Malaysia Educational Trip 10 Days
Experience: Outdoor Education
Day 1: Arrival Sandakan, Orangutan rehabilitation base Dinner
After transiting through Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu, you will arrive in the friendly northern Borneo city of Sandakan. Upon arrival we will be met by our tour leader and local guide. We will set out to visit the Sepilok Nature Reserve where we will come face to face with the region’s most famous inhabitant – the orangutan. At this reserve young, orphaned or captured orangutans are rehabilitated into the wild and it is one of the few places on earth where people have an opportunity to see orangutans up close in their natural habitat. A boardwalk leads to a viewing gallery and feeding platform where the orangutans are fed twice a day. We will return later this evening to Sandakan to freshen up before later heading out this evening for dinner.
FLIGHT TO MALAYSIA
Day 2: Kinabatangan, Village homestay & community project Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we will journey into the hinterland of Sabah to a small Malay village where we will be billeted out to families to learn of Malay family life and culture over the coming two days. There will be a short briefing detailing the activities and programs that we shall participate in before going to our homestay to meet our host families.
Later we will visit the nearby Batu Tulug Caves, a steep limestone cliff that is part of the 20 million year old Labang limestone formation. Inside the middle and upper caves are more than a hundred carved wooden coffins dating back over 250 years, watched over by bats and swallows. The coffins resemble different animals associated with the beliefs of the Orang Sungai (People of the River) and are believed to have belonged to the Chinese who once settled in the area. Mid-afternoon we will enjoy a wildlife observation cruise to see more of the Island’s famous animal species including the Proboscis Monkey, Langurs, Macaques, hornbills and a host of other wildlife. The area of Borneo is also home to one of the world’s best preserved primeval rainforests, long since vanished in other parts of Asia.
Day 3: Kinabatangan, Village homestay & community project Breakfast, Dinner
We will awake early this morning for a short river cruise in search of more wildlife to be followed by picnic breakfast in the forest. After this we will begin a vigorous jungle trek to learn of the various forest types and ethno botany before later today undertaking our community service tree planting activity. This activity is intended to reforest an area of the hinterland surrounding the village and moreover, to raise our awareness of the challenges facing this fragile habitat that is under pressure from increasing population and government policies favouring the development of palm oil plantations. e will return to our village and have the opportunity to participate in some traditional games as well as a cooking class demonstration, followed by a traditional Malay evening cultural performance and dinner. (Full details of community service project to be provided 1 month prior to departure).
Day 4: Tambunan, Jungle adventure Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we will bid farewell to our host families before boarding our bus for our journey west across the Island. Whilst it will be a long day’s travelling, we will have ample opportunity to enjoy the picturesque Borneo landscape, viewing oil palm plantations and remote villages.
In the mid afternoon we will arrive at our jungle camp where we will set up our own hammocks and mosquito nets followed by an introduction to the camp by our jungle guides. There will be time for some jungle skills training as well as an opportunity to try out the camp’s rope courses. Tonight we will sleep on comfortable hammock style beds, in pre-constructed long-house style shelters. NB: The shower, toilets and other facilities are all of a good quality.
Day 5: Tambunan, Jungle trek Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we will enjoy a challenging trek through the primeval Borneo jungle. The trekking will be along narrow jungle and village trails, crossing some of the region’s famous ‘hanging’ bridges. On the way our expert jungle guides will share their knowledge and gives us the chance to sample natural vegetables and fruits as well as learn about local medicinal plants. Our jungle guides will also demonstrate some of the multiple uses of bamboo and teach us about making animal traps. There will also be opportunities to observe village life, learn how rice is planted and how rubber is collected. All activities are supervised by our expert jungle guides and guides at all times.
Day 6: Ranau, White water rafting Breakfast, Lunch
For a safe and fun adrenalin rush, there is nothing quite like rafting. After breakfast we will transfer to our starting rafting point where we will undergo a comprehensive safety briefing before embarking on our trip down the grade 1 & 2 rapids of the Kiulu River, accompanied by our expert river guides. (All students are required to wear life jackets/helmets). After about 2 hours on the river we will arrive at the picnic area where lunch will be served and where we can clean up and get changed. We will travel to the foot of one of Asia’s tallest mountain- Mt Kinabalu. There will be time this afternoon for a visual assessment of this beautiful mountain which we will climb tomorrow morning.
Day 7: Mt. Kinabalu, Mountain ascent Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Awaking early this morning, we will enjoy a big breakfast before we depart Kota Kinabalu and head to the Kinabalu National Park to begin our rewarding (and challenging) 2 day climb to the summit of the tallest (4095 metres) mountain in South-East Asia guided all the way by our knowledge local guides. Fortunately, Mt Kinabalu is one of the easier peaks in the world to conquer and students don’t need any previous experience at mountain climbing although do need to be of a reasonable standard of fitness. After an easy start, the 8 kilometre trail to the top gradually becomes steeper whilst all along the trail are rest huts every kilometre or so. Late in the day as the rainforest canopy becomes increasingly dense, we will arrive at Laban Rata (3345m) hill station where we will enjoy bunk style accommodation and an early dinner.
N.B. Whilst this trip is designed to appeal to all students,students and staff joining this Malaysian Big Experience trip will be expected to be in good physical condition. Whilst the trip for the most part will be of an easy to moderate grade, the 2 day ascent and descent of Mt Kinabalu, and the Jungle (head hunter trail) component of the tip will require all students and staff to be in good physical condition. Students and staff will be expected to carry your own luggage throughout the trip (including day packs for the overnight trip up Mt Kinabalu and during the jungle trek). The walking component is challenging and students and staff should have some hiking experience and be physically prepared for this activity.
Day 8: Gunung Kinabalu, Mt. Kinabalu descent Breakfast, Lunch
Beginning at 3:00 am (!) we will enjoy a very light breakfasts we head off into the darkness. After seemingly endless flights of stairs and ascents up the rocky trail, we will emerge on to a small rocky plateau for our final assault on Low’s Peak (summit). As we trudge further the views out over the clouds and the valleys below are simply breathtaking, making all the effort worthwhile as we finally reach the top of Low’s Peak, enjoying incredible views in all directions across the South China Sea to the Philippines. Arriving at the base of the mountain about lunchtime, we will later this afternoon journey to Sabah’s capital city, Kota Kinabalu which we will explore this evening before dinner at one of its numerous seaside eateries.
Day 9: Kota Kinabalu, City exploration Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Urban allure meets rural charm as we set off to discover Sabah, starting with a scenic drive through its capital, Kota Kinabalu (KK). The city, formerly known as “Singgahmata” or “the place where the eye lingers”, rose from the destruction of World War II to become a vibrant and modern city that still retains its traditional charms. Time permitting we will have a chance to see some of ‘KK’s’ places of interests including its state mosque, a Chinese temple and the Sabah Museum to learn of the region’s indigenous people. This evening we will wander down to the city’s vibrant handicraft market.
Day 10: Depart Kota Kinabalu Breakfast
This morning we will depart Borneo for our flight Home. There will be a short time this morning for a final exploration of KK’s vibrant water front before we transfer to the Airport for our flight home. Our tour leader will escort us to the airport, assist us to check in, then wave us farewell for our home bound flight.
Outdoor Educational Trip of Borneo (East Malaysia)
Sandakan, Sepilok orangutan sanctuary and surrounds, Jungle camp, white-water rafting, Mt Kinabalu Climb, Kota Kinabalu
This 10 – day outdoor educational tour of Malaysia (Borneo) is specifically designed for active students wishing to challenge themselves physically whilst enjoying all the delights of this culturally and geographically unique Asian country.
Beginning in the friendly tropical city of Sandakan before flying to the island of Borneo (East Malaysia) students will spend time at a local village. There they will learn of life in rural Asia and undertake a two-day service–learning project, entailing a conservation activity whilst staying in a small local village. Students will also take part in cultural activities and learn how to cook Malaysian cuisine, traditional religious practices and experience firsthand the grandeur of some of the oldest rainforest and fauna on earth.
The trip will also include including white water rafting, a very challenging hike up the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia (or the option of a hike along the ‘headhunters trail’) as well as an fun and informative snorkelling activity in the South China Sea.
NB: This trip is designed for active students and staff who maintain a good level of fitness. Whilst the walking component of this trip is not difficult, students and teachers should have some walking experience and be physically prepared for this part of the trip.
- Students and staff joining this trip will be expected to be in good physical condition.
- Whilst the trip, for the most part, will be of an easy to moderate grade, the 2 jungle camp adventure will require students and staff to be in good physical condition.
- This trip includes rafting so you will be expected to be able to swim (life jackets provided).
- You will also be expected to work diligently during the days of the community service project.
- You will also be expected to be able to ride a bike.
- It will be necessary for you to carry your own luggage through the trip, but only for short distances.
- Student accommodation is on a twin/triple share basis.
- Teacher accommodation is on a single room basis.
- All hotels are clean, comfortable and centrally located.
- Homestay accommodation is basic.
Modern air-conditioned bus, river boat.
- All accommodation, activities, entrance fees, transport and internal flights as described in the itinerary.
- Student Educational Adventures tour leader throughout your trip.
- Local English speaking guides where required.
- Meals as per itinerary.
- Drinking water with included meals.
- Return international flight from your home country to the destination.
- Applicable visas.
- Travel insurance.
- School or orphanage visit donations.