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Overview

Experience Indonesia wildlife in 9 days with this tour, packed with fun and incredible activities! From Labuan Bajo, you will visit Rinca island and Kalong Island to meet their well-known inhabitants – the giant Komodos and the fruit bats. Embark on a boat trip to Padar island for a short scenic trek, then to Komodo island and the eye-catching Pink Beach, which is also a favorite diving spot for travelers. Later, you will move to Tanjung Puting to meet another special inhabitant of this National Park – the orangutans. Travel further into the nature reserve to discover the wildlife of Indonesia and relax amidst the untouched landscape, which sometimes overshadowed by its astonishing beaches and marine ecosystem.

  • Day 1: ARRIVE IN LABUAN BAJO
  • Day 2: PADAR ISLAND - KOMODO ISLAND - PINK BEACH
  • Day 3: LABUAN BAJO
  • Day 4: LABUAN BAJO
  • Day 5: LABUAN BAJO - SURABAYA
  • Day 6: KALIMANTAN - TANJUNG PUTING
  • Day 7: TANJUNG PUTING
  • Day 8: TANJUNG PUTING
  • Day 9: TANJUNG PUTING - PANGKALAN BUN - DEPARTURE

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

ARRIVE IN LABUAN BAJO - RINCA ISLAND - KALONG ISLAND

On arrival at Komodo Airport Labuan Bajo in the morning, you will meet our representative and be transferred to Labuan Bajo harbor. The trip will start by cruising to Rinca Island for approximately two hours while lunch will be served on board. Upon arrival at Rinca Island, we will observe the Komodo dragons on this island and have an opportunity to see other wild animals such as deer, horses, bird, and wild buffaloes.

In the afternoon, we will continue to travel to Pulau Koaba, also known as Kalong Island (Fruit Bat Island), which is a low-lying circular island measuring 500 metres across and appearing to comprise a core of taller trees surrounded by dense mangrove. At dusk, the sight of thousands of bats leaving their roost and heading for their feeding grounds is a magnificent spectacle.

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PADAR ISLAND - KOMODO ISLAND - PINK BEACH

Early morning, we will do a short trek on Padar Island to see the beautiful panoramic when the sun is rising. Padar island is famous for its magnificent landscape with a clear sky, idyllic beaches, and nearby attractions, which can all be seen from the top of the hills. Back to the boat for breakfast, then continue to cruise to Komodo Island.

Upon arrival in Komodo island, we will walk for 1.5 miles to Banugulung to see the giant Monitor Lizard “Komodo Dragon”, which can grow up to 3m long and weight about 150 kg. The total number of these lizards is estimated at 3500 – 5000 inhabitants on Komodo, Padar and Rinca Islands.

Afterward, we will head to Pink Beach so you can take this opportunity to swim or snorkel on the clean and white sandy beaches of Pantai Merah (Pink Beach), which also considered the top spot for observing underwater life and corals.

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LABUAN BAJO

Breakfast on board. We will cruise back to Labuan Bajo then you will be transferred to your hotel for a beach stay, the rest of the day will be at your leisure.

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LABUAN BAJO

Spend the day at your leisure to enjoy the resort facilities or doing some self-exploration of the beautiful surrounding.

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LABUAN BAJO - SURABAYA

Enjoy morning breakfast and day at your leisure, until you are picked up for your transfer to the airport for Surabaya before continuing to your next destination – Kalimantan. Upon arrival at Surabaya, you will check-in at your hotel and have the rest of the day for yourself.

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KALIMANTAN - TANJUNG PUTING

After arriving at Pangkalan Bun, a small town with a neat waterfront market and many gem shops, it will take a short drive to reach Kumai. From there, we will jump on the boat to Tanjung Puting, a national park comprising of a large lowland reserve of more than 300,000 hectares. You will be traveling on the Sekonyer River on the edges of a vast wilderness. The ink-black water surface reflects the nipah palms on its shores, combining with the mysterious surroundings, which will create an otherworldly experience for you.

Before you check-in at Rimba Lodge, you’ll have the first encounter with the orphaned orangutans at Tanjung Puting. Rimba Lodge resembles a wonderful Dayak styled jungle house on wooden stilts, with walkways over the swamp connecting the rooms. Spend the night listening to the sounds of the jungle, which will soon lure you into your sleep.

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TANJUNG PUTING

You’ll spend a day touring this vast reserve with several rehabilitation centers for lost or orphaned orangutans. The reserve consists mainly of freshwater swamp forests and can be explored through a network of trails or by small canoe. It is easy to observe the giant forest dwellers on dedicated paths. You will encounter other wildlife too!

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TANJUNG PUTING

Boating upstream to get to the second station called Pondok Tanggui, which is on the other end of Tanjung Puting. This is a rehabilitation centre for infant orangutans, located just a few kilometers upriver from Rimba Lodge.

Enjoy the trip until the late morning then we will continue the tour to Pasalat reforestation, where you can see how people heal the jungle from the destruction. We will also hike in the jungle to see the heterogenous of the jungle. Afterward, you will return to the boat for a visit to Tanjung Harapan village, where you can see the Malayan and Semi Dayak settlement in the gate of the National park.

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TANJUNG PUTING - PANGKALAN BUN - DEPARTURE

Enjoy your time until you return to Kumai and Pankalanbun to catch the flight to your next destination.

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Useful Information

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suit your requirements.

What’s Included?

  • Boat trips in AC cabins Cabin on twin share basis, includes National Park entrance fees, parking fees, customary donations throughout the course of the program, full-board meals with mineral water throughout the Komodo and Housing boat Kalimantan trips
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Domestic flights LBJ – SUB by Batik Air economy class and SUB – LBJ by NAM Air economy class

  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your domestic flights to LBJ and from PKN
  • Indonesia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Other services not mentioned in the program

Client reviews

We are committed to giving our customers unforgettable experiences in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and beyond, not just something staged for tourists. Read reviews written by our customers about their experiences in Indochina after they have returned home. These include the ratings and comments on attractions, guides, activities, hotels and food.

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Andrew
Australia

"Laos, Cambodia, Thailand"

We needed a 2-week break after a freezing and miserable Melbourne winter and visit Asia – but not VN, Bali, etc. Laos was suggested by Helen at Indochina (found her in an ad) and we had 12 nights through the region in excellent hotels, with great guides. Nothing went wrong really – one minor glitch was fixed with a Whatsapp message. So good planning and great real-time support available.

Nov 20, 2019
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Pawan Sachdeva
Singapore

"Help with the Vietnam trip planning"

I am visiting Vietnam in the first week of Jan 2020. I reached out to Indochina Pioneer for help planning my trip. Though I did not eventually engage them due to my shortened vacation plan, Indochina Pioneer was very helpful and professional in providing all the insights into the trip. Especially Ms. Phuong who has been very patient with all my questions. I even offered to pay them a token amount for all their help which Indochina Pioneer politely denied. I wish to engage them in my next trip to Vietnam.

Nov 19, 2019
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Kerri S
Maryland, USA

"Lifetime Adventure"

My visit to Thailand and Vietnam was a trip of a lifetime! Lizzie diligently worked with me to create a trip that included everything that I wanted to see and do—-learn about the country, culture and foods. Everything about the trip was perfect. Hotels, tours and most especially the tour guides! The tour guides were so knowledgeable and flexible and I feel so blessed to consider them my friends now. They really made the trip for me!

Lizzie Pham, I can’t sing your praises enough for your attention to detail! You and everyone I met along my adventure have a special place in my heart. You opened my eyes to amazing places and people. I can’t wait to explore more countries with you!

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Nov 10, 2019
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Laurence chew
USA

"Vietnam Tour"

This is the second time we used Indochina Pioneer. Earlier this year we used them for a great tour of Thailand and this time for another great tour in Vietnam. We are very lucky to of worked with Kata Tran, and she spent much time in helping us customize a tour based on the amount of time we wanted to spend in Vietnam. We really feel spoiled that we can arrange a private tour and customize the tour further throughout the tour. We have been so happy to have private tours as tours are the most efficient but we were always turned off by large tours and everyone following someone carrying a flag. With a private tour, we can call the shots as there will be a place that we want to spend more time and places we want to spend less time. The tour guides and driver coordinate perfectly so as we finish one place, our van would be waiting for us with the air condition on and cold water. I actually asked one of the tour guides that were subcontracted by Indochina Pioneer and was very pleased when they said that really enjoyed working with Indochina Pioneer because they can see that Indochina Pioneer really wants the best for their customers and that to ensure that, they hire the best subcontractors and take care of them also so everyone is happy. I hope Indochina Pioneer and Kata Tran prosper and grow larger and there are other places that we want to travel and would like to use Indochina Pioneer again and again.

   

Nov 6, 2019
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Trish W
Big White, Canada

"Superb Travel Agency and Consultant Kata Tran"

We have just returned from a 17-day excursion in Southern Vietnam, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Kata Tran was EXCELLENT to deal with. She listened to what we wanted to do for our tour and she delivered! The guides and drivers were great. The guide’s knowledge of the sites and English was very good and the drivers were timely and caring. They always had a cold bottle of water and a cleansing towel ready for us when we returned from visiting a site. The whole tour unfolded on time and without a hitch. The highlight of our trip was visiting the Patara Elephant Park outside of Chaing Mai, Thailand, where we spent a full day with the elephants: learning about them and being taught how to communicate with them; feeding them; watering them; riding them in the jungle for 45 minutes; then bathing them. It was WONDERFUL. Kata recommended this particular Farm for an elephant experience and we were so happy because we had heard from others about their disappointment at some other elephant sanctuaries/excursions. Patara Farm is associated with the Veterinary Department of Chiang Mai University so you know the animals are well cared for and it shows.

We were disappointed with our hotel in Bangkok and Kata and the guide did everything they could to ensure our happiness and they definitely accomplished their goal.

I would HIGHLY recommend Indochina Pioneer and Patara Elephant Farm

Nov 5, 2019
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John M
Melbourne, Australia

"BRILLIANT TRAVEL AGENCY AND CONSULTANT (MS HIEN PHAM)!"

In 21018 we visited the southern half of Vietnam and loved it so much that we decided to do a 16-day tour of the north in March 2019.

We had a fairly good idea of where we wanted to go and stay (eg. A few days in Ha Noi, an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, stay in a mountain village, visit Hoi An, etc, etc), but we had no specific hotels or tours in mind.

Enter Indochina Pioneer and Ms. Hien Pham who was assigned to us. I found the company on the internet and after checking a few Trip Advisor recommendations I contacted them and began putting the details of our tour together (based largely on Hien’s recommendations).

She was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! So patient, understanding and she left nothing to chance!!! And all at a very reasonable price (better quality – but cheaper than Australian package deals!!!) Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) went as she planned it. The great accommodation (eg. The Apricot Hotel in Ha Noi was outstanding – see my separate review), the tours, the local city guides, the transfers, etc, etc, all went well).

I can’t recommend Ms. Hien Pham and Indochina Pioneer highly enough. Book your tour with them – you won’t regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nov 2, 2019
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Selva Ganesh
India

"Best Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam trip"

We chose Indochina Pioneer and they put together the best-customized tour for us. The timings were well planned and it became one of the memorable tours for us. Hien from Indochina was very helpful in planning. We were very particular about places, and she helped us to plan what we want. We started from Cambodia (Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake), then Laos (Luang Prabang), and then to Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Thien Duong Cave, Ba Be, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc Waterfalls). Every day we had a blast. The service was really good. And I’m booking through them again to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. And that tells how good they are. Thanks to Indochina Pioneer and special thanks to Hien for planning the best trip for us.

Nov 1, 2019
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Mario Enrique
Mexico

"Best Myanmar trip"

We decided to choose Indochina Pioneer to plan a trip to Myanmar with our family. It was 17 days length trip only in Myanmar. This was an amazing experience and an excellent country to visit. Ms. Hien was very helpful to plan our itinerary, ad hoc to our needs. Tour guides have mostly good knowledge and good English. Especially Mr. Cho and Ms. Thin were really good tour guides, we liked them a lot.

Oct 31, 2019
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Roger
Banbury, UK

"Splendid personalised tour of Vietnam and Cambodia"

Following a recommendation we chose Indochina Pioneer to put together our bespoke tour. Sales Manager Kata Tran took on board our requirements and offered a proposal which we then fine-tuned into an excellent itinerary. We had a really splendid holiday. Different guides at different locations were all good and three were outstanding. Our boutique hotels were mostly very good and we found the service offered was always delightful – the same for restaurants. The high spots of our holiday were the gentle trekking in Sapa, the wonderful Ha Long Bay cruise (outstanding food on our boat), Hanoi city and the street food, Hoi An so charming, exciting Saigon, the high-speed boat ride up the Mekong and the fantastic Angkor temples in Cambodia. We built two relaxation breaks into our tour, primarily to meet up with friends and family but this was also useful to catch breath in the middle of the tour. We were very pleased with the arrangements made by Indochina Pioneer although it would probably have been best to travel from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap by air rather than by bus. Cambodia was very, very hot at this time of year.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Indochina Pioneer for similar tours in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Oct 27, 2019
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Jerry Ray Bowling
USA

"Worry-free Vietnam travel!"

Reliable and caring. You name it and Ryan has the know-how to plan it. From a hassle-free airport taxi to your place of relaxation, day trekking in Nhin Binh and rowing a Sampan in a National park and of course the 2-night Halong Bay Junk Boat. The quality of communication during planning, the freedom to ask questions, make changes and make even more changes were without pressure. Our day tour guide Cuong was simply wonderful in conversation and culture and share a few recipes with my wife!

This was my 1st experience using a tour service and I will honestly say… its the only way to travel Vietnam, see what you want to see, have reliable timely transportation, professional safe drivers and a plan. These agents and supporting cast are sincere in the duties to the customer and your experience in Vietnam.

On another note, I had forgotten an item. Contacted them, and both went out of there way to ensure my item was returned. So grateful

Next tour Sapa, Lao Cai, Hai Phong

Oct 25, 2019
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