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A spellbinding Malaysian adventure, with turtles, orangutans, Kuala Lumpur's bright lights and Borneo's shores – includes breakfast, all travel and tours
Out-of-this-world Malaysia has so much to offer the adventurous visitor – steamy jungles, fascinating wildlife both at sea and on land, buzzing cities and tranquil paradise beaches. Enjoy all this and more with this action-packed holiday, beginning in Borneo’s Sandakan for a raft of jungle, river and wildlife experiences, as well as a stay on Kinabatangan’s peaceful riverside and city slicking in Kuala Lumpur, all before some beach down time on the Langkawi shores.
You’ll kick things off in Sandakan on Borneo’s north coast, where you’ll stay overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan. The next day, you'll take a boat transfer to reach Selingan Turtle Islands Park where, after dinner, you'll get the chance to see turtles laying their eggs on the beach, and help rangers transfer these precious cargo to the hatchery. You may even have the opportunity to witness baby turtles being released safely into the open sea.
Then, it’s on to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where you’ll walk in the tropical forest, witness orangutan feeding and watch endearing youngsters frolicking in the nursery. Later, continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where you can spy these delightful creatures enjoying their natural habitat in the enclosed forest.
You'll then cruise through a magical mangrove forest to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary, where you’ll check-in at Abai Jungle Lodge for an overnight stay by the river. The next morning, a river and wildlife-spotting trip to Pitas Lake awaits (you may spy an elephant family...), following which you'll join in on a tree-planting project and lunch with the locals.
It's back to Sandakan town next, visiting Gomantong Cave en route, before flying to Kuala Lumpur for a two-night stay at Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur - a well-positioned hotel that leaves you within easy access of the metropolis' attractions, from the Petronas Twin Towers to the Golden Triangle. After an included half-day tour, take in a city panorama from the hotel's outdoor pool, unwind in the spa and feast on distinct Asian cuisine at the hotel’s variety of restaurants.
For the final stretch of your Malay meanderings, you'll fly to Langkawi – an awe-inspiring archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia's west coast – for a well-deserved rainforest retreat. For five nights, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of tropical climes, unblemished coastline and your own little place in paradise. The secluded Berjaya Langkawi Resort is the perfect getaway to fully unwind and replenish, with your own Rainforest chalet complete with a rainfall shower and private balcony, overlooking lush greenery.
Seeing the gentle giants of the jungle in person at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Exploring jungle-clad and wildlife-filled Borneo
Taking in Kuala Lumpur's glassy skyscrapers, bustling night markets and tropical gardens
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