Orang Utans, Monkeys & Hot Springs
Flying to Borneo's east coast, we stay in a jungle lodge at Sepilok, our base for jungle walks and orang utan spotting. Cruising down the Kinabatangan River around Sukau, we hope to see unusual proboscis monkeys and, later on, to witness some of the hundreds of thousands of bats which live in Gomantong Caves. At Poring Hot Springs, there is the chance to relax and swim beneath the nearby waterfalls. A thrilling experience is the ascent into the rainforest canopy and walking along the 100-foot-high walkway which snakes through the treetops; brimming with wildlife, much of which is unique to this part of Asia.
Tea Plantations & Idyllic Beaches
Heading to the slopes surrounding mighty Mount Kinabalu we stay in a traditional tribal longhouse on a tea plantation where we can enjoy magnificent views, learn how tea is made and try our hand at the local art of batik painting. On our teenage trek departures, tthere's a chance for keen walkers to take a mountain trail up through the forest, eventually reaching the mountain hostel which affords spectacular views across the forest and up to the peaks above. Next morning, the more energetic also have the option to make a dawn ascent to South East Asia's highest peak: the summit of Mount Kinabalu. Finally, we plan to visit the paradise island of Pulau Tiga where we can relax on idyllic white sand beaches or spend our time swimming or snorkelling in the tropical seas.
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