Dental Study Tour to Borneo and the Malay Peninsula - Jon Baines Tours

Dental Study Tour to Borneo and the Malay Peninsula

4 - 17 May 2020
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

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. Spend the night in a luxury natural spa resort surrounded by jungle clad mountains. Take the 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.

This exciting new tour combines a full dental professional programme with a richly rewarding cultural experience.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Kevin Esplin

Kevin Esplin

Kevin Esplin has been a specialist in prosthodontics for many years. He trained at King’s College Hospital, London and then embarked on a two-year postgraduate program at the University of Connecticut, followed by a stint at the Eastman Dental Institute, London. For the past 35 years he has been in private practice in Cambridge, where he specialises in restorative dentistry and dental implants. His practice won the award of ’The Best Dental Practice in Britain" in 2015. He has lectured in the USA and England and has been running dental education programs in his practice for the past 10 years.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 4 May (Mon) Kuching, Sarawak: Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel
  • 5 May (Tues) Kuching: Take an orientation of Kuching, established by Sir James Brooke, the 'White Rajah of Sarawak'. Learn of the history of the peoples of north Borneo and of the history of Sarawak at the excellent ethnological museum. Visit Fort Margherita and hear about the ‘White Rajahs’ of Borneo. Explore the local area, including Carpenter Street, known for its interesting historical shops, café and bars. Welcome dinner in the evening
  • 6 May (Wed) Kuching: Visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to view semi-wild orangutans in a natural setting. Visit the Anah Rais longhouse in Bidayuh village and learn about the culture of the Land Dayaks. Take a short walk with a specialist guide to see medicinal plants. Lunch at the village. Visit the community dental practice, meet local dentists and learn of their work. Dinner at a local restaurant
  • 7 May (Thurs) Kuching: Drive and boat to Bako National Park. Explore the park, which is rich in local wildlife. Return and at leisure until a a sunset cruise with drinks
  • 8 May (Fri) Kuching /Kuala Lumpur: Fly to Kuala Lumpur and check into the hotel. Visit Kuala Lumpur Dental Hospital and University and learn about education and training, or at leisure. Dinner at the hotel
  • 9 May (Sat) Kuala Lumpur / Malacca / Kuala Lumpur: Tour old Kuala Lumpur. Visit the Central Market. Listen to Open Forum dental lectures in the afternoon, or at leisure. Take the monorail for a culinary tour in the Malay district, followed by dinner
  • 10 May (Sun) 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
  • 11 May (Mon) Kuala Lumpur / Taman Negara National Park: Drive to Kuala Tembeling and take a traditional long wooden boat into Taman Negara National Park, the world’s most ancient rainforest. Boat trip up a tributary and options to swim in the river. Take a night walk in the jungle.
  • 12 May (Tues) Taman Negara National Park: Optional early morning birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Take a gentle trek into the jungle and along a 350 metre suspended walkway through the treetops. Visit the Orang Asli village (Batek Tribe) and learn how the nomadic people live in the rainforest.Barbecue dinner. Night sky watching
  • 13 May (Wed) Taman Negara National Park / Banjaran Hot Springs: Drive into the Cameron Highlands. Lunch at the Highland Resort. Continue to the Banjran Hot Springs Resort and explore the natural hot springs
  • 14 May (Thurs) Banjaran Hot Springs / Penang: At leisure in the hot springs. Drive to Ipoh and options for lunch in Concubine Lane. Explore Ipoh. Take the train to Butterworth and the ferry into George Town (luggage goes via bus to Penang)
  • 15 May (Fri) Penang: Explore George Town on a heritage tour on foot and by trishaw. Visit Fort Cornwallis, St John’s Church and Pingang Peranakan Mansion. Visit an aesthetic dental clinic and learn how medical tourism works in Malaysia
  • 16 May (Sat) Penang: Walk along Little India and onto the Khoo Kongsi, one of the most distinctive Chinese clan associations in Malaysia, and the Chew Chetty. At leisure. Drinks at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, followed by a farewell dinner
  • 17 May (Sun) Penang: Depart Penang for flight home or take extension in Langkawi or east coast resorts

Langkawi Extension

  • 17 May (Sun) Penang / Langkawi: Fly to Langkawi and transfer to the Meritus Pelangi Beach and at leisure
  • 18 May (Mon) Langkawi: At leisure in Langkawi
  • 19 May (Tues) Langkawi: At leisure in Langkawi
  • 20 May (Wed) Langkawi: Depart Langkawi

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is US $3,618 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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