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Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo's Orangutans with Kota Kinabalu - Private Tour

16 Day Escorted Tour With 4 Day Extension

Malaysia, South East Asia
Intermediate Pace

Nestled between the spectacular Crocker range and the inviting waters of the South China Sea, the bustling metropolis and tranquil resorts which surround the city offer visitors a warm climate with a wealth of activities to suite your pace.

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Peace and tranquillity for 3 nights
  • Embark on a walking tour of Penang's vibrant capital, Georgetown
  • Gain insight into authentic Malaysian culture and everyday life
  • Sample a refreshing cup of BOH tea before exploring Cameron Highlands Agricultural district
  • Travel to Malaysia's Capital Kuala Lumpur on a scenic journey
  • Discover Kuala Lumpur on a half day city tour
  • Spend a night in the colonial city of Malacca
  • Enjoy panoramic views over Singapore's cityscape from Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck
  • Catch a glimpse of cheeky Orangutans at Semenggoh Nature Reserve
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Coach
Boat
Airplane
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Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Penang

Depart London on your overnight flight to Penang via Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2
Penang

On arrival into Penang, meet your local guide and transfer to tonight's hotel.

Day 3
Penang

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Take the morning to relax after your flight. Join the group for lunch and afterwards embark on a half-day coach tour of Georgetown including the Chinese Water Villages, Street of Harmony and Goddess of Mercy. Return to the hotel for a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 4
Penang

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart for Penang Botanical Garden, home to huge variety of indigenous and exotic plant species and established by the British in 1884. Next, travel along the beautiful coastline and sandy beaches of Batu Ferringhi stopping to witness traditional Batik weaving and dying processes. Return to Georgetown to marvel at the extravagant 33-metre-long gold-plated reclining Buddha, situated inside a magnificent Thai temple on Burma Lane.

Day 5
Penang to Cameron Highlands

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit Orangutan Island, a rehabilitation and conservation centre, before continuing to the Cameron Highlands, where the landscape is dominated by lush tea plantations, soaring almost 2,000 metres above sea level.

Day 6
Cameron Highlands

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Bask in Malaysia's natural splendour at the verdant BOH Tea Plantation, relishing in the picturesque views of three sequential tea gardens which stretch as far as the eye can see and sample a refreshing cup of BOH tea. Take a walk down memory lane at Time Tunnel Museum by observing an extensive assembly of memorabilia which date back to the pre-war years and later, and visit the Butterfly Garden.

Day 7
Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur

Breakfast & Lunch

After breakfast, embark on a scenic coach journey through rural countryside to Malaysia's capital city. Your evening is free to begin exploring this fascinating city at your own pace.

Day 8
Kuala Lumpur

Breakfast

A half day sightseeing tour begins gazing 452 metres into the sky for a photo opportunity of one of Malaysia's most iconic buildings - Petronas Twin Towers. Continue to Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown district and immerse yourself in authentic oriental culture as you crisscross through swarming, vibrant market stalls. Next, witness Parliament House's unique contemporary design distinguished by its eleven triangular peaks, before a poignant visit to the National War Memorial monument, whose bronze cenotaph serves as a moving tribute to Malaysia's fallen Soldiers. Journey onwards to the New Kings Palace for a glimpse of the remarkable 22 golden domes enclosed within a heavily guarded palace complex, before heading to the grand Federal Court. On your return, look out for the Masjid Negara mosque as you drive by a striking example of modernistic Malaysian architecture Later, enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 9
Kuala Lumpur to Malacca

Breakfast & Lunch

En-route to Malacca, pass by the solemn Bukit Cina, the largest Chinese cemetery outside of China. Continue your journey to the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, where, upon arrival, you will be greeted by the powerful aromas of joss sticks and the temples' richly ornate exterior, adorned with mystical carvings. Next, at Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, witness a collection of restored houses, designed to showcase the distinctive influence that these ancient Chinese settlers had on Malaysian culture. After lunch, take a boat cruise before continuing to Porta De Santiago, the 'Red Square', visit the 18th century Christ Church, majestically stood in the plaza's centre.

Day 10
Malacca to Singapore

Breakfast

This morning, transfer by coach from Malacca to the island nation of Singapore and enjoy an afternoon exploring this cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Maybe take the time to visit Sentosa Island or the Gardens by the Bay

Day 11
Singapore

Breakfast

From the dizzying heights of Marina Bay Sands' futuristic Skypark Observation Deck enjoy breath-taking views of Singapore's impressive cityscape before continuing to Merlion Park for a glimpse of its iconic fountain, a symbol of Singapore's humble beginnings. Next, dedicated to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea, admire intricate carvings on Thian Hock Temple's extravagant exterior, a spellbinding example of traditional Chinese architecture. Later this afternoon, explore an enormous variety of thriving flora at the National Orchid Garden within the city's beautiful Botanical Gardens. Finally, experience the buzz of Chinatown, winding through teeming market stalls and inhaling aromatic scents

Day 12
Singapore to Kuching

Breakfast

Depart Singapore this morning and journey towards Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this beautiful waterside city on the doorstep to Borneo's deep jungle.

Day 13
Kuching

Breakfast & Lunch

A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits this morning as you transfer to Semenggoh Nature Reserve to catch a glimpse of Borneo's most famous residents. Established in 1975, this enchanting sanctuary rescues and nurtures orphaned Orangutans with the intention of releasing the endangered animals back into the wild. Roam the wooden walkways to observe these primates glide between the trees; they sometimes return to the centre at feeding time, for a chance to nibble on a tasty treat.

Day 14
Kuching to Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast

Travel to the captivating capital of Sabah - Kota Kinabalu, on Borneo's northwest coast and upon arrival, transfer to your hotel

Day 15
Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast & Dinner

Embark on a short boat transfer from Kota Kinabalu towards Manukan Island. Spend the rest of the day at leisure enjoying the powder soft sands and crystal clear waters.

Day 16
Kota Kinabalu to the UK

Breakfast

Depart Kota Kinabalu today for your return flight via Kuala Lumpur to the UK or follow onto your chosen extension.

Day 17
Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast

Transfer to your chosen beach hotel on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu.

Day 18
Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast

Relax at leisure at your chosen beach hotel.

Day 19
Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast

Relax at leisure at your chosen beach hotel.

Day 20
Kota Kinabalu to the UK

Breakfast

Transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2022
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February 2022
from £4,757
March 2022
from £4,757
April 2022
from £4,837
May 2022
from £4,577
June 2022
from £4,677
July 2022
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August 2022
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September 2022
from £4,647
October 2022
from £4,217
November 2022
from £4,117
December 2022
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Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort
3 nights
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La
3 nights
Penang, Malaysia
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Important Information

A visa is not required for your trip to Malaysia, Singapore or Borneo. However, your passport should have at least 6 months' validity from the date of entry into Malaysia and Singapore. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:<br /><table class="basic" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><th><b>Age in Years</b></th><th><b>Up to 64</b></th><th><b>65 - 74</b></th><th><b>75 - 85</b></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Up to 17 days cover</td><td>£42</td><td>£79</td><td>£135</td></tr></tbody></table><br />For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Penang International Airport (Via Kuala Lumpur) with Malaysian Airlines, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Baggage Allowance Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 7kg - L36cm/W23cm/H56cm) in size. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Malaysia The currency in Malaysia & Borneo is the Malaysian ringgit, we recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency. Singapore The currency in Singapore is the Singapore dollar, we recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £400-500 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, this will be collected by your guide at the end of your tour for your convenience. The government of Malaysia has introduced a compulsory tourism tax of MYR10 (approximately £2) per room per night which will need to be paid locally to your hotel upon checkout.