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Day 2: En route. Cross the International Date Line and lose one day en route.
Day 3: Kuching. Arrive Kuching, the gateway to the legendary island of Borneo. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to your 5-star hotel to check in and rest from your flight. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your travel companions at the hotel. Merdeka Palace Hotel. Dinner provided.
Day 4: Kuching. Today's full day of touring begins with a short scenic drive to the Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Established in 1975, this 1800-acre virgin forest provides sanctuary to some of Malaysia's most protected wildlife, including hornbills, monkeys, and especially, orphaned or rescued orangutans. At the center, the orangutans are carefully nurtured and rehabilitated for eventual release into the jungle, their natural habitat. You will have the opportunity to learn about the rehabilitation process and to observe and photograph the orangutans from a distance. Continue to the Pitcher Plants and Orchid Centre where the awesome carnivorous pitcher plants and elusive wild orchids of Borneo are thriving.
Day 6: Kuching. Enjoy the day at leisure to explore on your own. An optional tour today takes you to the Gunung Gading National Park in search of the Rafflesia, the largest and one of the most magnificent flowers in the world. Three species of this rare and endangered species, whose buds are believed to have medicinal value, are found in Sarawak. Whether you visit when the flowers are in bloom or you find only the buds, you'll be guaranteed to see the plants in their unique natural rainforest habitat.Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Kuching & Bako. Today you'll travel to Bako National Park, one of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in its natural surroundings. After arrival at Bako, a Malay fishing village built on stilts over the river, enjoy a 30-minute cruise on the South China Sea to reach this coastal park where beautiful sandy beaches accent sheer cliffs and striking rock formations.
The park is a unique botanical treasure housing 25 distinct types of vegetation that form seven complete ecosystems. Your local guide will help you to explore these ecosystems on the well-marked jungle trails, where you're sure to encounter some of the park's most famous residents such as the rare, long-nosed Proboscis monkeys, macaque monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, sambar deer, Borneo bearded pigs, mousedeer, otter, and monitor lizards. After lunch, trek through the lush forest for more bird watching and wildlife viewing. Bako National Park. (B, L, D)
Grand Seasons Hotel Breakfast provided.
Later this afternoon, join an optional tour to Kuala Selangor, one of the largest firefly colonies in the world. After dinner in this quiet hamlet, proceed to Kampung Kuantan, where skilled local oarsmen will row you upstream in a small boat (Tongkang) in the darkness to witness this spectacular natural light show as thousands of fireflies produce synchronized, rhythmic flashing that creates the image of a flashing Christmas tree. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Kuala Lumpur, USA. Kuala Lumpur/USA. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA, arriving later today. Or, take advantage of your already included international airfare and join our Penang Island Extension.
Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare on the gorgeous island of Penang?
Extend your Taste of Malaysia adventure by adding Penang Island, a tropical paradise off the western coast of Malaysia, famous for its sandy beaches and luxuriant vegetation. Extension includes airfare, 3 nights at the deluxe beach-front Grand Plaza Parkroyal Resort, buffet breakfast daily, a half day guided sightseeing tour and all transfers. Extension begins on the evening of Day 10 and returns to the USA on Day 13.
Day 10: Kuala Lumpur/Penang Island. Depart Kuala Lumpur for beautiful Penang Island. Transfer to your deluxe beachfront hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Grand Plaza Parkroyal Penang or Holiday Inn Penang Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Penang Island. This morning, set out on a half day tour of Georgetown, the largest city on Penang Island. With its narrow streets and prewar shop houses, the town still maintains its colonial charm, while its diverse Chinese, Indian, and Malay population gives the island unique local flavor. Your tour will bring you to some of the city's most important sites: Fort Cornwallis, the Penang Museum, Little India, and Chinatown. Breakfast provided.
Day 13: Penang Island, USA. After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to Penang Island as you transfer to airport for flight to Kuala Lumpur to catch your return flight to the USA arriving later today. Breakfast provided.
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