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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu February 23rd 2020

On Friday morning we set off for a three-day, two-night tour in the jungle around Mount Kinabalu. The mountain is, with an altitude of over 4,000 metres, the tallest mountain in Borneo. It is surrounded by jungle, and one can take various tours. Amongst them is a two-day tour up the mountain. On day two, one can watch the sunrise from the peak of the mountain. However, Mizzi and I had deliberately decided against it. We both did not feel in the physical condition for it. Moreover, we were more in the mode of relaxing and exploring than in the mood for challenge. Thus, we had booked a tour that would take us camping at the foot of the mighty mountain, with a few easier hikes included. We left our hostel in Kota Kinabalu early, dropped ... read more
View towards Mount Kinabalu I
View towards Mount Kinabalu I
Climbing steep trails

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kinabatangan February 21st 2020

We arrived back from Libaran Island at around 9.30 in the morning, walked back to our car that we had parked in a parking garage in the nearby shopping mall, and headed off towards Sukau. We were got g to spend two nights in a lodge by the river Kinabatangan to see the wildlife in the area: different types of monkeys, birds, maybe even pygmy elephants or a clouded leopard. The distance is only around 100 km, but due to the road having only two lanes and being under construction in some parts it took us over 2.5 hours to get to Sukau, also partly due to heavy rain showers. The last part of the road had a lot of big potholes, but we made it to our destination alright. We parked the car next to ... read more
Kinabatangan River II
Kinabatangan River III
Baby crocodile

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sepilok February 18th 2020

I left my hotel in Singapore early in the morning and caught the first MRT train to the airport to catch my flight to Kota Kinabalu in Borneo. I was going to meet Mizzi there, and we would spend two weeks travelling the state of Sabah in the north of Borneo. Despite the early hour, there were so many people on the train that there was no seat for me. This was unfortunate since I was unwell. I guess I had overdone it with my 20 km walk through the city of Singapore in the heat the day before. Or maybe it was the jetlag kicking in. Usually I do not suffer from jetlag too much, simply by getting into the rhythm of the time zone I am in straight away, but this time I had ... read more
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre I
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre II
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre III

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Danum Valley February 2nd 2020

After spending the holidays with families on the East Coast and West Coast, and putting in a couple weeks of work, we decided to escape again. Finding decent airfares to Bangkok, looking at a map of the area, decided on Borneo, a place we had almost visited a couple of years, but did not. So, we decided now was the time! Some quick email exchanges with Top Peak Travel who provided some excellent suggestions and a workable itinerary. And we were off! A couple of days in Bangkok, we stayed in our usual area near the river, and enjoyed exploring Chinatown getting ready for the Chinese New year celebrations. Talking to another couple at breakfast, they told us of a wonderful performance they had seen the night before Siam Niramit. We managed to purchase tickets for ... read more
Beautiful temple on the Chao Praya River
Laying the eggs
Male adult orangutan at the Rehab center

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul September 25th 2019

1. My friends and I made an arrangement to meet up in Kota Kinabalu before flying to Tawau (southernmost of Sabah). 2. It was close to mid-night when we arrived at Tawau Airport. We knew it would take another 2hrs of driving from airport to Semporna and we knew the risk of travelling at night especially in this area. Despite all the hesitation, we brave our self to hop on a minibus with local driver which I myself pretty comfortable that he would make our road trip a comfortable and safe ;) 3. Upon reaching Semporna, we quickly checked in at a small lodge located approx 20mins from Jetty. 4. The next day, our driver picked us at noon as our boat trip to Mabul would depart at 2pm. 5. The trip by boat took more ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu September 2nd 2019

Vroeg in de ochtend pakte ik in Malacca een taxi naar het busstation. De bus die ik wilde nemen was echter óf volgeboekt of reed niet meer, dus was ik geforceerd om een taxi naar het vliegveld te nemen. Kostte me een stuk meer, maar ik had in ieder geval een vriendelijke taxichauffeur en ik was op tijd voor mijn vlucht naar Borneo. Ik vloog naar Sandakan. In dit stadje zelf is niks te doen, maar in de omgeving is wel het één en ander te zien. Zo ging ik de volgende dag naar Labuk Bay, waar ze een reservaat voor neusapen hebben. We werden opgepikt in Sandakan en vervolgens naar het reservaat gebracht. Hier werden de dieren op 2 verschillende tijdstippen gevoed en laat ik duidelijk zijn, dat was het enige wat ze deden. De ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah October 11th 2018

Eigentlich wollte ich ja nur nach Borneo kommen, um mir die Orang-Utans anzuschauen. Dass dann fast 4 Wochen draus wurden, hätte ich auch nicht gedacht… Gestartet bin ich schließlich in Sandakan, so ziemlich im Osten Borneos, wo sich die bekannteste der Aufzuchtsstationen für Orang-Utans befindet. Und ich war begeistert. Es gibt nur noch wenige auf Borneo und Sumatra und sie gehören zu den am meisten geschützten Tierarten. Sie sind wahre Kletterkünstler und bewegen sich sehr gelenkig. Die Männchen sehen sehr urig, fast schon etwas hässlich aus mit Ihren hängenden Lappen im Gesicht. Und die Weibchen sah ich häufig mit dem kleinen Nachwuchs, der sehr neugierig ist und alles noch lernen muss. Das war atemberaubend schön! Schließlich habe ich eine Kinabatagan River Cruise unternommen und in der Lodge, die sich mitten im Regenwald befindet, sogar eine Nacht ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sipadan August 1st 2018

DIVE DAY THREE - SIPADAN Feeling Better After dives one and two on Sipadan I had a day of rest, and moved back into the Cube Station. What a relief. The other women are so friendly and we have such fun sharing. I also found out there was tea available all day in the common room and every morning there was a really complete breakfast, as well. On my third dive day I grabbed fruit, toast and tea at the Cube Station and then caught my cab to the dive center. I got there ten minutes later than usual and the divemaster gruffly said I should go to the boat, which I did. And I waited, and waited and waited for the rest of the divers, so I hadn’t been holding them up. I was dreading ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Tawau July 26th 2018

TAWAU BORNEO I stayed at City Garden Hotel in Tawau. I have been to Borneo three times, once in 2013 and again in 2014, but I never spent any time in Tawau. During the first trip I had some diver’s ear problems that caused me to miss my reservation to climb Mount Kota Kinabalu, but only temporarily. My hiking guide was a fourteen year old boy who could do the climb twice in one day. I am sure he was fed up with this slow old lady. I did a couple of other tours and then went to Semporna to dive at Sipadan, one of the top ten dive sites in the world. The second time I took a taxi straight to Semporna and dived with several dive shops so I could dive more than once ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary July 7th 2018

For those of you who were keeping a track of my adventures prior to me going to Sepilok, I apologise for the silence for the last 2 months. I spent May and June volunteering at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and whilst completing the volunteer programme at Sepilok we were asked not to blog due to confidentiality. If anyone is interested in my time spent working with the orangutans I’d be happy to answer any questions if you contact me directly. I’ve had so many photo opportunities, I literally have thousands of photos - there are a select few posted here, but rest assured I have many more to bore you with should you want to see them! In summary, I can confirm I had the best time of my life whilst working with the orangutans, experiences ... read more
I don’t think he’s too happy!
Hornbill close up at the proboscis monkey sanctuary
Me battling with Sepilok to get him on the feeding platform

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