Singapore, Malaysia & Borneo's Orangutans
13 nights. March - October 2019. From £2679.00.
LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 30th APRIL - JUST GBP79** PER PERSON
This holiday is the perfect introduction to the Malaysian peninsula and the 'wilds of Borneo', where the jungle landscape is home to the endangered orangutan and the delightful sun bear. The trip also includes stays in two of Asia's most futuristic metropolises and visits to historic former colonial enclaves and hill station retreats. A final stay on the idyllic island of Penang - the fabled 'Pearl of the Orient' and a food-lover's Heaven - brings a fascinating tour to a relaxed conclusion.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Visit Singapore's exquisite Botanical Gardens
Try some of the world's best street food from the famous hawker centres
Fly to Borneo and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Enjoy wildlife cruises on the Kinabatangan River and a stay in a jungle lodge
See fireflies and pygmy elephants
Discover how ultra-modern vies with colonial remnants in cosmopolitan melting-pot Kuala Lumpur
Explore Melaka (formerly Malacca) and its UNESCO-listed Chinatown
Enjoy a Melaka River cruise
See the sacred Batu caves
Visit a tea plantation, a tea factory and a butterfly farm in the cool Cameron Highlands
Luxuriate on 'Pearl of the Orient' island Penang - Malaysia's culinary Mecca
Take a guided tour of George Town's ornate Chinese clanhouses
13 nights' carefully chosen bed and breakfast accommodation
One night on the aircraft
Five lunches and three dinners
Return flights to Singapore, returning from Penang via Kuala Lumpur
Flights from Singapore via Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly overnight to Kuala Lumpur and on to Singapore.
Upon arrival in Singapore, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for the next two nights.
A guided sightseeing tour introduces Singapore, where remnants of past tradition - in Little India, China Town and the Colonial District contrast with the glitz of Orchard Road's malls and futuristic Marina Bay. Take in the Gardens by the Bay and the UNESCO-listed Botanic Gardens, and this afternoon, explore under your own steam, perhaps enjoying the culinary delights of the famous 'hawker centres'.
Fly, via Kuala Lumpur, to Sandakan, gateway to the rainforest of North Borneo. Transfer the short distance to the eco-friendly MY Nature Resort for an overnight stay. Rest and relax, perhaps taking a dip in the pool, wandering the boardwalks through the canopy and spotting wildlife from the viewing platforms.
Pay a visit to the world renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, dedicated to the protection of the species. Watch the feeding of the primates and stroll through the forest on the marked trails, before visiting the equally fascinating Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
Embark on an hour-long cruise on the languid Kinabatangan River to the Abai Jungle Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Enjoy lunch at the lodge, then join your guide for a sunset cruise, looking out for bird and wildlife and witnessing the extraordinary phenomenon of congregating fireflies. Dinner at the lodge is followed by a guided Night Walk.
Awaken early to the amazing sounds of the jungle, and spend another memorable day discovering its wonders. Cruise to Pitas Oxbow Lake to watch pygmy elephants and monkeys at play, and join villagers in a tree-planting project, enjoying lunch with them before another afternoon's exciting game viewing and cruise.
A final morning in the lodge is followed by a cruise back to Sandakan and, following lunch, a flight back to Kuala Lumpur, for a three-night stay. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Get to know this extraordinary metropolis, carved from dense jungle and overflowing with the contrasts of the various cultures that have shaped 'K L' over the past 200 years. Enjoy an included guided tour that will take in the soaring twin Petronas towers, the preserved original Railway Station, Merdeka Square and the Tudor-style cricket club. After the tour, explore at leisure.
Today's full day tour sees you head south to the ancient coastal city of Melaka, where 600 years of history are brought to life in the UNESCO-listed Chinatown, the Dutch colonial buildings of the Stadthuys and the fortified Porta de Santiago gateway and the churches of St Peter and St Paul. A fascinating day also includes a cruise on the Melaka River and lunch at a local restaurant, before you return for a last evening in 'K L'.
Head north, via the extraordinary Batu caves, an important Hindu shrine watched over by a towering statue of deity Lord Murugan. You'll then continue into the verdant Cameron Highlands, renowned hill station and tea-producing area. Check into the resort hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Discover the delights of the hill station. Visit a tea plantation and factory, and journey through the rolling hills, which are dotted with fruit and vegetable farms, the produce of which is displayed at the colourful morning market in Tanah Rata. The day also includes visits to a butterfly farm and the Time Tunnel Museum chronicling the resort's history, with traditional afternoon tea and a warm scone included.
Journey back down to the coast, visiting colonial gem Ipoh and laid-back royal seat Kuala Kangsar. You'll then continue to spend a last three nights of rest and relaxation on the island of Penang, the famous 'Pearl of the Orient', with its sensational street food, UNESCO-listed George Town, Chinese shop-houses, stunning beaches and breathtaking tropical gardens.
Enjoy all the delights of George Town and the island paradise beyond, as you join an included tour that will bring to life the sights - including a vast statue of the Reclining Buddha, several temples, the Khoo Kongsi Chinese clan house and the historic clan jetties - before you explore under your own steam.
Perhaps take the optional Penang Island Tour, to discover it's idyllic and picturesque fishing villages and to visit the Penang Batik Handicraft Centre to learn about how Malaysian Batik is made. Other highlights of the tour include the famous Snake Temple and Penang Bridge - one of the longest bridges in South-East Asia. Alternatively, you may wish to relax poolside and soak up the last of the Malaysian sunshine.
Spend your final day at leisure in Penang, before transferring to the airport in the evening for your overnight return flight to the UK, travelling via Kuala Lumpur.Back to top
AccommodationSingapore, Malaysia and Borneo Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of good hotels, of at least a European three-star standard.Back to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Passports and visas
British citizens require passports when travelling overseas and this must be valid for six months beyond the date you return. If you are not a British citizen, you may need a visa for the country/countries you are visiting (please contact the respective embassies to check and to apply).
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
On your flight
All flights travel overnight and land at your destination the next day. On-board meals will usually be dinner and breakfast. All drinks are complimentary.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
**Low deposit of GBP79pp applies to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April (inclusive) 2018 only.. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top