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Mice Asia Net : July 2009
malaysia of Sulu Sea of Sandakan town through a magnificent scenery of the mangrove forest. Cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates, especially the endemic proboscis monkeys. Arrive in Sukau and check in to a riverside lodge for lunch. Some free time before a cruise along the Kinabatangan River, journeying up one of the smaller tributaries where wildlife abounds. If you pause for a minute or two and keep quiet, you may be lucky enough to see a wild orang utan swinging in the trees. Proboscis monkeys, with their massive noses are only to be found in Borneo. Most evenings, troops of these monkeys come down to the riverbank to feed, and from your boat you have the perfect vantage point. Day 6 Early morning is the best time to see wildlife, so you set off at dawn by boat to see the oxbow lakes and to enjoy the rainforest at its most beautiful. The abundance of bird life here is remarkable and you may be fortunate enough to see some of Borneo’s exotic animal species. If you wish, you can take a short walk through the rainforest to see what can be discovered on foot. On your return to the lodge you will have breakfast and free time. In the afternoon there will be another trip out to Resang River where you can usually spot proboscis monkeys bedding down for the night in the trees along the river banks. Day 7 After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat, and transfer to the airport for the flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival transfer to a beach resort. Day 8 At leisure. Day 9 Free time until your transfer to the airport for your flight home. To learn more visit www.kktours.com. wartime Sabah has a rich wartime history, particularly for australian, new Zealand, japanese and british residents. In the Sandakan area a Memorial Park has been established to remember those who died during WWII. Between January and August 1945 approximately 2400 prisoners of war, including soldiers from Australia and Britain, died at Sandakan at the hands of the Japanese. Many more died during the aptly named Sandakan Death Track. Japanese soldiers marched more than 1000 weak and starved Australian and British POWs across dense jungle-clad mountains, of which only six survived. Today the dead POWs, whose bodies were recovered, are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission war cemetery at Labuan Island. This trek has proven to be a very powerful experience for teams and reinforces the spirit of mateship. For more information you can visit www. sandakan-deathmarch.com. Shangri-la’S Tanjung aru reSorT and Spa Located two-and-a-half hours from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong, the award winning, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa offers the serenity of a secluded tropical retreat and alluring MiCe venue just minutes away from the centre of Kota Kinabalu. The resort boasts of its 492 rooms and suites and seven outstanding restaurant and bars. equipped with a host of recreational facilities, guests can brainstorm creatively or carry out teambuilding activities around the resort, including the freeform swimming pools to the 9-hole pitch and putt. After an active day guests can rejuvenate at CHi the Spa at Shangri-La. Surrounded by 25 acres of lush gardens bordering the South is an ideal location for a successful meeting or convention. w rooms including a grand ballroom that can accommodate 1 professional and dedicated event organizers, innovative t set-ups, state-of-the-art facilities, the Resort has organis international MiCe events from all over the world. The resort is also an excellent base from which groups can explore attractions around Sabah as part of a rewarding incentive trip Mt. Kinabalu, to white water river rafting at Padas or visiting Orang Utans. Address: No 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, S Phone: 60 88 327888 Fax: 60 88 327878 web: www.shangri-la.com/tanjungaru miceAsia.net 41 tours