Malaysia Borneo – February 08 – 25, 2020
Visiting Malaysia is like a journey through lush rainforests, unique city landscapes and with the hustle and bustle of life in cities around the country. As an example, Borneo has been described as Asia’s Best Kept Secret. Sabah is the destinations in Borneo known for history, mystery, romance and exotic golf adventures. The land of the fabled White Rajahs, the hornbill and the orang utan. Its rainforest, the size of Austria, houses the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystem. Its variety of golf courses range from a course built around swampland to remote mountain hideaway located atop a jungle-clad plateau. Malaysia, a two-time winner of World Golf Awards for Asia’s Best Golf Destination, has become a favourite getaway among golfers lately. With the appealing combination of great weather, delicious food, exotic culture, natural attractions, value-for-money shopping and modern fairways, it’s easy to see why more golfers are also lugging their golf bags onto airplanes
February 08 – Kuala Lumpur
Arrive into Kuala Lumpur airport in the mid-day. After clearing airport formalities, meet our guide and transfer to Istana Hotel.
February 09 – Kuala Lumpur (B,L)
Morning day tour of Kuala Lumpur. A must for first time visitors to Kuala Lumpur. An interesting tour which unveils the beauty and charm of the old and new Kuala Lumpur – Garden City of Light. Highlights of the tour include: PETRONAS Twin Towers (photo stop), King’s Palace (photo stop), National Monument, National Museum (exclude entrance fee), National Mosque (photo stop), Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Tudor styled Cricket Club. We will also visit the Batu Cave, the site of a Hindu Temple & shrine.
February 10 – Kuala Lumpur | Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at Kota Permai Golf & Country Club. This golf course never fails to pleasantly surprise the first-timer on this magnificent Ross Watson masterpiece carved out of an oil palm estate. The charisma of Kota Permai is that it makes you want to come back, again and again, to enjoy what is popularly described as the best golfing experience in the region. Since it was opened for play in March 1998 and subsequent renovations in 2004, Kota Permai has won numerous awards for excellence, among them being Best Course, Best Course Maintenance and Best Greens. Such recognition by industry leaders and the golfing media underlines the fact that Kota Permai is widely accepted as among the best golf courses in this region.
Non Golfer: Morning half day Kuala Lumpur cultural tour.
Tour Highlights: Visit Royal Selangor Pewter factory, the world’s renowned pewter and see how they are made. Visit KL Central Market – you can shop for souvenirs here. Visit Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the largest and most ornate Indian temple in the city. Visit Thean Hou Temple, one of the oldest and largest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia.
February 11 – Kuala Lumpur | Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club. Located just 13km from the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Glenmarie Golf & Country Club (GGCC) boasts a lavish 36-hole golf course designed by American hand master, Max Wexler. The Garden Course which is regarded as a resort course and the Valley Course known as a championship course provides the perfect combination of golf courses for golfers of all backgrounds. GGCC is known as a haven for both leisure golfing and for hosting international golf tournaments, such as the acclaimed EurAsia Cup.
Non Golfer: Full day Malacca tour. It takes about 2 hours to reach the old historical city from Kuala Lumpur, with a short refreshment stop. The history of the Peninsular Malaysia is said to have begun here, the greatest sea port where the Portuguese, Dutch and English took turns to capture this once powerful and prosperous trading post. Among the highlights of the tour are:
St.Peter’s Church – Roman Catcholic Church build in 1710. Bukit Cina / Chinese Hill – Largest Chinese cemetery outside of China. Dutch Square – Stadhuys 1641 – 1660 / Christ Church 1753 / Queen Victoria Fountain 1901. Chinatown – Jonker street, Hormony street, Millionaire street – Chinese temple, Hindu temple & Malay mosque. Ruins of St. Paul’s Hill – A’Famosa / View of Straits of Malacca / Replica of Sultan’s Palace / Independence Building / Memorial Club House / Open Bazaar & Bullock Cart Rides. Handicraft & Souvenir Stop.
February 12 – Kuala Lumpur (B)
Day free to explore Kuala Lumpur on your own.
February 13 – Kuala Lumpur – Sandakan (B)
Today we begin our wildlife adventure as we fly to Sandakan. On arrival, lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2.5 hours boat journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah’s longest river, Kinabatangan with the opportunity to view birds and wildlife in virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats. After check-in and afternoon refreshment, we take a river cruise using an electric motor in search of some of the 10 primate species. Sukau is home to Borneo pygmy elephants, orangutans, proboscis monkeys and all eight species of hornbill in Borneo. Return for a solar heated hot shower, candlelight dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by a slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide. Overnight at the newly renovated 20 rooms Sukau Rainforest Lodge, named by National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2009 as one of the top 50 jungle lodges in the world.
February 14 – Sandakan (B,L,D)
Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills and hot Sabah tea. At 06:00hrs morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed for an educational tour at our own in-house Hornbill Boardwalk located behind the lodge with the in-house naturalist. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
February 15 – Sandakan – Kuala Lumpur (B,L)
After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat journey followed by a visit to the Sandakan War Memorial. After lunch, visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orangutans at 15:00hrs. Watch short video show of the rehabilitation process, then proceed to Rainforest Discovery Centre. Take a bird view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge before exploring the botanical garden, home to various species of flora. Proceed to airport for flight back to Kuala Lumpur and the Hotel Istana.
February 16 – Kuala Lumpur (B)
Day free to relax
February 17 – Kuala Lumpur | Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at Templer Park Country Club. It’s easy to be mesmerized by the mighty Bukit Takun limestone hills that towers over Templer Park Country Club as it takes on different moods depending on the weather. Built on a former mining wasteland, the course features a combination of flat and undulating terrain, measuring 6,725 yards from the blue markers with the ability to stretch to a stern 7,143 yards from the championship tees.
Non Golfer: Full day Cameron Highlands Tour. A refreshing retreat to Malaysia’s premier hill resort, famous for its rolling tea plantations and vegetable farms. Nestling at 1,524m above sea level in the north-west corner of Pahang, the resort is accessible from Kuala Lumpur via the town of Tapah, Perak. The drive up to the highlands passes through lush jungle greenery. Tour highlights: Kea Farm – ( Visit Stop ), Rose Garden – ( Visit Stop ), Strawberry Farm – ( Visit Stop ), BOH Tea Plantation – ( Visit Stop ), Butterfly Park – ( Visit Stop )
February 18 – Kuala Lumpur | Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at Sungai Long Golf & Country Club. Officially opened in 1992, Sungai Long Country Club is the first Jack Nicklaus designed course in Malaysia. The course features strategically placed bunkering, immaculately groomed greens and fairways and meticulous landscaping throughout. The Sungai Long Country Club is consistently ranked among the top 15 courses in the country and is a must to play when visiting Kuala Lumpur.
Non Golfer: Half day Putra Jaya tour. Putrajaya is the new administrative centre of the Federal Government of Malaysia, just like Washington DC in the USA. Putrajaya Government Centre reflects the very best in city planning and architectural landscaping to realise a vibrant city of tomorrow. Next proceed to Putrajaya Government Centre, there are numerous government complexes locate in this new township. The most imposing structure in Putrajaya is the thin Pinkish Putra Mosque. Standing beside Dataran Putra and facing the Putrajaya Lake, it corporates architectural elements from Turkestan, Kazakhstan and Morocco. Another eye-catching building is the Prime Minister’s office – Putra Perdana. Other interesting places are the Putra Bridge, Prime Minister’s Residence.
Putrajaya Boat Cruise – Sights and landmarks covered by the cruise include Putra Mosque, Ministry of Finance, Seri Wawasan Bridge, Millennium Monument, Palace of Justice, Seri Saujana Bridge, Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Seri Gemilang Bridge, Perdana Putra and Putra Bridge.
February 19 – Kuala Lumpur | Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at Palm Garden Golf Club. The designer, talented Australian architect Ted Parslow, has incorporated interesting aspects of the landscape for a course that is set to be exciting as well as enchanting. This is further strengthened when you find greens carpeted by Bermuda Tifdwarf, while the Hybrid Zoysia is used on tee boxes and fairways. The Course is sand-capped and golfers will find there are a lot of undulations, mounds and swales. A lot of natural boulders and rocks that were dug up were reused to add to the aesthetics of the design and it was worked out beautifully. When one plays here, they will feel that they are playing in another country.
February 20 – Kuala Lumpur – Langkawi (B)
Transfer to Kuala Lumpur airport for our flight to Langkawi Island where you will check into the Camar Resort. You have amazing beaches and the island is very beautiful. There is more than enough to experience and to keep you entertained for at least a week. If you prefer to relax on the beach a longer stay is also very nice. Langkawi is a wonderful tropical island.
February 21 – Langkawi Tour (B,L)
A day tour of the island beginning with a boat journey from a fishing village that takes you to the thick mangrove forest fringed by limestone caves and hidden canyon. One highlight of this tour is watching 3 different species of eagles being fed right in front of your eyes. Visit the famous Eagle Square, a symbol of Langkawi; Kuah Town, where there are many duty-free shops for you to explore. We’ll take a cable car ride to the scenic Mat Chin Chang Mountain for a panoramic view of Langkawi Island. Visit Oriental Village, the best tourist attraction in Langkawi and a must-visit hot spot on the island.
February 22 – Langkawi (B)
Day free to relax on the beach or explore the island.
February 23 – Langkawi | Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at Gunung Raya Golf Resort. Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Gunung Raya, resides one of the most refreshing and scenic golf resorts in Langkawi. Sprawled over 300 acres of former rubber plantation land, Gunung Raya Golf Resort boasts an intriguing international-standard golf course designed by renowned American golf architect Max Wexler. Within its lush landscapes, you’ll encounter beautiful rolling greens, panoramic tees, and impeccable fairways, magnificently contoured with sand traps and water hazards. Hence, Gunung Raya Golf Resort is an exhilarating golfing venue that will whet any avid golfer’s appetite!
February 24 – Langkawi | Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at The Els Club Teluk Datai. Set amongst some of the most unspoilt rainforest and natural beaches, The Els Club Teluk Datai has established itself as a new icon on the golf scene. Another masterpiece by four-time Major Champion, Ernie Els, the Rainforest Course has unique characteristics in abundance. Whether it is the 100-ft high trees, the constant buzz of wildlife or the tranquillity of the coastline vistas, the golf course is mesmerizing. The golf course quickly rose to critical acclaim scooping “The World’s Best New Golf Course” award and ranking #84 in “Golf Digest’s Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.” One of the many redeeming features is the attentive service the facility offers its guests. When you add the fact the course is one of the finest conditioned in the region, you can certainly imagine The Els Club Teluk Datai becomes top of the bucket list golf escapes.
February 25 – Langkawi | Home (B)
Mid-morning transfer to airport for flights home via Kuala Lumpur.
OPTIONAL HONG KONG EXTENSION – $861.00 PER PERSON ($251.00 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT)
February 25 – Kuala Lumpur – Hong Kong (B)
On arrival into Hong Kong airport and after clearing airport formalities, meet your guide and transfer to Holiday Inn Golden Mile. Balance of the afternoon free to explore the area.
February 26 – Hong Kong – Tour (B,L)
This morning’s tour circles the beautiful island with a panoramic Peak Tram ride up to the Victoria Peak and Sky Terrace 428 viewing platform, where the harbour and the city sprawl in front of you. Tour continue to Stanley Market, where you can stroll through Stanley’s famous seaside village bazaar, En route to Aberdeen Fishing Village, home of “Boat People” whose lifestyle has not changed much since the early days of their settlement in Hong Kong and enjoy Dim Sum lunch at the world’s largest floating restaurant – Jumbo Kingdom.
After lunch, tour continue to experience vibrant SoHo by taking the world’s longest covered outdoor escalator – Mid-Levels Escalator and visit Tai Kwun, presents a wide range of heritage, contemporary art, performing arts and lifestyle experiences in the restored and revitalized Central Police Station compound, which comprises three Declared Monuments, the former Central Police Station, the Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. Afterwards, walk to harbour side and take a famous Star Ferry to Kowloon and visit the Old Clock Tower (built in 1915). The National Geographic Traveller named the ferry crossing as one of 50 places of a lifetime, then transfer back to Hotel.
February 27 – Hong Kong (B)
Day free to explore Hong Kong on your own.
February 28 Departure (B)
Kota Permai Golf & Country Club
Glenmarie Golf & Country Club
Templer Park Country Club
Sungai Long Golf & Country Club
Palm Garden Golf Club
Gunung Raya Golf Resort
The Els Club Teluk Datai
Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Optional Hong Kong extension:
Holiday Inn Golden Mile
C$5195.00 Per person, twin sharing
NON GOLFER PROGRAM:
C$4763.00 Per person, twin sharing
(includes non golfer tours as indicated in the itinerary details)
International airfare not included. We can advise you on securing the best fare for this program.
OPTIONAL HONG KONG EXTENSION
$861.00 Per Person
3 nights hotel accommodations, daily buffet breakfasts and one lunch, sightseeing tours and transfers by private coach with English speaking guides
17 Nights hotel accommodations as indicated
Daily buffet breakfasts & other meals as indicated
7 rounds of golf including green fees and power cart (sharing basis)
BONUS! 3 Day side trip to Borneo to explore the tropical rainforest