Exotic Borneo & Bangkok

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per person, double occupancy* based on May 7, 2019 departure from LAX
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires Jul. 19, 2018.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring Kuching, the gateway to Borneo, Bako National Park, the Semenggoh Orangutan Center, Batang Ai & Iban Longhouse tour plus Bangkok
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 7 open departures, October 2018 – May 2019
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via scheduled China Airlines 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
Optional
  • Pre-tour extension to Kuala Lumpur
  • Post-tour extension to Phuket Island
Highlights
  • See Kuching, the gateway to Borneo
  • Explore Bako National Park
  • Visit Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
  • Sail by longboat to visit a village in Batang Ai
  • Tour Bangkok, including the Royal Grand Palace
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Themes ActiveBucket ListNature & 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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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.

   

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Jul. 19, 2018!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Tue, Sep. 18, 2018
Returns: Thu, Sep. 27, 2018
Sep 18 – Sep 27 $2399 Closed
Departs: Tue, Oct. 16, 2018
Returns: Thu, Oct. 25, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 16 – Oct 25 $2499 –$300 Jul 19 $2199 Select
Departs: Tue, Nov. 13, 2018
Returns: Thu, Nov. 22, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 13 – Nov 22 $2499 –$300 Jul 19 $2199 Select
Departs: Tue, Dec. 4, 2018
Returns: Thu, Dec. 13, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 4 – Dec 13 $2699 –$300 Jul 19 $2399 Select
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Tue, Jan. 8, 2019
Returns: Thu, Jan. 17, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jan 8 – Jan 17 $2499 –$300 Jul 19 $2199 Select
Departs: Tue, Feb. 26, 2019
Returns: Thu, Mar. 7, 2019
Feb 26 – Mar 7 $2499 Closed
Departs: Tue, Mar. 26, 2019
Returns: Thu, Apr. 4, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 26 – Apr 4 $2499 –$300 Jul 19 $2199 Select
Departs: Tue, Apr. 23, 2019
Returns: Thu, May 2, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 23 – May 2 $2499 –$300 Jul 19 $2199 Select
Departs: Tue, May 7, 2019
Returns: Thu, May 16, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 7 – May 16 $2399 –$300 Jul 19 $2099 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Exotic Borneo & Bangkok
Malaysia Tourism Tax1 (paid separately) +$6.50
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$499

1. Malaysia 'Tourism Tax' was implemented September 1, 2017. The fee is 10 MYR per room, per night and payable directly to the hotel upon check-out. USD amount listed is an approximation of the total cost per person based on 4 nights, double occupancy: 40 MYR. Fee is paid in MYR.

Kuala Lumpur Pre-Tour Extension
Kuala Lumpur Extension
Sep 18, 2018;  Oct 16, 2018;  Nov 13, 2018;  Dec 4, 2018;  Jan 8, 2019;  Feb 26, 2019;  Mar 26, 2019 +$399
All other departures +$449
Malaysia Tourism Tax1 (paid separately) +$3
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Sep 18, 2018;  Oct 16, 2018;  Nov 13, 2018;  Dec 4, 2018;  Jan 8, 2019;  Feb 26, 2019;  Mar 26, 2019 +$149
All other departures +$199

1. Malaysia 'Tourism Tax' was implemented September 1, 2017. THe fee is 10 MYR per room, per night and payable directly to the hotel upon check-out. USD amount listed is an approximation of the total cost per person based on 2 nights, double occupancy: 20 MYR. Fee is paid in MYR.

Phuket Island Post-Tour Extension
Phuket Island Extension
Sep 18, 2018;  Oct 16, 2018 +$549
Nov 13, 2018;  Dec 4, 2018;  Jan 8, 2019;  Feb 26, 2019 +$649
All other departures +$599
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Nov 13, 2018;  Dec 4, 2018;  Jan 8, 2019;  Feb 26, 2019 +$299
All other departures +$249

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

Want to find a roommate and avoid single occupancy fees? We can help! Learn more
Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX)1 included
San Francisco (SFO) unavailable
New York Kennedy (JFK) unavailable

1. For flights from LAX, upgrades may be available to Premium Economy starting from $1,000 and to Business Class starting from $4,000. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

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

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

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. 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. 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 or similar.

  • 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

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 or similar, Kuching. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Visit to the Semenggoh 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 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. Note: Since the orangutans in Semenggoh 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 by the riverbank or in the longhouse

Borneo villagers © Tourism MalaysiaFull Day Itinerary: A special treat awaits you today as you 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 trek through the jungle around the longhouse before returning to Batang Ai.

Day 7: Borneo/Thailand

Accommodations: 3 nights COMO Metropolitan or similar, 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 Wat Pho
  • Tour 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 & dinner.

  • Your last full day in Thailand is at leisure for independent sightseeing, shopping, or optional tours
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

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!

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 Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur or similar, Kuala Lumpur. 

  • 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
  • This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and then a cultural performance

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 at a local restaurant and then a cultural performance.

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 or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

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

Day 11-12: Phuket

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full Day at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion

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. 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.

Optional Excursion: Day Cruise by June Bahtra, $135 pp (purchased locally). Departing early this morning, experience the spectacular limestone scenery of Phang Nga Bay onboard the June Bahtra, a traditional Chinese junk bearing designs from Thai, Malay and Dutch influences. Recline on comfortable deck cushions below the schooner’s striking red sails as the scores of beautiful islands and towering limestone spectacles unfold before you. Stopping at a deserted white sandy beach, a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters beckons. Later, a ride on a long tail boat will take you to the caves and grottoes scattered throughout the mangrove delta, with birdsong and monkey chatter keeping you entertained along the way. At James Bond Island, revel in the views of the iconic rock formation jutting out of the azure bay. Back onboard, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of freshly caught seafood followed by a leisurely afternoon of swimming, sunbathing and relaxation. Sailing the open sea on this idyllic cruise will definitely make an unforgettable memory. (Lunch included)

Optional Excursion: Day Tour of Phi Phi Island by Speedboat, $120 pp (purchased locally). Departing this morning, escape to a quieter and more natural side of southern Thailand with this day trip from Phuket. Travel by speedboat across the Andaman Sea to the six scenic Phi Phi Islands. The journey to Phi Phi takes around 45 minutes, passing by spectacular limestone karsts that jut out from the blue seas. Sit back and relax, enjoying the views as the boat cruises closer to paradise. 

Continue around the islands, visiting Lho Sa Mah, Phi Phi Lay Cove and Monkey Beach. Each of these stretches of island boasts swaying palm trees and white sands. There are also calm, clear waters brimming with fish for those who wish to discover Thailand’s underwater beauty. 

During the day, lunch will be served at Tongsai Bay. This southern stretch of Phi Phi Ley Island offers sweeping views of the surrounding sea. The afternoon is spent cruising to Bamboo and Khai Islands, for more chances to snorkel and swim in the Andaman Sea. (Lunch included)

Day 13: Depart Phuket/Arrive 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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When I called with a few additional questions, your staff answered them completely. They were friendly, professional and very helpful. Both Matt and Chi, our tour guides, were fantastic. They both made sure that we were well taken care of at all times. Chi was so much fun to be around. He went out of his way to see that we all had a perfect trip. He helped us plan evening events so our group could see the area at night. Just can’t say enough good things about Chi! You are so lucky to have him as a guide. Also, the hotel in Bako was fantastic! We have traveled with you in the past and been very happy with Friendly Planet. Again you exceeded our expectations; we consider this one of our best vacations ever! We look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet again. THANK YOU!

Susan L. Bowers

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