DESTINATION: Borneo, Sabah

PERIOD: 11 Days

PRICE: $3,655 per person twin share $880 single sup

TOUR DATE: Sunday, 23 April 2017

Commemorate Anzac Day service at Sandakan POW Camp and afterwards walk around St Michaels Church, where many POWs spent their first night in captivity in Sandakan . Visit the Kundasang WWII Memorial which was one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British POWs who died in Sandakan during the infamous death marches.   A short flight to the island of Labuan to pay respects to service personnel buried in the well-maintained cemetery.  Also, see the wild life, spend time shopping and watch magnificent sunsets.  This is a surprise destination.

Brief Itinerary  
Day 1     Sandakan
Day 2     Sandakan City Tour
Day 3     ANZAC Day, Sepilok Nature Resort
Day 4     Sukau
Day 5     Sabah Tea
Day 6     Short Death March Walk
Day 7     Kundasing WWII Memorial
Day 8     Labuan
Day 9     Kota Kinabalu Cultural Day
Day 10   Kota Kinabalu

Full Itinerary

Day 1
Tuesday 23 April 2019
Australia – Sandakan

Welcome to Sandakan, the little city and gateway too many of Sabah highlights. Upon arrival at Sandakan International Airport you are meet by our local tour guide and after checking into your central hotel the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight Sabah Hotel

Day 2
Wednesday 24
Sandakan – City Tour – Sandakan Memorial Park (B L D)

After breakfast you commence our city tour, the first stop is Sandakan Memorial Park where tomorrows Dawn Service will be held.  Later proceed to St Michaels Church, the site where POWs spent their first night in captivity in Sandakan and where commemorative windows are now installed.  Visit the prominent Agnes Keith Museum, the former home of Agnes Keith, the famous American writer.  During the years between 1934 and 1952 Agnes Keith penned a trilogy on her experience during her stay in Sandakan.  Enjoy lunch at the English Tea House, a charming restaurant overlooking the Sandakan city. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure and this evening you attend the ANZAC Day welcoming dinner hosted by Sabah Tourism Board.
Overnight Sabah Hotel

Day 3
Thursday 25 April

Rise early to attend the moving Dawn Service at Sandakan Memorial Park. The service commences at 0630 hours and a local breakfast will be served on the completion of the service. You then return to the hotel to freshen up and then visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) which 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. After lunch at Sepilok Nature Resort, you take a walk in this primary forest reserve to the observatory platform to view the “Wild Man of Borneo”, the Orang Utan’s being fed by the rangers.  The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight Sabah Hotel

Day 4
Friday 26
Sandakan – Sukau (B L D)

You breakfast and then travel by road to Labuk Bay for the 09.30 am feeding session of the Proboscis Monkey.  You then continue on to Sukau, passing Palm Oil plantations and villages along the way, on arrival at Myne Resort you lunch and your time is then at leisure. Around 1600 you board the resorts private boat and travel along the longest river in Sabah, Kinabatangan River to search for primates such as Long Tail Macaques, Pig Tail Macaues and the noisy Proboscis Monkey.  If luck is on your side you might even spot the Orang Utan, Borneo Gibbon and the Borneo Pygmy Elephant.
Overnight Myne Resort

Day 5
Saturday 27
Sukau – Sabah Tea (B L D)

After check out you journey to Sabah Tea, stopping en route at the small towns of Telupid and Paginatan. A marker of more than 200 river rocks pays tribute to the people of Paginatan and honours their sacrifice, courage and friendship during WW11. Upon arrival at Sabah Tea you lunch and then check into the Sabah Tea Cottage, which is named after the Special Operations Australia (SOA) unit that carried out daring missions behind enemy lines and rescued 4 Australian POWs.  After resting up you visit Luanti Village for a fish massage. The wild toothless carp fish, locally named ikan pelian and other fishes, nibble softly as you enter into the stream, a fun way of ridding your feet of any dead skin.  On the return to the cottage your time is at leisure until dinner.
Overnight Sabah Tea Resort

Day 6
Sunday 28
Sabah Tea – “Death March” (B L D)

After breakfast you visit the Sabah Tea Processing Plant which provides a brief overview of how authentic and genuine tea leaves with no added colouring are processed and packed. The Tea Gardens are now named Quailey’s Hill, in honour of Private Allan Quailey, an Australian Prisoner of War, who was murdered on the first death march.
Following the visit to the tea factory you will be offered the opportunity to trek along part of the infamous death trail that began in Sandakan and finished in Ranau. There are two options available a longer trek of approximately 3 hours which begins at Kg Nalapak and a shorter trek of approximately 1 hour. Both treks finish at the Quailey Hill Monument, where the story of POW Alan Quailey will be told. The trails are not well maintained and in some cases cross village orchards. On the completion of the treks you lunch and your afternoon is at leisure to explore your surroundings. Dinner is at the Sabah Tea Restaurant.
Overnight Sabah Tea Resort

Day 7
Monday 29
Sabah Tea – War Memorials – Kota Kinabalu (B L D)

After check out you visit Ranau Memorial and the POW last camp, which is approximately 20 minutes from Ranau Town.  You then visit the Kundasing WWII Memorial which was one of the first memorials to commemorate the Australian and British POWs who died during the infamous Death Marches to Ranau, the Memorial also remembers the people of North Borneo who risked their lives to help the POWs. After lunch at the Cottage Hotel Restaurant you visit Mt Kinabalu Park and then continue your drive to Sabah’s capital Kota Kinabalu. This evening dinner is at the hotel.
Overnight Kota Kinabalu

Day 8
Tuesday 30
Kota Kinabalu – Labuan (B L)

This morning you transfer to the airport for the short flight to the island of Labuan, to visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery. The graves are of mainly Australian and British soldiers who lost their lives in POW camps and along the infamous Sandakan to Ranau Death March route. The Cemetery is beautifully maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and visitors will appreciate the peace and tranquility of the place as you seek to understand the senselessness of the deaths of so many young men. Continuing on you make your way up to the Surrender Point where the 37th Japanese Southern Army, surrendered to the 9th Division Australian Imperial Forces, on 9th September 1945, which led to the end of World War II in Borneo. There is a bronze plaque commemorating the Surrender. After lunch you explore the sights of Labaun, including tax free shopping and mid-afternoon board your flight for the return journey to Kota Kinabalu.
Overnight Kota Kinablau

Day 9
Wednesday 1 May
Kota Kinabalu – Mari Cultural Village (B L)

This morning you drive into the countryside to the Mari-Mari Cultural Village, which is set in a rainforest. Here you will visit the different homes of the ethnicities of Sabah.  Each home was built by descendants of the tribes they represent, such as Bajau, Kadazan, Rungus, Muruts and others. The village takes you back in time as it portrays the tribes through the architectural genius of their traditional houses.  As you move around the village, you will find demonstration huts in which daily activities of old times come to life.  For example, the making of a blowpipe, starting a fire from a bamboo tree, tattoo-making and its symbolisms and more. After lunch at the village you return to Kota Kinabalu and visit the Tun Mustapha Building formerly known as Sabah Foundation Building and Signal Hill, for a panoramic view of the city and surrounding islands. The remainder of your afternoon is free to relax by the pool or shop for souvenirs.
Overnight Kota Kinabalu

 Day 10
Thursday 2
Kota Kinabalu Cultural Day Experience (B L D)

Mid-morning you visit the State Museum.  On the museum grounds, the ethnic herigare village presents a collection of authentically designed houses, and longhouses of various tribes with descriptions of their lifestyle. You then journey to the Mango Garden Restaurant for a traditional cooking experience and lunch. You will be introduced to our local cuisine such as hinava (pickled fish salad) and Manuk Tinapah (BBQ chicken with herbs and spices) You will be taught how to cook these two dishes by the restaurant’s chef and later enjoy your own cooking.
Housed within the same compound as the restaurant, is the all new 3D Wonders Museum which provides yet another unique glimpse into a side of Sabah you have never seen.  Get ready to experience Sabah’s beloved customs, traditions and landscapes in reality bending ways.  Thanks to a special art technique which transforms two-dimensional images into immersive 3D environments, rubbing shoulders with indigenous tribal head-hunters, scaling Mount Kinabalu, and observing myriad wildlife in their natural habitats are just some of the many adventures you can embark on all in the safety and comfort of the museum.

Optional:  You may like to visit the first upside-down house in Malaysia, it is in the same compound as the restaurant but you will have to pay a minimal entrance fee.

Continuing your culture adventure you visit Tamparuli, which is a small town on the west coast of Sabah. It is populated mainly by native Dusuns, while a sizeable Chinese community (of whom most are Hakkas) who run most of the shops in the town.  As with many other small towns in Sabah, the town itself consists of both newer concrete shop lots as well as old wooden ones which are particularly prone to destruction by fire. Tonight you attend the farewell dinner with cultural show.
Kota Kinabalu

Day 11
Friday 3
Kota Kinabalu – Australia (B)

This morning your tour comes to an end and for those returning home or continuing your onward travels you will be transferred to the airport. For those wishing to spend a few more days in Sabah, you are transferred to the beautiful and relaxing Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort.

NB: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ( B, L, D)

A moderate level of fitness is required along with comfortable walking shoes.

This tour is subject to change.


Tour Includes

  • Accommodation as stated in itinerary
  • Meals as stated
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide for tour
  • Tour transfers as stated


 Not Included

  • Meals & Beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips & personal Incidental Charges
  • Domestic & International Airfare
  • Gratuities

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