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Malaysia Encompassed

Trip Length

Trip Code

19 days PAMY

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Borneo (Malaysia), Malaysia, Singapore

Start City

End City

Singapore, Singapore Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Malaysia Encompassed

Emerging from Dutch, Portuguese and British rule, Malaysia has prospered into a diverse and multicultural country where Chinese, Malay, Indian and Indo-Chinese cultures have combined to give the nation its unique flavour. Beginning in the futuristic city of Singapore, journey to the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur, hop down to fascinating Malacca (Melaka), enjoy the cultural spoils of an island hideaway and get a dose of colonial history in Penang before winding up the adventure on the beaches of Pulau Langkawi. Sample mouth-watering foods, see a wealth of modern and historical sights and savour the natural beauty of the Malaysian landscape on this treasure-filled trip.<br />
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Borneo is one of the last of the world’s wild places, with its dense rainforests, tropical coastal islands and mysterious jungle valleys. As such, it has become a rare place on this planet today – somewhere where you can still encounter a rich variety of colourful and endangered wildlife, amidst amazing natural scenery. This trip to the Malaysian state of Sabah takes you face to face with many unique species, including orangutans, proboscis monkeys and hornbills.

 

Please note in 2015 this trip will now be called Malaysia & Borneo Encompassed. There will be some iitnerary changes to this trip in 2015. Updated trip notes will be available online from the 1st of October. Please note in 2015 the flight from Langkwai to Kota Kinabalu will now be included in the trip price.

Malaysia Encompassed


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Singapore

Activities:

Day 2-3: Malacca (Melaka)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Activities:

Day 4-5: Kuala Lumpur

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Activities:

Day 6: Kuala Kangsar - Lakeside Homestay

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 7: Kuala Kangsar - Penang

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:

Day 8-9: Penang - Pulau Langkawi

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 10: Kota Kinabalu

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Horizon Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu

Activities:

Day 11: Kinabalu National Park

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Sabah Tea Garden Cottage or similiar, Kinabalu National Park

Activities:

Day 12: Kinabalu National Park - Poring Hot Springs

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Sabah Tea Garden Cottage or similiar, Kinabalu National Park

Activities:

Day 13: Kinabatangan River

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Myne Resort or similiar, Sukau - Kinabatangan River

Activities:

Day 14: Sandakan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Nak Hotel or similiar, Sandakan

Activities:

Day 15: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre - Sandakan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Nak Hotel or similiar, Sandakan

Activities:

Day 16-17: Kota Kinabalu - Manukan Island

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Manukan Island Resort or similiar, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Activities:

Day 18-19: Kota Kinabalu

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Horizon Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

• The services of an expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour.

• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Malacca trishaw tour, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kundasang - war memorial, guided walk around lower Mt Kinabalu, Sabah tea factory tour, Poring Hot Springs canopy walk, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and Sepilok - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

• Shop for bargains in night markets.

• Spend a night in a Malay homestay.

• Learn to prepare the local cuisine in a cooking class.

• Relax on a tropical beach in Langkawi and enjoy stunning views from a cable car.

• Local flight: Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu.

• Orang-utan encounter at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre.

• Boat trip in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park: visit Manukan Island and relax, snorkel or swim.

• Explore with a wildlife cruise on Kinabatangan River.

• Free time to explore Kota Kinabalu.

• Arrival transfer.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights including Langkawi-Kota Kinabalu flight, airport departure taxes, visas, insurance, other meals, any optional tours and activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Borneo (Malaysia)
The below nationalities do not need a visa to travel to Malaysia, if you are travelling as a tourist for up to three months. Other nationalities will need to check with their closest Malaysian embassy or consulate.

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, UK and USA.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We endeavour to update this information as much as possible, but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Malaysia
The below nationalities do not need a visa to travel to Malaysia, if you are travelling as a tourist for up to three moths. Other nationalities will need to check with their closest Malaysian embassy or consulate. Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, UK and USA. The above information has been put together as a guide. We endeavour to update this information as much as possible, but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Singapore
Tourists not requiring a visa will be granted a 30 day stay on arrival. Other nationalities should check with their Singapore embassy or consulate. The below nationalities do not require a visa: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, UK and US The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Borneo (Malaysia)

There are a number of books that make interesting reading and provide an insight into the history, politics and culture of the area. A few suggestions are: Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei -Lonely Planet, Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O'Hanlon, A Stroll through Borneo by James Barclay, Stranger in the Forest by Eric Hansen, The White Rajahs of Borneo by Robert Payne, A History of Malaysia by Barbara Andaya, The Jungle is Neutral by F.S. Chapma, Culture Shock Malaysia by Jo Ann Craig, Culture Shock Borneo by Heidi Munan

Malaysia

Malaysia & Borneo Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei-Lonely Planet A History of Malaysia-Barbara Andaya The Jungle is Neutral-F.S. Chapman Kampong Boy-Straits Times Culture Shock Malaysia-Jo Ann Craig Into the Heart of Borneo-Richard O'Hanlon A stroll through Borneo-James Barclay Culture Shock Borneo-Heidi Munan

Singapore

Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei-Lonely Planet A History of Singapore-C.M. Turnball Raffles-Maurice Collins No Man is an Island-James Minchin Portraits of Places-Brenda SA Yeoh


Important Information

Fellow Travellers
On this trip you may link up with passengers on other Peregrine tours and you may also be accompanied by like-minded travellers from our sister company Intrepid.

Please note the 2014 brochure itinerary has had some itinerary changes since going to print. these changes mainly affect the order of the itinerary. These trip notes show the most accurate itinerary.

FLIGHT - Langkawi to Kota Kinabalu
The flight between Langkawi to Kota Kinabalu is NOT included in the trip cost, and to be booked by the traveller prior to trip commencement. Flights below are from the latest published flight schedule at the time of printing:
Day 10 - Pulau Langkawi - Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia AK6309 to Kuala Lumpur @ 08.55 hours
Air Asia AK5112 Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu @ 12.45 hours
or
Malaysia Airlines MH1439 to Kuala Lumpur @ 10.00 hours
Malaysia Airlines MH2614 Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu @ 12.20 hours
There is a strict 15kg luggage maximum on this trip due to internal flight. Excess luggage is to be paid by the traveller.

Please note there is a mid trip arrival transfer included on day 10 in Kota Kinabalu. Please ensure you advise your flight details at time of booking. Please note we do not include a departure transfer in Langkawi from your hotel to the airport. Your hotel will be able to organise transport for you to the airport. The airport is only 15 minutes drive away.

 

2015 departures

Please note for departures in 2015 the flight from Langkwai to Kota Kinabalu will now be included in the trip price. Travellers will no longer have to purchase this flight seperately.

In 2015 there will be some iitnerary changes, please see summary below and updated trip notes will be available online from the 1st of October 2014

Day 1 Singapore

Day 2 Melaka

Day 3-4 Kuala Lumpur

Day 5-6 Pulau Penang

Day 7-9 Pulau Langkwai

Day 10 Kota Kinabalu

Day 11 Mt Kinabalu      

Day 12-13 Kinabatangan River

Day 14-15 Sandakan

Day 16-17 Manukan Island

Day 18-19 Kota Kinabalu

Local Tour Leaders
By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.

Dress Code
Malaysia is liberal Muslim country as many Malaysian women do not wear headscarves. However, Malaysia is very conservative when compared with standards you may be accustomed to at home and you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders, cleavage and knees should be covered when travelling in Borneo except when on the beach. Wearing skimpy clothing is considered disrespectful to local culture at many of the small local communities we visit.

AMENDMENT TO ITINERARY DEPARTURE 10th of April 2014
Due to operational reasons this trip departing on the 10th of April will stay at the Celyn Resort Kinabalu on day 3 instead of 2 nights at the Sabah Tea Plantation.
Day 11 - Sabah Tea Plantation in a cottage - unchanged
Day 12 - Celyn Resort Kinabalu
All activities will still be included as per the trip notes and we are confident that the Celyn Resort is a great replacement. For more information about this property please see the below link, http://www.celyns.com/resort/index.html

Single Supplement
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

A single supplement is available on this trip for 2014. Please note it does not include the following nights:

Day 6: Malay Homestay

Days 16 and 17 Manukan Island:
Please note at the Myne Resort we use Chalet rooms and Longhouse rooms. When the single room is unavailable in the Chalet you will be accommodated in a single room in the longhouse. Their is no river view in the longhouse rooms. All room facilities are the same.

Local Emergency Contacts
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, the Peregrine local office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

18 August 2014


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