The small city of Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state, on the north eastern...Read more >
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Kota Kinabalu with Malaysia Airlines. Please speak to your travel consultant to discuss alternative flight options. (N)Day 2: Kota Kinabalu
Arrive and transfer to the Hotel Grandis for 2 nights. (N)Day 3: Kinabalu National Park
Follow nature trails through the rich plant life of Kinabalu National Park, where you may be lucky enough to see the exotic and extremely rare Rafflesia plant in flower. Continue to the Kundasang War Memorial, a site that encompasses four beautiful gardens and commemorates the Australian and British prisoners of war, and the local people who helped them, who died during the second world war. (B, L)Day 4: Fly to Sandakan • Sepilok • Abai
Fly south to Sandakan, then transfer to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre to see the morning feeding of the reserve’s orang utans, which will be reintroduced to the wild, then visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre nearby. Transfer to the river and board a shared boat* for a cruise into the jungle down the Kinabatangan river, then check in to the Abai Lodge for 1 night. Afternoon river cruise to search for wildlife, followed by an earlyevening night safari to experience the jungle after dark. (B, L, D)Day 5: River cruise to Sukau
Morning boat trip to Pitas lake, a wonderful opportunity to spot proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and a variety of birdlife. Visit a local village to see a tree-planting project followed by lunch, then cruise* up river to Sukau in search of wild orang utans. Arrive at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, your accommodation for the night. In the afternoon take a short trip down the Menanggul river. (B, L, D)Day 6: River cruise
Cruise* from Sukau to Sandakan and visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre to learn about local flora and fauna. Stroll along the canopy walkway, keeping an eye out for common giant flying squirrels gliding from tree to tree. Stay at the MY Nature Resort. (B, L, D)Day 7: Fly to Kota Kinabalu • Kiulu Valley
Morning flight to Kota Kinabalu. Transfer to the Kiulu Valley and visit a local village eco-tourism project. Join in activities such as traditional rice processing and rubber tapping, followed by a walk in the countryside. Afternoon transfer to the coast for a 2-night stay at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa. (B, L)Day 8: Kota Kinabalu
Day at leisure. Relax on the private beach or visit the hotel’s nature reserve, which has a number of jungle walking trails where you may spot some of the 60 birds species recorded here. (B)Day 9: Fly home
Morning at leisure, then afternoon transfer to the airport for an overnight flight home. (B)Day 10: London
Morning arrival in London. (N)Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information * River boat transport:
Note that the river journeys from Sandakan to Abai and from Sukau back to Sandakan are on a shared basis with passengers who are not Cox & Kings clients.The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Sun bears are the smallest and least known members of the bear species. Their populations are rapidly diminishing in Southeast Asia, as habitats are destroyed by deforestation and bears are killed for commercial exploitation. The mission of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sepilok, Sabah, is to rescue captured sun bears, and promote sun bear conservation in Borneo through animal welfare, conservation, rehabilitation, research and education programmes. There are currently 28 rescued bears at the BSBCC, which the centre aims to eventually reintroduce to the surrounding forest. A visit here is an opportunity to learn more about the animals, and the work the centre is doing to protect them.Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Single supplement
Available on request.Tailor-made travel
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Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is located on the north coast of Sabah, on the 3km-long Dalit beach and surrounded by 160 hectares of tropical gardens. Resort accommodation and interior decor has a Malaysian theme, and there is a range of dining options and leisure facilities that reflect the quality and attention to detail that the Shangri-La hotel group is known for. Guestrooms and suites are available in either the Garden Wing or the Ocean Wing, which faces the sunny, wind-swept seashore.Features: 499 rooms, 6 restaurants, 4 bars, pool, championship golf course, spa,Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Television, safe, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, bath robes.
The MY Nature Resort is located just 15 minutes' drive from Sandakan airport, and 5 minutes from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The resort encompasses 25 acres of landscaped gardens and jungle, with a wooden boardwalk that connects the 24 semi-detached chalets with the restaurant and some jungle walks. The resort organises a daily guided night walk which guests can join to discover the sounds of the forest after dark. Torches can be hired locally for MYR10 ($5). Features: 24 rooms, outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, Wi-Fi (restaurant only). Room amenities: Television, ceiling fan, air conditioning, hairdryer.
The Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is situated 47km from the mouth of the Kinabatangan river in an area of rainforest home to many birds and monkeys. This eco-friendly resort utlilises solar panels for water heating and biodegradable toiletries to minimise its impact on the environment. The lodge's rooms are set in a number of stilited semi-detached bungalows throughout the jungle, connected to the main lodge by a series of walkways. Features: 33 rooms, restaurant/bar, air conditioned TV lounge, terrace. Room amenities: En suite bathroom with hot showers, ceiling fan.
Grandis Hotel takes its name from Ascidieria Grandis, an endemic orchid found on Mount Kinabalu. The hotel is situated in the city centre next to the Suria Sabah shopping centre and a 10-minute walk from the Gaya Street Sunday morning market. The Kota Kinabalu International Airport is less than 20 minutes' drive away. The hotel's restaurant serves a range of local and international dishes. Features: 188 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool with poolside bar, deli, piano lounge, fitness room, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar, coffee & tea making facilities.
The Abai Jungle Lodge is set in the isolated Abai region on the Kinabatangan river and features guestrooms situated in wooden pavilions. The lodge is ecologically conscious and uses rainwater collected in cisterns above the chalets, and low-emission diesel engine generators. Accommodation is basic with no air conditioning, but has clean and comfortable rooms. Features: 26 rooms, restaurant/bar, jungle board walks. Room amenities: Ceiling fan, safe.
Low season from £2995 per person
High season from £3195 per person
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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