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

Optometry Study Tour to Borneo and the Malay Peninsula

6 - 19 Apr 2020
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This exciting new study tour combines a full optometry professional programme with a richly rewarding cultural experience in Borneo and the Malay Peninsula, with an extension to beautiful Langkawi.

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.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​David Shannon

​David Shannon

David Shannon graduated in 1986 from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, as a Doctor of Optometry. Between 2010 and 2013 he was Chairman of the AOP (Association of Optometrists). Previously he was AOP Board member responsible for OT (Optometry Today). He has consulted for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and has trained practitioners across the UK. Until 2014 he worked in the family practice, Shannon and Carton Ltd, in London. David has supervised undergraduate optometry students at City University’s contact lens clinic. David has led many successful optometry study tours, including to China, Cuba, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Nepal and Peru, for Jon Baines Tours.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 6 April (Mon) Kuching, Sarawak: Arrive and transfer to the hotel and dinner
  • 7 April (Tues) Kuching: Take an orientation of Kuching, established by Sir James Brooke, the 'White Rajah of Sarawak' - also known as the 'city of cats'. Visit the ethnological museum and Fort Margherita. Visit the mobile cataract service and learn of their work. Welcome dinner at the Margarita Gallery
  • 8 April (Wed) 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. Take a short walk with a specialist guide to see medicinal plants. Lunch at the village and return to the hotel. Enjoy a sunset cruise with drinks followed by dinner
  • 9 April (Thurs) Kuching: Drive and boat to Bako National Park. Explore the park with its many species of wildlife. Return and the rest of the afternoon at leisure
  • 10 April (Fri) Kuching /Kuala Lumpur: Fly to Kuala Lumpur and check into the hotel. Visit the Malaysian Optometry Association or at leisure. Dinner at the hotel
  • 11 April (Sat) Kuala Lumpur: Tour old Kuala Lumpur. Visit the Central Market. Optometry Open Forum or options to visit the Petronas Towers Viewing platform. Take the monorail for a culinary tour in the Malay district, followed by dinner with expert culinary guides
  • 12 April (Sun) 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 and return to Kuala Lumpur
  • 13 April (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. Check into the jungle lodge. Boat trip up a tributary and options to swim in the river. Take a night walk in the jungle.
  • 14 April (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 and of their health care. Barbecue dinner. Night sky watching
  • 15 April (Wed) Taman Negara National Park / Banjaran Hot Springs: Drive through the Cameron Highlands. Lunch at Cameron Highland Resort. Continue to the Banjran Hot Springs Resort and explore the natural hot springs
  • 16 April (Thurs) Banjaran Hot Springs / Penang: At leisure in the hot springs. In the afternoon drive to Ipoh and have lunch in Concubine Lane. See the Ipoh railway station, the Majestic Hotel, Ipoh Town Hall, the Royal Ipoh Club and the Birch Memorial. Take the train to Butterworth and the ferry into George Town and transfer to the hotel Areca (luggage goes via bus to Penang).
  • 17 April (Fri) Penang: Visit the Penang Eye Hospital and learn how medical tourism works in Malaysia or at leisure. Explore George Town on a heritage tour on foot and by trishaw. Visit Fort Cornwallis, St John’s Church and Pingang Peranakan Mansion
  • 18 April (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. Afternoon at leisure. Drinks at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, followed by a farewell dinner
  • 19 April (Sun) Penang: Depart Penang for flight home or take the Langkawi extension

Langkawi Extension

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

Tour cost

Tour cost is US $3,618 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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