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borneo_2010-07-14_1617_edit.jpgIndulge in a stupefying journey to Malaysia – where dense rainforests, remote beaches, extraordinary grottos, and a unique culture are bound to leave you breathless. The island of Borneo is shared by three countries (a sliver being Malaysia) and sits in the balmy South China Sea waters, brimming with a diverse wildlife that puts even the most praiseworthy zoo to shame. Borneo boasts countless natural wonders like the Poring Hot Springs, Clearwater Cave, Limestone Pinnacles, and Mount Kinabalu (one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia).

Friendly Planet is offering a 15-day trip to this incredible island priced from $2,999 per person – with round-trip airfare from Los Angeles included! That’s a savings of $800 per couple!


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The excursion takes you to Kuching, where you will receive a full tour of the city, as well as have the chance to visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Center.

When the fifth day of the trip rolls around, you can explore Kuching some more or opt to venture to Bako National Park – a coastal preserve with lush vegetation and equally impressive inhabitants like the endangered, endemic proboscis monkey, Borneo bearded pig, and silvered leaf monkey. Other trip highlights include Gunung Mulu National Park, which is home to the longest canopy skywalk in the world. Here, you can discover numerous caves with soaring ceilings – the kind that produces a resounding echo, even if it’s only a water droplet that fell down to a stagnant puddle below.


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Before returning to the United States, you’ll also visit Kota Kinabalu (a perfect spot to relish mountain vistas or take a mineral bath) and Kuala Lumpur, a city interspersed with mosques, skyscrapers, and historic buildings.

THE VALUE: This deal lumps round-trip airfare, deluxe and first-class hotels, 26 meals, guided sightseeing, as well as all intra-Malaysia flights and transfers together for an unforgettable vacation. The Borneo Adventure has amazing value, because round-trip airfare from Los Angeles alone can be as much as $1,800.

THE CATCH: Borneo is not around the corner from Los Angeles – flights can take as long as 19 hours before touching down in Kuching.

THE DETAILS: Visit www.friendlyplanet.com. This offer must be booked by July 21. The $2,999 price point is valid for departures Oct. 6, 2010 and Feb. 23, 2011. Other dates are available starting at only $100 more.

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