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Singapore | 5 Days| November 5-10, 2019 | $1,699

K. Thomas (Tom) Robbins, MD | Professor Emeritus 

​Dr. Robbins is Executive Director, Department of Surgery and Simmons Cancer Institute, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Following a 35-year career in academic medicine, during which he served as chair at three academic health care centers, he has now focused his efforts in other directions. These include an extended medical outreach project as a visiting professor in Tanzania, local specialty service

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Gayle Woodson, MD | Professor Emerita 

​Dr. Woodson is former Chair of Otolaryngology at Southern Illinois University. She was the first woman elected to the American Board of Otolaryngology and served as its Exam Chair. She is a former president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head

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You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed introduction to healthcare and medical systems in Malaysia traveling November 2019. Enjoy the unique culture and traditions of Malaysia while you spend time with the locals. Establish connections with medical professionals in Malaysia during visits to a local public health center as well as private and public hospitals such as UKM Medical Center at the National University of Malaysia, a 1,000-bed teaching hospital in Kuala Lumpur. Learn about the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the health system as well as discuss the medical education system in Malaysia compared to that in the U.S. Giving back and engaging with the community face to face is an important part of your journey. ​Spend time with staff visiting a local school. ​Cultural highlights on this journey will include: an exploration of Kuala Lumpar; Batu Caves, shrine of Lord Murugah, a Hindu deity; Trishaw (3 wheeled pedicab) exploration of Penang; visit to the clan house of Khoo Kongsi, tracing their lineage back over 650 years!

 8.0 Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be sought for this journey


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Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur & Penang | 9 days | November 9-17, 2019 | $6,199


This island city-state is located off southern Malaysia and is a global financial center with a lovely tropical climate
and diverse population. Enjoy the unique culture and traditions of Singapore while you spend time exploring
some of the city’s highlights.

Day 01-02: November 5-6, 2019 
Depart today from Los Angeles and make your way to Singapore.
Note: You will lose a day crossing the International Date
Line (IDL).

Day 03: November 07, 2019

Arrive today in Singapore. Transfer to your Park Hotel Farrer Park and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and acclimate to the local time.

Overnight: Farrer Park Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 04: November 08, 2019 
Today Singapore has a diverse populace of nearly 5 million people or more which is made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and Eurasians (plus other mixed groups) and Asians of different origins, which is in line with the nation’s history as a crossroads for various ethnic
and racial groups. After breakfast, you will experience the various cultures coming alive before your very eyes as you explore the nooks and crannies of each ethnic heritage enclave by turns.

At Kampong Glam, admire the quiet majesty of the Sultan’s Mosque with its unmistakable golden dome, explore colorful food eateries, and browse through old fashioned shops selling batiks, carpets, rattan basket-ware and exotic perfumes.

Take a stroll along Arab Street, which was well known as a textile haven in the 1950s and 1960s. You’ll find bales of silk, batik, lace, organza and other materials here, where customization and tailoring services are also available. Bring home a ready-made traditional or modern Malay costume or browse through the endless variety of traditional games such as the Congkak (a game involving marbles and a wooden board), carpets, antiques and rattan handicrafts such as
wicker baskets to spruce up your home.

Travel to the heart of Chinatown and experience the old and the new, tradition and modernity in the rows of streets and traditional shop-houses lovingly restored into tempting eateries, teahouses and shops selling Oriental arts, crafts and souvenirs as well as traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. Visit the Sri Mariamman Temple—this stunning Hindu temple is the oldest and perhaps the most active in the city. Built in 1827, it’s dedicated to the goddess Sri Mariamman, known to help heal people from diseases.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Little India completes the cultural kaleidoscope with its bustling streets showcasing aromatic and exotic spices, colorful flower- garland shops, vegetable vendors and busy curry houses.
The tour will end at Tekka Centre, part wet market, part food center and part shopping mall, where several ethnic communities converge to create a multicultural shopping fiesta. The center is used by Chinese vendors, Indian stall owners and Malay retailers, and sells everything from casual clothing, hardware tools and religious paraphernalia, to traditional Indian fashion and watches.

Dinner is on your own this evening.

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

Day 5: November 9. 2019

Enjoy a scenic view of Singapore’s newest attraction, the iconic Marina Bay Sands SkyPark®. Crowning the three hotel towers of Marina Bay Sands at 200 meters in the sky, the Sands SkyPark® stretches longer than the Eiffel tower when laid down.

One of the top places to visit in Asia, Gardens by the Bay spans over 100 hectares and is a highlight for any visitor to Singapore. Built at a cost of over one billion dollars, the gardens opened June 2012 and have already been billed as an unmissable attraction. The gardens house two domes or conservatories, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, which are climate-controlled indoor glasshouses. The Flower Dome (the larger of the two) replicates the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and South Africa, whilst the Cloud Forest replicates a cool-moist climate found in Tropical Montane regions such as Mount Kinabalu in Sabah and high elevation areas in South America. Within the gardens, there are also 18 impressive-looking Supertrees (tree-like structures), which are vertical gardens up to 50 meters tall and perform a multitude of functions. 

Along with providing a bird’s eye view of the entire gardens, they also collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as vending ducts for the park’s conservatory.

Return to the hotel where you will have lunch on your own with the remainder of the afternoon free to explore independently. Dinner will be provided this evening.
Overnight: Farrer Park Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: November 10, 2019

Breakfast will be provided this morning prior to your transfer to the local airport for your flight to Kuala Lumpur.

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.​​

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.


Centrally situated and in one of Singapore’s most bustling districts, Park Hotel Farrer Park enjoys a prime location atop Farrer Park MRT station, providing unbeatable accessibility around the vicinity, to the city and Central Business District. Standing tall amongst surrounding shopping complexes, quaint restaurants and historical shop houses, the 20-storey new-build hotel with its sleek glass exteriors offers panoramic views of the vibrant district. 

Home to a mix of 300 contemporary guest rooms, Sky Loft and Premier Loft rooms coupled with modern amenities, Park Hotel Farrer Park, one of the best hotels in Farrer Park also features two dining outlets, a swimming pool and gymnasium.

Just a stone’s throw away, the 24-hour Mustafa Centre, Tekka Centre and City Square Mall offer a myriad of dining options, supermarkets and retail conveniences including household appliances, fashion and jewellery. For a taste of Singapore’s historical and ethnic charm, enrich your experience and immerse in the colourful sights and sounds of Little India and Jalan Besar just around the hotel.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Depart for Malaysia
Depart this morning from Los Angeles and make your way to Malaysia. Note that the gateway city is subject to change.

Day 02: Arrival Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon. Upon arrival and after clearing Immigration and Customs procedures, the group will be met by your national guide in the arrival’s hall for the transfer to your local hotel. Check in will be around 3:00 pm so you will have some free time for lunch prior to check-in.

The Shangri-La Hotel is a gorgeous five-star property surrounded by verdant gardens and has eight restaurants and bars. They also have a spa, fully equipped gym, impressive resort-style swimming pool and poolside bar. Guest rooms have free Wi-Fi, a mini-bar, coffee & tea making facilities, personal safe, hairdryer and upscale toiletries.

This evening the group will enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel. 

Overnight:  Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 03: Kuala Lumpur - Cultural Exploration

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

Late this morning the group will be immersed in a cultural and heritage tour of Kuala Lumpur. This will take you through the Heritage Trails of the early cultures – insight into Malaysia’s multi-cultural society. Stops or photo opportunities will include the Chan See Shu Yuen Clan House, one of the most interesting in the country, China Town to see the pre-war buildings, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Central Market, Jamek Mosque and the Sultan Abdul Samada Building in Merdeka Square.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Continue your journey to explore the limestone Batu Caves that are comprised of three caverns and several smaller caves. It is the shrine of Lord Murugah, a Hindu deity – a flight of 272 steps lead up to the temple cave. Another cave, called museum cave, is filled with images of deities and murals depicting scenes from the Hindu scriptures.

This evening, dinner is on your own arrangement

Overnight:  Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Professional Program

This morning the professional members of the group will meet with their professional counterparts for an introduction to healthcare and medical systems in Malaysia. Meet with faculty at the National University of Malaysia this morning to learn about their medical education system and how it compares to the U.S. Also hear from a government official from the Ministry of Health (or similar) this afternoon to discuss how health care is provided and how they optimize access to health care.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Guest program: Guests will spend the day exploring starting with a 45-minute Malacca River cruise. From there take an historical walking tour of the city dating back to the 14th century starting at the bridge. Nearby you can see not only the bustling dock area, but Town Square with its terracotta red Dutch colonial buildings, Christ Church dating to 1753, town square’s Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower and impressive home of the Dutch Governor. Follow Jalan Kota, around the base of St. Paul’s Hill to Porta de Santiago, the only remaining ruin of the great Portuguese fort to explore.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).
Overnight: Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Professional Program & Cultural Exploration

 Continue your professional meetings with a visit to a local hospital such as the UKM Medical Center to interact with your professional colleagues and discuss funding of the universal health care system in Malaysia; the major public health issues in the country; and the role nurse practitioners and physician assistants, play in the health system.

Guest program: This morning, your tour will begin with some photo stops to see the Petrona’s Twin Tower, King’s Palace, and National Mosque. This is a great way to see some of the city’s most interesting visual attractions showing the contrast of magnificent skyscrapers and colonial buildings. Wrap up the morning with a tour of the National Museum before joining the group for lunch and the afternoon tour.

This afternoon the group will enjoy a foodie tour via public transport as you explore the city! Kuala Lumpur is a foodie’s paradise, with a wide variety of cuisine on display. Start out at Lebuh Ampang to take in the interesting architecture of the area including the Jamek Mosque, before a demonstration at some of the local Indian restaurants selling Roti Canai, Tea Tarik and a variety of curry sauce. Proceed onward to the Central Market with their unique handicrafts and food products including Chicken Satay with peanuts sauce, Peranakan food, sweet Cendol ice cream and a variety of other Malay cuisine. Continue onward to Petaling Street: the biggest China Town in the city! You will have a chance to try the variety of noodles, Taufufah (soy bean), sweet Longan drink, famous Penang Rojak (fruit salad) and Apam Balik known as Ali Baba Cake.  

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant.

OvernightShangri-La Kuala Lumpur (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

​​Day 06: Travel to Penang
Say goodbye to Kuala Lumpur and head to Penang with a lunch stop (own arrangement) in Ipoh in route.

Check into your hotel with some free time to get settled this afternoon. The Royale Chulan Hotel is at the heart of the UNESCO Heritage Site in George Town. Their 4-star heritage property offers a charming fusion of history through its colonial architecture and style, and modern luxuries through unique accommodations and gourmet dining options. Part of this hotel in Penang is a beautifully restored heritage building built in 1892 that provides a charming old-world sophistication unique to Royale Chulan Penang.

Early this evening you will be picked up by trishaw! Enjoy an unhurried ride on the three-wheeled pedicab, the only mode of transportation in Penang in the olden days. Your trishaw man, who generally speaks a smattering of English, will pedal you through Little India and the oldest parts of George Town and to the small lanes in the core zone of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of George Town before dropping you for dinner at local restaurant.

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

Day 07: Professional Program & Community Visit
Continue your professional program today with a visit to Low Guan Lye Hospital or Penang Island General Hospital. Wrap up your discussions including the impact of the ethnically diverse culture in Malaysia on health issues and learn about access to care issues.

Guest program: Visit the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, the Kek Lok Si Temple, also known as the “Temple of Supreme Bliss”. Enjoy a breathtaking sight of the Gigantic Goddess of Mercy Bronze Statue overlooking the entire temple precinct and its vicinity, then take a stroll up the seven-story Pagoda which houses over 10,000 Buddha statues. From here, head to the highest peak of Penang, the must-visit Penang Hill, where the oldest British hill station in the region was established. Enjoy a ride on the Funicular Train up the hill, where you will be amazed by the magnificent panoramic view of George Town and the mainland. 

Lunch is by individual arrangement.

This afternoon the group will visit a local school. Giving back and engaging with the community is an important part of your journey. We are working with local staff in Malaysia to provide hands-on opportunities to share and give back to the local people.

Dinner will be provided this evening.

Overnight:  Royal Chulan Hotel (or similar)​​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: Professional Program & Community Visit

Meet your guide this morning for a morning walking tour starting at the oldest wet market in George Town offering up fresh food, inexpensive clothes and knick-knacks. Try your hand at haggling! Take in the various food stalls enjoying local snacks like Roti Bakar & Kopi O as you explore.

Continue your walking tour to St. George’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia. Next see the Goddess of Mercy Temple before passing through colorful stalls where flower garlands are made. Head onward to King street with a chance for the guide to share a brief talk on their temples as you explore.

Cut down Market Street to visit their spice shops to learn about the various uses of each in cooking. Make your way past food stalls for additional explanation and food sampling including Roti Canai and Teh Tarik. Exit out to Queen Street to visit the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, dating back to 1873, the oldest functioning temple in the city.

Your last stop is Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi to visit one of the most distinctive Chinese clan associations in Malaysia with their closely-knit and defensive congregation of buildings and magnificent clan house. Their lineage can be traced back 650 years!

Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Overnight:  Royal Chulan Hotel​ (or similar)​​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Depart for the USA 
​Say farewell to Malaysia and travel back to Los Angeles today (via Kuala Lumpur).​
Meals: Breakfast

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

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Day 01: November 17, 2019 
Depart Penang this morning for Sandaken (flight via Kuala Lumpur). Arrive 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.​​

8.0 Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be sought for this journey. ** This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Nanda Journeys. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. **

Sepilok Nature Resort

Introduction to Healthcare and Medical Systems Journey to Malaysia

with Dr. Gayle Woodson & Dr. Tom Robbins

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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