If you ever dreamed of experiencing the wild and remote jungles of Borneo - one of the world’s most biodiverse destinations and the planet’s third largest island – then our latest Traveller Tour provides the perfect opportunity.
This not-to-be-repeated, 16-day reader tour features highly-respected experts carefully selected by the editors of Traveller (with the editor of Traveller himself among the quartet of guides).
They’ll each provide readers with insights into Borneo’s rich yet threatened wildlife habitats beyond the usual sights with experiences exclusive to Traveller Tours.
Your in-depth journey around the exotic Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah is set to be a fascinating exploration of one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems that even today few visitors get to savour.
Borneo’s human dimension won’t be overlooked with insights into the island’s charming cities and Indigenous peoples.
No other tour of Borneo offers such a range of expert guest speakers and guides with their tour appearances and participation scheduled at key moments from the start of your itinerary to its conclusion.
Traveller has again partnered with Wendy Wu, one of the world’s leading and trusted escorted journey operators for Borneo, for this latest Traveller Tour.
It represents an exciting opportunity to experience the natural and man-made wonders of Malaysian Borneo as you immerse yourself in the knowledge of our experts.
Spots on this exciting and insightful tour are strictly limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
DAY 1 SEPTEMBER 3
FLY TO KUCHING
Fly to Kuching International Airport. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Hotel: Waterfront Kuching
DAY 2 SEPTEMBER 4
Stroll with your tour guide through the cultural melting pot that is Kuching, the capital of Sarawak and one of south-east Asia’s most underrated cities. Experience the Chinese History Museum along the vibrant Kuching waterfront, visit Ewe Hai Street to view traditional Chinese shop houses and meet a traditional Chinese medicine man and a tin smith craftsman. For lunch, savour a culinary tour through Kuching to sample Sarawak’s signature dishes before boarding a traditional sampan to an island to explore a Malay village. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Traveller editor, Anthony Dennis, who has visited and written about Kuching and Borneo. He will share his thoughts and travel experiences of Borneo and explain why it truly is one of the world’s most extraordinary places. Breakfast (B), lunch (L) and D included
DAY 3 SEPTEMBER 5
BAKO NATIONAL PARK
In the company of Anthony, travel on an air-conditioned vehicle from Kuching to the Malay village of Bako. Take a short boat ride to reach the Bako National Park, where you’re almost guaranteed to see wildlife, including wild boars, silver leaf monkeys, monitor lizards, and, best of all, the proboscis monkey, famed for its pronounced, human-like snout. Lunch today is a barbecue at a scenic beach. Return to your hotel with the option of free time, or a tea break with a Malay family at their house. Enjoy a relaxed dinner with Anthony Dennis. B, L and D
DAY 4 SEPTEMBER 6
KUCHING - SEMONGGOH NATURE RESERVE - BATANG AI
Depart for the Semenggoh Nature Reserve and visit the 740 acre sanctuary for rescued and orphaned orangutans. After the reserve visit we take a comfortable four-hour road trip to Batang Ai, stopping at a native market in Serian followed by a visit to a pepper plantation. Arrive at Batang Ai for a ferry crossing to your accommodation, the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat. Hotel: Aiman Btg Ai. B, L and D
DAY 5 SEPTEMBER 7
IBAN LONGHOUSE TOUR
Spend the day with the former head-hunters of Borneo. Catch a traditional Iban longboat to reach their longhouse village where you’ll be greeted by traditional war dance performances, and taste traditional rice wine “tuak”. Optional add-on: Learn the traditional dances of the Iban tribe, or learn the ancient art of waste weaving at a private workshop in a longhouse. B, L and D
DAY 6 SEPTEMBER 8
BATANG AI - KUCHING
Depart the resort and transfer to your hotel in Kuching, with a lunch stop at a local cafe. Dinner this evening is at a Hindu temple. The local Indian community will welcome you near Kuching’s city centre for a feast of typical South-Indian vegetarian delicacies served on banana leaves. Hotel: Waterfront Kuching B, L and D
DAY 7 SEPTEMBER 9
KUCHING - MULU
Transfer to airport for your flight to Mulu. On arrival proceed to the Mulu National Park for lunch and some exploration. Walk along a wooden pathway through riverine and lowland limestone forest leading to Lang’s Cave featuring stunning stalagmites and stalactites, followed by time at the largest cave passage in the world, Deer Cave. The cave is home to an estimated two to three million bats and, in one of nature’s great spectacles, at dusk they depart the cave in an amazing exodus, heading into the night to feed on insects. C.S. Ling, our tour’s international award-winning wildlife photographer, will be on hand to provide expert photographic advice on how to best capture this moment. Tonight enjoy dinner with C.S. Ling, who will share her experience working and shooting nature and offer further invaluable tips for capturing the perfect wildlife image. Hotel: Mulu Marriott B, L and D
DAY 8 SEPTEMBER 10
MULU CAVES TOUR
In the company of C.S. Ling, enjoy a boat ride to Mulu Caves, stopping at a Penan settlement and visit a small handicraft market. Arrive at Wind Cave and feel its gentle breeze, then take in King’s chamber with its astonishing rock calcite formations, and the most impressive in the system, the Clearwater Cave. Lunch and swim at the Clearwater Spring before returning to your accommodation for free time though C.S. Ling will be on hand to advise and assist guests with their photography. B, L and D
DAY 9 SEPTEMBER 11
MULU - KOTA KINABALU
Transfer to Mulu airport and fly to Kota Kinabalu, a coastal city surrounded by rainforest. Hotel: Horizon Hotel B, L and D
DAY 10 SEPTEMBER 12
KOTA KINABALU – EXPLORATION OF KOTA KINABALU
Spend the morning exploring Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, including a visit to the Sabah Museum with its fine collection of artifacts, a colourful Chinese temple with Borneo’s largest statue of Kwan Yin (the goddess of mercy), and a vibrant handicraft market. Continue on foot to the town’s oldest area, stopping at the Padang Merdeka, Atkinson Clock Tower and Australia Place, a former camp site for Australian troops during World War II. Join Traveller Tours expert guest, Leif Cocks, founder and president of The Orangutan Project, orangutan protection and conservation, for dinner where he will give a talk on his work and the vital importance of habitation conservation in Borneo. B, L and D
DAY 11 SEPTEMBER 13
Depart Kota Kinabalu for a two-hour drive to Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, with Traveller Tours expert guest and world orangutan authority, Leif Cocks. Join Leif for a guided walk along a forest trail. B, L and D
DAY 12 SEPTEMBER 14
KOTA - SANDAKAN – SUKAU
Depart Kota by plane. Arrive in Sandakan and transfer to the multi-award winning ecolodge, the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a member of National Geographic’s coveted Unique Lodges of the World collection. Depart for a river safari to see wildlife and birds, followed by a candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide. Tonight enjoy dinner with Traveller Tours special guest, renowned Malaysian naturalist Irshad Mobarak. He will give a special talk on his work with wildlife in Malaysia. Hotel: Sukau Rainforest B, L and D
DAY 13 SEPTEMBER 15
In the company of Irshad, enjoy a morning wildlife-spotting river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenap Ox-Bow lake, followed by an educational tour along our Hornbill Boardwalk located behind the lodge with Irshad and the in-house naturalist. The afternoon is spent cruising along the river for more wildlife spotting. B, L and D
DAY 14 SEPTEMBER 16
SUKAU - GOMANTONG – SANDAKAN - KOTA KINABALU
Transfer by boat from Sukau and journey overland to the Gomantong Cave to see millions of swiftlets and bats. The swiftlets' nests are collected for the famous Chinese bird’s nest soup. Proceed onwards to Sandakan Town with lunch at an English Tea House, then transfer to Sandakan airport for your flight to the city of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu for a farewell dinner and cultural performances. Hotel: Horizon Hotel B, L and D
DAYS 15-16 SEPTEMBER 17-18
DEPARTURE KOTA KINABALU
Transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for your overnight flight to Sydney or Melbourne. B
TOUR DETAILS AND INCLUSIONS
Departure Date: September 3, 2018
Twin share price: From $AUD8,599 per person
Single hotel supplement: From $AUD1,200 pp
16-days fully inclusive
- International economy class flights from Sydney and Melbourne flying Singapore Airlines
- Internal flights with local carriers
- All domestic transportation in Borneo
- All accommodation/li>
- All meals (from breakfast on day two)
- Touring with expert national escort
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- One Exclusive Experience
Prices are person, twin share. Single supplement applies. Subject to availability. Airline fuel surcharge included and subject to change. While every effort will be made to ensure participation by the special guests, please note that circumstances beyond our control may result in changes to the guests or itinerary.
Booking conditions available at www.wendywutours.com.au ATAS A10517
Ph: 1300 727 998
SATURDAY 9am to 4pm; SUNDAY 10am to 4pm MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9am to 5.30pm