Timor Leste is a country populated by a lot of different ethnic groups. They all speak their own language and follow their own cultural practices. This shows in their day to day life, architecture and food. This round trip shows you the foundation of the newest nation in South East Asia. Learn how the timorese fought against colonialism and how they grow together as one. See where they live, grow their crops and build their homes. Experience the beauty of the island of Timor.
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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 perfomance in Ubud.
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.
The Malaysian state of Sarawak is home to a vast array of tropical wildlife. In recent years many of the endemic species got more and more endangered. The round trip shows you some of these animals in their natural habitat. For example the crocodiles and Irrawaddi (or Snubfin) Dolphins in Damai Beach, Sea Turtles at Satang Island and Proboscis Monkeys at Bako National Park. Orang-Utans are hard to find in the remaining jungle. You will visit Semenggok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre near Kuching. The 700ha area is covered with dense forest and temporary home to resucued orang-utans which are trained for their return to the jungle.
Sumatra is the most western of the Greater Sunda-Islands and the largest indonesian island. We will take you along on an exploration from North to South Suamtra. Start in the regional capital of Medan and the orang-utans in Bukit Lawang. The former rehabilitation station ist still a good spot to watch orang-utans in their natural habitat. Cross the river and follow the trails through the hilly area until you find the animals in the jungle. The next stop ist the mountain resort of Berastagi. We will hike the slopes of Mt. Sibayak near the busy market city in the Sumatran highlands. The next highlight is a visit to Lake Toba and Samosir island. Many remanants of the Toba Batak culture can be found in the region such as the royal palace of Simalungun and other traditional houses. From Lake Toba you drive south to Bukittinggi in the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra. The minangkabau are an important tribe which still relies on a unique matrilinear culture.