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CGS Malaysia & Borneo Service & Curriculum Adventure 2017

CGS Malaysia & Borneo Service & Curriculum Adventure 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the the unique cultural, historical, bio diversity and local indigenous communities of Malaysia
  • Sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Kotta Kinabalu and Sandakan
  • Visit Batu Caves, Malaka River cruise and Poring Hot Springs
  • Relive the nostalgic romance by riding on the British North Borneo steamtrain
  • Discover orangutans and wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Travel to a jungle lodge for a wildlife safari
  • Conduct Service at two seperate conservation centres
  • Learn about Australia's involvement in the Death Marches

Trip Summary

This unique and exclusive itinerary has been created to highlight the many aspects of Malaysia. From exploring the modern multi cultural melting pot of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, to well preserved colonial town of Malacca to the jungles of Sabah.

Whilst in KL we explore Perdana Putra home of the Prime Minister Office and the Putra Mosque the mighty Petronas Towers and learn about Malaysian cuisine from a 'hands on' cooking class using ingredients you purchased from the markets.

We then travel by private vehicle to the trading town of Malacca where we learn of Malaysia's colonial past and admire the Portuguese and Dutch buildings. Leaving the mainland behind we fly to Sabah which offers the ideal base for exploration of indigenous cultures, jungles, forests and an array of wildlife. Our adventure continues as we ascend high above the jungle canopy on a guided canopy walk. We then drive across the island to Sepilok Jungle where we depart on morning and late afternoon river cruises in search of wildlife such as elephants, primates and different bird species. We then turn our attention to conducting environmental Service by spending a day at the Sepilok Forest Reserve and the Borneo Sunbear Conversation Centre where we work alongside the carers and vets to lend a hand to support the important conservation work these organisations provide. We finish with a visit to Sandakan city and to the Sandakan Memorial Park which commemorates the a tragedy of World War II when approximately 2,400 Australian and British prisoners of war were held by the Japanese in the Sandakan POW camp and forced to take part in the Death March to Ranau.

It is unlikely that you could find a trip with more diversity and adventure. Come and join us on this incredible adventure of learning and discovery.

Suitability

The Canberra Grammar Malaysia and Borneo Service and Curriculum Service Adventure is rated as Introductory:

These trips involve walking and sightseeing for up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health.

Being prepared for the heat and humidity will make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

Itinerary

After so many months thinking, preparing, and planning for your Malaysia and Borneo Adventure the departure day has finally arrived! On arrival in Kuala Lumpur you will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to our centrally located hotel. Due to your busy travel day and late arrival a full briefing and discussion will take place tomorrow. We suggest an early night as tomorrow will be a big day exploring the sites and sounds of this fascinating city! Accommodation: The Wolo Hotel Bukit Bintang Proposed Flights Subject to Change:- QF1468 08 APR CBR SYD 1030 1125 MH 122 08 APR SYD KUL 1305 1955

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast there will be a trip briefing where you will meet with your guide and learn more about the coming days. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and then if needed visit an ATM or exchange money. At 9am you will be collected in an air conditioned coach to enjoy an all day Kulala Lumpur and Putra Jaya sightseeing tour. Putra Jaya is a landmark complex stretching over 11,000 acres and located in the middle of the lavish Multimedia Super Corridor. Named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, it is about 25 kilometers from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Also known as the Garden City, most of Putrajaya is devoted to greenery and lakes with 13 different gardens within the complex. Occupying centre stage is a huge man-made lake. This is the official seat of the Malaysian Prime Minister, Putrajaya is also one of the major tourist attractions of Malaysia. Putrajaya is a fully-integrated and self-contained city boasting the latest communication, transportation and infrastructure facilities. It is a fitting symbol of the rapid growth and development in Malaysia. Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur is located in the heart of the capital city and is a truly spectacular sight. The Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur is the world's tallest twin structures at a height of 452 meters. Putra Jaya Tour Highlights :- Perdana Putra , the Prime Minister Office, Putra Mosque & Putrajaya Landmark, Millennium Monument (built in the shape of hibiscus, the national flower), Putra Jaya Lake (occupying centre stage in the complex), Putra Jaya Information Convention Centre & Putra Jaya Wet Land. Kuala Lumpur Tour Highlights :- Petronas Twin Towers visit / photo stop National monument visit / photo stop King’s Palace / photo stop Chinese Temple or National Museum visit / photo stop Independence Square visit / photo stop Sultan Abdul Samad Building visit / photo stop National Mosque (optional) visit / photo stop Moorish Railway Station visit / photo stop Chinatown drive through Lake Garden drive through Bird Park drive through Butterfly drive through Orchid Garden drive through After an opportunity to relax back at the hotel, a special welcome dinner will be had at a local restaurant. Accommodation: The Wolo Hotel Bukit Bintang

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will spend learning the secrets and methods of one of the worlds most varied cuisines. You will start with an early morning visit to a busy wet market learning about the variety of fruits, spices and vegetables on offer, and for the brave a visit to the butcher section! Breakfast will be Malaysian style at a nearby local restaurant before driving to the well known Lazat House Cooking Class. Malaysian cuisine is a unique fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Baba-Nonya flavors, drawing upon the country’s rich history as an historical crossroads for explorers and traders from around the globe. The hands-on classes are taught by entertaining Malaysian instructors who will provide explanations of the ingredients and cooking methods. Students will individually prepare at their own cooking station 3 dishes: 1) Roti canai ( Indian culture) 2) Nasi lemak (Malay culture) 3) Char Kuey Teow (Chinese culture) Then sit back and enjoy the beautiful food you have all prepared for lunch. By the early afternoon we will return to the hotel where there is time to explore some of the many nearby sites surrounding the hotel. Transport will be provided by air conditioned coach.Dinner will be at a restaurant nearby the hotel. Accommodation: The Wolo Hotel Bukit Bintangs

Meals:  B,L,D

The drive takes you to the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur along the ‘Ambassadors Row’ where embassies of various nations are located. We visit the Royal Selangor Pewter factory which is the largest and the most modern in all the world, known for its international reputation for its high quality and craftsmanship. We will stop at a Malay village and see how batik is done by hand. We then arrive at the famous Batu Caves and climb the 272-steps to the giant cave entrance. The limestone caves are a popular tourist attraction and are also very popular with Hindus who visit them to see the images of deities and murals depicting scenes of the Hindu Scriptures. The Batu Caves are one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and are dedicated to Lord Murugan. We suggest you keep clear of the cheeky monkeys who live in and around the caves and are quick to grab your hat or sunglasses! Batu Caves highlight tour :- Royal Selangor Pewter Factory Watch the Batik painting demonstration Batu Caves – the limestone caves * Dress code – wear comfortable loose clothing (do not over expose your body) In the afternoon there will be a chance to explore some of the sites surrounding the hotel. Accommodation: The Wolo Hotel Bukit Bintang

Meals:  B,L,D

After an early breakfast you will be collected from the hotel by air conditioned coach and driven 2 hours to the historical city of Malacca. Upon arriving in Malacca town, we will stop at a local restaurant for refreshments before heading out to explore some of the sites. After a well earned lunch we then visit the Nyonya Baba Museum which showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan in Malacca. Check into hotel around 3.30PM and the afternoon is free to relax as a group. In the evening we explore the night markets and enjoy the town with your guide. Dinner will be at your own expense yet can be purchased very economically at the night markets. Malacca sightseeing highlights :- A’Famosa Christ Church Melaka Jonker Street Nyonya Baba Museum & Local Culture Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain Clock Tower Dutch / British Graveyard St Francis Xavier’s Statue St Paul Church Portuguese Settlements Accommodation: The Puri Hotel

Meals:  B,L

Check out at 10am, transfer to Malacca River for a cruise. After the cruise we continue sightseeing in the historical city. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Dinner will be at a restaurant nearby the Jonker Street Night Markets. Melaka sightseeing highlights :- Melaka River Cruise Sultanate Museum St John Hill Street of Malacca Malacca Tree (where the name of the historical city come from) Street of Harmony Accommodation: The Puri Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport for the flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu we transfer to the hotel and head out on a walk along the harbour front and nearby markets. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Downbelow Lodge - dormitory style. Proposed Flight Subject to Change:- MH2616 14 APR KUL BKI 1355 1640

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we take a ride on the North Borneo Railway and relive the nostalgic romance of British North Borneo of the 1900's. Chugging along the tracks from Tanjung Aru, through Kinarut before arriving in the Rice Bowl of Sabah, Papar. Along the way we will soak in the green vistas of sprawling paddy fields, traditional stilt homes and watch buffaloes ambling in the distance. On board, we are treated to a rare delight: A Tiffin-style breakfast and lunch, comprising of Asian and Continental dishes. The train features five fully refurbished colonial-style passenger train carriages that can accommodate a total of 180 passengers. The North Borneo Railway is built and operated to the highest of international standards and is fully compliant with modern safety standards. In the afternoon we will have an opportunity to visit the bustling harbour front markets which sell everything from live eels to household goods. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation: Downbelow Lodge - dormitory style.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we will farewell the coast and head in land to the dense jungle! We will drive (approx 130kms / 3 hours) to Poring Hot Spring. En route, make a stop at Nabalu village to savour local fruits and for handicrafts and enjoy the magnificent sights of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua NewGuinea. We will explore some of the many jungle trails and enjoy this unique opportunity to get closer to the rainforest ‘web of life’ on the canopy walkway 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor. Take a dip in one of the soothing, steaming hot mineral springs set in beautifully landscaped gardens. We then proceed to another World Heritage site - Kinabalu National Park (approx 40kms). Visit the botanical garden, home to many species of orchids, pitcher plants, birds, insects and butterflies with our guide. The unique flora of the area, including numerous species of rhododendrons and orchids and there is said to be more than 2,000 flowering plants in the forests of Kinabalu. Accommodation: Kinabalu Pine Resort (Mt Kinabalu region)

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we depart overland driving 230km (approx 3.50hrs) to Sepilok Jungle Lodge. Surrounded by tropical virgin Borneo Rainforest and with basic yet comfortable facilities it is a perfect base camp to allow us to explore with a guide the nearby jungle and learn about the flora and fauna. Accommodation: Sepilok Jungle Lodge - dormitory style. Swimming pool.

Meals:  B,L,D

Assemble at the restaurant walkway to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre (approx. 5 mins walk). The sanctuary is surrounded by virgin tropical lowland Dipterocarp forest. A short nature walk through the lowland forest will lead you to a viewing platform where you will be able to witness the wild Orang Utans swing from branch to branch for their morning feedings. You can also view a short documentary about the orphaned orang utans that were brought in for rehabilitation until they are ready to be return to the wild. Meet with the ranger team for service briefing. Service may involves cleaning cages and feeding, some daily maintenance work such and learn how to conduct facility maintenance checkups. Accommodation: Sepilok Jungle Lodge - dormitory style. Swimming pool.

Meals:  B,L,D

The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) was 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 bear (Helarctos malayanus), found only in south-east Asia, is the world’s smallest bear species. Volunteers will be working with our groups of rescued bears. The enclosures are very natural and have large rocky outcrops, native fauna, climbing frames and platforms, pools and other enrichment’s. It is a safe and happy home to bears that have been rescued from a range of different situations including poachers, the black market, the bile farm industry and businesses using them for entertainment, trades which often leave behind very young orphaned cubs. HOW CLOSELY WILL I BE WORKING WITH THE BEARS? There will be tasks that will not involve direct contact with the bears, but will benefit them greatly. These include building new enrichment’s, repairing and maintaining their enclosures and maintenance of the area surrounding the enclosures. You will also get to work with the keepers giving out the daily feeds and cleaning the enclosures (the bears will be brought in to holding cages whilst you are in the enclosure). Obviously, direct physical contact is not possible as these are large wild animals and can potentially be dangerous. THE BENEFITS You will have a unique, once in a lifetime chance to get behind the scenes of this world class bear rescue facility. Your time and your financial contribution will provide critical aid enabling us to rescue more bears and continue to improve and enrich their lives. On a personal level you will have an amazing opportunity to work alongside these incredible animals and gain the satisfaction of helping to make a difference to their lives. In the late afternoon, we will return to our accommodation. Accommodation: Sepilok Jungle Lodge -dormitory style. Swimming pool.

Meals:  B,L,D

Sandakan is the second largest town in the state of Sabah. Sandakan is steeped in history and has a mixture of people, lifestyles, cultures and faiths. The story of the infamous Sandakan Death Marches is one of the most tragic and most heroic of World War Two. The Memorial Park today is located on the location of the original Prisoners of War camp which was set up back in the 1940's during the WWII. This, was where it all happened… Lest we forget. We will also visit the Central Market where you see the most amazing variety of fresh seafood and agricultural products and variety of craft works which would make interesting souvenirs. After Dinner we will transfer to the airport at the required time for your flight home to Canberra via Kuala Lumper and Melbourne. Proposed Flights Subject to Change:- MH2711 20APR SDK KUL 1740 2025  MH 149 20APR KUL MEL 2210 0750+1 (arrive MEL 21 Apr, 2017

Meals:  B,L

Upon arrival into Canberra all services conclude yet the memories, lessons and friendships made will last a lifetime. Congratulations for completing this challenging yet productive adventure to the jungle! Proposed Flights Subject to Change:- QF1528 21APR MEL CBR 1030 1140 

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • Return QANTAS Airlines or Virgin Airlines flights from Canberra to Sydney including tax and luggage.
  • Return Malaysian Airlines economy class flights from Sydney to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur including luggage, all taxes, and surcharges valued at approx $593.
  • One-way Malaysian Airlines economy class flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu including luggage, all taxes, and surcharges.
  • All meals. 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 dinners including drinks.
  • Expert guide (English speaking) throughout from day 1 to day 14 plus additional expert local guides for specialist commentary.
  • All land transfers required within the program in private air conditioned minivans.
  • Entrance fees to sites and activities as listed in itinerary.
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3-4* tourist class hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca - twinshare.
  • 2 nights accommodation Downbelow Lodge in Kota Kinabalu - dormitory.
  • 1 nights accommodation Tahubang Lodge near Mt Kinabalu National Park - dormitory.
  • 3 nights accommodation Sepilok Jungle Resort - dormitory.
  • Planning of the Borneo Sunbear & Sepilok Orangutan service projects.
  • Pre Departure Information kit and evening meeting to help you prepare and pack.

What's Not Included

  • Meals and beverages not indicated in the program (1 x Dinner $12)
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, email etc
  • Camera and video entrance fees
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory (Suresave Necessities policy $91)

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:14 Days
Countries:Malaysia
Starting Point:Canberra. From 10 to 20 Students
Activities:Adventure Touring
Service Learning
Wildlife Safari
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG3934