Heritage Tour to Borneo and the Malay Peninsula - Jon Baines Tours

Heritage Tour to Borneo and the Malay Peninsula

8 - 21 Sep 2019
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Explore Sarawak in Borneo and journey up the Malay Peninsula on this new tour examining the history, culture and wildlife of the region.

From the vast jungles of Borneo and the riverine city of Kuching, travel to the Malay Peninsula, the modern city of Kuala Lumpur and the colonial charm of Malacca. Travel by boat into the world’s oldest rainforest in Taman Negara and onto the Cameron Highlands, with its colonial hill stations and tea estates. Take train and ferry to George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site with striking architecture and a rich cultural legacy. Along the way enjoy the blend of European heritage with Malay, Chinese and Indian culture and cuisine. Wander through rainforest trails and street-food markets and take in the sights, sounds, smells and flavours of a truly diverse country.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, John and Susi Richardson

John and Susi Richardson

John and Susi Richardson were the doctor and nurse respectively on The British Trans Americas Expedition 1971-2; the first ever drive from Alaska to Cape Horn and the first crossing of the Darian Gap in Panama. John also led a Jon Baines Tours tour to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in 2006 with Susi. He has also acted as doctor to six sailing expeditions with service personnel and students in the Caribbean.

Professor John Richardson is Emeritus Defence Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures and led on cruises.

Susi Richardson has travelled widely across the world either as an expedition nurse, or as a nurse on war grave pilgrimages for the Royal British Legion, co-tour leader for Jon Baines Tours, or accompanying her husband on his British Army medical officer postings. Five generations of her Shakespear family served in India on her grandmother’s side, and three generations of Cooke family on her grandfather’s side, covering almost continuously two hundred years of the history of British India in a variety of roles and occupations. Susi has led a number of tours to India, in Vietnam and on cruises.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 8 Sept (Sun) Kuching, Sarawak: Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Take an orientation of Kuching, established by ‘White Rajah’ Sir James Brooke
  • 9 Sept (Mon) Kuching: Visit Kuching’s excellent ethnological museum. Visit Fort Margherita and hear about the ‘White Rajahs’ of Borneo. Visit the old Court House and hear the story of Margerite Brooke. Explore the vibrant local area including Carpenter Street. Welcome dinner in the evening
  • 10 Sept (Tues) Kuching: Visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to see semi-wild orang utans. Visit Anah Rais longhouse Bidayuh village and learn about the Land Dayaks. Short walk with a specialist guide to see medicinal plants. Return to Kuching and at leisure. Enjoy a sunset cruise with drinks
  • 11 Sept (Wed) Kuching: Drive and boat to Bako National Park with its many species of wildlife
  • 12 Sept (Thurs) Kuching /Kuala Lumpur: Fly to Kuala Lumpur. Tour old Kuala Lumpur before taking the monorail to the Malay District for dinner
  • 13 Sept (Fri) Kuala Lumpur / Malacca / Kuala Lumpur: Full day tour of historic Malacca. Walking tour to St. Paul's Hill for a panoramic view of Malacca, the straits and the old town. See the Portuguese Fort de Santiago, the ruins of St. Paul's Church and Dutch Square. Walk down Harmony Street to 'Antique Row'. Traditional Peranakan lunch. Boat ride on the Malacca River
  • 14 Sept (Sat) Kuala Lumpur / Taman Negara National: Drive to Kuala Tembeling and take a boat into Taman Negara National Park, the world’s most ancient rainforest. Short boat trip with the option to swim. Nocturnal jungle walk
  • 15 Set (Sun) Taman Negara National Park: Optional sunrise bird and wildlife viewing. Visit the Orang Asli village (Batek Tribe) and learn how the nomadic people live in the rainforest. At leisure. Barbecue dinner. Night sky watching
  • 16 Sept (Mon) Taman Negara National Park: Optional sunrise bird and wildlife viewing. Gentle jungle trek and suspended treetop walkway. At leisure. Dinner in a local floating restaurant
  • 17 Sept (Tues) Taman Negara National Park / Cameron Highlands: Drive into the Cameron Highlands. Visit the Boh tea plantation for tea and strawberries with a wonderful view.
  • 8 Sept (Wed) Cameron Highlands / Penang: Drive to Ipoh and explore the old town, including the railway station, the town hall, ‘God's Little Acre’ cemetery and Concubine Lane. Options for lunch in Concubine Lane. Take the train to Butterwoth and the ferry into George Town. Those who wish may travel with the luggage in the bus to Penang
  • 19 Sept (Thurs) Penang: Heritage walking and trishaw tour ofGeorge Town. Visit Fort Cornwallis and St John’s Church. Walk along Little India and see the Khoo Kongsi. G&T at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel
  • 20 Sept (Fri) Penang: Visit Penang Hill, a British hill station. At leisure. Farewell dinner
  • 21 Sept (Sat) Penang: Depart for flight home or take extension

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is US $3,712 pp sharing (excluding flights and transfers)