Tour Code: BPPE01 Departure Time: 6.00AM Duration: 8 Hours Meal: Lunch
Meet at hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for flight MH2042 ETD0710hrs ETA0750hrs, AK6492 ETD0700hrs ETA0740hrs to Sandakan. Upon arrival, proceed for an experience – a close encounter with the “Wildman of Borneo”. See how tamed Orang Utans that are being rehabilitated into the wild. A boardwalk leads you to a viewing gallery and feeding platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day at 10.00am and 3.00pm by rangers.
Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area. Lunch at the charming English Tea House Restaurant, a former Colonial Residence, and serving western cuisine is conveniently located adjacent to the Agnes Keith Museum. The restaurant has a panoramic view of the city of Sandakan.
Brief city tour of Sandakan and visit the Puh Jih Shih Buddhist Chinese Temple at 300 meters above sea level, offers a panoramic view of Sandakan Bay. Then, transfer to airport for returning flight to Kota Kinabalu on MH2047 ETD1250hrs ETA1335hrs or AK6495 ETD1430hrs ETA1515hrs. On your arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Remarks: Exclude Return Airfare BKI/SDK/BKI. (Flights are subject to change without notice)
Optional Tours (with additional same charges)
Visit the restored colonial home, now a Museum, of the famous American writer – Agnes Keith in Sandakan. During the years between 1934 and 1952, Agnes Keith penned a trilogy of her moving experience during her stay in Sandakan. The first book was “Land Below the Wind” published in 1939; the book tells on those halcyon pre-war days. The second book was “Three Came Home”, published in 1947 which is focused on hardships suffered during the Second World War. And the third book was “White Man Returns”, published in 1951 which tells of her life in Sandakan after the war.
Australian War Memorial Park, situated on the site of the Sandakan Prisoner of War Camp, holds a commemorative pavilion which includes a scale model of the original POW camp. An obelisk of black granite commemorating those who died is also located within the park. As the story told by the guide unfolds, it forms a truly profound experience for the visitors.
At the Rainforest Discovery Centre, located within the Kabili- Sepilok Forest Reserve, learn about the rainforest ecology and experience its amazing biodiversity. Walk through its well marked trails and see the displays of flora such as pitcher plants, native orchids and gingers. The 150 metre long Canopy Walkway which provides a panoramic atop view of the tall rainforest trees, is a great trail to see the bird life and wildlife such as squirrels and orang utans, high above the canopy. There are over 250 species of exotic bird life such as pitas, hornbills and the rare Bornean Bristlehead found here.