The island of Bali is known for its vast culture and spectacular landscapes. See the most famous temples and learn more about the belief system behind the characteristic architecture. See the differences between Pura Tanah Lot, Pura Besakih and Pura Beji. Ubud in the island's highlands is known as a cultural center with many resident artists. Visit the Neka Museum and a fascinating dance performance in Ubud.
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The neighboring islands Bali and Lombok are separated by the Wallace Line. Their landscape and wildlife are very different but their people share a common history. Balinese kingdoms extended to Lombok for several centuries. This round trip combines the mystical atmosphere of Bali with the stunning beaches in Lombok. Start with the most important temples in Bali. The temples Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Besakih are cultural highlights of the island. Fly to Lombok and visit the traditional villages of the sasak people to learn more about traditional handicraft and daily life.
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This special expedition to West Papua includes a visit to the colorful Baliem Cultural Festival in the highlands of Wamena. The Highland Show in the Baliem Valley attracts many international visitors every year. For three days, groups from all the highland regions gather in Wamena to present their unique clan cultures and to compete in several ancient disciplines.
Yogyakarta is the best starting point for an exploration of Java island. Highlights are the hindu-buddhist temples Borobudur and Prambanan, and the famous volcanoes Bromo and Ijen in East Java. You will start with a tour to the most important sights of Yogya. The city is the cultural center of Java, well-known for traditional batik fabric, music, dance and the wayang kulit theater. The trip also includes a train ride from Yogyakarta to reach the eastern part of the island. After sunrise at Mt. Bromo and a hike the crater of Kawah Ijen you will cross the Bali Strait to reach the Islands of the Gods.
Let us show you the beauty of Borneo. The island is home to many endangered animals. See the orangutans during a visit to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and the proboscis monkeys near Damai Beach. Another highlight are crocodiles and tropical birds in the mangrove trees along the coast. You will travel to the Batang Ai reservoir and visit the Iban. They live in traditional Longhouses in the jungle. Explore the fascinating caves in Mulu. The giant cave system attracts many visitors and scientists. End up the trip with a visit to Kinabalu National Park in Sabah.
Matang Wildlife Centre is part of Kubah National Park. The reserve covers a large expanse of tropical jungle. Visitors may observe a large number of different species. The endangered animals were partly rescued from captivity and are now trained to return to their natural habitat. Many of the youngest animals were born in captivity and have to learn what trees are, what fruits to eat and how to build a nest for the night. Orang Utan Project is a conservation company based at Matang Wildlife Centre. They coordinate volunteer work for the rescue and rehabilitation projects working with orangutans, and other protected species such as the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), binturong (Arctictis binturong), sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), false gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii) and slow loris (Nycticebus). Be part of the project and help with the important rescue and rehabilitation work.