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My Dream Trip - Borneo: Rainforests, Longhouses And Orangutans
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My Dream Trip - Borneo: Rainforests, Longhouses and orangutans

10 days & 9 nights,

Kota Kinabalu, Kinabalu National Park, Kinabatangan River, Sandakan & Gaya Island

Accompanied by Renee VanDrent, Asia Destination Manager, discover one of the world's last wild places. Known for its dense rainforests, tropical coastal islands and incredible jungle valleys, northern Borneo boasts nearly untouched villages and endangered wildlife within an astounding landscape. On this extraordinary journey, spot the world's largest flower, marvel at the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia and experience one of the planet's best marine sites in the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Kota Kinabalu

    Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu, you will be met and escorted to your hotel.

    Shangri-La Ria Resort - 1 Night
  • Day 2
    To Kinabalu National Park

    After breakfast, depart for Kinabalu National Park. En route, stop at a small village to meet the hospitable locals and tour a traditional home. Upon arrival at the park, set out for a guided hike on one of the walking trails. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions.

    Nepenthes Lodge - 1 Night (B, L, D)
  • Day 3
    To Kinabatangan

    After breakfast this morning, travel to the banks of the Kinabatangan River, one of only two known places on earth where ten primate species can be found, including long-nosed proboscis monkey and Bornean orangutan, as well as Borneo pygmy elephant, clouded leopard, sun bear and slow loris.

    Sukau Rainforest Lodge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 4
    Kinabatangan River

    You might awaken to the call of a Bornean gibbon. Enjoy a morning cruise down the river as you search for long tail macaque cavorting in the treetops. Depending on water levels, take a guided walk to the Oxbow Lakes and then return to your lodge for some relaxation.

    Sukau Rainforest Lodge (B, L,)
  • Day 5
    To Sandakan

    Today, we make our way to Sandakan with a stop en route at the Gomantong Caves, a protected area for wildlife. For centuries, the caves have been renowned for their valuable edible swiftlet nests, which are harvested for bird's nest soup. This afternoon, we arrive in Sandakan, which was once the capital of British North Borneo.

    Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan - 2 NIghts (B)
  • Day 6

    Venture inland today to get up close and personal with the rescued proboscis monkeys at the Labuk Bay Sanctuary. Continue to visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and participate in the rehabilitation that re-introduces orphaned orangutans back into the wild.

    Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan (B, D)
  • Day 7
    To Gaya Island

    After breakfast today, we head to Sandakan Airport for a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, a short boat ride takes us to Pulau Gaya where we will be escorted to the Gaya Island Resort, which is set on an island within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

    Gaya Island Resort - 2 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 8
    Gaya Island

    Enjoy the day at leisure exploring the lush landscapes surrounding the resort. Go underwater on a guided scuba trip, and learn about the turtle and coral reef conservation programs of the park. Don't forget to leave some time to pamper yourself in the resort's lovely spa.

    Gaya Island Resort (B, D)
  • Day 9
    To Kota Kinabalu

    Arrive back in Kota Kinabalu; travel back in time to romance of the colonial days on a steam train ride through rural villages, rubber plantations and rice fields. Stop at the Kinarut Chinese temple before continuing to the village of Papar. Disembark to browse the wares at the local market before heading back to Kota Kinabalu. On the return journey, enjoy a traditional tiffin lunch. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

    Shangri-La Ria Resort (B, L, D)
  • Day 10
    Depart Kota Kinabalu

    Bid farewell to Borneo as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

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