Wild Women Expeditions' new Untamed Indonesia trip includes a visit with orangutans that were born in captivity, rescued or domesticated and are being re-socialized into the wild. (Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation)
Photo: Borneo Orangutan Survival Founda/TNS
Photo: Borneo Orangutan Survival Founda/TNS

A wild look at Indonesia, a lauded hotel at a winning price and more

Orangutans and Komodo dragons are among the stars of a 14-day/13-night women-only tour called Untamed Indonesia. Wild Women Expeditions is offering the expedition in April, May, June, October and November of 2019, with some dates already sold out. The trip begins in the Indonesian part of Borneo, home to one of the world’s oldest rainforests. There, guests have the opportunity to experience native culture and observe wildlife such as proboscis monkeys and hornbills while spending nights aboard the Rahai’i Pangun Houseboat. On Palas Island, there will be a visit to a site where the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation makes it possible for orangutans that were born in captivity, rescued or domesticated to be re-socialized into the wild. Moving on, there will be a three-night cruise that includes Rinca Island, home to Komodo dragons as well as wild pigs and buffalo, and Komodo Island. It has about 2,000 of the dragons, which can grow to 10 feet in length. On another day, guests can snorkel and possibly swim among manta rays. The final days of the tour are spent on the magical island of Bali, noted for its terraced, bright green rice paddies. There’ll be a visit to a traditional Balinese healer and a trek up an active volcano where a guide will cook a meal using steam vents from the volcano. A temple tour, bike outing and time to just kick back and relax are on the itinerary. The trip is priced at $4,995 per person, double occupancy, which includes all meals, lodging and transportation among the various locations. International air is extra. Info: 888-993-1222, http://tinyurl.com/y9ehlzt7



Siem Reap, Cambodia, is famous for the amazing Angkor Wat complex. It now has another famous moment with Viroth’s Hotel being named the best hotel in the world in TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Making this all the more amazing is that when we checked for a mid-September visit, we found the hotel’s most expensive lodging — a Suite Pool View — was just $173 a night, and that included breakfast and internet and all taxes and service charges. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort in Nantucket, Mass., was tabbed best hotel in the U.S. For the same September dates, a king suite with ocean view was $678 a night plus an 11.7 percent city tax. See all the rankings at http://tinyurl.com/yaeqqjhn 



The Global Scavenger Hunt is launching a shorter version of its international travel adventure. The abbreviated version will be held this fall and will take place over 15 days rather than the 23-day global event. It also will visit at least four countries on one continent rather than the 10 countries on multiple continents in the larger adventure. The aim will be the same, though, with the 12 teams of two not knowing what countries they’ll go to and having to participate in scavenger hunts once they arrive. The cost is $7,450 per person, which includes all international airfare, first-class hotels, 40 percent of meals and special event-related travel gear. Single travelers may apply. All the details are at http://tinyurl.com/y7a9fdaj.

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