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ANZAC DAY IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Ipoh
  • Penang
  • Bangkok
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Singapore
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Kundasang
  • Sandakan

14 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 19 Apr 2021

We cross South East Asia during a time of remembrance. Follow the tracks of the Burma Railway, where a dark fragment of Australian military history took place. An ANZAC dawn service at Hellfire Pass allows us to pay our respects. We also see how the land around us has healed following war. This journey is reserved for just 24 guests.

Map of Anzac tour route through Asia 2021

Commencing our journey in Kuala Lumpur, we continue to Ipoh the following day. Among the revived colonial structures, we embark on a heritage walk back in time to the tin-mining boom. En route to Penang, where palm-fringed beaches and skyscrapers meet, stop at George Town before visiting RMAF Butterworth. We also stop in at The Habitat on Penang Hill which we access by funicular train, and revisit military history at Penang War Museum.

We gain a different perspective of Thailand’s capital with a selection of Your World experiences. Aboard a colourful longtail boat, cruise along the city’s canals, or venture into the countryside and cross rice fields and visit an orchid farm. We turn inland to Kanchanaburi, to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Perhaps experience the Hellfire Pass Dawn Service before later in the morning attending our own private service conducted by Ken Gillespie.

Return to Bangkok and onwards to Singapore. We view an exhibition on the Japanese occupation during World War II at the historic Former Ford Factory, which prepares us for our visit to the Battlebox. This former WWII underground command centre now exists as a museum. We immerse ourselves in wartime history from the perspective of prisoners of war at the Changi Chapel & Museum, which sheds light on the events which unfolded between 1942 and 1945.

Before leaving Singapore, we take the time to explore its cultural treasures, and visit the famous Gardens by the Bay. A flight carries us to Kota Kinabalu, located on the northern edge of Borneo. We board a chartered carriage along the North Burma Railway, following tracks through jungle, tropical rainforest, mountain ranges and over the Padas River. Arriving at the Murat Cultural Centre we are welcomed with drinks and a performance.

WWII history comes alive on a heritage walk. Pass Malaysia Monument, North Borneo War Memorial and ‘Australian Place’ among other significant WWII sites. Onwards to Kundasang, we visit Kundasang War Memorial, dedicated to British and Australian soldiers who died during the death march to Ranau. In Sandakan, we stop at the memorial park, before ascending to the hilltops where Puu Jih Shih Temple is perched, overlooking Sandakan Bay.

It’s time to lose ourselves in the wonders of Borneo’s natural world. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is home to up to 80 orphaned orangutans roaming free throughout the protected area. We hope to catch a glimpse of orange between the trees during feeding time. Onwards at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, over 40 ex-captive bears currently reside. Our journey comes to an end as we are escorted to the airport, homeward bound.