Pre & Post Tours

Tour Information

  1. Pre & Post Tours are subject to availability.
  2. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
  3. Full payment is required in advance.
  4. It is recommended that Participants purchase adequate insurance coverage for health, travel and private liability. The organisers will not accept responsibility for personal injury, loss or damage to private, personal property of conference delegates and/or accompanying persons.
  5. Kindly fill up the Tour Registration Form and send the form to the ISWA 2018 Conference Secretariat at secretariat@iswa2018.org.

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Ipoh & Banjaran Retreat (3 Days 2 Nights)

Day 1: Dinner

Ipoh, the capital of Perak state where the City that tin built. It was once the largest tin-producing region in world.
After lunch at the local restaurant, proceed for Ipoh Heritage Walk. The walk starts from the Railway Station which was built during 1914-1917 in neo-classical style and often referred to as the "Taj Mahal" of Ipoh. Next stop, Town Hall also built in neo-classical style. Proceed to Birch Memorial, a clock tower built in 1909 as a memorial to JWW Birch, the first British Resident of Perak and was assassinated in Pasir Salak in 1875. The panels of the tower portray famous figures from world history. Proceed walking and pass by Straits Trading Building, Chartered Bank and Mercantile Bank, where all these buildings have long history on tin industry in Ipoh. We pass-by a very unique building, called Mikasa Photo Shop, where a Japanese spy, once works there and send information about Malaya back to the Japanese Army. We also walk through Concubine Lane, where at the turn of the last century, the lane houses were renowned for opium, gambling and brothels. The lane later developed into a residential area where the concubines of rich Chinese tycoons were reputedly kept.

Finally stop at one of Ipoh famous Coffee shop to taste Ipoh famous local white coffee.

Check into hotel and free at leisure
Dinner at Pamelo Restaurant

Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel free at your own leisure.

Enjoy 1 session of 60 minutes Traditional Malay Urut Message or an Aromatherapy for 2 persons

Enjoy set lunch at Pomelo Restaurant.

After lunch free at own leisure.

Day 3: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel free at your own leisure.

Meet at resort lobby for your departure transfer back to Kuala Lumpur.

Package Twin-sharing
(Rate per person)
Single Traveller
3 Days 2 Nights Lake Villa Package EUR 815.00 EUR 1630.00
3 Days 2 Nights Water Villa Package EUR 870.00 EUR 1740.00

Hotel: The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

The above package inclusive of:

  • Overland transfer with MPV with English Speaking Driver
  • 02 nights stay at villa accommodation
  • Daily breakfast at the Pomelo Restaurant for 2 adults
  • 01 Set lunch at the Pomelo Restaurant for 2 adults
  • 02 Set dinner at the Pomelo Restaurant for 2 adults
  • 01 Session of 60 minutes Traditional Malay Urut or an Aromatherapy massage for 2 adults
  • Complimentary mini bar
  • Complimentary turn down services
  • Complimentary yoga session

Exclusive Features in Villas:

  • A master suite comprising a luxurious 7-foot king sized bed with 10cm thick “feather bed” topped mattress, feathered-down duvet, cotton-rich linens and hypoallergenic pillows
  • An ensuite seating area
  • An outdoor terrace with a plunge pool
  • Private outdoor rain shower and sunken Jacuzzi with natural geothermal hotsprings water
  • Aromatherapy body care amenities

Remarks: Dine at Jeff’s Cellar additional charge at EUR60 per person.

POMELO

Dine in calming settings, both indoor and outdoor. Pomelo acquires its name from a famous Ipoh fruit and features flavourful yet healthy dining. The all-day restaurant also serves up special monthly menus. For a personalised touch to your total wellness, feel free to consult our Executive Chef and Spa and Wellness Director to have your meals specially crafted to suit your wants and needs. Perfect for an after-meal treat, drink in the view of the natural setting with a glass of invigorating fresh juice or international organic wine from the pool bar.

OPENING HOURS
Breakfast : 7.00am - 11.00am
Lunch : 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Dinner : 6.00pm - 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

Jeff's Cellar

Set within a limestone cave, the magnificent Jeff’s Cellar is one of the most unique wine bars in the world. Savour a wide range of organic and rare wines in a setting where ethereal lighting, intimate cave interiors and breathtaking natural water features present a whole new encounter and indulgence.

OPENING HOURS
Jeff’s Cellar: 6.00pm – 11.00pm
Langkawi Free & Easy (4 Days 3 Nights)

Langkawi Island

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands for travel destination distinguished with virgin wilderness of nature (pristine sea, beaches, caves, mangroves, rich underwater world), and outstanding developed infrastructure; from vast roads providing easy access to many historical landmarks and picturesque attractions and souvenir shops and attractions to duty frees, VIP-hotels, sailing regattas, spa, water sports, diving & snorkeling, jungle trekking and much more.

Various beaches such as Pantai Kok, Cenang, Tengah, Datai and Burau Bay are perfections in reality; they offer the ideal destination to spend a carefree days under welcoming sun and evening walks. It is worth to mention exciting water sports and live music.

Langkawi has very convenient transport access from Kuala Lumpur by air or by sea. By air estimate flying time from Kuala Lumpur International Airport is an hour. By sea estimate sailing time from Kuala Kedah to Langkawi jetty 1 hour 15 minutes.

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur / Langkawi

Meet at hotel lobby and transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport. Upon arrival into Langkawi, you will be met and transfer to hotel

The rest of the day free at leisure

Overnight at Hotel

Day 2: Langkawi (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, explore the mangrove eco-system along Sungai Kelim by boat with a nature guide and visit a fish farm. Observe the feeding of wild eagles and walk through a limestone cave to see stalactites, stalagmites and bats. Pack lunch will be prepare.

The perfect way to finish the day! Experience the relaxing serenity of traversing the Andaman Sea abroad a sailboat. Feel the wind in your face and listen to the sound of the waves whilst looking out for dolphins, flying fish and soaring eagles. Witness the spectacular sight of the tropical sun sinking into the horizon while cooling off in the ‘salt water jacuzzi’ with a cocktail in your hand. Food and drinks are included.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 3: LANGKAWI (Breakfast)

After breakfast free at own leisure
Optional Tour:
1. BATIK CHANTING / BATIK PAINTING
2. JUNGLE WALK AT GUNUNG RAYA
3. LANGKAWI ZIPLINE AIRTREKKING

Day 4: Depart Langkawi (Breakfast)

After breakfast, our representative will meet you at the hotel Lobby for your departure transfer to airport.

4 Days 3 Nights Package Twin-sharing
(Rate per person)
Single traveller
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa @ Lake Front EUR 590.00 EUR 1180.00
Berjaya Langkawi Resort @ Rainforest Chalet EUR 450.00 EUR 900.00

Package include:

  • Airport transfer with English Speaking Driver
  • 03 nights stay at accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Package exclude:
Air Fare from Kuala Lumpur / Langkawi / Kuala Lumpur

Penang Heritage Tour (4 Days 3 Nights)

Penang Island

Georgetown is the capital of the state of Penang, an island once known as “Pearl of the Orient”.  In past, it was a major sea trading center which had successfully been forming a melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures for three successive colonial periods. Such historical process has left an indelible mark traced on still remaining architecture, art, and about 3,000 objects of attraction, traditions, dialects, local festivals and celebrations, folk dance, cuisine etc. of the local population. This uniqueness has been recognised and the city is now listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Penang Island is famous for its crafts of local artists expressing the mix of local cultures.

The island is also known for its memorials, festivals, unique historical buildings, some of which are very well preserved and nowadays have been turned into museums. One of them, the Penang Museum (a military fortress built by the British during the World War 2), together with the Art Gallery, contains many historical items. Here you can look through the invaluable collection of historical photographs, documents, maps, paintings, antiques and furniture. Another historical place is the Pinang Peranakan Museum, housed in the 19th century mansion, has become the most famous museum of Georgetown which gives a complete picture to the unique mixture of Chinese-Malay culture known as Baba-Nyonya. Foyer, dining and other rooms of the mansion-became-museum have the touch of splendor of bygone days of its former owners’ prosperity and glory.

Penang has very convenient air access from Kuala Lumpur by air with estimated flying time of 45 minutes.

Day 1 : Kuala Lumpur / Penang

Meet at hotel lobby and transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport. Upon arrival into Penang, you will be met and transfer to hotel

The rest of the day free at leisure

Overnight at your selection of resort

Day 2: Penang (Breakfast)

City Tour-experience heritage and culture of George Town

  • Fort Cornwallis - the island’s oldest monument,
  • Khoo Clan Ancestral House, Penang
  • Waterfront Tour the magnificent Wat Chayamangkalaram - the third longest reclining Buddha in the World.
  • Penang street Act
  • Local product shopping

The rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight at your selection of resort.

Day 3: Penang (Breakfast)

After breakfast continue to explore Penang

  • The Habitat Walk at Penang Hill
  • Funicular Train Ride
  • Kek Lok Si Temple

Overnight at your selection of resort

Day 4: Depart Penang (Breakfast)

 After breakfast, our representative will meet you at the hotel Lobby for your departure transfer to airport.

4 Days 3 Nights Package

Twin-sharing
(Rate per person)

Single traveller
Eastern & Oriental Hotel @ Studio Suite EUR 570.00 EUR 1140.00
Flamingo Hotel @ Deluxe Seaview Room    EUR 430.00 EUR 860.00

Package include:

  • Airport transfer with English Speaking Driver
  • 03 nights stay at accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Package exclude:

  • Air Fare from Kuala Lumpur / Penang / Kuala Lumpur
Kuching (3 Days 2 Nights)

Kuching, Getaway to Sarawak

The quaint city of Kuching is Sarawak’s capital and main entry point. A small city of great history and legends, Kuching is forever remembered as the Camelot of the White Rajahs. Although the name ‘Kuching’ is associated with the Malay word for ‘Cat’, the city’s origins go centuries further before its modern day affiliation to cats and cat-lovers. Nevertheless, like the feline, the city embodies its own brand of grace and subtlety. The world’s first cat museum opened here. Fun, quirky, historic, Kuching and its region are filled with tourist attractions such as Bako National Park, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Borneo Highlands Resort, Sarawak Museum, Sarawak Cultural Village, Fairy Cave and many more.

Kuching is directly connected to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA and KLIA 2) by Malaysia Airline; AirAsia and Malindo Airline, estimate flying time 1 hour 45 minutes.

Day 1: Arrive Kuching


Meet at your hotel and transfer to KLIA Airport for your flight to Kuching. Arrive Kuching Airport and proceed for city tour of Kuching. A City Tour of Kuching, a quaint and lovely City, it was the Capital of the personal Kingdom of Sir James Brooke, better known as the White Rajah. There are many historical buildings in the City including the Square and Round Towers, the colonial Courthouse, General Post Office, Fort Magherita and the Astana. Visit the Cat Monument, City Hall, and the Tua Pek Kong - oldest Chinese Temple in the city and the famed Sarawak Museum reputed to house the best ethnographies collections in Southeast Asia. Drive through quaint Malay kampung (villages) to explore the centre of the City passing through the colourful India Street and traditional shop houses. If time permits, take a walk on the Waterfront with its outdoor cafes and watch sampans plying the Sarawak River ferrying passengers from one side of the river to the other.

(Note: Sarawak Museum & Cat Museum are closed on the first day of public holidays)

Overnight at Riverside Hotel

Day 2: AM - Semenggoh Orang Utan Tour (Breakfast) | PM – Sarawak Cultural Village Tour

After breakfast, visit the Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. The entire facility occupies an area of 740 acres, the only remaining green belt near to the City offering a sanctuary for Orang Utans. The Centre is a temporary home for displaced Orang Utans also known as “men of the jungle”. They have been rescued from captivity or are young orphans and are trained or re-trained to survive in their natural surroundings. Take a walk on the trails and try to spot semi-wild Orang Utans. There are feeding times scheduled every day at the feeding platform. On returning to the city, stop for a visit to a pottery for a close up look at nimble hands fashioning works of art. Watch the potter at his wheel and see what happens when pieces of clay is baked and then painted. This is also a good place to pick up souvenirs as a keepsake of your trip.

Later, proceed to Sarawak Culture Village, a unique award winning living museum offering an excellent introduction to local cultures and lifestyles. It is located at the foothill of the legendary Mount Santubong, fronting the South China Sea. The village also called the “Living Museum” because people live in the houses & create their handicraft and traditional snacks.
The Village has seven representative ethnic house – Bidayuh Longhouse, Iban Longhouse, Penan Hut Orang Ulu Longhouse, Melanau Tall House, Malay House and & Chinese Farm House. Observe the lifestyle, arts, craft, game, foods, clothes & music of 7 major cultural of Sarawak. Enjoy yourself with a fascinating performance of the multi – culture dance in village’s own theater. There is also a good restaurant and handicraft shop on – site.

Day 3: Depart from Kuching (Breakfast)

Departs to Kuching Airport for your onwards flight after breakfast.

Rate Per Person
(Twin Sharing)
Single Traveller
3 Days 2 Nights Kuching Package EUR240.00 EUR480

Hotel in Kuching: Riverside Majestic Hotel @ Deluxe Room

Package includes:-

  • Tours and transfers in an air-conditioned tour vehicle with English speaking driver & tour guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrances, porterage & taxes

Package exclude:
Air ticket Kuala Lumpur / Kuching / Kuala Lumpur

Kuching & Batang Ai (4 Days 3 Nights)

Kuching & Batang Ai

The quaint city of Kuching is Sarawak’s capital and main entry point. A small city of great history and legends, Kuching is forever remembered as the Camelot of the White Rajahs. Although the name ‘Kuching’ is associated with the Malay word for ‘Cat’, the city’s origins go centuries further before its modern day affiliation to cats and cat-lovers. Nevertheless, like the feline, the city embodies its own brand of grace and subtlety. The world’s first cat museum opened here. Fun, quirky, historic, Kuching and its region are filled with tourist attractions such as Bako National Park, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Borneo Highlands Resort, Sarawak Museum, Sarawak Cultural Village, Fairy Cave and many more.

Kuching is directly connected to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA and KLIA 2) by Malaysia Airline; AirAsia and Malindo Airline, estimate flying time 1 hour 45 minutes.

Day 1: Arrive Kuching

Arrive Kuching. On arrival, our representative will meet you at the airport, transfer you to your hotel and assist you with check-in at your hotel.

The very best way to see and enjoy historic Kuching is from the Sarawak River, the main artery around which the city has grown.  Our Sarawak River Cruises give you a view of the city and its surroundings that is impossible to experience from dry land.  From the comfort of our purpose-built pontoon boats you will enjoy unobstructed views of every aspect of traditional life on the river.

This cruise takes you past a host of fascinating sights to get a close-up view of traditional life on and around the river.  The boat glides past colourful Malay Villages, the elegant City Mosque, the Astana, Fort Margherita and the Kuching Waterfront..  Along the way you will see brightly-painted tambangs ferrying passengers, villagers going about their everyday activities, and fishing boats and wooden cargo vessels plying the river. The cruise ends with colourful lights coming on all along the Kuching Waterfront as you approach the jetty.

Overnight at Grand Margherita Hotel

Day 2: Kuching – Batang Ai (Breakfast /Lunch/ Dinner)

Pick up from hotel and depart by air-conditioned tour van for Batang Ai reservoir (4 ½ hours). Journey through rural Sarawak, passing pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantation. En route a few stops will be made. Visit the colorful native market at Serian town where a variety of jungle produce such as edible ferns, bamboo shoots and unusual tropical fruits are on display. Visit a pepper garden and stop to view wild orchids and several species of pitcher plants. Lunch en route. Evening join the walk amongst treetops and discover the canopy layer of the rainforest on suspended walkway. Stop at the gravesite of an Iban warrior and experience a small ritual offering.

Overnight at Aiman Batang Ai Resort Suite Duplex

Day 3: (Breakfast / Lunch)

After breakfast, depart for Mengkak Longhouse by motorized native longboat.  The journey will take you across the lake into the Batang Ai River, one of the many tributaries flowing into the lake.  The journey will take approximately 1.5 Hrs to 2 Hrs before reaching Mengkak  Longhouse.   Upon arrival at Jambu we will depart for a short visit to the longhouse before we proceed on to Enseluai Waterfall for a picnic lunch.  When you are there relax, swim or explore the rainforest.  Return to the Resort via the same route. Enjoy the romantic dinner at the resort

Overnight at Aiman Batang Ai Resort Suite Duplex

Day 4

After breakfast, journey to Kuching for your departure.

Package Twin-sharing
(Rate per person)
Single Traveller
4 Days 3 Nights Kuching & Batang Ai EUR 550.00 EUR 1100.00

Hotel in Kuching: Grand Margherita Hotel

Hotel in Batang Ai: Aiman Batang Ai Resort

Package includes:-

  • Tours and transfers in an air-conditioned tour vehicle with English speaking driver & tour guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrances, porterage & taxes

Package exclude:

Air ticket Kuala Lumpur / Kuching / Kuala Lumpur

Essential and recommended items :-
* Walking Shoes for jungle trails (Tennis shoes, Okay)
* Insect repellent - especially for leeches
* Pocket knife, sun hat, water bottle
* Binoculars, torch light
* Wind Breaker, pullover, rain-coat
Not recommended to bring along suitcases and heavy luggage

Interesting Sabah (5 Days 4 Nights)

Sabah, Best of Borneo

Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan.

Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites - Sipadan Island. Sabah is also known for her great natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is the second busiest airport in Malaysia with 98% of visitor arrivals into Sabah is by air. The flying time from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Kota Kinabalu International Airport is 2 hours 45 minutes.

Day 1:  Arrive Kota Kinabalu / Mari Mari Tour (Dinner)

Arrive Kota Kinabalu airport, our representative will meet you at the airport, transfer you to your hotel and assist you with check-in at your hotel.

Pick up 1700hrs, The village is located about 25 minutes away from the city. The journey will take you to long roads surrounded by a rich spectrum of greenery and overarched by wild blue skies. In the village, the colors of cultural diversity are not an issue but rather our pride, where you can savor the soul of Sabah. Upon arrival at the entrance of the village, you will be ushered to the warmth of different homes of the ethnicities of Sabah. Each home was built by descendants of the tribes they represent and offer you a truly genuine experience seeing everything in and around the village lends to its magical prowess of taking you back in time. Not only does this village portray these tribes through the architectural genius of their traditional houses, but also through a range of simulated lives of the olden epoch by the residents of the village.

Acquaint yourself with each tribe as they let you come into their house and their simple yet intricate lives.

As you traverse the village, you will find demonstration huts along the main houses in which daily activities of old times come into life. For example, the making of blowpipe, starting a fire (from bamboo tree - you will learn the steps of making fire without the help of a lighter), tattoo-making (and its symbolisms) and etc.

By the end of your journey into the past, you have been given a setting for you to see, hear, taste and feel the uniqueness of what Sabah truly is…an unforgettable encounter of our Sabahan homeland.

Overnight at your selection of hotel.

Day 2: Full Day Kinabalu Park & Poring (Breakfast, Lunch)

Pick up 0800 hrs. take a scenic 2 hours’ drive to Kinabalu Park passing by villages and paddy fields along mountainous roads that wind along the Crocker range.

Along the way, make a brief stop at Nabalu Market. Nabalu is a place where the local natives gather to sell local produce, fruits, home grown vegetables and handicraft souvenirs.

Overnight at your selection of hotel

Day 3: Island Hopping (Breakfast, Lunch)

0900 hrs: Pick up from hotel and transfer to jetty. Board a 15-minute ferry ride to one of the five stunning islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. The boomerang-shaped Manukan Island is the second largest island within the park, with excellent stretches of beaches and a good trail system around the island.

With crystal-clear waters and a colourful marine life, this island is an excellent venue for all kinds of water sports. The whole day is yours to enjoy at your leisure, whichever way you prefer - picnicking, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beach. Also included in the package is a sumptuous barbeque lunch by the sea.

Spend the day for your own leisure: Go swimming, snorkeling or just laze yourself or suntan at the white sandy beach. Short and simple trails are available for your own option if you wish. After lunch, continue your free leisure time before departure.

1500 hrs: Board boat from island jetty to Kota Kinabalu mainland and transfer back to hotel.

Overnight at your selection of hotel

Day 4: Klias Rivercruise & Fireflies (Breakfast, Dinner)

Pick up from hotel lobby between 1400Hrs and 1400Hrs and transfer overland to Klias Forest Reserve. The journey will be along scenic coastal roads and picturesque villages. Arriving at the Klias River village jetty at 1600Hrs, coffee, tea and Malay cakes and cookies will be served. At approximately 1645Hrs, the river cruise in search of wildlife such as the proboscis monkeys, varieties of birds, monitor lizards, crocodiles, etc. will commence. Return to the jetty at 1830Hrs where traditional Malay buffet dinner will be served. As dusk sets in, reconvene your short river cruise to observe the flickering fireflies lighting up the river banks. At 1930Hrs, transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.

Meals included: Coffee, tea and Malay cakes and cookies, dinner

Recommended Personal Gear:
Outdoor long pants and sleeves, hat, snickers, camera, binoculars, disposal raincoat and insect repellent.

Overnight at your selection of hotel

Day 5: Departure (Breakfast / Lunch)

After breakfast free at own leisure, our representative meet at hotel lobby for departure transfer.

5Days 4 Nights Package Twin-sharing
(Rate per person)
Single traveler
Hilton Hotel @ Guest Room EUR 550.00 EUR 1100.00
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru @ Mountain View Room EUR 650.00 EUR 1300.00

Package includes:-

  • Tours and transfers in an air-conditioned tour vehicle with English speaking driver
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrances, porterage & taxes
  • Day 2-4 – Tour base on sharing basis

Package excludes:

  • Air Fare from Kuala Lumpur / Kota Kinabalu / Kuala Lumpur