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Borneo |  5 Days|  November 17-21, 2019 | $2,499

Sukau Rainforest Lodge - National Geograhic Unique Lodges of the World 

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Day 01: November 17, 2019 
Arrive this morning in Sandakan, where your guide will meet you at the airport for your transfer to the Sepilok Nature Resort. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax and get settled.

This evening enjoy a guided night walk to the Sepilok Forest Trails to experience walking in the dark to spot the local animals and insects. After an hour exploring, return to the resort for dinner.

Sepilok Nature Resort - Hidden amongst a veritable treasure trove of tropical plants, grasses, huge trees and spectacular orchids in bloom, the quaint rooms at the Sepilok Nature Resort are within walking distance of the world-famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, precious home of the last wild Orangutans of Northern Borneo. Combining rich traditional style with contemporary luxury, Sepilok Nature Resort is the ideal starting point for most other wildlife land destinations in Sabah such as the fauna rich Kinabatangan River and the surrounding Sukau area. Sepilok Nature Resort also offers the perfect setting for relaxing after a long plane trip, before continuing on a diving holiday to Lankayan.

OvernightSepilok Nature Resort (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 02: November 18, 2019

After breakfast at the resort, check out of the hotel and depart for your day of exploration. At 9:00 AM, transfer to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Watch a short video introduction that shares information about the plight of the orangutans and the center’s ongoing efforts to protect them. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness firsthand the feeding of the orangutans before heading to the new nursery area for the young. Finish up your visit with a stop at the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center to learn about their conservation efforts of the world’s smallest bear.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge - The award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo’s most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo’s magnificent wildlife.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest and the cacophony of its inhabitants. Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability. Sukau Rainforest Lodge is blessed to be surrounded by nature’s gifts. Being the only National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and Travelife Gold Certified lodge in Borneo, they are doing what they can to make sure this little piece of heaven on earth is protected and preserved. Presently, the lodge has developed and implemented sustainability programs, such as a Green & Sustainable Practices guideline, as well as environmental and community projects. Some of these efforts also include environmental education and interpretation, sustainable water treatment systems, reducing energy and water consumption, hiring locals, visiting local schools to raise environmental awareness, engaging with local and international academic institutions in research and many others.​
Overnight: Sukau Rainforest Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 03: November 19, 2019 
Take an early morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap Oxbow Lake to view more birds and wildlife.

Return to the lodge for breakfast, before proceeding for an educational tour along the lodge’s Hornbill Boardwalk with an in-house naturalist.

After lunch, join them for an Orangutan talk and activity. Later this afternoon, head out for another river cruise to see the local wildlife.

PACKING TIPS: Bring along sun block lotion, personal toiletries, small flashlight, insect repellent, personal refillable water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, hat & raincoat

Overnight: Sukau Rainforest Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: November 20, 2019

After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat where you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Fly to Kuala Lumpur with an early evening arrival. Transfer to the airport hotel for check-in and overnight with dinner on your own arrangement.​

Overnight: Sama Sama Airport Express Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 05: November 21, 2019

Depart late this morning or early afternoon for home (arrival in San Francisco the same day).

Note: The hotel is attached to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport so you will make your way via foot from the lobby across a sky bridge to the departure hall to check in for your flight (approximately a 10 minute walk).

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and sightseeing locations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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Detailed Itinerary

Enjoy a visit to Sandakan and Sukau including exploration of the Orangutan Rehab Center to learn about the plight of these
incredible animals. Take a boat journey to Sukau to further explore the flora and fauna of this beautiful region while staying at a National Geographic appointed Unique Lodge of the World.

HR & Talent Management Journey to Singapore 

led by China Gorman and Gerry Crispin

IncludedNot Included
Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel

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Sepilok Nature Resort

With the recent increase in interest in Asia, particularly Singapore, it’s on many bucket lists to explore this dynamic country known worldwide for its extravagance and wealth. Join us to explore Singapore in a different way! On our Human Resource & Talent Management Journey to Singapore, interact with HR professionals from a variety of top-level companies and organizations. Demographic, educational, technological, cultural and political elements of the global business world ​are changing and have a huge impact on organizational success. Learn about the culture of Singapore while interacting with local HR, leadership and talent management professionals to discuss how companies hire, train, deploy, and retain their people. Interact with officials at the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI), or local SGHRM office, as well as with HR professionals at a local business. Meet with government officials in the Labor and Education Ministries to learn firsthand about policies and plans surrounding recruitment and talent in Singapore. In a small group setting, learn how HR professionals ensure that they have the right talent when and where they need it while maintaining high standards of professionalism in HR management, talent acquisition, and talent development. 

 **Optional Post Program Extension Borneo**

Day 01: Depart for Singapore
Depart this morning from San Francisco and make your way to Singapore. This island city-state is located off southern Malaysia and is a global financial center with a lovely tropical climate and diverse population.

Day 02: Arrival Singapore
Arrive in Singapore this evening. Upon arrival and after clearing Immigration and Customs procedures, the group will be met by your national guide in the arrival’s hall for transfer to your local hotel.

A medley of old and new, Farrer Park Hotel’s façade and classic silhouette blends tastefully with the surrounding heritage, pre-war shop houses. More than just a place to stay, the hotel also offers a diverse selection of dining options complemented by a club lounge, swimming pool and gym facilities. Farrer Park Hotel is the gateway to the neighborhood’s quaint alley ways and ethnic charm, ensuring each stay has its own story to tell. Guest rooms have Wi-Fi, bottled water, a mini-bar, coffee & tea making facilities, personal safe, hairdryer, and an iron/ironing board.

Overnight:  Farrer Park Hotel (or similar)​

Day 03: Professional Program

All travelers will gather this morning with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the professional members of the group will meet with professional counterparts in Singapore to learn about human resource management. This may include meetings with the Singapore Human Resource Management Institute or SGHRM representatives, to engage with their staff and receive an overview of HR practices in Singapore while asking questions of interest to each traveler.

The professional focus of this delegation will be finalized after enrollment has concluded and will be customized to fit the needs of the professionals enrolled on the journey. Every effort will be made to incorporate items of interest to all.

Guest program: Guests will explore Sentosa this afternoon, home to an exciting array of spa, resorts, lush rainforest, beaches and residences. Ride from mainland via the Singapore cable car for a bird’s eye view of Singapore’s city skyline, the harbor and Sentosa itself. Up next, catch panoramic views across Singapore, Sentosa and the Southern Islands from Asia's tallest free-standing observation tower. Take in an award winning outdoor multi-sensory presentation water display with laser show, fire effects and spectacular music.

This evening the group will enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travelers. 

Overnight:  Farrer Park Hotel (or similar)​​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Professional Program

Today spend the day meeting with local HR professionals or government officials from an organization like the Ministries of Labor and Education. The focus of the program is on how HR professionals ensure that they have the right talent when and where they need it while maintaining high standards of professionalism in HR management, talent acquisition, and talent development.

 Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Guest program: Your tour will begin with a visit to the iconic Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. They are home to the world’s largest public cantilever housing a public observatory deck and spectacular views. Continue on to the Helix Bridge, a 280-meter pedestrian link way. Next, explore the Majestic Gardens. Gardens by the Bay spans over 100 hectares and was built at a cost of over one billion dollars in 2012. The gardens house two conservatories, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, which are both climate- controlled indoor glasshouses.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense) this evening.

Overnight: Farrer Park Hotel (or similar)​​​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 05: Professional Program
Continue your professional meetings with local HR professionals from local businesses such as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP or enterprise application software leader SAP.

Guest program: Today, your tour will begin with a leisurely bumboat ride along the Singapore River. The ride will end at Merlion Park at Esplanade Bridge where your tour continues with a drive around the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Next stop will be one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temples in Singapore, Thian Hock Keng Temple. Last stop is the National Orchid Garden, within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a colorful display of 60,000 orchid plants, with 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids represented. Remember to look out for Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’, the national flower of Singapore, also known as the Singapore orchid. 

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant. 
Overnight: Farrer Park Hotel (or similar)​​​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Professional Program
Today spend the morning meeting with local HR professionals before lunch.

Guest program: The day is free to explore independently.

The afternoon is set aside for a networking event or some free time.

Dinner is on your own arrangement. 
Overnight:  Farrer Park Hotel (or similar)​​​​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Cultural Exploration
After breakfast, see how the various cultures come alive before your very eyes as you explore the nooks and crannies of each ethnic heritage enclave. At Kampong Glam, admire the quiet majesty of the Sultan’s Mosque with its unmistakable golden dome.

Travel on to the heart of Chinatown and experience the old and the new, tradition and modernity as you explore their teahouses and various shops.

Lunch is on your own this afternoon.

Finish up with a stop at Little India with its bustling streets showcasing aromatic and exotic spices, colorful flower-garland shops, vegetable vendors and busy curry houses.

Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
 Overnight:  Farrer Park Hotel (or similar)​​​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: Depart for the USA or continue on to the optional Borneo extension
​Say farewell to Singapore and travel back to San Francisco. ​
Meals: Breakfast

Note: An optional extension opportunity to Borneo will be available for those interested in extending. 

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

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Leader Spotlight:  China Gorman and Gerry Crispin

China Gorman is a high-profile global business executive with extensive experience in growing high-performing, mission-driven organizations within the competitive human capital management (HCM) sector. She is an expert in leading organizations through dramatic turnarounds during periods

of rapid growth and through economic

recessions with exceptional results.

 - Author of the popular blog, Data Point 

Tuesday (, she 

brings interesting, relevant                                                           and actionable data and analysis to

HR practitioners all over the world.

Gerry Crispin is an HR professional and a life-long student of the recruiting process, recognized internationally for his views and written commentary on employment strategy, hiring process and staffing technology.  His passion is to understand how firms

design and build recruiting processes,

the technology to enhance them and the

systems to manage them.

- 1996, he co-founded CareerXroads 

(, an

international consulting practice that

facilitates a dialogue between company

recruiting leaders.