Borneo is in the top 3 worldwide destinations for those travellers in search of wildlife and adventure.
To get there flights connect via Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan with Malaysian Airlines who pride themselves on great service and brand new aircraft. To make the most of your trip it is advisable to split your stay between Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Kuala Lumpur which is exactly what I did on my recent visit.
The beautiful Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is situated on a vast expense of beach and is a great option for your stay in KK the rooms are spacious with lovely ocean views, 2 swimming pools, water sport’s centre and choice of bars & restaurants the sunset bar was amazing with the signature cocktail served in a coconut shell. Adjacent to the hotel is Rasa Ria nature reserve with lookout tower, a 5am trek through the jungle will take you to see the sunrise at 90 metres above sea level and a breath taking view of Mt Kinabalu there are plenty of activities including the canopy trail to discover.
A short flight from KK will take you to Sandakan and the Borneo Nature Lodge this is a back to basics experience staying on the Kinabatangan River the lodge can only be reached by boat and you will have the opportunity to view crocodiles, pigmy elephants, monkey’s and various birds in their natural habitat, orangutans are present here in the wild but are not easily spotted however a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan rehabilitation centre is essential to understand how we can protect and care for this endangered species who behave so much like us humans not surprising as their DNA is 93% the same as ours!
I ended my experience with a 2 night stay in Kuala Lumpur at the centrally located 4* Park Royal Hotel I thought KL was an affluent city with plenty of culture, the hotels in the city are of a very high standard and all within easy reach of the Petronas Twin Towers standing at 452 metres tall they dominate the skyline and you will find plenty of sky bars with a great view, shopping malls to rival Dubai alongside mosques, temples and shrines to visit. Afternoon tea at the 5* Majestic Hotel is a lovely treat.
If you would like more information on this trip with Premier Holidays please pop in to see Abi at Deben Travel, Thoroughfare, Woodbridge or call 01394 615620.