The treasures of Malaysia and the wilds of Borneo
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The jungle landscape of Borneo is home to some of the planet's most precious wildlife. This small group tour offers you the chance to explore its secrets, and uncover the complex history and culture of the Malaysian peninsula. Visit two of Asia's most futuristic cities, the historic colonial enclave of Malacca, and the secluded hill stations of the Cameron Highlands, and round off your tour with a relaxed stay in George Town on the idyllic island of Penang. It's the perfect introduction to South East Asia, and an unforgettable opportunity to come face to face with two iconic endangered species - the orangutan and the sun bear.
Malaysia and Borneo Tour Itinerary
Fly overnight from the UK to Kuala Lumpur, and then on to Singapore.
Day One: Fly to Malaysia
Meet your Tour Manager at Singapore airport and transfer to your hotel, then rest and relax after your journey.
Day Two: Fly to Singapore
Today's sightseeing tour of Singapore will introduce one of South East Asia's most dynamic metropolises. Here the traditional influences of the city's varied past still remain, in Little India, China Town and the Colonial District crowned by famous Raffles Hotel, alongside the sparkle of Orchard Road's malls and futuristic Marina Bay.
Day Three: Included Singapore guided tour
See the city's astonishingly futuristic Gardens by the Bay and elegant Botanic Gardens, then spend the afternoon exploring. Why not take a cable car to Sentosa Island, wander historic Collyer Quay and Clifford Pier, enjoy local street food in one of the city's hawker centres or enjoy a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel?
This morning you'll fly to Kuala Lumpur and on to Sandakan in Sabah, at the northern end of the island of Borneo. Once here you'll take a short coach ride to the eco-friendly MY Nature Resort for an overnight stay amid the ancient rainforest. Rest and relax, take a dip in the pool, stroll the wooden walkways through the canopy looking for signs of the local monkeys, birds and flying squirrels. An in-house guide will lead an optional Night Walk after dinner, and explain the sounds of the jungle at night.
Day Four: Fly to Borneo
The world-renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is dedicated to the protection of the "man of the forest". Watch the resident apes being fed, find out how the Centre's work protects the orangutan population, and stroll through the forest on the marked trails, before heading to the equally fascinating Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where the smallest of the world's bear species are cared for.
Day Five: Included Sepilok Nature Resort tour and Kinabatangan River cruise
After a hugely enjoyable morning, we'll take to the languid waters of the Kinabatangan River and cruise to Abai Jungle Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Enjoy lunch at the lodge, then join your guide for a sunset cruise. Keep an eye out for wildlife hidden in the dense vegetation, as well as the extraordinary sight of congregating fireflies as darkness falls. After dinner at the lodge you'll have another chance to explore on a guided night walk.
Let the amazing sounds of a jungle morning wake you for another wonderful day. Cruise to Pitas Oxbow Lake to watch pygmy elephants and monkeys at play. Join villagers in a tree-planting project, and enjoy lunch with them before another exciting wildlife cruise this afternoon.
Day Six: Included Pitas Lake wildlife cruise
Spend a final morning enjoying Abai Jungle Lodge and its surroundings, then cruise back to Sandakan for lunch and your return flight to Kuala Lumpur and the first of three nights in the heart of the astonishing Malaysian capital.
Day Seven: Cruise to Sandakan and fly to Kuala Lumpur
Get to know this extraordinary metropolis, which rises out of the dense jungle and overflows with the contrasting cultures - Chinese, Malay, Indian and British - that have shaped it since its foundation in 1859. See the soaring twin Petronas Towers, the striking fusion of European and Asian architectural styles of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the pristine lawns and Mock Tudor cricket club of Merdeka Square.
Day Eight: Included Kuala Lumpur guided tour
After the tour you're free to explore. Take to the monorail for a scenic ride through the city, see the carefully protected Malay enclave of Kampung Baru or browse the stalls of Chinatown's colourful night market.
Head south to the ancient coastal city of Malacca (now called Melaka). Here 600 years of history have shaped a vibrant, beautiful city, from the red pillars of Chinatown and the Dutch colonial Stadthuys to the fortified Porta de Santiago gateway and the churches of St Peter and St Paul (one-time burial place of Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier). Your day also includes a fascinating cruise on the Melaka River and lunch at a local restaurant, before you return to Kuala Lumpur.
Day Nine: Included Malacca city tour and river cruise
Bid farewell to the city and head north into the verdant Cameron Highlands, via the Hindu shrine at Batu Caves, watched over by a towering statue of Murugan the Hindu god of war. Check in to your hotel, then relax in the welcome cool of your new surroundings.
Day 10: Coach travel into the Cameron Highlands
Today you'll journey through the rolling landscape of the hill station, past the little fruit and vegetable farms that supply the colourful morning market in the station's main town, Tanah Rata, to a tea plantation and factory. Your fascinating day also includes visits to a butterfly farm and the Time Tunnel museum, which chronicles the resort's history, as well as traditional afternoon tea and scones before you return to the hotel.
Day 11: Included tea plantation visit
We'll head back down to the Malaysian coast, today, and cross to George Town on the island of Penang for a final three nights of blissful rest and relaxation. On the way we'll pass Ipoh, one of Malaysia's most attractive colonial cities, and laid-back royal seat Kuala Kangsar, with its striking Ubudiah mosque.
Day 12: Coach travel from the Cameron Highlands to Penang
Once checked in to your hotel you'll be free to enjoy your first evening in George Town.
See the vast statue of the Reclining Buddha, the ornate facade of the Khoo Kongsi Chinese clanhouse, the Chinese Clan Jetties that jut out from the city's south eastern shoreline, and streets lined with historic temples and colonial buildings on an included tour of George Town.
Days 13-14: Explore George Town
You'll also have the chance to join an optional Penang Island Tour to discover the idyllic fishing villages, famous Snake Temple and Penang Bridge - one of the longest bridges in South-East Asia - and to visit the Penang Batik Handicraft Centre to learn how Malaysian Batik is made.
Alternatively, simply relax by the pool and soak up the last of the Malaysian sunshine.
Enjoy a final day at leisure in Penang, before transferring to the airport this evening for your overnight return flight to the UK, travelling via Kuala Lumpur.
Day 15: Fly to Kuala Lumpur
Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a marvellous Asian adventure.
Day 16: Arrive home