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In Their Footsteps

Lynette Silver
October 8, 2019

In Their Footsteps

Tours to Sandakan, Malaysia Borneo, with Lynette Silver in 2020

Next year, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 in the Pacific, and the death of most of the Australian and British POWs sent to Sandakan, Malaysia Borneo. The traditional Australian ANZAC Day Tour organised by Lynette each April, now into its 20th year, is fully booked but due to demand, there will be an additional tour, to coincide with Remembrance Day in November.

These tours, which involve no middle man other than the booking agent,  are personalised to the people participating. There is plenty of opportunity for special remembrance at Sandakan, Ranau and along the death march track, where the vehicle will stop at the closest possible place where any individual POW died.

A minimum of ten is required. Names have already been registered for November. The cost, land only, for the 9 night/10 day trip, is $3,095 AUD, twin share. This includes almost all meals, all tours, entry fees and accommodation in the best hotels available, ranging from 5-3 star. There is also a booking fee of $100 per person.  If there is sufficient interest, a 3 day/3 night  extension to Singapore  featuring  bespoke tours to the battlefields and POW areas, will also be offered. The cost should be around $750 AUD, twin share.

For an itinerary, to register your interest or to ask any questions, please contact Lynette on

For the more energetic, the 75th Anniversary trek will be conducted in August and can incorporate the Sandakan Day Service on 15 August for interested travellers.  The standard 12 day trip involves six days of walking, following in the footsteps of the POWs for approximately 95 kms.  No camping, and nothing to carry other than a daypack. Hotels away from the trek are 3-5 star. Good basic accommodation when trekking. The tour cost is $3,300 per person twin share. There is also a booking fee of $100 AUD.  Details of the trekking itinerary are on the trekking website:

To register or for more details  please contact Lynette at