Ophthalmology Study Tour to the Malay Peninsula, Singapore and Borneo

7 - 18 Mar 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

From gleaming metropolises to colonial cities and the vast jungles of Borneo, this study tour cuts a broad swathe as it takes you through the culture, society and history of these destinations while examining approaches to to ophthalmology and eyecare, both contemporary and historic.

From the the modern city of Kuala Lumpur and the colonial charm of Malacca, travel to cutting edge Singapore, the riverine city of Kuching and the vast jungles of Borneo and the Malay Peninsula. 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 these diverse destinations. After the tour there is the opportunity to extend on the beaches of Kota Kinabalu.

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

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Christopher Liu

Christopher Liu

Professor Christopher Liu OBE is based in Brighton. Born in Hong Kong, Christopher came to England aged 15 to study before entering medical school in London. He is widely travelled and enjoys introducing western delegates to exotic cultures. He has led the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Study Tours to China in 2004 and 2014 , Egypt 2006, Syria in 2007, Cuba in 2012 and Japan in 2017. Christopher has been president of the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association, British Society for Refractive Surgery and the Southern Ophthalmological Society. He has also been Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeon,and is Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Christopher Liu was appointed OBE by the Queen in her 2018 New Year’s honours list.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 7 March (Sun) Kuala Lumpur: Arrive and transfer to the EQ Hotel
  • 8 March (Mon) Kuala Lumpur / Malacca: Sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur. Drive to Malacca in the afternoon and check into the boutique Puri Malacca Hotel in the heart of the old town
  • 9 March (Tues) Malacca: Tour of historic Malacca. Walk into the old town to see local crafts, including Peranakan shoe making. Continue 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. Traditional Peranakan lunch followed by a boat ride on the Malacca River. In the evening listen to lectures or at leisure
  • 10 March (Wed) Malacca / Singapore: Drive to Singapore and transfer to the Swissotel Merchant Court. Walk to Clarke Quay Jetty to take a Singapore River cruise. Drop off at Fullerton Bay hotel for dinner at Clifford Pier. See the Marina lit by at night
  • 11 March (Thurs) Singapore: Take a half day Singapore city tour, visiting an orchid garden and seeing the Raffles Hotel, Singapore Cricket Club, the Old Supreme Court Building, City Hall Building. Lunch at a Chinese dim sum restaurant. Ophthalmology professional visit to SNED and lectures, or at leisure. Option of seeing the son et lumiere at the Sky Trees.
  • 12 March (Fri) Singapore / Kuching: Transfer to airport to fly to Kuching. Check into the Ranee Boutique Hotel. Visit the eye specialist centre. Later take an orientation of Kuching, established by Sir James Brooke, the 'White Rajah' of Sarawak. Visit the ethnological museum and Fort Margherita. Dinner at the Junk Restaurant
  • 13 March (Sat) Kuching: Visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to view semi-wild orangutans in a natural setting. Visit Anah Rais longhouse in Bidayuh village and learn about the culture of the Land Dayaks. Lunch at the village. Visit the mobile cataract service and learn of their work
  • 14 March (Sun) Kuching: Drive and boat to Bako National Park. Explore the park with its many species of wildlife. Buffet lunch in the park before returning to Kuching. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise with a drink followed by dinner
  • 15 March (Mon) Kuching / Kota Kinabalu: Fly to Kota Kinabalu and transfer to the Hilton Hotel. Ophthalmology visit and lectures at Synergy SEC
  • 16 March (Tues) Kota Kinabalu: Board the Vulcan North Borneo steam train. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and a tiffin lunch onboard. Return and at leisure
  • 17 March (Wed) Kota Kinabalu: Take a boat out to the beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Par, known for their pristine white beaches, clear water and coral reefs. Visit the islands and relax, swim or snorkel. Return to Kota Kinabalu mid-afternoon. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening
  • 18 March (Thurs) Kota Kinabalu:Depart for the airport or take a beach extension or extend to visit Mount Kinabalu

Tour cost

US $3,906 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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