27 Day Malaysia Tour & Indonesia

Featuring Borneo, Brunei, Sumatra, Java & Bali

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Diverse doesn't begin to describe the wonders in store during this 27 day Malaysia and Indonesia tour.

National parks teeming with wildlife, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Malacca, a teeming potpourri of Asian and aboriginal culture and the Old and New World collision that is Kuala Lumpur beckons in Malaysia.

Indonesia, for its part, offers far more than just the legendary beach in Bali. This equatorial country features awe inspiring sights at every turn, whether it's an intricate Hindu temple surrounded by lush, terraced rice paddies or a laconic orangutan reaching for a tender shoot in the jungles of Borneo.

Combined, the countries form the crux of a once in a lifetime vacation that should be on any adventurous traveller's to do list.

In Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, you'll be hard pressed to miss the iconic Petronas Towers, the tallest pair in the world at 88 stories each. Particularly impressive at night, Islamic influences can be seen in each of the tower's five tiers representing the five pillars of Islam. Unparalleled shopping experiences can be found in the glittery malls or street-side in bustling Chinatown. Included in the city tour is a visit to the National Museum.

Up next, Malacca, that features a dizzying array of cultural touchstones owing to its history as a trading port and successive colonial occupations, each one leaving its mark. See the Stadhuys, a collection of red hued buildings from the 1650s that once housed the Dutch town hall.

Also in the famous town square is the Portuguese fortress of Porta de Santiago and St. Paul's Church, resting place of St Francis Xavier. Nearby, the 17th-century Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng temple has ornate decorations and multiple prayer halls. And don't forget to try some of the ubiquitous spicy food that often combines influences from disparate culinary traditions.

Our Malaysia and Indonesia tours continues on to Kuching and a visit to the nearby, living museum of Sarawak Cultural Village that depicts the heritage of the myriad ethnic groups known to the region amid a spectacular equatorial backdrop. A second day trip from Kuching saves time along the way to better understand some of the jungle produce so crucial to the local economies and culminates with a visit to a longhouse dwelling typical of the area. Finally there's a tour of Kuching proper, a city noted for the bustle of its many artisans and tradespeople practicing their craft in ways virtually unchanged since the 19th century. Other highlights here include a Taoist temple and the breathtaking Catholic Cathedral.

Onwards to Miri, the gateway to Borneo, for an overnight before driving to Niah National Park. Featuring remains of people dating back 40,00 years, and the spectacular Grand Cave with its Iron Age cave paintings, the site is among the world's most important archeological sites.

Day 8 brings you to the heavily forested Brunei and a sightseeing tour of the imposing golden-domed Jame Asr Hassani Bolkiah Mosque, ahead of an afternoon cruise to the enormous water village of Kampung Ayer. Also on the itinerary in Brunei is Istana Nurul Iman, largest, residential palace on Earth and a visit to the Royal Regalia Building.

A drive through the Crocker Range soon immerses tour participants in the abundant biodiversity of Kundasang's Mountain Garden, followed by an exhilarating rainforest canopy walk in Poring.

Your immersion in the jungle continues in Sandakan, home to the world's largest orangutan sanctuary with plenty of time allotted to familiarize yourself with these iconic, orange, forest dwellers and their care. That's followed by stay at a rainforest lodge and a cruise up the Kinabatangan River to view even more of the fauna and flora of this astonishing region including the aptly named proboscis monkey.

Following a return to the teeming waterfront markets of Sandakan, our Malaysia and Indonesia tour continues in Sumatra's largest city, Medan, with its remnants of Dutch colonialism and plethora of shops. A short city tour is followed by a boat cruise and full day at Samosir Island; an island within an island in Lake Toba formed by a super volcano some 75,000 years ago. Of note here is the distinctive animist culture of the local Batak people.

Next, it's on to Beraslagi, after crossing from the island on a narrow land bridge and with time for a stop at the impressive and picturesque (nearly 400 foot tall) Si Piso-Piso Waterfalls. On the same day visit a Karo Batak village in this highly volcanic area.

Yogyakarta, in the heart of Java at the base of a volcano, is the next destination. It's the base for visitation of Indonesia's most famous and extensive Hindu temple site Prambanan. Built in the 10th century, this UNESCO Heritage site is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia.

Three tall and pointed temples are decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, in honour of the three great Hindu divinities and three temples are dedicated to the animals who serve them. Back in Yogyakarta sightseeing continues with The Sultan's Palace -that includes the Golden Pavilion - and the nearby Taman Sari (Water Castle) with its ruins, pools and underground passages among the highlights.

Prepare to be impressed by the next attraction, Borobudur, largest stupa-style Buddhist monument in the world. Laid out in the form of a lotus, the temple compounds with its stepped, unroofed pyramid consisting of ten terraces, crowned by a large, bell-shaped dome is a harmonious marriage of stupas, temple and mountain and a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture.

Iconic Bali (home to the majority of Indonesia's Hindu population) follows, beginning in the east coast town of Candidasa. After a visit to the native, walled village of Tenganan, its on to the ancient law courts of Klung Klung and finally Bali's most significant temple Besakih.

En route to Lovina, located on the northeastern side of the island, stops are made at the village of Penglipuran; Kintamani, with its scenic views of Mt. Batur and Lake Batur and Beji Temple, notable for its Barong architecture and stunning relief carvings.

A day is then set aside back in Lovina for exploration of nearby markets and exploration of the Buddhist monastery Brahma Arama Vihara.

After travel through the amazing rice terraces at Pupuan, it's on to the mysterious and alluring artists' village of Ubud. Ubud is known for its spiritualists and seekers. The size of the town's expat community attests to this, as do the many novels and films set here.

It's a place where traditional Balinese culture imbues every waking moment. An artist's haven, it's the best place to buy Balinese handicrafts and a fitting place to end what will surely be remembered as the holiday of a lifetime.



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Day 1 Arrival in Kuala Lumpur
Today we arrive in Kuala Lumpur, (Peninsular) Malaysia.

Malaysia's capital is a curious blend of the old and new. It is also a blend of cultures; the Malay capital has a vibrant Chinatown and an Indian quarter. Kuala Lumpur means "muddy confluence" which is an apt description of this town which grew up as a trading post and tin mining shanty town, and later became a modern cosmopolitan business hub.

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Kuala Lumpur: City Tour
Despite rapid development, Kuala Lumpur has managed to retain her charm, with a skyline that blends the Old World with the New. We start the day with a visit to the Menara Kuala Lumpur that offers a birds-eye view of the entire city and its surrounds. We will see the contrast of the distinctive Indo-Moorish architecture and the ultra modern edifices, the Petronas Twin Towers. Later we drive past the elegant Jamek Mosque, which occupies the symbolic birthplace of Kuala Lumpur and the bustling Chinatown at Petaling Street before a photo stop at the majestic Royal Palace.

After lunch we visit the National Museum where historical Malaysian artifacts and replicas among others are on display. Time permitting we will take a stroll at the beautiful Lake Gardens located within the vicinity of National Monument and Merdeka Square.

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 3 Kuala Lumpur & Malacca
We depart after breakfast for a visit to the historic town of Malacca, founded by a fleeing prince from Sumatra in 14th century. Later it developed into a major trading port for ships from India and China. From its early days as a traders meeting point to the successive colonial occupation by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and Japanese, each culture left behind its mark or monument creating a historical showcase. Today you will find many remnants of the mixed history of this city dating back more than 500 years.

The oldest established town in Malaysia, Malacca is particularly famous for its Town Square and surrounding monuments. Our tour visits the red coloured Stadhuys, Cheng Hoon Teng, the oldest Chinese temple on the Malay peninsula, the Portuguese fortress Porta de Santiago built in 1511 and St Paul's Church where St Francis Xavier was buried.

Malacca is well-known for its eclectic food. Most notable of all is the Nyonya-Baba cuisine which is a mixture of Chinese (mostly southern Hokkien or Fujian influence), Portuguese, Dutch, Indian, British and Malay cooking with most dishes being spicy in nature.

DUE TO OUR (LIKELY) EARLY DEPARTURE tomorrow morning, we are including lunch today instead of dinner.

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Kuala Lumpur - Fly to Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
Today we fly to Kuching in Sarawak in northwestern Borneo. Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel.

This afternoon we travel to the award winning "Sarawak Cultural Village". This living museum depicts the heritage of the major racial groups in Sarawak and conveniently portrays the respective lifestyle amidst 14 acres of equatorial vegetation. Here it is possible to see Sarawak's ethnic diversity at a glance.

We end the day at the Kuching waterfront. The river is important as a transport link in the past, is still a central feature of the city with a beautifully landscaped waterfront promenade providing a superb and relaxing venue for strolls any time of the day.

Overnight in Kuching.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Kuching & Longhouse Visit
Early this morning we depart Kuching by road, passing pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantations. As we continue upcountry we make a few stops to see where a variety of jungle produce, such as edible ferns, bamboo shoots and unusual tropical fruit are on display. Our destination is a longhouse, which is, as its name suggests, an extended family environment where many families live out their existence under a single roof. The longhouse has an open verandah that offers a marvelous view of rural life in the form of paddy fields, rubber plantations and the like. Today in the more rural areas of Sarawak, there are longhouse dwellings where life is more simple, idyllic and nature-oriented.

We will be greeted with a welcome dance followed by a walk about during which we are treated to various cultural performances, including dancing and drumming.

Return to Kuching in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Kuching.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Kuching: City Tour - Fly to Miri
This morning we embark on a tour of Kuching.

Arguably one of the most attractive cities in Southeast Asia, Kuching has adapted modern amenities without losing its old trading centre charm. Once the home of the Rajahs Brooke, their legacy is evident in the old buildings still in use today. Included on our tour: the Cat Monument, Sarawak's oldest Tua Pek Kong Taoist Temple, the Civic Center, the award winning Catholic Cathedral, and the the multi-purpose market where tin smiths, rattan workers, coffin makers, Chinese herbalists and gold smiths ply their specialised trades in a setting little changed from the 19th century. A highlight of the day is a visit to the Borneo Cultures Museum.

This afternoon, we fly to Miri (still in Sarawak, Borneo), an interesting place unto itself and the gateway for the neighbouring country of Brunei.

Overnight in Miri.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Miri & Niah National Park and the Great Cave
This morning we drive 110 km to the world famous Niah National Park. Although one of Sarawak's smallest national parks, it is one of the most important and unusual with its main claim to fame being known as the birthplace of human civilization in the region. The oldest modern human remains in Southeast Asia along with many other relics of prehistoric man dating from 40,000 years ago were discovered here in 1958 making the park one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

After registration at the park headquarters, and a brief look at the information centre we take a short boat to cross the river to visit Niah Museum. After our museum visit we walk 3 km along a level boardwalk to the main cave entrance.* The walk to the Grand Cave takes about 45 minutes and is fascinating in its own right as you pass close to giant Tapang trees (Koompassia excelsa) with their enormous buttressed roots, pandanus plants twice the size of a person and colourful orchids and tree fungi.

In the Painted Cave you see the prehistoric wall drawing as well as the preserved remains of stone age people dating back 40,000 years. The Great Cave as the name suggests, is an enormous cavern surrounded by dense primary rainforest. The Great Cave is not only important archaeological site, where it was inhabited by man for 40,000 years, but the cave is also full bats and birds, especially the Black-nest Swiftlets.

Return to Miri.

* Please note that this requires stamina and an ability to be steady on one's feet, to be able to navigate uneven, possibily wet/slippery surfaces, and to endure some heat over the course of several hours.

Overnight in Miri.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Miri, Malaysia - Brunei Darussalam
A 2-hour drive this morning takes us to Brunei is a small oil rich country just 443 km (277 miles) north of the equator in the northwest corner of Borneo, bounded on all landward sides by Sarawak (Malaysia) which splits Brunei into two parts. The landscape is mainly equatorial jungle cut by rivers. It is a heavily forested state and most human activity is restricted either to coastal areas or estuaries.

Today our sightseeing tour will include the magnificent golden-domed Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque.* The mosque with its domes, mosaic patterns, surrounding gardens and imposing minarets plated with 24 carat gold, was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the King's reign.

In the afternoon we will take a cruise to visit the Kampung Ayer water village, said to be the largest water village in the world. This village has been in continuous habitation since 1521. Here we will witness a traditional way of life, with stilt houses built over the Brunei River (though today most of the inhabitants enjoy modern facilities).

Our tour of the city today will also include a view of the spectacular Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and a visit to one of the local markets.

* Though unlikely, it is possible that mosques can be closed at any time without notice. This could be due to security concerns, maintenance, or for official visits by dignitaries or members of the royal family.

Overnight in Brunei.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Brunei Darussalam Touring - Fly to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
We have most of the day in Brunei to continue with our sightseeing tour. Today we visit to the Royal Regalia Building, with its amazing array of chariots, weapons, crowns, thrones and other paraphenalia.

There will be a chance for a photo opportunity of the magnificent Istana Nurul Iman, the Sultan's Royal Palace for his first wife, and also the largest residential palace in the world.

Later this afternoon we fly back to Borneo and Kota Kinabalu, the main city in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Time-permitting we will have a brief city sightseeing drive tour including a visit to the excellent State Museum.

Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Kota Kinabalu: Mt Kinabalu & Poring
Today we drive through paddy-fields and Dusun villages, over the ridges of the Crocker Range to the foothills of the 1500 m / 5,000 foot high Mt. Kinabalu. We arrive at the park headquarters at the Kundasang Visitor Centre and Mountain Garden, home to some of the 24 species of flowering rhododendrons, 10 species of carnivorous pitcher plants, an estimated 1,400 species of orchids, over 600 species of ferns, and more than 40 species of oak trees and over 300 species of birds.

We continue 40 km / 25 mi journey to Poring where we explore tropical rainforest on a treetop canopy walkway suspended 41 m / 135 ft above the forest floor. After our visit we return to Kota Kinabalu.

Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Kota Kinabalu - Fly to Sandakan - Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary - Sukau
A short flight takes us to Sandakan on the far northern tip of Borneo, from where we transfer to Sepilok, the largest orangutan sanctuary in the world.* The sanctuary was founded in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned orangutans. The site is 43 sq km of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve, and today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. The facility provides medical care for orphaned and confiscated orangutans as well as dozens of other wildlife species. Some of the other animals which have been treated at the centre include sun bears, gibbons, Sumatran rhinos, and elephants.

Later we continue by road to our rainforest lodge.

* Depending on our timing for today, we may visit the orangutans this afternoon or on the morning of Day 13.

Overnight in Sukau region.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Oxbow Lakes & Sukau
Today we wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Early this morning we have a river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to view more birds and wildlife. We proceed to the Kelenanap ox-bow lake while searching for more wildlife. In the afternoon, we take a river cruise in search of wild proboscis monkeys as they settle down on treetops along the Kinabatangan River.

After dinner there is an optional night cruise for spotting nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds.

Overnight in Sukau region.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Sukau - Sandakan - Fly to Kota Kinabalu
Today we return to Sandakan and, time-permitting, have some sightseeing in Sandakan before catching our flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Sandakan's main attraction is its hot, steamy waterfront -- a teeming, chaotic multi-purpose place where the fish and central market, hawker stalls and transport all seem to combine a profusion of colour and activity. In the market's dark aisles can be found conches and fish bigger than shovels.

Later today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Medan, Indonesia
Today we fly to Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra.

North Sumatra is a land of great mountains, waterfalls, lakes, a mixture of cultural groups, plantations of rubber, tobacco, palm oil, and coffee.

Overnight in Medan.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Medan - Samosir Island, Lake Toba
After breakfast we depart for a brief city tour of Medan. We stop to see the Maimoon Palace, recently renovated from its original founding in 1888 by the Sultan of Deli. We will also stop to visit the Grand Mosque, built in the Moroccan style. Before leaving Medan, we'll also visit Tjong a Fie Mansion. Often referred to as a "historical jewel," the 35-room, 2-storey mansion was built in 1895 by the Hakka merchant who came to own much of the land in Medan through his plantations while contributing to the building of the island’s railway.

Afterwards we travel southwards by road from Medan to Lake Toba, where we take a ferry across the lake to Samosir Island. At 630 sq km, Samosir is notable as being the largest island within an island, and the fifth largest lake island in the world. This is a full day of travel with stops for rest and points of interest.

Overnight on Samosir Island.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Samosir Island, Lake Toba
The island is the centre of Batak culture, and has several villages of historical interest. Here, traditional houses are made of wood with high roofs; the main posts, walls, and gable ends carry carved decorations of buffalo horns.

We will learn about the animist culture of the Batak people with visits to the cultural centre and some unusual houses, with roofs shaped like boats. The Batak were formerly head-hunters and cannibals, and due to their isolation in the high mountains, they have retained many of the ancient proto-Malay cultural traditions. According to tradition, all Bataks are descendants of Si Raja Batak, a hero-ancestor of super-natural parentage born on a holy mountain adjacent to Lake Toba. Today they maintain a tight-knit and distinctive culture.

Our stops today include a visit to the King Sidabutar Tomb in Tomok, a stop at the 300-year old stone chairs, site of village discussions and decisions, and we explore the museum at Simanindo, converted from a traditional house lived in by Rajah Simalungun, a Batak king. We will enjoy the view from one of the highest points on the island where we can begin to appreciate the massive volcanic explosion that formed both Samosir Island and Lake Toba.

We continue back to our hotel on Samosir Island for the night. We usually have some free time in the afternoon to enjoy our resort and/or swim in the lake.

Overnight on Samosir Island.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 17 Samosir Island - Berastagi
This morning we take a long, leisurely drive toward Berastagi, starting across the narrow land bridge that connects the "island" to the mainland. This region of North Sumatra is volcanic in nature and many sulfurous hot springs are to be found. At the northern end of Lake Toba we stop to see the impressive 120 m (394 ft) high Si Piso-Piso Waterfalls. From the viewpoint at the top of the falls there is a 360-degree panoramic view over Lake Toba and the surrounding countryside.

The area to the north of Lake Toba is known as Karoland, or the Karo Highlands, as it is where the Karo Batak tribal people live. The five Karo Batak clans and 83 subclans inhabit a high, lush plateau of mountain slopes and rich volcanic valleys in the area between Lake Toba and Medan. There are many volcanoes in the area, some of them still steaming. Gunung Sibayak at 2070 m (6,790 ft) and Gunung Sinabung at 2417 m (7,930 ft) are the highest and can be seen from many locations as we explore the area. We will have the opportunity to stop in Dokan, a Karo Batak village.

Overnight in Berastagi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 18 Berastagi - Medan (Sumatra) - Yogyakarta (Java)
This morning we drive from Berastagi to Medan (2-3 hours with stops) and fly to Yogyakarta, Java's cultural heart. Located at the foot of the volcano Merapi, the fertile plain of Yogyakarta was, in the 16th and 17th century, the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataran.

NOTE: Our flight from Medan to Yogyakarta will likely transit through Jakarta.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 19 Yogyakarta - Prambanan - Yogyakarta: City Tour
Today we visit the most extensive Hindu temple site in Indonesia -- Prambanan.

Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia, located approximately 18 km east of Yogyakarta. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It is characterised by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the 47m (154 ft) high central building inside a large complex of individual temples. It was built around AD 850 by either Rakai Pikatan, king of the second Mataram dynasty, or Balitung Maha Sambu, during the Sanjaya Dynasty. Not long after its construction, the temple was abandoned and began to deteriorate.

After our comprehensive guided tour, we return to Yogyakarta. This afternoon's sightseeing includes the Sultan's palace, the Kraton, a vast complex of courtyards, halls and pavilions in Javanese traditional style. The most important structure is the Golden Pavillion; ornately carved, and heavily gilded, its graceful roof is supported by finely carved wooden beams. Here the Sultan used to receive royal guests and hold balls and banquets.

We also visit the nearby Taman Sari (Water Castle), the ruins, pools, arches and underground passages of the former pleasure gardens. It was built in 1758 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I as a rest house and pleasure park for the Royal Family.

At some point during our stay in Yogyakarta we hope to attend a performance of the Ramayana ballet, a dance based on ancient Hindu folklore.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20 Yogyakarta - Borobudur - Yogyakarta
From Yogyakarta we drive north to the largest stupa-style Buddhist monument in the world -- Borobudur. This incredible monument, built and decorated before AD 800, should be on anybody's list of the ten greatest art-complexes in the world for its size, quality, sophistication and excellent state of preservation.

Borobudur was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2500 sq m. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with UNESCO's help in the 1970s.

After a guided site tour, we return to Yogyakarta. Your afternoon is free. Wandering in the narrow streets of the markets you will see many beautiful crafts for sale, including the famous wayang wooden and leather puppets, but especially the batik. Yogyakarta is famous for its batik.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 21 Yogyakarta (Java) - Denpasar (Bali) - Candidasa
Today we fly from Yogyakarta to Denpasar (possibly via another connecting point) on the island of Bali and transfer to our hotel at Candidasa.

Bali is home to the vast majority of Indonesia's small Hindu minority. 93.18% of Bali's population adheres to Balinese Hinduism, while most of the remainder follow Islam. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music.

On arrival at Denpasar airport, we travel by road through verdant Balinese countryside to the east coast town of Candidasa, a tranquil coastal area nestled between the Lombok Strait to the east and mountains to the west. Candidasa is within close proximity to many historical landmarks of Bali.

Overnight in Candidasa.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 22 Candidasa: Eastern Bali & Besakih Temple
Today we explore the highlands and the east coast area of Bali where elegant Balinese Hindu temples sprout amid lush green rice terraces.

We will also visit the native village of Tenganan, a symmetrically laid out Bali Aga village with walled homes and unique crafts. Bali Aga was the original inhabitant of Bali, before the arrival of Hindu Javanese. Tenganan retains its ancient pre-Hindu customs through a strong code of non-fraternization with outsiders, further enforced by the protection of its surrounding walls.

We continue to the ancient law courts at Klung Kung. Klung Kung was the oldest Kingdom on the island, and its "raja" was the most exalted. At the walled-in "Court of Justice", which dates from the 18th century, a mural portrays punishment in hell and the rewards of heaven.

Our final stop is Bali's most important temple, Besakih, and sacred Mount Agung. This volcano is to the Balinese what Mount Olympus was to the ancient Greeks. Steps over 1,000 years old ascend through split gates to the main courtyard where there are many shrines. This temple was built on a site where animist rites, ceremonies and feasts once took place. The structure incorporates the holy triad of temples venerating the Hindu trinity. Every district of the island maintains its own temple within the complex.

Overnight in Candidasa.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 23 Candidasa - Penglipuran - Lovina
Today we journey from Candidasa to Lovina.

En route we will stop at Penglipuran village, well known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architectural traditions. The village has also succeeded in preserving its 75-hectare bamboo forest located in the northern part of the village.

We also stop at Kintamani, famous for its view of Mt. Batur and Lake Batur. The whole area around Kintamani is known for its orange groves. After a lunch break here, we continue to Beji Temple (Pura Beji), an excellent example of the colourful architectural style of northern Bali. The temple is famous for its Barong architecture and virtuoso relief carvings.

Our destination is Lovina, a coastal area on the northeastern side of the island containing the small villages of Temukus, Kalibukbuk and Anturan. It is becoming more popular with tourists but remains far quieter than the tourist hotspots of the island's south side. At night the whole fishing fleet is working, their lanterns glowing yellow along the ocean front.

Overnight in Lovina.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 24 Lovina Area
This morning we check out the spices and fruits at Lake Bratan market. Making our way back toward Lovina we visit the Buddhist monastery of Brahma Arama Vihara. It is a spectacular looking place, and a bit out of place in Hindu Bali. It is the most important Buddhist monastery in Bali and is complete with golden Buddha statues and a pristine natural setting. Strictly speaking the monastery is not a tourist site but accepts respectful visitors.

We return to Lovina in the afternoon.

Overnight in Lovina.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 25 Lovina - Tanah Lot - Ubud
Today we depart Lovina and travel past spectacular rice terraces to the artists' village of Ubud.

Along the way we visit the spectacular rice terraces at Pupuan. We proceed from there to Tanah Lot, an ocean temple built atop a huge rock surrounded by the sea at high tide by one of the last priests to come to Bali from Java in the 16th century. Its rituals include the paying of homage to the guardian spirits of the sea. Sea snakes found at the base are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders.

We continue to Ubud, a remarkable town located in the middle of the island. For more than a century, it has been the island's preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. While it once was a haven for scruffy backpackers, cosmic seekers, artists and bohemians, Ubud is now a hot spot for literati, glitterati, art collectors and connoisseurs.

Overnight in Ubud.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 26 Ubud: Area Tour
Today we a full day exploring the Ubud area. In the morning we attend a Barong traditional dance performance. The Barong play represent an eternal fighting between good and evil spirit. A Barong (a mythological animal) represent good spirit and Rangda (a mythological monster) represent the evil one. Bali is known for its fine arts, and it is in this village that most of the best batik painters, mask carvers, dancers, weavers, and musicians live. This is an excellent place to buy authentic Balinese handicrafts.

Overnight in Ubud.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 27 Ubud - Departure from Denpasar
Departure from Denpasar.

Please note that this airport transfer is approx 1 hour 20 min and is included only if you have booked air with Adventures Abroad.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Trip Info
Trip Info

Breakfast and dinner (at local restaurants and some hotels) are included daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, most lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather
MALAYSIA: Two main seasons are experienced in Borneo, a rainy season and a dry. The rainy season generally lasts from Oct to Feb while the drier, cooler period spans from March/April to Sept. Anyone travelling in any part of Borneo should be aware, however, that rain still does fall frequently even during the 'dry season' and visitors should pack good quality wet-weather gear.

INDONESIA: Tropical climate varying from area to area; rainstorms occur all year. Higher regions are cooler.

Though the above mentions seasonal differences, the entire region covered by our tour will feature hot and humid conditions at any time.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout will be by private air-conditioned bus. Most of the driving days are not long, usually no more than four hours. Internal flights via scheduled regional carriers.

The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some heat and long days. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces.

Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Activity Level: 2
These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.

To learn more about the Activity levels, please visit our tour styles page.

Hotels used on tour are modern, comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned, 3-4 star properties with en suite bath / toilet. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Laundry facilities are available at most hotels for a reasonable price. Safe deposit boxes are available in most hotels either free or for a nominal fee. All are air-conditioned.

Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local guides, local driver/s.

Group Size
Maximum 18 (plus Tour Leader)



Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Southeast Asia
Countries visited: Malaysia; Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia

*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Country: Malaysia
For an exquisite blend of business and leisure, look no further than the Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Located along the central Jalan Sultan Ismail road, the hotel pride itself on its local ... convenient surroundings.

With 523 well-appointed guestrooms, Concorde Hotel KL offers a collection of Superior, Deluxe, Premier and Premier Classic Suites. Each of our elegant guestrooms comes with unlimited free Wi-Fi as standard.
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Abell Hotel
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kuching
Country: Malaysia
An official 3 Stars Non-Smoking Hotel, Abell Hotel’s interior is sleek, fresh, chic and contemporary with modern amenities. Creatively designed, it fuses comfort and style to offer restful rooms, cosy lobby, convenient ... rooms, vibrant and modern restaurant and bar in an exciting conducive environment. It enjoys a superb location in the heart of the historical city of Kuching. Guests will appreciate the easy access to some of the city’s popular shopping areas, eateries and tourists attractions.
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Klagan Hotel
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kota Kinabalu
Country: Malaysia
The Klagan Hotel is ideally located in the heartland of Kota Kinabalu (KK) city. Shopping and entertainment opportunities are right at the Hotel's doorstep. The bustling KK Waterfront Esplanade with its host ... music lounges, bars and fresh seafood restaurants and the ever popular Filipino market are less than 100 metres walk from the hotel.

The Klagan Hotel is complemented by its 296 guest rooms, restaurant and lounge. A banquet hall on the top floor with a seating capacity of 280 persons for sit-down dinner functions and four other function rooms.
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Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
2 Star Accommodation 2 Star Accommodation
Location: Sukau
Country: Malaysia
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is one of the lodge that has been set up in 1994. To maintain the ambience of the river and rainforest, Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge hire local service.

... is safe from flood all year round that can be reach by vehicle or boat. All the walkway is flat in and out made by “Belian” hard wood plank. We use Kimberly-Clark Biodegradable and Environmentally friendly shampoo, soap and papers, all rooms are with attached bathroom, hot shower, ceiling fan, Smoke Detector, Emergency Action Plan and netted windows.
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Carolina Hotel
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Samosir Island
Country: Indonesia
Hotel is situated right on the shore of Lake Toba at Samosir Island. Located at the end of a quiet road in a beautiful and lush tropical garden with flowering shrubs and ... trees.

From most of the rooms of the hotel and the restaurant you will have a splendid view over Lake Toba and the surrounding mountains. Part of the restaurant is built in traditional Batak style. Offering tasteful dishes in Indonesian, Western as well as Chinese style. In the restaurant and hotel area the hotel offers free Wifi, so you can access the internet.
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Tabo Cottages
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Samosir Island
Country: Indonesia
TABO is situated on the shore of Lake Toba at Samosir surrounded by ricefields and plantations. It offers magnificent views over Lake Toba and the mountains. The unique style of the restaurant ... the rooms in the lush tropical garden make a great atmosphere to get rid of stress and weariness. Our free WiFi spot gives you the opportunity for updating travel blogs or and catch up on business from our airy, laid back restaurant or several pavilions.
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Grand Mutiara Hotel
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Berastagi
Country: Indonesia
Grand Mutiara Hotel offers the following five facilities: 24 hour room service, coffee shop and international restaurant, lobby shop, spaciously carpeted rooms with satellite TV channels, rooms with access to a balcony ... the panoramic garden and swimming pool.
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Mikie Holiday Resort
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Berastagi
Country: Indonesia
Mikie Holiday is the perfect place to discover the treasures of North Sumatera; from nature and the fresh mountain breeze where our hotel resort is located, to the comfy interiors of an ... residence, or the adventure of rides and games in Funland Theme Park. There is something for everyone in the family to take on a journey along the breathtaking sceneries to reach Mikie Holiday.

Mikie Holiday offers you a full-service hotel facility with luxurious amenities, full-service accommodations, on-site restaurants, and the highest level of hospitality. Each room at Mikie Holiday follows a minimalist design yet is comfortable, maximizing the best of nature to create a zen-like atmosphere.
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The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Yogyakarta
Country: Indonesia
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta welcomes you with the luxury of another era. You will be immersed in a unique heritage boutique hotel and experience "Memorable Moments" from your very first step in ... hotel. The best choice to discover the charm of Yogya.

Ideal for travellers in search of unique and memorable experiences, the hotel location is ideal to travel over Yogyakarta. Discover the Sultan Palace in 10 minutes, Taman Sari water castle and Kota Gede silver craft makers in 15 minutes.
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Grand Zuri Malioboro Yogyakarta
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Yogyakarta
Country: Indonesia
Grand Zuri Malioboro Yogyakarta, is a 4-star hotel, ideally located in the heart of Yogyakarta’s bustling Malioboro Road and the city’s icon Tugu Monument. The neighbourhood area provides easy access to Beringharjo ... market, Malioboro shopping street, and Tugu railway station. They are designed for both business and leisure travellers. Grand Zuri Malioboro Yogyakarta promises a district level of service and facilities.
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Ramayana Candidasa Resort
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Candidasa
Country: Indonesia
Ramayana Candidasa is a lovely spacious seaside resort with a panoramic ocean view located in eastern Bali surrounded by lush tropical gardens. A complete sanctuary for dream holiday seekers.

Ramayana Candidasa
... a perfect place for spending a peaceful and relaxing holiday in Bali as well as exploring the magnificent underwater paradise of Bali, such as Tulamben, Amed, Padang Bai, Blue Lagoon and many more.
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Puri Bagus Lovina
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Lovina
Country: Indonesia
Set on the charming coast of northern Bali, Puri Bagus Lovina promises to deliver a truly distinctive experience. Let the lukewarm ocean breeze lull you into serenity, as you blow off steam ... our villa or suite, indulge in a selection of relaxing spa treatments, sunbathe by the pool, partake in energizing yoga lessons, or even attend a business meeting.

Set sail at the break of dawn and you might encounter dolphins leaping gracefully in the open seas—one of the many wonderful spectacles to see in Lovina. Uncover the incredible treats that Lovina has to offer and we will ensure that you have a pleasant time throughout your stay.
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The Lovina Bali Resort
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Lovina
Country: Indonesia
The Lovina Bali Resort is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth, North Bali. Nestled between the Bedugul mountains and the Bali Sea, it really is a slice of ... Enjoying 200 metres of absolute beachfront only a short stroll from the centre of town, The Lovina really is perfection. From superb accommodations to the wonderful, friendly staff, The Lovina really does have it all.

Finish your day at our famous Sunset Bar with a signature cocktail, followed by our authentic local and international cuisine, before retiring to your private suite or villa.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 90-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is via our website; during office hours, you are also more than welcome to contact us by telephone. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 90 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").


What People are Saying
Patricia K.
Santa Rosa, CA - US
Great trip. Loved the Sabah orangutans! All guides were quite nice and knowledgeable. Sumatra, Bali, and Sarawak guides were just great. Dinners were very good overall, ample budgeted to allow great choices. Good selection of restaurants. Our tour leader was upbeat, organized, knowledgeable, understood quite a bit of Bahasa. Great communicator, always on top of the situation and helpful. The best! Hotels were excellent.
Donna N.
North Vancouver, BC - CA
We are very glad that we met Jonathan and had the chance to travel together for a month. He made a significant contribution to our enjoyment of our trip. He has recently sent us some of his pictures (he is an excellent photographer) and we have appreciated these visible reminders of the great time we had on this holiday.
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Countries Visited: 3

Malaysia; Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia.
Activity Level: 2

These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.

To learn more about the Activity levels, please visit our tour styles page.
Tour Style: Cultural

These three- and four-star hotel-based, "soft adventure" trips concentrate on the culture, history, and natural attributes of our destination. Though there are no strenuous activities built into these tours, you need to be prepared for some full days with some early starts, plenty of walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites, and not a lot of "down time." Independence, reasonable fitness, and an ability to be steady on one's feet are critical in order for you to get the most out of these programs.

To learn more about the Tour Styles, please visit our tour styles page.
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