Fort Santiago, Manila, Philippines. Image courtesy of Mike Aquino.
A 7-day/6-night cross-border adventure between Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia; and Manila, the Philippines – exploring two radically different cultures just a single sea apart.
A thousand kilometers of ocean separates the capitals of Sabah, Malaysia and the Philippines – but you'll find a world of adventures between the two cities.
Starting at Kota Kinabalu, you'll drive through the city and take in its key sights: a view of the city from atop Signal Hill; the resplendent State Mosque; the elegant Tanjung Aru beach; and Kadaiku, a trading post for authentic Sabahan handicrafts, including bead-work, handmade baskets, and hand-woven tapestries.
Further from the city limits, you'll see the majestic wilderness that makes up the majority of Sabah, embodied in Kinabalu Park, a treasure trove of biodiversity, with 4,500 species of plants, 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies; and the Poring Hot Spring with its invigorating baths and its dizzying canopy walkway.
Crossing over to Manila, you'll see a bustling city of a different kind: the walled enclave known as Intramuros recalls the days when Spain ruled this part of the world, as embodied in the cobbled streets of San Agustin Church; the domestic scenery of Casa Manila; and the bygone power of Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago.
The city of Makati could not be more different – the financial district of the Philippines boasts of millionaires' mansions, towering high-rises, and a surprisingly calm gravesite for World War II soldiers in the American War Memorial.
You'll finish your trip in Tagaytay City, located some 630m above sea level, where you can have a laid-back meal while glancing over the calm blue waters of Taal Lake and its dormant volcano in the middle.
Kota Kinabalu from Signal Hill. Image courtesy of Tourism Malaysia.
Accommodations in Kota Kinabalu and Manila, meals, airport transfers and tours/day passes included in package; international/domestic air fare not included. Rates start at USD 970/person (twin/triple) and USD 198(single supplement); rates valid till 31 December 2017, excluding peak periods. Rates are subject to change without prior notice; prior reservation is requires and subject to room availability.
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