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East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.

Chinatown-Bangkok
Kinabalu Park Botanique - Joint Basis

We start our day with an early morning pickup from your Hotel before driving 2 hours overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 5000ft. A brief stop at roadside stalls at Nabalu market where we'll savour some local fruits in season and take panorama photos of Mount Kinabalu before continuing our journey on towards Poring Hot Springs. Upon your arrival, you'll be briefed by your guide with two options, either accompany the guide on a nature walk up to the canopy walkway or decide to have a dip in the Hot sulphur spring baths. Due to the limited time, you'll have to choose either one.

After your activity, have a quick lunch at one of the few restaurants inside or outside the park. We'll meet together again at 1.30pm for our departure to Kinabalu Park. There, we'll visit the Education Centre and Mountain Garden and if the weather permits, take a short stroll on one of the many nature trails. Learn about the wonderful flora of Kinabalu Park as your guide shares the many hidden delights you'll probably miss if you've come on your own. We depart Kinabalu Park at 3.30pm for our journey home, back to your hotel.

Please bring along your drinking water bottle, insect repellent, hat, walking shoes & raincoat. If you are planning to have a dip at the Hot Springs, please bring along your swimwear, towel and dry clothes.

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Chinatown-Bangkok
Transfer to Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Drive 83km from Lahad Datu airport to the award winning nature lodge, Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Enjoy the scenery and view Borneo has to offer. They have many untouched places that have retained the nature of Borneo.
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Chinatown-Bangkok
Full Day Kota Kinabalu Highlights with lunch
Start a 2 hours overland drive from your resort to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 1500m above sea level. Have a short stop at Pekan Nabalu market to savour local fruits in season.

Then
visit the Kinabalu Natural History Gallery. It is museum filled information related to nature, geology, ethnography of Kota Kinabalu. It is a good place to introduce to the people visiting Kota Kinabalu to know more about the place. Inside, visitors can see stuffed animals, mounted insects, research equipment and dried leaves at the natural history wing; musical instruments, cultural items of bamboo and rattan origin, miniature homes and traditional fishing equipment at the ethnography wing; and rocks, stones and slabs of different colours and textures at the geology wing.

After that, proceed to Mountain Garden in Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Kinabalu Park has one of the richest assemblage of flora in the world, with an estimate of 5,000 to 6,000 vascular plant species that cover the habitat from warm lowland forest up to cold alpine mountain zone inside a park area of 754km. A short visit to its Botanical Garden will improve your travel experience considerably when you learn the wonders of the flora kingdom.

If weather permits, take a guided walk on one of the trails in the cool surrounding to explore the mountain forest

Continue 40km overland journey to Poring at 1,500ft asl. Explore tropical rainforest among the jungle trail leading to the treetop canopy walkways suspended 41 meters across above the forest floor.

Lastly, return back to resort. 
 
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Chinatown-Bangkok
As you wish - vehicle on disposal Kota Kinabalu
Explore Kota Kinabalu at your own pace. A chauffeured vehicle that will be at your disposal for a minimum of 3 hrs and you can go anywhere in the city. A guide can also be arranged at a separate cost.
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Chinatown-Bangkok
Kota Kinabalu Highlights
The tour includes a brief visit to Tanjung Lipat, which offers panoramic scenery of the Gaya Island, South China Sea, Tun Mustapha Tower and the Kampung Likas village. Proceed to the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, recognized as one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia. Visit the Puh Toh Tze Buddhist temple before we drive to Signal Hill for a bird's eye view of the city, Atkinson Clock Tower and Australia Place. Discover Sabah Museum's unique Heritage before we end the tour.
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Chinatown-Bangkok
Overland to Sandakan
Visit the Kundasang War Memorial Park to learn about Sabah's WWII history and for great photos with the majestic Mount Kinabalu (if weather permits). 

Continue the drive to Poring, east of Kinabalu Park HQ to walk amidst tropical lowland rainforests leading up to the treetop canopy walkways. Enjoy lunch, before visiting the Kipungit Waterfall, stopping for a soak here or in the rejuvenating hot sulphur public pools. If the weather permits, treat your foot to a delightful but very ticklish fish massage at the Moroli River in Luanti which will almost certainly leave you in giggles. Then continue for approximately 4-hour drive overland transfer to Sandakan and drop off at Sepilok Nature Resort .
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Chinatown-Bangkok
Day of Sun, Sea and Sand
Spend a day of sun, sea and sand on an offshore coral island. Transfer to jetty for a 20-minutes boat ride to one of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands for a day of relaxation and explore jungle trails on your own. Snorkel in crystal clear water among coral reefs and rainbow-coloured fishes before we return to Kota Kinabalu at 1500 hours. (B/L – Picnic box)
 
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Chinatown-Bangkok
Arrival at Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge
Another early morning is in store as we prepare to journey to Danum Valley. After breakfast, proceed 2 hours overland to Lahad Datu before our onward journey 80minutes overland to Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge. Be greeted upon arrival with a welcome drink and a short briefing before checking into your room. After lunch at the dining hall, proceed at 2:30pm for a 2km guided trek, passing streams along the way with the chance of wildlife sightings. After dinner, take a guided night drive in search of nocturnal wildlife (weather permitting).
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Chinatown-Bangkok
Coral Island
Spend a day of sun, sea and sand on an offshore coral island. Transfer to jetty for a 20-minutes boat ride to one of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands for a day of relaxation and explore jungle trails on your own. Snorkel in crystal clear water among coral reefs and rainbow-coloured fishes before we return to Kota Kinabalu. Overnight at your hotel. 
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Chinatown-Bangkok
Miri - Kota Kinabalu
Fly back to Miri to connect flight to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, overnight at your hotel.
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Chinatown-Bangkok
3 days 2 nights in Maliau Nature Safari
Spend 3 days at the Maliau Nature Safari. Search for nocturnal animals and you might even encounter sambar deer, bearded pigs, Malay civet and flying squirrels. Trek through rainforest near Agathis Camp and immerse yourself in the sound of wilderness and discover the abundance of unique flora in the dense forest of Maliau basin.
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Chinatown-Bangkok
2 day 1 night North Borneo Cultural Safari
Explore north Borneo and learn about the cultures they have to offer from the Rungus Community. Watch a demonstration of rubber tapping and sash and beads making at the long house with a stop at the pottery factory.
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Chinatown-Bangkok
3 day 2 night Kiulu Farmstay
Situated by the Kiulu River is the beautiful Kiulu Farmstay, a community based ecotourism project that acts as a catalyst for community development and capacity building. Stay in this natural and rustic ecolodge and enjoy a variety of outdoor adventure activities. No matter what type of getaway you seek – whether it is a romantic couples retreat, an educational family holiday filled with unforgettable memories or a group getaway – Kiulu Farmstay is the place to be.
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Chinatown-Bangkok
Homestay at Kiulu
This very unique homestay offers basic and peaceful accommodation with calming views of lush green paddy fields, forests and undulating mountain ridges. Treat yourself a perfect and ideal gateway and soak yourself in the ambience of natural grandeur in this unforgettable journey to the valley of the mist, the Kiulu Valley. 
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Chinatown-Bangkok
3 days 2 nights Summit of Kinabalu
Trek Mt Kinabalu and take a guided walking trail tour to the cool surroundings of the montane forest. By your third day, you will reach the summit at 13,435 ft to watch the sun rise over the mountain at 6am.

Mt Kinabalu Summit Climb, Do’s and Don’ts
To ensure your safety, it is advisable to bear in mind the following tips: -
• Stay overnight in Kinabalu Park or Kundasang Highlands (1500m a.s.l) prior to climb allows you to acclimatize to altitude changes and reduce AMS while climbing
• Engaging a mountain guide is compulsory for yourself / your group (Ratio of Max 5 climbers to 1 mountain guide)
• Wear comfortable trekking or running shoes with a good grip
• Cut your toe nails to prevent knocking into your shoes
• Have enough warm clothing for the summit climb
• You should feel comfortable and be able to move freely with any attire that you wear (Denim jeans not recommended)
• Try to pack your climbing bag at around 4-8Kg (Do not bring too many unnecessary things)
• Do not take a heavy breakfast prior to the climb
• Try to finish your packed lunch within 1-2 hours from the start of the ascent (To reduce weight)
• For any special meal diet such as vegetarians, please inform our Mount Kinabalu Booking Centre consultants for arrangement
• Some chocolate & energy bars may be satisfying
• Trek at a normal pace (Too fast may result high altitude sickness & vomiting, too slow will drain out your energy)
• Rest longer at 4th or 5th KM mark – about 10 mins for high altitude acclimatization
• Should you feel too tired to carry on, try not to sit or lay down on high altitude, just stand still
• Untreated fresh mountain water is available at every shelter; you may refill your bottle at these stops (Bring some water purification tablets)
• Boiled water available for refill at Laban Rata Restaurant & Pendant Hut
• Be extra careful with your steps during the wet spell
• Do not run at any time while ascending or descending the mountain
• Do not run at the summit especially around the 7.4 KM mark (Most dangerous point)
• Cover your nose (and mouth) with a scarf in windy condition on high ground
• Make extra sure your feet and hands are warm and dry during the final ascent
• When descending, try to walk sideway or in a zig-zag way to prevent slipping and reduce pain on joints
• Do not bring valuable items
• Fit Climber trekking duration (3 to 4 hrs) from Timpohon Gate to Mountain Hut (Laban Rata)
• Average Climber trekking duration (5 to 6 hrs) from Timpohon Gate to Mountain Hut (Laban Rata)
• Unfit Climber trekking duration (7 to 8 hrs) from Timpohon Gate to Mountain Hut (Laban Rata)
• Bring extra Ringgit Cash (No Credit Card available at Laban Rata)
• Trekking Pole available for rental (RM10.00 – RM15.00) at stop-over stores between KK City and Kinabalu Park
• Laban Rata Restaurant OPEN 7.00am and CLOSE at 7.30pm (No Food available after 7.30pm)
• Laban Rata Restaurant staff will clear up Tables, Chairs, Utensils and Drinking Water Pot at 7.45pm – 8.00pm
• Laban Rata Grocery Counter Closed at 7.30pm (Selling À la Carte Food, Beverages, Chips, Chocolate Bar, Batteries…etc)
• Laban Rata (Non-Heated Dormitory Rooms, Blanket, Bed, Bed Sheet and Pillow provided)
• Pendant Hut (Non-Heated Rooms, Sleeping Bag, Bed, Bed Sheet and Pillow provided)
• There will no health checks conducted by any authorities during climb registration, so climb at your own risk

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR CLIMBERS ON MOUNT KINABALU
• Identify your Mountain Guide who will display an identification card.
• Travel together in your own group and stay with the Mountain Guide at all times.
• Follow the instructions of your Mountain Guide.
• Alert your Mountain Guide if you face any difficulty.
• Believe It or Not, DO NOT SHOUT, SCREAM or CURSE the mountain at any point of time.
• Display your climbing permit and show it to Park Officials at the check point at Timpohon Gate, Laban Rata and Sayat-Sayat on your way up and down.
• If for any reason, you are separated from your group or the Mountain Guide, please follow the white rope that marks the summit Trail. If visibility is very low or in the dark please hold onto the rope and follow it. (There is a thick white rope leasing all the way from the vegetation belt above Panar Laban to the summit. Use this rope to help climbing up and prevent falling when walking down. PLEASE FOLLOW and USE THE ROPE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
• The weather on the Summit area can deteriorate in a matter of minutes. Thick mist may reduce visibility to only 3 meters, and rainstorms and wind of up to 120 km/hr. may occur at times. Please hold on to the ROPE, which will lead you to safety.
• If you are separated from your Mountain Guide and lose sight of the ROPE, STOP IMMEDIATELY, stay where you are and blow your whistle to attract attention. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO FIND YOUR WAY OUT. HELP is definitely on the way. The Park Officials at Sayat-Sayat check point will notice that you are missing.
•While climbing to the summit please make sure to carry with you the followings:-
- Wear enough warm clothing (temperature can be freezing at times)
- A head torchlight (to light your way during pre-dawn climb and to signal for help when needed)
- A rain coat (to protect you from rain and wind, and it will slow down the loss of body heat)
- A whistle (only to be used when help is needed. Three short blasts to attract attraction, long continuous blasts for emergency and serious injuries)
- Some energy food and water (e.g. extra chocolate, glucose tablets, biscuits)(for emergency-use when you are waiting for help to arrive)

 
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Chinatown-Bangkok
4 days 3 nights Crocker Range Eco Trek
The Crocker Range is a forest covered mountain range which stretches in a south westerly direction from Mount Kinabalu towards the Sabah - Sarawak border. It separates the coastal plains from the interior regions. Frequently shrouded in rain clouds, the peak rise to between 1200 - 1800 meters above sea and coastal plains. Formerly a forest reserve, the 1399 square kilometers area became a national park in 1984. It is the largest park in Sabah.

The Crocker Range is bisected by the Padas Gorge, through which swirls the mighty Padas River. The Crocker Range provides a vital water catchment area for communities in the foothills and plains to both the west coast and interior.

Previously, there was no road from the interior to the coastal town but only with bridle paths crisscrossing the hinterlands. These bridle paths took the villagers down to the coastal town, bartering for salt, matches and kerosene. These paths have since been known as the Salt Trail and used for this Crocker Range Jungle trek.

Note: Temperature at night could drop to 13°C.  Personal Porter is available on request at a surcharge. All trekkers are required to fill in a confidential Medical Information Form and Indemnity Form which will be provided during pre-briefing session prior to the commencement of tour. In the event of heat exhaustion, injury or sickness, helicopter rescue can be arranged at client’s expense.

Crocker Range Trek Do’s & Don’ts
DO’s
• Register your arrival and perform check out after end of tour at the Registration Office
• Inform us of any changes to your scheduled activities
• Understand our in-house rules
• Ask our ranger for assistance
• During an emergency, follow the instructions from our ranger on duty
• Jungle trekking activities must be accompanied by our ranger
• Wear proper clothes and shoes during outdoor activities
• Always drink boiled water
• Bring extra drinking water during trekking
• Bring useful items such as insect repellent, First Aid Kit, toiletries, torch light, and snacks during trekking
• Bring only crucial items while trekking
• Take good care of your belongings and keep them in a safe place
• Put some identification on your belonging before handing over to your personal porter
• Confirm and know the guide or ranger who will accompany you
• Inform the guide /ranger if you have any health problems
• Think “safety first” for any activities
• Keep within your group while trekking
• Check your surroundings before taking a rest
• Bring back your solid rubbish
•Stay alert while trekking
• Take your time during trekking
• Enjoy your stay

DON’TS
• Walk alone in the forest
• Make noise
• Use perfume
• Shade/stop under a dead tree
• Touch any unknown insect or plant
• Take away any forest product
• Use candles after lights are turned off
• Open burning
• Hunt, fish, collect and cut plants
• Leave any graffiti
 
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Chinatown-Bangkok
5 days 4 nights Maliau Basin Trek
Spend 5 days at the Maliau Basin and have an adventure of your life. Swim at waterfalls, discover exotic plants along "Jalan Babi" and immerse yourself to the sound of wilderness. 

Located at the south-central region of Sabah, approximately 40km off the Kalimantan border is Maliau Basin, Sabah's Lost World. With an area of 590 sq km, Malian Basin was part of Yayasan Sabah Concession Area and voluntarily designated as a Conservation Area in 1981 for research, education, and training purposes. It was upgraded in 1997 to a Class I Protection Forest Reserve and extended to present size. Its protection was further enhanced when it was gazetted as a Cultural Heritage Site under the state Cultural Heritage (Conservation) Enactment in 1999. Day-to-day management is by Yayasan Sabah on behalf of Maliau Basin Management Committee. The Rivers of Maliau Basin flows out into the Kuamut River, a major tributary of the Kinabatangan.

The main forests are Lower montane, Heath, Lowland and hill Dipterocarp forest. Over 1800 species types of plants have been identified, including 6 species of pitcher plants and 80 species of orchids. Over 82 mammal species, 270 bird species and over 30 species of amphibians have so far been recorded.

Note: Temperature at night could drop to 13°-15°C.  Personal Porter is available on request at a surcharge. All trekkers are required to fill in a confidential Medical Information Form and Indemnity Form which will be provided during pre-briefing session prior to the commencement of tour. In the event of heat exhaustion, injury or sickness, helicopter rescue can be arranged at client’s expense.
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Chinatown-Bangkok
2 Day 1 Night Mount Trusmadi Trek

At 2,642 metres, Mount Trusmadi is the second highest mountain in Sabah and Malaysia after Mount Kinabalu. You can see a wide range of flora and fauna including the famous Nepenthes (pitcher plants).

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Chinatown-Bangkok
2 Days 1 Night Kinabalu Park Safari
Overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu to sample local fruits in season at Pekan Nabalu market and walk amidst tropical lowland rainforests leading up to the treetop canopy walkways. Soak in the rejuvenating hot sulphur public pools and the waterfalls of Kipungit. 
Overnight stay in Kinabalu Park (twin bedded)

Take a trip to the Kinabalu Natural History Gallery and Mountain Garden in Kinabalu Park Headquarters. If weather permits, take a guided walk on one of the trails to explore the cool montane forest.
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Chinatown-Bangkok
3 Days 2 Nights Borneo Rainforest Explorer
Explore the award winning nature lodge, Borneo Rainforest Lodge and take the nature trail and luscious canopy walks in search of wildlife and birds
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