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  • Sabah - North Borneo Sandakan Day 75th Anniversary

    Monday 10 August - Friday 21 August 2020

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  • North Borneo - Sandakan Day - 75th Anniversary Monday 10 August 2020 - Friday 21 August 2020 Attention adventure seekers, animal lovers and history buffs! This colourful and diverse land offers an array of rainforests, mountain ranges and beautiful coastlines. Travel aboard boats, by steam train, in the skies and through amazing lands. Experience the moving 75th Sandakan Day Anniversary and remember those fallen heroes who suffered and perished during the infamous “Death Marches” . Visit monkey and orangutan sanctuaries and enjoy a wildlife river cruise.

    Day 1 Monday 10 August 2020 Auckland - Kuala Lumpur (FM) This afternoon we travel from Auckland International Airport to Kota Kinabalu Borneo via Kuala Lumpur Departs Auckland MH130 2240 - Kuala Lumpur 0605 + 1

    Day 2 Tuesday 11 August 2020 Kuala Lumpur - Kota Kinabalu (FM,D) Departs Kuala Lumpur MH2612 0815 - Kota Kinabalu 1100 After our overnight flight from Auckland via Kuala Lumpur we arrive in Kota Kinabalu late morning. We are met by our English speaking guide then transfer to our luxury 5-star hotel overlooking the colourful markets and offering magical views across the bay and the South China Sea. After settling into our rooms the afternoon is free to catch up on some sleep, stroll the waterfront markets, enjoy a spa treatment or take a swim in the amazing outdoor pool. Early evening we gather for pre-dinner drinks (own cost) before enjoying a welcome buffet dinner at the hotel. Accommodation: Le Meridien - 2 nights

    Day 3 Wednesday 12 August 2020 North Borneo Railway - Malaysian Show & Dinner (B,L,D) After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to the Tanjung Aru Station for our North Borneo Railway Steam Train experience which begins as we are served with a light morning tea on board as we depart the station. The British Vulcan Steam Engine Train, fuelled by wood, runs gently from Tanjung Aru through the towns of Kinarut and Papar and returns on the same route. Experience the romance of rediscovering the Colonial Train Ride on the North Borneo Railway with a Colonial Style “Tiffin” luncheon served on board. See the scenic paddy fields, rubber trees and villages and their lifestyles along the way. Short excursion stops will be conducted - to see the quaint Tien San Shi Temple at Kinarut and the open markets of Papar town. We also witness the turnabout operations of the British Vulcan Steam Engine at Papar. Our rail journey arrives back at the Tanjung Aru Station early afternoon which allows time to relax back at our hotel or enjoy the shops. This evening we are transferred to the Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Restaurant for a delightful Multicultural Show and dinner. Experience dining in the ambience of Kota Kinabalu’s only lakeside floating seafood restaurant, anchored within a Botanical Park. Be entertained by the “Malaysia Cultural and Variety Show” performed nightly by professionals on the floating stage with traditional Malay architecture.

    Day 4 Thursday 13 August 2020 Kota Kinabalu Discovery Tour - Sandakan (B,D) Another delightful breakfast is enjoyed at the hotel before checkout. With luggage packed away on our coach, we proceed on our Kota Kinabalu City Discovery Tour. We pass by the historic Atkinson Clock Tower and enjoy excellent photographic opportunity stops at Tun Mustapha building formerly known as Sabah Foundation Building, the Phu Thou Se Chinese Buddhist Temple, the new magnificent Moorish Likas Bandaraya Mosque and the spectacular State Mosque with its gold motif domes. Late morning we arrive at the Kota Kinabalu Airport for check-in and short afternoon flight across to Sandakan. Depart Kota Kinabalu AK6494 1345 - Sandakan 1430 Upon arrival in Sandakan, we transfer to our 4- star waterfront hotel for check-in. Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is located at the heart of Sandakan town while offering stunning views overlooking the Sandakan Bay. After check-in, we will have time to relax and freshen up before gathering for pre-dinner drinks (own cost) and dinner in The Eatery Sea View Restaurant. Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton - 3 nights

    Day 5 Friday 14 August 2020 Sepilok Orangutan & Sun Bear Rehab Centres (B,L,D) This morning after breakfast we make our way to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, founded in 1964. The centre helps once captive, injured or abandoned Orangutans learn to climb and fend for themselves in the wild, with the hope that one day, they may return to the forest. The semi-wild Orangutans return to the platform provided by the Centre for milk and bananas twice a day during the rehabilitation and release process to the forest. We will have the chance to get up close to the Orangutans and to take some photographs. We also view an audiovisual in the special theatrette which gives a more in-depth view of how the park and centre operates. Souvenirs and adopt a baby Orangutan programs are available at the centre as well as a well-stocked Café. Leaving the Orangutans we proceed to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) founded in Sabah, Malaysia in 2008 as a two-stage effort to provide for the care, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and captive sun bears, as well as address the lack of knowledge and awareness of this little-known bear both in Malaysia and internationally. The Malayan sun bears (Helarctos Malayanus), found only in south-east Asia are the world’s smallest bear species. While Borneo is a remaining stronghold for this species, it is seriously threatened if not extinct in many areas of mainland Asia, including India, Bangladesh, China, Burma and Vietnam. After lunch at the Sepilok Jungle Resort, we visit the Rainforest

  • Discovery Centre and learn about the rainforest and its exotic flora and fauna. Experience the canopy walkway that gives an incredible view of the treetops and overview of the rainforest as well as its unique flora and fauna. This afternoon before returning to our hotel we stop by St. Michael’s and All Angels Church. The historical city of Sandakan is home to many buildings and monuments, each witness to the changes of time and events over the years. One of the oldest buildings being St. Michael’s and All Angels Church. The Church avoided major damage during World War II in the 1940s and remains one of the very few stone buildings in the whole of Sabah. The beautiful stained glass windows in the church were donated by Australians to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Back at the hotel there will be time to relax before enjoying dinner in The Eatery Sea View Restaurant.

    Day 6 Saturday 15 August 2020 Sandakan War Memorial Park (B,L,D) Following breakfast this morning we proceed to the Sandakan War Memorial Park situated on the site of the Sandakan Prisoner of War Camp. Here at the Commemoration Ceremony marking the 75th year we will remember the fallen heroes of the Australian and British Prisoners of War (POW’s) who suffered and perished during the infamous ‘Death Marches’ from Sandakan to Ranau in 1945. Two thousand and seven hundred Australian and British soldiers were taken to Sandakan to build airstrips. They were tortured, left malnourished and in poor physical condition. The soldiers were then forced upon a tortuously long walk to Ranau, a distance just over 260km. Only six men survived, they managed to escape and were fed and hidden by the locals. The story of Sandakan is one of the most tragic of World War II. Every year, family members and friends of the POW’s who perished during the Death March travel to Sandakan to reflect and remember. This event also remembers local residents who risked their lives to help the POWs during this period. “Lest We Forget”. After leaving the park we make our way to Agnes Keith’s house and museum. Agnes Keith was one of the original western settlers in Sandakan. Her family was taken prisoners by the Japanese during the war. A light lunch is then provided at the English Tea House as we take in the breathtaking surrounds of the beautiful colonial building which overlooks Sandakan Bay. Following is a transfer to our hotel for a rest before dinner.

    Day 7 Sunday 16 August 2020 Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary - Sukau Kinabatangan River (B,L,D) This morning we travel up to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary located in the centre of the mangrove forest along with the coastal land near Samawang Village. We view these unique primates that are not found elsewhere in the world, providing us with an exhilarating and memorable experience, as we observe the monkeys both young and adult leaping from tree to tree and eventually down to feed on leaves and plants. The leaping act is superb, fast, steady, stylish and perfect. After the completion of this session, we re-board our coach and continue the journey down to Sukau located on the mighty Kinabatangan River. On arrival at Bilit Jetty, we transfer by boat to Bilit Rainforest Lodge for check-in and lunch at the lodge. Late afternoon we venture out for a wildlife cruise along the Kinabatangan River hoping to spot wildlife like the unique Probosci's Monkey, Hornbills, Kingfishers, Pygmy Elephant and many others. Return to Bilit Rainforest Lodge to refresh before dinner. Accommodation: Bilit Rainforest Lodge

    Day 8 Monday 17 August 2020 Sukau - Sandakan -

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