Beaches, exotic cuisine, lazing orangutans – there’s something for every taste

See what makes Malaysia and Borneo so unique with this classic tour through their beautiful surrounds. Starting in Singapore, journey from bustling cities to remote jungle to idyllic beaches. Get up close with tropical fish, orangutans, proboscis monkeys and maybe even a crocodile or two. Enjoy the old-world charms of Singapore, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur – and don’t forget to fit in a spot of shopping. Visit sites of World War II devastation and pay your respects. Kick back on beautiful beaches and enjoy the view, or strap on a snorkel and tour the incredible underwater world. Sample incredible cuisine and learn how to recreate it for yourself.

Start
Singapore, Singapore
Finish
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Countries
Malaysia,
Singapore
Themes
Code
TMKMC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Spend a night snoozing in the jungle
  • Stop in at the Sandakan War Memorial for some quiet reflection
  • Take a trishaw tour through the streets of Melaka
  • Discover the temples of Georgetown
  • Hike Kinabalu National Park in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu
  • Spend the night in a tea garden
  • Soothe sore muscles at the Poring Hot Springs
  • Explore the Gomantong Caves

Itinerary

Meet with your group in sultry Singapore, a city of towering megamalls and vibrant colonial history. Arrive early to take in the fragrant spices of little India, escape the heat by ducking into an air-conditioned oasis for a shopping extravaganza on Orchard Rd, or stop by Raffles for a Singapore sling or two.
Travel to Melaka, a former colonial outpost that retains a distinctive old-world air. Take a quaint trishaw tour through the narrow streets and learn about the ancient spice trade of old Melaka.
Explore ‘KL’, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, a mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures. In a half-day tour, you’ll experience this fascinating cultural melding, as well as see some of the city’s most impressive architecture. Be transported back in time with dinner at the Old China Cafe.
Just a short trip away, the tropical island of Penang is home to the World Heritage site of Georgetown, which boasts a variety of places of worship. Take a tour and discover the temples, as well as exploring the largest standing Malaysian fort – Fort Cornwallis. Learn about the elements that make Malaysian cuisine so delectable with a cooking class.
After a short flight, arrive in the tropical paradise of Pulai Langkawi. The tiny island is famed for its beautiful beaches, incredible sunsets and super-fresh seafood – sample the fare with a delicious barbecue dinner. Swim, snorkel or just soak up the sun, but don’t miss a jaunt on the cable car – the views over the Andaman Sea are not to be missed.
Affectionately known as ‘KK’, this city sits between Borneo’s jungle and the South China Sea. It’s a great spot to head out on a beach excursion, go river rafting, hike in the jungle or take a boat trip to Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. If some local culture is more your speed, check out the Sabah Museum or a nearby Monosopiad village.
Venture into the Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage-listed site. Learn how this area is among the most important biological sites in the world – it contains around 1,000 species of orchid, 600 species of fern and 320 species of bird. Stay the night in the grounds of a Sabah tea garden.
Amble across the jungle rooftop on a canopy walk before slipping into the steaming Poring Hot Springs. Warm sulphur water is piped into these open-air Japanese-style baths making them the perfect solution for tired muscles. Hit the road and head to Black Cave, which lies within an intricate system known as the Gomantong Caves. Bunk down for the night in a protected rainforest. Spend free time relishing the tranquil setting, attempting to spot beady-eyed crocodiles on a river sojourn or, if feeling adventurous, joining a guided night hike.
On the way to Sandakan, stop at the Sandakan War Memorial to pay homage to those who died during the infamous ‘Death Marches’ of WWII. Sandakan was once the capital of British North Borneo and traditionally has strong trading ties with Hong Kong. Enjoy some time temple-hopping through the Chinese temples, strolling the local markets, and sampling the food. Maybe pay a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, home to apes who are being rehabilitated before being reintroduced to the wild, or keep on the primate theme and visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary to watch these bizarre-looking animals lazing about.
A short boat ride from Kota Kinabalu lies beautiful Manukan Island, located in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Enjoy two days here. Embark on a snorkelling trip and dive through schools of brightly coloured fish before kicking back on the beach or exploring the island.
Say goodbye to island time and travel back to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy some free time in Sabah’s capital – perhaps explore the museums or get back out on the water. Make sure to toast the end of the trip and take the chance to swap stories and photos.
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Inclusions

Meals
18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Plane, Public bus, Taxi, Trishaw, Van
Accommodation
Chalet (4 nights), Cottage (1 night), Hotel (10 nights), Resort (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Kuala Lumpur - City tour
  • Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower
  • Langkawi - Cable Car
  • Langkawi - Island Tour
  • Melaka - Trishaw Tour
  • Mt Kinabalu - Guided walk around lower trails
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park
  • Penang - Fort Cornwallis
  • Penang - Half Day Sightseeing
  • Penang - Malaysian Cooking Class
  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Sepilok - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sukau - Gomantong Caves
  • Tea Factory Tour
  • Tea Garden - Sunrise Morning Walk
  • Tea Sampling
  • Tunku Abdul National Marine Park - Snorkeling Trip

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for more information.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel
3. The flight from Lankawi to Kota Kinabalu is now included in your trip price for 2015 departures.
4. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures

Please note for various nationalities in particular Australian, UK, Irish, New Zealand and United States different increased Government travel warnings are currently in place for Eastern Sabah. Please read the Important Notes section of your trip notes for further information.

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