The Luxury Sail the Rajang River to the heart of Borneo, the Island in the Clouds, and see outlying settlements and remote jungles. Pandaw River Cruises 60-passenger RV Orient Pandaw is modeled after colonial steamers, with open-air dining areas, promenades and elegant brass and teak-fitted staterooms. The eight-night sail from Sibu includes stops at pepper farms, fruit plantations, longhouses, schools, and weaving workshops. Passengers can expect free time for picnics, village market visits, and jungle hikes.
The Value Readers who book over the phone by July 31 get 10 percent off cruise fares through November, plus a complimentary two-night pre-cruise tour from Kuching, with visits to wildlife reserves and the Sarawak Cultural Village, before heading to Sibu. With the discount, prices for October and November trips start at $2,023.
The Catch The rates do not include round-trip airfare to Borneo, which costs about $1,700 from Los Angeles and $2,100 from New York City.
The Details 800-798-4223 (mention Smart Luxury Travel); www.pandaw.com
From the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by ShermansTravel.com.
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