11-Day Tour of Borneo and Bangkok
The siren song of Asia has been reaching the ears of more and more travelers over the last few years. On June 1, 2013, Time magazine announced Bangkok as the world’s number 1 tourist destination. Hot and spicy Thai street food, orangutan sanctuaries abutting sleek new skyscrapers, and neon lights shining down on late-night parties can all be found here—sometimes in the same day. On this 11-day tour of Bangkok and the Malaysian region of Borneo from Friendly Planet Travel, you’ll be immersed in the excitement with a mix of comprehensive sightseeing tours and days at leisure in the city.
All trips include:
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via China Air (fuel surcharges, taxes, and fees included)
- All intra-Asia flights and ground transportation
- Two nights at the 4 star Hilton Kuching Hotel in Malaysia
- Two nights at Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort in Malaysia
- Four nights at at the 4.5 star Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok
- Buffet breakfast daily and five lunches
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours
- Professional, English-speaking tour guides
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Days 1–4: Kuching and Bako (Malaysia)
After touching down and settling in Borneo, the tour kicks off in earnest at Bako National Park, home to rare Proboscis monkeys, macaques monkeys, Borneo bearded pigs, and monitor lizards. Keep an eye out for these creatures and more on a scenic 30-minute cruise on the South China Sea and guided jungle trek.
Hotel: Hilton Kuching Hotel
Days 5–6: Batang Ai and longboat river trip (Malaysia)
On day 5 the focus shifts from monkeys to apes. You’ll tour the Semengok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, where orphaned and rescued orangutans receive care. Next, you’ll proceed to Batang Ai for a longboat cruise down the Engkari River to an authentic Iban longhouse—where an entire village lives under the same roof. Learn about their fascinating lifestyle with a cultural performance.
Days 7–11: Bangkok, Thailand
After the flight to Thailand, enjoy the sprawling, thrilling city of Bangkok for the next five days. You’ll take a canal boat ride along the City of Angel’s scenic waterways and visit the Royal Barge Museum, Wat Arun – the temple of Dawn – home to a 79-meter pagoda, Wat Po – the oldest temple in Bangkok and home to one of the world’s largest Reclining Buddhas, and Wat Benchamabophit – known as the “Marble Temple”.
Optional Excursion 1: Take a boat ride to the amazing Damnoen Saduak floating market, where vendors sell fresh fruits and fish out of long, colorful boats. Later, eat lunch overlooking the historical bridge over the River Kwai and visit the JEATH museum dedicated to the Death Railway built by Allied prisoners of war during World War II.
Optional Excursion 2: Tour the Grand Palace, the country’s royal headquarters for 150 years, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which houses a Buddha statue carved from a solid piece of green jasper.
Optional Excursion 3: Guests can also visit the Ratchada Grand Theatre, one of the biggest stages in the world, then enjoy a show on the very same stage.
Hotel: Rembrandt Hotel
Kuala Lumpur Optional Pre-Tour Extension: Arrive in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, two days earlier and stay in the 5-star Prince Hotel while exploring one of Asia’s most modern cities. Optional excursions to palaces, museums, and monuments are available. You can also arrange a day trip to nearby Malacca, an ancient city that was once one of the most important ports in the world.
Phuket Island Optional Post-Tour Extension: Alternatively, you can stick around for three days after your stint in Bangkok and journey on to the resort city of Phuket. Accommodations are provided at Cape Panwa Hotel & Spa. While you’re here, the gorgeous island is yours to discover, with its pristine beaches, tropical forests, and year-round warm weather. Try scuba diving and snorkeling to catch glimpses of leopard sharks and sea turtles, or schedule a boat trip to a limestone spire known as “James Bond Island” for its starring role in The Man with the Golden Gun.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
This deal is only available with departure from Los Angeles (LAX).
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Early departures and/or late returns are possible at a cost of $100 per person, plus any difference in airfare and additional services required, and are subject to availability. To book an early departure and/or late return, let Friendly Planet know and they’ll do their best to accommodate your request.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
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4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available?
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5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
Every passenger traveling is required to have one. Triple rooms are only available upon request.