Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Limited clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. Strategically located in the Golden Triangle, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur places you in the thick of it all. With shopping, dining and entertainment options right at your doorstep, its close proximity to the Bukit Bintang monorail also offers convenient access throughout the city. It offers 426 stylish non-smoking rooms and suites with panoramic views. The Orchid Club, expressly created to enhance your experience, offers exclusive privileges and special benefits. A diverse selection of food and beverage outlets offer guests a myriad of flavours from Sichuan specialities at Si Chuan Dou Hua to local and international favourites at Chatz Brasserie. Serving a selection of cocktails, wines and premium drinks, Klix Lounge offers a relaxing atmosphere with live music while Hot Gossip showcases hearty sandwiches and pastries. Indulge in wellness at St. Gregory spa, or take a relaxing dip in the swimming pool. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 June - 31 August 2015

5 nights
FROM $459*
5 nights FROM $459*

Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Berjaya Times Square Hotel Berjaya Times Square Hotel is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Escape Travel clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, a five-star hotel under the hospitality arm of the public listed Malaysian conglomerate Berjaya Corporation, is a prominent landmark strategically located in the heart of the city's banking, commercial and vibrant shopping district. With a total of 650 suites complete with international-standard amenities, the hotel also houses an extensive selection of food and beverage outlets and recreational facilities built exclusively with a children's playground, swimming pool, steam and sauna room, fitness centre and two squash courts. Offering a distinctive Meetings Excellence programme and boasts 10 meeting rooms including a grand ballroom, Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is definitely an excellent setting where business complements leisure. Evening Colours of Kuala Lumpur Tour with Dinner and Cultural Show. This evening tour takes you to the open air bazaar of Chinatown, a Hindu temple and a sumptuous Malay cuisine accompanied with a cultural show. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 14 December 2015

4 nights
FROM $575*
4 nights FROM $575*

Parkroyal Penang, Malaysia Family


Parkroyal Penang Parkroyal Penang is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Limited clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. The Parkroyal Penang, Malaysia is a resort hotel that basks in the sun on the idyllic Batu Ferringhi beach. A comfortable drive from Penang Airport and Penang major attractions, hotel guests will be delighted with Parkroyal Penang, Malaysia corporate and holiday amenities, alongside hotel hospitality that is as warm as the tropical sun. Butterfly Farm and Tropical Spice Garden Tour. Tropical Spice Garden, come uncover this treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from all over the Tropical. Stop over at the Batik Factory (a local cottage industry) for a brief introduction before proceeding to the Penang Butterfly Farm which spans 0.8 hectares and is home to 3000 living specimens from over 50 species of colourful butterflies, frogs, scorpions and other insects. Take a slow drive to the tranquil fishing villages of Teluk Bahang where you will have a brief stop at a local fruit stall to show you some of the spices as well as some of the local fruit available in season. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 April - 3 June, 29 June - 16 July , 24 August - 18 December 2015

5 nights
FROM $739*
5 nights FROM $739*

Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Shangri-La Hotel Nestled amid lush gardens, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is an oasis of luxury in the heart of the city and is just 5 minutes walking distance from the Petronas Twin Towers and the city's leading business and shopping districts. Elegance, meticulous attention to detail and the ultimate in comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Shangri-La's 662 custom-appointed guestrooms, including 101 suites with classy interiors and upscale ambience. At Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur we understand the importance of staying connected to the world while you are on the road. Therefore, all guests can enjoy the benefit of complimentary WiFi throughout the property including guestrooms, public areas, restaurants, lounges and function areas. To relax, dip into the beautiful pool, play a set of tennis, arrange a massage or simply relax on the sundeck. For the more energetic, The Health Club offers state-of-the-art cardio training and bodybuilding equipment. KL Food Experience Tour. Blaze a culinary trail through Kuala Lumpur on this delicious food walk. This three-hour, fully interactive walking tour takes you to the hidden backstreets and narrow alleys of Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs to experience the very best of local food. Malaysia is a fascinating melting pot of cultures and there is no better way of experiencing it all than from a plate. We stroll through the Indian-influenced neighbourhood of Brickfields, where the architecture, music and food is loud and colourful. Sample delicious Indian dishes served on a banana leaf and seek out sweet vendors for sugary morsels like fresh banana fritter, sticky, sweet gulabjamu or the local favourite, cendol (shaved ice, plum sugar, kidney beans and coconut milk jelly). Then, on the comfort of KL's sky-high local transport system, be swept from the colour of India to the bustle of China. We explore the city's vibrant China Town, where we tuck in to some wonderfully tasty noodles and sample some refreshing lime juice while taking in the action that moves at a quick pace around us. Finish the adventure with a coffee at an old school coffee house, where we can see the evolution of KL through charming photos of the past. As you relax and take a breather, your local guide will help you plan your afternoon and, more importantly, recommend somewhere great for a fabulous local dinner. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 May - 13 June, 1 July - 30 November 2015

5 nights
FROM $849*
5 nights FROM $849*

Golden Sands Resort, Penang Family


The Golden Sands Resort The Golden Sands Resort offers a fun-filled, family-oriented holiday with its 387 comfortably furnished guestrooms and suites, beachside setting and exciting recreational facilities including a water sports centre, health Club, three tennis courts, a Par-3 Executive Golf Course and two lagoon-style swimming pools set amidst a lush, tropical garden. There is always excitement for everyone with organised daily activities and the Adventure Zone, a comprehensive indoor playground, providing safe and exciting entertainment for children and adults. Other facilities include a ballroom, three adaptable meeting and function rooms and the Cool Lounge - transit lounge for early check-in and late check-out which also serves refreshments and provides modern conveniences in a relaxed setting. Food and beverage outlets include a prime beachfront dining venue - Sigi's Bar and Grill on the Beach, as well as the casual and breezy Garden Cafe and lobby lounge which overlooks the garden and pool. Hill and Temple Tour. Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in South-East Asia. The 7 tier Pagoda of 10,000 Buddha which dominates the temple, is influenced by the architectual styles of the Thai's, Burmese and Chinese. A beautiful Bronze Statue of the Goddess of Mercy overlooks the temple. Next, take a funicular train ride up Penang Hill, an elevation of 833m above sea level for a panoramic view of Georgetown, while experiencing the flora and fauna. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates: 1 April - 15 June, 1 September - 17 December 2015

6 nights
FROM $2,009*
6 nights FROM $2,009*

Mt Kinabalu Trek, 2 Days

Kota Kinabalu

HIGHLIGHTS: Kota Kinabalu - Mount Kinabalu Trek Get ready for an amazing 2-day trekking adventure in which you will climb Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. Be physically prepared to push your limits and you will be rewarded by spectacular views of the surroundings from the summit at 4095 meters. Embark on this 2-day tropical adventure and get the opportunity to climb the highest mountain of South East Asia - Mt Kinabalu - whose summit stands at an impressive 4,095 metres. Fortunately, Mt Kinabalu is one of the easiest peaks in the world to conquer, but do prepare to be physically fit before your trip. On day 2 you will wake up very early to do the strenuous climb to the summit by torchlight. The altitude will make things more difficult but after 3 hours you should reach the summit's granite plateau, just in time for a beautiful sunrise. You will be back to Laban Rata for breakfast and then trek back to the lower zones where vegetation is abundant. Return to Kota Kinabalu after this great achievement Day 1 - Pick up in Kota Kinabalu, trek up to Mountain Guesthouse. Pick up from your hotel lobby at 06:30am and transfer to Kinabalu Park. Upon arrival, meet your mountain guide at Sabah Park Registration office and then continue to the Power Station with a coach (approx 15 minutes) for the climb beginning. Start the ascent to Laban Rata with your packed lunch. A nice winding path up the mountain takes you through various vegetation zones, such as montane oak, rhododendrons and conifer forests. After 4 to 6 hours of trekking, you will arrive at your guesthouse in Laban Rata (3550 metres). Check-in at the Mountain Guesthouse. Enjoy a delicious dinner while taking in the spectacular mountain landscape around you. Free time for the rest of the evening. Go to sleep early as your night will be short. Day 2 - Climb to summit and see sunrise - back to Kota Kinabalu. Early wake up at 2:00am and starting of the ascent to the summit by torchlight. The climb will take about 3 hours. Witness the beautiful sunrise from the summit. Way down to Laban Rata Guesthouse for your breakfast, then to the Power Station. Transfer to Park HQ and lunch at park's restaurant. Get your certificate of great achievement before transferring back to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

Travel Dates: 18 February 2015 -30 March 2016.

2 days
FROM $907*
2 days FROM $907*

Wild Ones of Borneo

Borneo, Malaysia

Day 1: Kota KinabaluArrive in Kota Kinabalu (the cool kids call it KK for short) and get yourself acquainted with a slice of the Malaysian hinterlands. Dig art? Check out the Sabah Museum. Dig animals? There’s an epic aquarium. Dig nature? Take a trek up Signal Hill for the best views in the house.Day 2-3: Limbang – Iban LonghouseJump aboard a longboat and make waves for Limbang and the Mulu Forest. Channel your inner warrior (tribal make-up optional). Say ‘Selamat!’ to your local Iban host family – they’ll be putting you up for the night. But mind your manners, they have a history of headhunting.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Headhunters Trail – Camp 5It’s about to get real. By real we mean physical and by physical we mean you’re gonna walk a lot. Trek the epic Kayan Warrior trail (they’re the ones wearing the freaky masks) and hike to Melinau Gorge. Bunk down on a hut floor for the night. Don’t expect luxury – you’re in the jungle, damn it.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5-6: Mulu National ParkCruise further down river and check out the local caves. We recommend Deer Cave, but not because of the deer. At dusk, witness the crazy mass exodus of three million bats as they take to the night. Equal parts awesome and terrifying. Suggestion to management – rename ‘Bat Cave’.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 7-9: KuchingBoard a jet plane to Kuching and soak up the Sarawak river vibes. Get cosy with some crazy cool creatures at Bako National Park. Got time to spare? Spend an afternoon exploring Fort Margherita, a huge English-style castle. Maybe even try Tuak, the local rice wine, if you dare. Geckos, out.Meals IncludedBreakfast

Travel Dates: From 11-Aug-2015 to 20-Jan-2016

9 days
FROM $1,356*
9 days FROM $1,356*

Wild Ones of Borneo, 9 Days


Day 1: Kota Kinabalu. Accommodation: Cititel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu Welcome to Malaysia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a Day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. f you have time we highly recommend a trip out to Tunku Abdul Rahman NP. Here you can swim in crystal clear blue waters on one of 3 islands. You can easily organise this trip locally, just head to the Jesselton Point where you can buy a ticket to catch a boat transfer to one of the Islands. The boat ticket should cost approx MYR40, we recommend using the boat company called Beach Bums and you will pay a park entrance fee of MYR10 upon arrival at the Island. It is also possible to hire snorkelling equipment on the islands. If this sounds too much like hard work why no take in the Sabah Musuem or have a walk along the waterfront. Day 2-3: Limbang - Iban Longhouse. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Accommodation: Purnama Hotel or similar, Limbang Feel like a local by travelling to our overnight homestay with the local Iban people - descendents of headhunters. Don't piss them off. Day 2 Our Journey to Sarawak starts from Jesselton point where we take the Public Ferry across to Labuan in the morning (approx. 2 hours) Labuan is a tax free island so a great place to purchase some duty free before boarding our second boat across to Limbang (2 hours) a frontier town in Sarawak. We will overnight in Limbang and prepare for our trip out into the wilderness. Day 3 Today we will send our large bags onwards to Miri where we will collect them from in 4 Days time. You will need to repack your bags and take everything you need with you for 4 Days in your smaller bag. From Limbang we take local minivans to Kuala Medamit where we board longboats and power our way up river (2-3hours). Sometimes depending on how much rainfall there has been you might need to get out of the boat and assist in pushing it over the shallow parts. Tonight we will overnight at an Iban longhouse - due to its remote location electricity is from a generator and it only available for a few hours a Day. Enjoy the chance to meet and interact with a genuine Iban tribe. Overnight in the longhouse after a glass or two of rice wine. The longhouse is very traditional where we will sleep on mattresses on the floor, usually in the same room, there is shared squat toliets and traditional bucket showers. Day 4: Headhunters Trail. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Few people who aren't into headhunting get to walk this trail, so think yourself very lucky. Tonight's accommodation is pretty basic, but you are in the middle of a rainforest, so suck it up Say goodbye to our Iban friends and get back into boats for another 1 hour up river to the starting point of our jungle trek. Here we will stride out into the jungle. It's a 11.3KM into the heart of Mulu NP along the way keep your eyes open for wildlife as we walk through this pristine environment. This section of the walk is known as the headhunters trail - a trail originally used by Kayan headhunter warriors to launch raids on Limbang. We stay tonight in the beautiful Melinau gorge in Mulu NP. Accommodation is basic in a fixed camp on raised sleeping platforms. Sleeping mats are available but mosquito nets are available for an extra charge. Day 5-6: Mulu National Park. Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch Bats, caves and canopy walks through the treetops - what more could you ask for Day 5 Did you know that bats always turn left when exiting a cave? Test the theory tonight when you watch the mass exodus of over 3 million bats from Deer Cave.We have an 8.5KM walk to the end of the trail where we will take boats to Clearwater and wind cave. These caves are spectacular and we will have a guide show us around and explain how they were formed. Afterwards there is time for refreshing dip in the river before jumping back in the boats to go to Mulu HQ (20mins) We overnight at Mulu HQ tonight in dorm rooms. There is the chance for an optional night walk in search of creepy crawlies. Day 6 Today you have a free morning. There is much to see in Mulu being a Unesco World Heritage site. You can take to the treetops on the world's longest canopy walkway or do some of the self-guided walking trails throughout the park. In the late afternoon we will make a visit to the famous Mulu show caves- Deer and Lang (about a 2km walk along board walks). Deer cave is one of the largest single cave passages in the world where millions of bats live. As it turns to dusk we can watch the bat exodus as they fly out in search of food. Its estimated that each bat consumes around 10 ounces of insects a night - that's about 5 -6 tons a night Day 7-9: Kuching. Meals included: 3 breakfasts Accommodation: Telang Usan Hotel or similar, Kuching Head to Kuching and then a full Day at Bako National Park. Day 7 Today we Fly to Kuching via Miri (to collect our big bags) on the banks of the Sarawak River. Plenty of free time to wonder along the waterfront and enjoy a Sarawak laksa loaded with fresh prawn, lime and chilli. There is chance to visit the Sarawak museum or fort margarita or just kick back riverside with an icecream. Day 8 Today we head to the nearby Bako NP. We take a private bus to Bako Jetty (approx. 45 mins) and then transfer to longboats for the 15 min ride into Bako. Bako is famous for its abundant wildlife you will have the chance to see Long tailed Macaques, wilde boar and Proboscis monkeys (or "Big Nose" as the other animals call them). Depending on the time of tides we will take a trek over to Teluk Panda Kecil - a beautiful beach (approx. 3 hours return) in the afternoon we return to Kuching. We spend the final evening in Kuching your leader will take you for some local chow and if you are lucky (or unlucky) some karaoke. Day 9 The trip ends after breakfast.

Travel Dates: All departures prior to 31 October 2015

9 days
FROM $1,356*
9 days FROM $1,356*

Sabah - The Greatest Land You've Never Heard Of, 10 Days


Day 1: Kota Kinabalu. Accommodation: Cititel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu The locals have finally settled on calling it Kota Kinabalu (KK), after previous name-changes included Deasoka (below the coconut tree), Singgah Mata (pleasing to the eye) and Api-Api (fire). Arrive in KK and get to know the area before your welcome meeting at 6pm. Perhaps visit the Sabah Museum and the State Mosque. Why not escape the hustle and bustle of Kota Kinabalu and take a walk up Signal Hill, which offers great views over the city. ALTITUDE SICKNESS: Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor. During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Sabah Museum MYR15 Boat trip to Tungku Abdul Rahman Park MYR70 Mari Mari Cultural Village MYR155 (with transfer) North Borneo Railway MYR290 Day 2: Sepilok. Accommodation: Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar, Sandakan Transfer for the airport for your flight to Sandakan (40 min). On arrival we drive to Sepilok, 25 km and appprox 1 hour away. Meet the rellies at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. They'll tug on your heartstrings then spend half an hour picking their noses. They'd fit right in at home. View rare orangutans swinging freely in the trees, especially around feeding time. Spend a night in dorm rooms at a jungle lodge in Sepilok. INCLUDED ACTIVITIES: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Chinese Temple Agnes Keith House MYR15 Sun Bear Conservation Centre MYR30 Rainforest Discovery Centre MYR15 Day 3-4: Kinabatangan River. Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Accommodation: Kinabatangan Camp or similar, Kinabatangan River Head to Kinabatangan River Today by minibus (60km, approx 2 hours) and take a dusk cruise up the Kinabatangan River - the perfect vantage point from which we can marvel at the peaceful wilderness. If you're lucky you might spot a wild orangutan or an elephant. We'll spend one night here in a community run eco camp hut right in the middle of a nature lover's paradise. The following Day we have loads of fun activities, start off with a walk through the jungle, then you will visit a commuinity based reforestation project where you can help plant some trees, before heading to your family homestay for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit Batu Tulung Burial Caves to see the carved caves. If your still feeling active we recommend a volleyball or football match with the locals. We spend the night in a family homestay and are treated to a local cultral performance over dinner. INCLUDED ACTIVITIES: Kinabatangan River boat trip Cultural show Nature trek Batu Tuluig Burial Caves Day 5: Mesilau. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Accommodation: Mesilau Nature Park HQ or similar, Mesilau Travel to Mesilau Nature Resort via Kudasang by mini bus Today (approx 6 hours total). Time for a few stats: Mesilau has 4500 species of plants, 289 species of birds and 290 types of butterflies. Numbers are for nerds but that's pretty darn impressive. Stay in the park's headquarters in dormitory accommodation with shared facilities. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Kundasang War Memorial MYR10 Nature trail walks Day 6-7: Mt Kinabalu. Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Accommodation: Lapan Rata Resthouse , Lapan Rata No joke - this is a really hard climb and you will need to be fit and prepared. Don't forget we are at altitude here (highest point 4095m), so definitely don't underestimate the degree of difficulty Altitude sickness can be a reality for some. Please ensure you are aware of the symptoms and speak to your leader or guide immediately if you are feeling unwell. Make sure you have good footwear for the trek and wet weather gear just in case. Our past travellers recommend bringing lots of socks. You will also need a head torch as we commence the final part of the climb in the dark. Pack a light overnight bag for the climb as we will stay overnight on the mountain. We begin the climb up Mt Kinabalu from Mesilau on Day 6. The trail from Mesilau is a slightly longer route than the route that starts at Mt Kinabalu Park however it receives far less visitors and has a more varied terrain. It's not an easy walk, being uphill all the way, and you need to be prepared to tackle a trail made up of steep steps that vary considerably in size. Altitude can also affect you, regardless of your fitness level, and it will certainly slow you down a fair bit (it's important that you educate yourself about the dangers of altitude sickness and its symptoms). Ensure you have warm layers, waterproof gloves, hat, head torch, waterproof jacket and good walking shoes/boots. Walking sticks are very useful. The top of the mountain is deceptively cold. However, there's absolutely no rush so take your time and enjoy the pristine environment - this is an area which boasts a remarkable variety of plant life, including some 1,000 species of orchid and the extraordinary carnivorous pitcher plant. We cover 6 km on the first Day (approx 4-6 hrs) and stop at a resthouse near Laban Rata (3,272 m) for the night. The resthouses have very basic, mixed gender, multishare bunk rooms, additional blankets can be hired from the park office. There's some basic food available at the resthouses but we really recommend bringing some of your own. Go to bed early, so you're ready for the final climb in the super early morning. We consider the Mt Kinabalu trek to be a huge highlight of the trip but if you decide the trek is just not for you, we can provide alternative arrangements if advised at time of booking. Please note that if you decide not to climb no other activities will be included and you will be without a leader for the time the group is on the mountain. For more information on the trekking alternative please see the 'Important Notes' section in the trip notes. On Day 7 we rise around 2am in order to catch the sunrise at the summit of Mt Kinabalu (4,095 m). It's difficult walking, but you'll feel a huge sense of achievement. Also, the view from the summit is stupendous - the jungles of Borneo in one direction, the South China Sea in the other, making every inch of the climb worthwhile. The climb from Laban Rata to the summit takes between 2 and 4 hours. Even if you are very fit you may find this section of the climb difficult because of the altitude. This can make you feel quite nauseous and short of breath. The trail is marked by a white rope that's also useful to help you up some of the steep sections. Waterproof gloves are recommended to protect your hands from rope burn (as well as to keep them warm). After witnessing the morning sunrise, return to Laban Rata for breakfast, then descend the mountain (approx 3-6 hrs) and enjoy a rewarding lunch at the bottom (not included). Once everyone is down from the mountain we continue on to nearby Kundasang were we will stay for the night. INCLUDED ACTIVITIES: Mt Kinabalu Climb (including permit & guide) Day 8-10: Kota Kinabalu. Meals included: 3 breakfasts Accommodation: Seaside Traveller Inn or similar, Kota Kinabalu From Kundasang we drive to the Kinarut seashore near KK via Poring Hot Springs (approx 3 hours total). Soak in the springs, take an interesting walk along the canopy walkway located high in the treetops, or visit a tropical garden. We have free time on Day 9 to enjoy at your leisure. Laze by the pool or perhaps hire a kayak for a paddle on the warm waters off the South China Sea. Check out the sea life with an optional scuba diving trip to the nearby islands. Your leader can help you organise this scuba diving trip. The trip ends after breakfast on Day 10. There are no activities included on this Day and you are free to depart at any time. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Poring Hotsprings Kayaking Canopy Walk Tungku Abdul Rahman Park Scuba Diving MYR330 for 2 dives

Travel Dates: All departures prior to 31 October 2015

10 days
FROM $1,467*
10 days FROM $1,467*

Sabah - the Greatest Land You've Never Heard of

Borneo, Malaysia

Day 1: Kota KinabaluArrive in Kota Kinabalu. It’s the capital of Sabah state and translates literally to ‘City of the Revered Place of the Dead’. Relax though – no zombies here. Take some time to explore this balmy city and perhaps visit Sabah Museum and the State Mosque. Stroll up Signal Hill to admire the city’s bustle from afar.Day 2: SepilokSwing past the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and meet the world’s cutest red heads. Watch them eating bananas while hanging upside down like it ain’t no thang. Feel immensely jealous. Stop in at the Sandakan War Memorial, located on the original site of a Prisoner of War camp to learn about the horrific World War 2 Death Marches. Spend the night at a lodge in Sepilok.Day 3-4: Kinabatangan RiverHead overland to an area known as Sukau and stop by the MESCOT Eco-Tourism project and hear about local conservation initiatives. Once you’re down with the local wildlife, snuggle down for a sleepover in an authentic bush camp hut – pillow fights optional but recommended. Head out on a dusk boat ride along the Kinabatangan River, keeping an eye out for wild orangutans, Proboscis monkeys (them funny fellas with the big noses) and maybe even elephants.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: MesilauDrive on to Kudasang for some hang time at the Mesilau Nature Resort. It’s home to 4500 species of plants, 289 species of birds and 290 butterflies. Numbers may be boring, but that’s pretty cool.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 6-7: Mt KinabaluSpend the next two tramping up and down South East Asia’s highest point. Mt. Kinabalu taps out at 4,095 meters (compared to Everest’s 8,848m). We promise you’ll remember – sometimes for the effort, mostly for the scenery – every single metre. You may even see the world’s biggest (and arguably, smelliest) flower – the Rafflesia. Reach the summit early morning on Day 2 and catch an epic sunrise.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8-10: Kota KinabaluHead to the Poring Hot Springs and reward your muscles with a good soaking. Take a walk amongst the treetops or visit a tropical garden. You’ve got two nights to hang by the seaside here… laze by the pool, hire a canoe for an ocean paddle or sign up for a scuba diving trip out to nearby islands. Oh yeeeahhh. Then it’s bye-bye Borneo.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinner

Travel Dates: From 12-Jul-2015 to 03-Jan-2017

10 days
FROM $1,492*
10 days FROM $1,492*

Land of the Orangutan - Family Adventure

Borneo, Malaysia

Day 1: Kota KinabaluArrive in Kota Kinabalu and enjoy free time until the welcome meeting in the evening.Day 2: Mount Kinabalu National ParkHead for the hills and the Kinabalu National Park. Arrive for lunch and spend the afternoon walking and taking in the mountain views on the numerous trails.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 3: Kinabatangan Jungle CampRise early to catch glimpses of Mount Kinabalu before journeying to Poring Hot Springs (approx. 1 hr), for a soak in the thermal pools, a walk around the trails in the reserve, or a swim in a nearby waterfall.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Sepolik Orangutan ReserveJourney by local bus (approx. 5 hrs) to Kinabatangan and spend two nights as the guests of members of the local ecological organisation, MESCOT. Head by boat (approx. 30 minutes) into the jungle where you'll stay by Oxbow Lake - the best way to experience untamed Borneo.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 5: Pulau Tiga National ParkReturn to a local Malay village and be invited into the homes of the local people. Spend the nightin a local family's home.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 6: Kota KinabaluHead to Sepilok (approx. 2 hours) and settle in to the guesthouse. Visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, in the afternoon and view the monkeys - found only on the island of Borneo.Stop by the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and spend time observing these creatures.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 7: Kota KinabaluPerhaps visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre, a centre for environmental education. Wander along the steel canopy walkway and take in the views.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 8: Early morning transfer to Sandakan Airport for a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Drive (approx. 2.5 hrs) to Kuala Penyu and travel by speedboat (approx. 30 mins) to a secluded, rustic hideaway on the island of Pulau Tiga.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 9-10: You travel via speedboat (approx. 30 mins) to the mainland where you transfer to a minivan (approx. 2 hrs) to take you to your final destination by the beach. Spend time relaxing on the beachfront.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: The tour ends after breakfast this morning.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinner

Travel Dates: From 19-Jul-2015 to 06-Jan-2016

11 days
FROM $1,680*
11 days FROM $1,680*

Real Food Adventure - Malaysia


Days 1-2 Kuala LumpurMalaysian food has been heavily influenced by centuries of migration and trade. Chinese, India, Portuguese, Dutch and the native Malay - Peranakan. No where is that more evident than in Kuala Lumpur. If you arrive early, grab a map and talk to the hotel staff about things to do in KL. Combine the markets of Chinatown, Indian food and traditional Malay arts and you have the heart of Kuala Lumpur. You might be tempted to head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the Orang Asli Museum and the evening is best spent at the night market sampling the many different cuisines on offer and bargain hunting amongst the many stalls.Days 3-4 MelakaOnce the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, all seeking wealth or an opportunity to control the Straits of Malacca, a vital trading route between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Today, Melaka's wealth of historical sites remind visitors of times gone by and its multicultural past is revealed in its distinctive cuisine.Day 5 Cameron HighlandsHead into Malaysia’s hill stations, where the country’s best tea is produced. Take a sampling tour around the tea plantations and be sure to try the renowned white coffee. Afterwards, indulge in an iconic Cameron Highlands steamboat dinner. Simply choose meats, seafood and fresh vegetables, then plonk them in the spicy soup simmering in the middle of the table and watch dinner cook before your eyes.Days 6-7 Malay HomestayLocated on a picturesque lake just outside of Kuala Kangsar, a stay in the traditional home of some long-time Intrepid friends offers a truly memorable cultural experience. Join your homestay hosts in the kitchen, learn about Malay dining culture and dine on a banquet of mouth-watering regional delicacies.Days 8-10 Pulau LangkawiPenang - Malaysia's prized island - has a beautiful coastline, wonderful cuisine and its colonial heritage is still present in amongst the modern skyscrapers that tower over Georgetown.

Travel Dates: From 12-Jul-2015 to 05-Jan-2016

10 days
FROM $1,685*
10 days FROM $1,685*

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A South East Asian melting pot

The country is partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland, bordered by Thailand in the north, and across the South China Sea it takes in the jungles, mountains and reefs of the northern third of the island of Borneo. The capital is the shiny, modern metropolis of Kuala Lumpur ('KL'). One of its tourism hotspots is the 99-island archipelago of Langkawi, with postcard-perfect beaches. Anyone with a hankering for jungle, beach and heritage will find themselves enjoying Penang.

Such variety is precisely why you can get a lot out of a holiday in Malaysia. If you're a hiking, trekking or watersports junkie, Sabah might tick all your holiday boxes, boasting Malaysia's highest mountain, teeming wildlife and some of the best diving in the world amid the Sipadan Islands. Sabah's capital, Kota Kinabalu is the city base for most travellers in this part of the world.

You don't need to be an outdoors type to enjoy Malaysia either. The country is home to high-class restaurants, shopping and pampering options to avail yourself of in KL. Luxury hotels also have affordable price tags too. But come and see for yourself exactly what's on offer.

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