A school tour to Malaysian Borneo is a perfect fit with the Australian High School History curriculum. The most poignant site to visit is the former Japanese POW Camp at Seven Mile, outside Sandakan. The Sandakan Memorial Park commemorates all Australian and British POW’s who died in Sandakan and the forced marches to Ranau during WWII.
Tours travel from Kota Kinabalu to Mt Kinabalu passing through Kundasang and Ranau to the west and Sandakan and Sakau. On you way you will visit the Kundasang War Memorial - established as tribute to the memory of the Australian and British POWs who died in the Sandakan - Ranau death marches during the War.
Highlights include the orang-utans of Sepilok and Semenggok, the sun-soaked coast and tropical islands, boat journeys down the Kinabatangan River in search of proboscis monkeys, night safaris in the Danum Valley, the vast caves of Mulu National Park, visiting the Iban longhouses to learn about their long tradition of headhunting, seeing turtles hatch on Lankayan Island and watching the sunrise from the summit of Southeast Asia’s highest peak.
The island of Borneo is actually divided into four areas, with the Malay states of Sabah and Sarawak forming two distinct regions along its northern coast. The largest part of the island (Kalimantan) belongs to Indonesia, and the smallest part is the Sultanate of Brunei. Across Sabah and Sarawak the coastal and inland national parks abound with some of the most untouched wildlife habitats in Asia, sheltering an incredible number of plant and animal species from fish eagles and rhinoceros hornbills to leopards and pygmy elephants.