Here's what our friends have to say...

Dear Anne, Natt and the Team at ABC Tours.

I just wanted to say that we've had a wonderful experience with your company. From our initial enquiry, to our climb, to the return of our forgotten item which we received gratefully yesterday, everyone has been so wonderfully helpful and kind. We really enjoyed our trip and would recommend your company to our friends.

Kind regards,
Eileen Robertson

Eileen Robertson, Australia, 20 December 2011

Ciao Luca,

non c'è giorno che passa in cui quei profumi, quei suoni, quei colori..non riaffiorino.. rievocando quelle emozioni e sensazioni così intense e suggestive che rimarranno indelebili dentro di noi.

Grazie a te Luca che con il tuo entusiasmo contagioso e la tua conoscenza ci hai fatto scoprire ed amare l'essenza vera del Borneo in tutte le sue sfumature.

Resta in noi il desiderio di continuare a scoprire le bellezze della Malesia, terra così misteriosa e affascinante...

Un abbraccio affettuoso

Emanuele e Alessandra

Emanuele e Alessandra, Italy, 09 November 2011

Hi Michela,

I forgot to email you when I returned from Borneo but I just wanted to let you know that we loved the trip! Abai lodge was one of our favorites so we are very happy that we stayed there. Sakau is a little more congested with tourists so it was great staying somewhere so quiet and removed. We even got to see wild organutans there! Borneo Rainforest Lodge was absolutely amazing too. We trekked with a few organutans, one was a mother with her baby. It was so cute. And we got to see the big male organutans. We saw a family of gibbons, and lots of proboscis monkey's, red leaf monkeys, macaques, and so much more. Thank you for setting it up for us! I have some more friends that are thinking about traveling Borneo and I will recommend you as a travel agent. You did a great job and we loved it!

Vanessa Bentley
United States of America

Vanessa Bentley, USA, 01 November 2011

Hi Luca (Naturalis Expedition)

Nice to hear from you. The UK was lovely and fresh and a great contrast from school and Borneo. The jetlag, however, was not as much fun but I think I have recovered now :O)

Most of our Hong Kong students had never visited Borneo before but it certainly didn't take them long to become budding photographers and naturalists with the help of our wonderful guide. Having a beautiful island to snorkel around complete with its own resident turtles waiting to lay their eggs was also a highlight for many and the two days of wildlife spotting, chasing up river in search of pygmy elephants as the sun set on the Kinabatangan river, was unforgettable. The students were not only creative in their quest to win "Photo of the Day' but also learned a lot about conservation issues highlighted at the turtle sanctuary, Sepilok orangutan rehabilitation centre and by planting their own tree in Abai as part of thr reforestation programme. The sarong contest also taught many a thing or two about the complexities of Malaysian fashion!

The students have now come back to throngs of city life with a new found enthusiasm for the natural world and many talk of returning next year. This was a perfect trip which ran smoothly due to the help and support of our tour company and their superb selection of guides. We will definitely be coming back!

Best wishes and hope to see you next year

Laura

Hong Kong ESF School Group

Laura, Hong Kong, 31 October 2011

Anne

Thank you very much for your help. It was a very good climb!

Pedro ZURITA-ZARAGOZA
Mexico

Pedro ZURITA-ZARAGOZA, Mexico, 27 October 2011

Hola Michela , bueno ya estoy de vuelta en mi pais , te mando estas lineas para decirte que todo estuvo muy bien organizado tanto el guia con excelente conocimiento y muy buen chofer , no tendre dudas para recomendarte , lo que si me gustaria darte una sugerencia , el circuito de visitas tanto de un dia como varios tendria que haber en la combi ( como me toco en otros paises que visite ) una heladera con agua , frutas y servilletas para limpiarze las manos por hacer tanto calor , creo que no es tan caro y no representa tanto dinero , gracias
atte : Luis

Luis Perrone, Argentina, 18 October 2011

Dear Anne

We are all back safely after an exhilarating journey into the Borneo Wilderness . The trip that was handle by your organization superb . You are on time , always gave the information wanted and even so detail to the finesse request . Please treasure this practise as good things can get faded away with times as the global getting older . Thank you for your assistance .

Apau Mudzaffar
BNM Staff Association
Malaysia

Apau Mudzaffar, Malaysia, 19 September 2011

Ciao Michela,

Il rientro è andato tutto bene, la vacanza tutto ok, anche per la tua programmazione accurata, tutte le coincidenze, gli alberghi, i Tours, sono andati bene. Saluti e se verremo ancora in Malesia ti contatterò sicuramente.

ciao Gianfranco

Gianfranco & Carla, Italy, 06 September 2011

Dear Michela,

thanks for your email. Everything went fine in Pom Pom Island. We loved it! The hexa villa was fantastic and we enjoyed the stay pretty much. Kuala Lumpur was either great. Pick up service and hotel room were fine.

Thanks for asking again and sorry that we write so late, but when we returned home, we had both a lot of stress in the jobs and to do a lot of things in our house. Three weeks were a long time!

We still think happily to our trip in Borneo. We will come definitly back!!! Thanks so much for the great organisation and your help in Kota Kinabalu. That was very nice! Thanks again!

All the best for you!

Sibylla & Philipp Schramm
Germany

Sibylla & Philipp Schramm, Germany, 02 September 2011

ciao cara Michela,
siamo rientrati stanotte a Firenze con l'immancabile nostalgia che segue la fine delle vacanze!!!!!ti ringraziamo tanto per la tua disponibilità e per il supporto che ci hai offerto in Malesya, sei stata gentilissima!!!!
ti volevo cmq confermare che tutto è andato per il meglio, siamo stati bene tutti e 3!!!!!
grazie di nuovo, speriamo un giorno di potersi incontrare in Borneo!!!!
un caro saluto
Elisa
Italy

Elisa, Italy, 02 September 2011

Grande Michela !!!!
E’ andato tutto a meraviglia ….. i posti che abbiamo visitato sono STUPENDI e il MARE E’ VERAMENTE DA FAVOLA !!!!!
Qualche piccolo intoppo c’e’ stato ma ce la siamo cavata da soli … tu avevi fatto tutto correttamente … sono i Resort che sono un po’ “storditi” ….
Oggi è il primo giorno dopo il rientro e qui al lavoro è un casino … nei prossimi giorni se ti interessa ti scrivo un po’ di commenti sulle strutture, mare, trasporti etc. se ti puo’ essere utile …..
Comunque per adesso ANCORA GRAZIE !!!!! I TUOI SUGGERIMENTI E LA TUA ORGANIZZAZIONE SONO STATI PERFETTI !!!
Grazie anche per quest’ultimo interessamento, che è stato molto apprezzato … Le agenzie qui in Italia dovrebbero imparare da voi …..
Ciao
Giuseppe e Daniela , Italy

Giuseppe e Daniela, Italy, 02 September 2011

Dear Nattelim,

The parcel has arrived. Unfortunately the DHL people did not really handle with care therefore it was broken by the time it reached us. Oh well. I guess that is incentive to go back again.

I've referred your company referring specifically to yourself to two sets of friends who will be going over in the next few months. Hopfully they will contact you. I tried to do a good sell job for you.

Regards,
Sau-Zu
Australia

Sau-Zu, Australia, 26 August 2011

Dear Michela,

What a fantastic trip. Thank you for all your help.

Charlotte

Charlotte Harris, United Kingdom, 23 August 2011

Hi, Mr Liew,

It was good to finally meet you in person after all these times. Trust the balance payments to you in cash are in order.

Just wanted to let you know that all went well with the arrangements for our trek and trip.
All 9 of us made it up to Low's peak on 8 Aug, and 5 of us completed the via ferrata. Anthony was most helpful during our climb and we appreciate all the help from him, Antonius and the 2 porters.

After doing the walk the torq via ferrata, some of us felt that we would want to come back to Mt Kiinabalu sometime to do the Low's peak via ferrata! We became more courageous after completing the walk the torq.

One of the drivers told one of our friends that there is another mountain near Mt Kinabalu that is available for trekking too. He said the mountain is the 2nd highest in Sabah (Mt Kinabalu being the highest), and that we would need to spend 1-2 nights in tents at the top of the mountain. He said it is a mountain we may like to consider trekking. Do you know of this mountain? If so, could you provide me with some information and advise if you are able to help us organise should we be interested?

Rgds
Linda

Linda Teo, Singapore, 16 August 2011

Hello Michela!

Our group came back – they are very glad!!!everything was ok, very good organized!!

So thank you once again for everything –it was pleasure to cooperate with you!!!

I will be in touch in future!

Bye!

Ania

Anna Kubisz, Poland, 12 August 2011

Hi Nat,

Sorry we have taken so long to thank you for the Photo disc's you sent us. We are very happy with the photo's, lots of good memories for us and lots of memories for my Dad for his time at Tarakan during WW2.

We have been staying up in Queensland, (Coolangatta, southern Gold Coast area). Cliff is still up there, I have flown home to help my daughter, she has just had her third baby, a boy Nathan. I've been looking after Jarrod 6 and Mikayla 4.
I have also been helping my sisters and my Dad.

When I came home I picked up all our mail. Thank you so much for taking the time to send us the photo's.

Tuesday I will be flying back to Coolangatta and Cliff and I will stay up there another 3 weeks and return to Melbourne on 1st Sept.

Hello to Anne and Michela too.

Warm Regards
from Yvonne & Cliff

Yvonne & Cliff, Australia, 08 August 2011

Dear Michela,

We are just sitting waiting at KL airport for our flight back to Australia and thought we would write to thank you once again for your wonderful organising of our trip to Borneo and Sabah. We are quite sad that we are leaving but have many fabulous memories. Everything went perfectly to plan and the whole trip was amazing. Special mention must go to Alan from ABC, Tom from Brunei, Yahyah and Merina from SI Tours and Don from Borneo Global. They all showed their exceptional knowledge as well as a sense of fun to make it really enjoyable for us. We were constantly amazed at how all transfers were on time with no hold ups and all Guides had complete knowledge of our itinerary without us having to re-confirm anything.

A highlight was definitely our trip to Sipadan and we feel honoured and privilidged to have obtained a permit. Thank you so much for organising this for us.

The only possible issue may have been this morning with the taxi transfer from Semporna to Tawau Airport as the driver asked for payment and we handed over 100MYR. Later when checking our itinerary we saw this was included in the cost. No big deal and a story to tell when we get back home.

Again thank you and ABC tours very much. We would not hesitate to use your Company again or recommend you to friends.

Kind regards,
Ruth and John

 

Ruth and John, Australia, 05 August 2011

Dear Michela

Here we are, back in Canberra, wishing so much we were still in Malaysia.
The weather here is terrible, cold and wet - not more than 2 degrees. Both Katherine and I are back at school today and Mark is having his first day back at work.

I have attached the letter from our ex-PM that Sylvia asked me to forward to her.  Unfortunately, I have mislaid her email address, so I am asking you to do this for me.
Would you be able to send me her email please as we would love to keep in touch.

Natalie was a fabulous guide and we loved having her with us in Sepilok. She took some great photos too and I have attached a couple here for you.

Lankayan was magical - we loved every minute.  We had no problems filling in time - we loved being able to relax in such wonderful surroundings and we found the staff to be very friendly and helpful.   We are definitely going back.

Thank you again for all your help in organising our trip, you were FANTASTIC and all the arrangements ran perfectly with no problems at all.

With kind regards and much love

* letter from our ex-PM

Bisika, Katherine and Mark, Australia, 25 July 2011

Dear Anne,

Thank's à lot for everything! I am now back in Switzerland! We spend a very good time in Sepilok and the Turttle's Island! Just after Sepilok, we climbed  the Mont Kinabalu. Back from the Mont Kinabalu, I wanted to phone you or to come to your agency to say hello, but we didn't have enough time.

We enjoy a lot  our hollydays in Sabah and all you planed was perfect!

My sister Marie-Françoise will fly to Sabah in August. I will send you a medical certificat for her and for my nephew Ciril who is the brother of Yvan.

I hope everything is good for you! All the best!

Dr. Pierre Aellen, Switzerland, 24 July 2011

Daily Express - 9th July 2011

A touching act for orang utan by Aussie girl, 9

KOTA KINABALU: The orang utan's future will be more secured if more young people can emulate nine-year-old Katherine Flint from Canberra, Australia.

It all began back home when she saw an orang utan awareness advertisement on television.

She felt she just had to do something to help the cause.

She even wrote a letter to Australia's former Prime Minister expressing her concern over her country's contribution towards the endangered orang utan protection and rehabilitation campaign.

Not long after mailing that letter, Katherine was delighted to receive a three page reply from the Prime Minister himself, explaining the things that Australia had already been doing for the orang utan conservation programme.

Inspired to do her part, Katherine thought she could raise money for the orang utan through her talent in music.

She went to Australia's capital city busking violin on the street for three months raising a total of AUS$500 (RMl,619).

On Wednesday, in a family vacation Katherine together with her parents, Mark Duncan and Bisika Maria, arrived here from Perth before making their way straight to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan.

In Sepilok, Katherine handed over the money that she had been raising for the last three months in the hope that she too can do her part and contribute to the welfare and the training programme of orphan orang utan at the centre.

Moved by her effort and passion, Sylvia Alsisto, the person in charge of the centre arranged a rare visit especially for Katherine and her parents to Sepilok's Nursery as an appreciation for her thoughtful act.

There, Katherine was briefed on the various stages of training an orang utan has to progress before being released back into the wild.

She was also told about the stories of each of the orphan orang utan in the nursery and almost immediately Katherine's heart was captured by Bella, a three-year-old, which she was told was sent to Sepilok by an oil palm plantation worker, and gladly adopted her.

Katherine was also lost for words when seeing six-month-old named Chikitta, the youngest orang utan at the nursery.

Under the two-year adoption programme, Katherine would be updated every six months of Bella's progress through pictures and latest news.

Sylvia hoped more from the younger generation will emulate Katherine's effort to spread awareness and do whatever they can to help the rehabilitation and conservation of the orang utan especially in Sepilok and Borneo generally.

"I can't express how much today means to me - accepting a beautiful gift from a little child with a big heart. Katherine has shown me that age and distance does not matter when you want to do something in life.

"For a nine-year-old child spending her time, standing in public while playing the violin to fundraise for the orang utans is something we ought to be proud of.

"I hope Katherine's spirit will enlighten others to contribute in their own humble ways towards the conservation of these beautiful animals - our orang utans! Indeed she has touched my heart," she said.

Katherine's family travel arrangement to the centre required the service of two tour companies particularly ABC Tours represented by Michela Biagioni and Naturalis represented by Luca Viola.

The companies went all out to assist Katherine realise her dream.

We are glad to be able to assist in creating awareness on the conservation efforts of the orang utan," said Biagioni and Viola.

Katherine Flint, Australia, 09 July 2011

Hi Len,

we came back from KK yesterday.
We had a great trip!

Everything went very well!
Your colleagues were very kind, helpful and ponctual.

Thanks a lot for the great organization and service provided.
Best regards

Daniel Sedelmaier, Germany, 04 July 2011

Dear Len

Thank you for your cooperation and hospitality. We have been extremle pleased by both programs

Best wishes
Alexey

 

Alexey, Russian Federation, 20 June 2011

Hi Anne!

Thank you for arranging my Mt. Kinabalu climb and via ferrata-LPC. I had a really wonderful time up at the mountains. My guide was very helpful and I also met some really nice people during my trip. Attached are some of my photos.

I hope to visit the island again and see more of it.

Cheers,
Gillian

Gillian Dunuan, Philippines, 06 June 2011

Hello Michela!

One more time thank you for all your help and support in Borneo! I really appreciate your attitude and professional skills. The overall, the trip was very succesfull for us and our clients were happy. Next time just arrange the sunrise wneh we are on top of Kinabalu…

I am sending some photos for you to enjoy or use on your web.

Have a great time!

Jan Hocek, Czech Republic, 18 May 2011

Hi Nat,

Thanks for email. We really enjoyed our time in Tarakan with both of you and thanks for all your help, and we plan to come back to Borneo in a year or two.

We are both well and happy. Leaving in 3wks to go to Coolangatta in Queensland for Winter June, July & August. We will be relaxing and fishing most days and Rock'n'roll dancing at night.

Say hi to Anne and we will be in touch soon.

Warm Regards.
Yvonne & Cliff

Yvonne & Cliff, Australia, 03 May 2011

Dear Len,

Thank you very much for the perfectly organized trip. Our entire team thanks Natalie and Lauren for the stories of Borneo, tips for taking care of us.

We wish you success and prosperity of your company.

With best wishes.
Olga Grinchuk

Olga Grinchuk, Russian Federation, 26 April 2011

Hi Len 

On behalf of Anne-Marie (home in cold, dark Denmark), thanks for the receipt for our Bali-Flores flight. 

It may interest ABC Tours that I discovered yesterday at lunch – here in Singapore – that my colleague Thomas Hies – sitting 4 meters from me now – also used ABC Tours last year. They climbed the pinnacles (you know the geography – I don’t) with their 3 sons and were very satisfied with ABC Tours. 

In fact, we may be sending a colleague or two more your way later this year. 

Thanks for your help so far – both Lankayan (me) and Flores (Anne-Marie and me). 

Stephen Wessels – only a few hundred km south of you

Stephen Wessels, Singapore, 16 March 2011

Hi Len - I just wanted to thank you for a great trip. everything was organised to perfection and i will have no hesitation recommending you to friends

Kind Regards,
William Courtenay, UK

William Courtenay, United Kingdom, 03 March 2011

Hi Anne, we want to thank you for a wonderful experience climbing Mt Kinabalu! Anthony our guide was amazing, we consider ourselves very lucky to have had him accompany us :)

I suffered quite a bit from altitude effects so didn't do the Walk the Torq but Jon thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend anyone doing Lows Peak to do it over 3 days. We are reasonably fit and are still recovering!!

Many thanks again for a fantastic service.

 

Sinead O'Brien, Ireland, 24 February 2011

Thank you so much Len and Nateline for arranging a wonderful event in Manukan Island, Sabah. It was a fabulous event and was well organized and executed. All the team members had great time with fun activities during the teambuilding program..Thank you again

Jothi (Hewlett-Packard Company), Malaysia, 18 February 2011

Dear ABC Tours, 

Just a year ago you put together a wonderful 2-week adventure for us in Sabah. Allan was our guide most of the time – and especially in the Maliau Bassin! (See attached photo - which is hazy due to my sweat on the lense ...) 

We contact you now to kindly ask if you know of a travel agent that you can recommend who is just as dependable and knowledgeable as ABC Tours – but who works the Indonesian islands, in the general vicinity of Flores and Bali. 

Around Easter this year (in about 2 months), we are considering doing a 10-day trip in that area, but don't quite know where to start. Your suggestion of an agent would be a great help to us.

Thanks ever so much again. 

Regards from Denmark

Stephen Wessels & Anne-Marie Bech

Stephen Wessels & Anne-Marie Bech, Denmark, 15 February 2011

Anne,
 
Thank you so much for all your help booking our package for the Mount Kinabalu Climb.  My huband and I had a great trip and everything was perfect from the driver to the mountain guides.  We could not have asked for anything better.  We also wanted to thank you for the dinner last night, it was a pleseant surprise and very delightful.  Thank you again for all your help we hope to return to Borneo soon and will contact you with our future reservations.

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Thank you and have a great day!

Michelle Kwan, USA, 04 January 2011
We started ABCTours with a passion...
Our core value and guiding principle is to conserve and protect our natural environment. It is also our aspiration to present to all our guests our precious Borneo's gifts - nature at its pristine condition.

We believe that our great treasure-troves will be best conserved if more people see for themselves the natural wonders that make this one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is the cradle of our world's environment - the Island of Borneo.

Join us in our effort to preserve this environment that we all depend on for our very existence.

And most importantly, let us turn you into our lasting friends.

This website is dedicated to all our friends, who have been travelling with us and make us understands more about ourselves. We shall use this platform to share our friends' passion with you.

Warmest greeting from all of us at ABCTours.