak Cultural Village

Visit the Sarawak Cultural Village to learn more about the many different Dayak tribes that live in Borneo. Enjoy a dance program at the village, then return to Kuching for an afternoon river cruise.

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Day Eight

Miri

Fly to Miri early in the morning and head to Niah National Park. Take a walk through the jungle on a raised platform for about 4km to reach Niah Cave. From there you can explore this famous cave system and its archeological sites, including hematite paintings on the cave walls. Lunch included.

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Day Nine

Miri

Visit the Piasau Nature Reserve, home to a small population of Oriental-Pied Hornbills and other diverse wildlife. From there head to Canada Hill to see the "Grand Old Lady," the first oil rig in Malaysia, and spectacular views of the city and coastline. Afterward take a tour of Miri including the largest Taoist Temple in South East Asia, the local market, and other popular spots.

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Day Ten

Fly to Sandakan

Fly to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu. Take a short city tour of Kota Kinabalu before your connecting flight. Arrive in Sandakan and transfer to the Sabah Hotel.

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Day Eleven

Into the Jungle

Drive into the jungle and stop at the Gomantong Caves, famous for its harvesting of bird's nests for bird's nest soup. Continue on to the village of Bilit on the Kinabatangan River (2 hours). This part of Borneo offers an excellent chance to see Borneo's famous wildlife in its natural habitat. Arrive at the Bilit Adventure Lodge and take an afternoon riverboat trip along the river to spot wildlife. Lunch and dinner at the lodge.

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Day Twelve

Orang Spotting

In the morning, walk through the jungle to Ox-Bow Lake for bird and animal spotting. After lunch, take a wildlife cruise to spot proboscis monkeys, wild elephants (if you're lucky), and other animals. Dinner at the lodge.

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Day Thirteen

Return to Sandakan

Drive back to Sandakan, with a stop for lunch along the way, and visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, where you can get up close and personal with these amazing apes. You'll have a chance to see the baby Orangutan nursery if it's open, then walk across to see the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center to see this small, endangered bears. Afterward, visit the Sandakan War Memorial where the Japanese Army held Allied POWs prisoner and took on them on brutal death marches

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Day Fourteen

Kuala Lumpur

Today fly to Kuala Lumpur and transfer to the Pullman City Center Hotel. The rest of the day will be free to explore the city.

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Day Fifteen

Batu Caves

In the morning enjoy a city tour of Kuala Lumpur, includingthe National Museum, National Mosque, Merdeka Square, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and Central Market. Enjoy lunch on your own at the KL Tower before visiting the colorful Batu Caves.

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Day Sixteen

Return Home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Please be aware that this is an Active trip involving light hiking, getting in and out of boats, and climbing stairs.
 

INCLUSIONS
International Airfare

Domestic Airfare within Malaysia
Accommodations

Breakfast daily, other meals as listed

Transportation & flights throughout

Local English-speaking guides

Sightseeing and entry tickets as listed in the itinerary

EXCLUSIONS

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Gratuities for guides, drivers, waitstaff, bellhops, etc.

Services not listed on the itinerary

REQUIREMENTS

Travelers are required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to join this group, due to current entry requirements into Singapore and Malaysia. It may be necessary for travelers to receive additional vaccinations in order to enter these countries.