Orangutan © Tourism Malaysia

Exotic Borneo & Bangkok

Kuching, the gateway to Borneo, Bako National Park, the Semengok Orangutan Center, Batang Ai & Iban Longhouse tour plus Bangkok

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10 days from $2199 $1899
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on May 8, 2017 departure from LAX or SFO*
Book by Oct. 4, 2016 to save up to $300!

Overview

Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, tour escorts & guides for some segments
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 6 open departures, November 2016 – May 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via scheduled China Air wide-body jet including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All intra-Asia flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations in deluxe and superior first class hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily and 4 lunches
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours
  • Professional English speaking tour guides
Highlights Kuching, Bako, Batang Ai, Bangkok. Bako National Park, Semengok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, Wat Arun. Optional extensions to Kuala Lumpur or Phuket Island
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO) (flight schedule)
Themes Active,  Nature & Wildlife
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip.
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Exotic Borneo & Bangkok tour itinerary If you've been dreaming of a vacation to Southeast Asia, then this is the tour package for you! Your journey begins on the island of Borneo, where a mosaic of indigenous tribes, intriguing history, ancient rainforests, and diverse wildlife await. Your discovery of this fascinating region continues in Thailand, where you'll enjoy a few days in the bustling capital city of Bangkok and a special opportunity to take an optional tour of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the historic River Kwai. Top off your visit by taking advantage of your already-included airfare and joining our optional extension to Phuket Island, Thailand's most famous resort.

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Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Oct 4
Mon Sep 12 2016 Wed Sep 21 2016 $1959   Departed
Mon Oct 10 2016 Wed Oct 19 2016 $2259 $1959 Closed
Mon Nov 28 2016 Wed Dec 7 2016 $2299 $1999 Available
Mon Jan 9 2017 Wed Jan 18 2017 $2299 $1999 Available
Mon Feb 13 2017 Wed Feb 22 2017 $2299 $1999 Available
Mon Mar 6 2017 Wed Mar 15 2017 $2299 $1999 Available
Mon Apr 3 2017 Wed Apr 12 2017 $2259 $1959 Available
Mon May 8 2017 Wed May 17 2017 $2199 $1899 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Extensions

Exotic Borneo & Bangkok
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$399
Kuala Lumpur Pre-Tour Extension
Kuala Lumpur Extension +$399
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$189
Phuket Island Post-Tour Extension
Phuket Island Extension
Nov 28 +$629
Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 6 +$649
All other departures +$599
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Nov 28 +$299
Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 6 +$349
All other departures +$249

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX) included
San Francisco (SFO) included
New York Kennedy (JFK)
Sep 12, Oct 10, Apr 3 +$150
Nov 28, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 6 +$175
All other departures +$75

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Coming from New York Kennedy (JFK): Due to China Airlines' schedule, passengers returning to JFK from Bangkok on departures between August 2016 and May 2017 will have an additional night in Bangkok and return on to JFK on Day 11, the extra night is included in the add-on cost. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.

Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $800

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Your fascinating journey begins tonight as you check-in for your flight bound for Malaysia.

Day 2: En route

  • Cross the International Date Line and lose one day en route. (You'll recover a day on your return trip.)

Day 3: Arrive Kuching

Accommodations: 2 nights Hilton Kuching.

  • Via Kuala Lumpur, arrive today in Kuching, the gateway to the legendary island of Borneo
  • After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to your centrally located hotel for check-in
  • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax and get acquainted with your new surroundings

Day 4: Kuching & Bako

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Sightseeing of Bako National Park
  • Upon return to Kuching remainder of the day at leisure

Bako National Park  © Tourism MalaysiaFull Day Itinerary: Sightseeing begins today at 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 this remote coastal park.

Millions of years of erosion have sculpted a coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands, fantastically shaped arches and seastacks, and stretches of beautiful white, sandy beaches. 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 on well-marked jungle trails.

Endangered Proboscis MonkeyKeep an eye out for some of the park's most famous residents: the rare, long-nosed Proboscis monkeys, macaque monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, sambar deer, Borneo bearded pigs, mousedeer, otter, and monitor lizards. After lunch, return to your hotel in Kuching, where you'll have the rest of the day at leisure. (The Bako National Park excursion is subject to weather conditions, alternative sightseeing to Kubah National Park may be provided.)

Day 5: Kuching & Batang Ai

Accommodations: 2 nights Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat, Kuching. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Visit to the Semengok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
  • Local lunch in the small town of Lachau
  • Travel by boat across the Batang Ai Reservoir to your hotel

Orangutan in KuchingFull Day Itinerary: Today's touring begins with a short, scenic drive to the Semengok 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. Note: Since the orangutans in Semengok are semi-wild, sightings cannot be guaranteed.

From Semengok, proceed to Batang Ai. After lunch in the small town of Lachau, sit back and enjoy the rest of the drive through the scenic countryside of rice fields, cocoa and rubber plantations, luxuriant tropical rainforest, wild orchids, and mountain ranges. Travel by boat across the Batang Ai Reservoir to your hotel.

Day 6: Batang Ai Longhouse Excursion

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Sail by longboat across the lake down the Engkari River to an authentic Iban longhouse, an entire village under one roof
  • Enjoy lunch in the longhouse

Borneo villagers  © Tourism MalaysiaFull Day Itinerary: A special treat awaits you today as take a longboat down the Engkari River to a real Iban longhouse, an entire village under one roof. Experience the legendary hospitality and charm of the locals as you learn about their fascinating culture. Join in their traditional dance and music as they welcome you with a cultural performance, followed by a blow pipe demonstration.

Enjoy a picnic lunch by the riverbank or in the longhouse, depending on water conditions. Time permitting, enjoy a short walk trek through the jungle around the longhouse before returning to Batang Ai.

Day 7: Borneo/Thailand

Accommodations: 3 nights Royal Orchid Sheraton, Bangkok. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Depart for Kuching, stopping for lunch at a charming roadside town
  • Transfer to the Kuching Airport for your flight to Thailand
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Sarawak traditional longhouse villageFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart for Kuching, stopping for lunch at a charming roadside town. Later today, transfer to the Kuching Airport for your flight to Thailand. Following customs formalities, meet our representatives and transfer to your centrally located hotel in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand's bustling capital city.

 

Day 8: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a morning tour of Bangkok including the Royal Grand Palace
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own

Chao Phraya River, BangkokFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, you will be picked up for the half day sightseeing to the old heritage of Siam. The tour will start with the Royal Grand Palace, Bangkok’s number one ‘must-see’ attraction as well as Thailand’s most important landmark. You will visit the main sites including the magnificent throne halls and the Emerald Buddha. Then continue to visit Wat Pho. Bangkok’s oldest temple is home to the magnificent reclining Buddha as well as the first school of traditional medicine and Thai massage and is also regarded as Thailand’s first University. Return to the hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.

Day 9: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Your last full day in Thailand is at leisure for independent sightseeing, shopping, or optional tours

Day 10: Depart Bangkok/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Bid farewell to Thailand today as you transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the USA via Taipei
  • Or, take advantage of your already-included international airfare and join our optional extension to Phuket Island, Thailand's most famous resort island!
  • Passengers returning to New York (JFK) will overnight in Bangkok and depart in the morning of Day 11.

Kuala Lumpur Pre-Tour Extension

Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare and visit the bustling metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia? You will depart the U.S. 2 days earlier than the departure dates listed.

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Your fascinating journey begins tonight as you check-in for your flight bound for Kuala Lumpur

Day 2: En route

  • Cross the International Date Line and lose one day en route. (You'll recover a day on your return trip.)

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur

2 nights Pullman Hotel & Residence.

  • Arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to your 5-star hotel to check in and rest from your flight
  • Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city on your own, or enjoy the wonderful facilities of your hotel

Day 4: Kuala Lumpur

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Panoramic city tour of Kuala Lumpur
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Kuala Lumpur cityscapeFull Day Itinerary: A city of contrasts, Kuala Lumpur blends modern skyscrapers with impressive historic buildings to create a unique cityscape. Today, enjoy a panoramic city tour including a photo opportunity at the Petronas Twin Towers, the world's tallest buildings until 2004, King's Palace, the National Museum, the National Monument, the Moorish-style railway station, and the superb buildings at the Independence Square, where you can observe the contrast between historical architecture and modern skyscrapers in an abundant setting of greenery. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure then later this evening enjoy dinner and a cultural performance at a local restaurant.

Batu CavesOptional Excursion: Craft Factories & Batu Caves (purchased locally). The area surrounding Kuala Lumpur abounds with cottage industries and nature reserves. See how beautiful pewter products are manufactured at the world famous Royal Selangor factory. Then stop by a batik factory and observe how this traditional fabric is designed and printed. The excursion concludes at the Batu Caves, the famous site of the annual Thaipusam festival in January and February, where almost a million devotees congregate. You'll pass a 140ft statue of the Hindu god Lord Murugan, the world's largest, as you climb the 272-steps to the top of a natural limestone cavern which houses a Hindu shrine. This optional excursion must be purchased locally.

Day 5: Kuala Lumpur & Kuching

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport to meet your fellow travelers arriving from the USA and continue together on your flight to Kuching, where you'll begin your tour of Borneo

Phuket Island Extension

Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare and enjoy a luxurious and relaxing stay on Phuket Island, Thailand's most famous resort?

Day 10: Bangkok & Phuket

Accommodations: 3 nights Amari Phuket. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Today you'll fly to Phuket, where the balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 11: Phuket

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full Day at leisure

Phuket beachFull Day Itinerary: Two full days at leisure to relax, shop or tour this scenic island, Thailand's largest. Phuket and the 39 smaller islands to the southeast are studded with tropical forests, mountains, gravity-defying limestone formations, and pristine beaches, surrounded by coral reefs and the aquamarine water of the balmy Andaman Sea.

With warm, humid weather year-round, you'll enjoy plenty of sun-drenched days lounging on the beach and all manner of water sports, including jet-skiing, parasailing, surfing, scuba and snorkeling. Most of the dive locations are suitable for all skill levels, and the waters abound with colorful coral forests, tropical fish and other marine life, including leopard sharks, moray eels, octopus and turtles.

Crown of thorns starfishPhuket is also the sailing and yachting center of Thailand and adjacent countries, with several races and regattas happening throughout the year. And in the unlikely event that you can pull yourself away from the beach, you'll find opportunities to ride horses or elephants, hike, mountain bike, and even golf. Afterwards, unwind at one of the many spas or one of the excellent acrobatic, theatrical or cultural shows.

Join an optional tour to the breathtaking Phi Phi islands, filming location of The Beach. Take a trip by boat and bus to Phang Nha Bay and to the famous limestone spire known as "James Bond Island" for its role in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Phuket is a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and even sea gypsies, whom you'll find warm and welcoming. The west coast of Phuket was hit severely by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, but the resilient people have quickly rebuilt, and almost no evidence of the damage now remains.

Day 12: Phuket

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Another day to relax and enjoy Phuket

Day 13: Phuket, Bangkok, USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Today, transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok. Continue to the USA via Taipei

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Just returned from Thailand, full to the brim! This was an exceptional tour—pace, activities, options, hotels, all exceeded expectations. Our guide, Lek, was outstanding—sensitive to our wants and needs, knowledgeable and instructive, generous in providing "tastes" of Thailand on our excursion and arranging optional visits to places close to her heart that we otherwise would have missed. Our days were full; hers seemed to never stop. Cambodia too was an amazing experience, again with our guide Long catering to the special travel needs of our group. This trip changed my bias against directed tours...Thank you, Friendly Planet!

Kristi McKenzie, Bingham Farms, MI

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