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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sandakan June 17th 2015

Its been a while since i v publish anything on travelblog, been a busy and adventurous year for the state of borneo and its tourism industry..a challenging one with that. once of the interesting places which is quite new or it has been there but not much promotion and also because it s forestry reserve is dramakot. Back ground: Deramakot Forest Reserve is managed in accordance with good forestry practices. It was certified as such by the FSCTM (Forest Stewardship CouncilTM) in September 1997 and currently in its 5... read more
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Checking out what best way to climb and install the camera.

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul May 27th 2015

It has been a while since I joined a photography tour, so when my friend Ella and Imam asked me to go to Tawau, Eastern part of Malaysia over the long weekend of Good Friday, I agreed and bought my ticket immediately. From Singapore, I had to fly to KL and took an Air Asia flight the following day to Tawau. This time, I didn't have to worry about itinerary as it was all planned and I simply had to follow the group; there were 9 of us. From Jakarta, there is an alternative route to reach Tawau via Tarakan. Once landed, we were picked up at the airport and were taken to Samporna, an hour drive from Tawau, and spent a few hours for lunch there before we were taken by boat to Maiga island. ... read more
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The view from the island
Our accommodation

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu May 19th 2015

I came to Kota Kinabalu Sabah in Malaysia for a business trip, didn't plan for anything except working at night time in shopping mall Imago. Hence didn't prepare for any sightseeing venue or things to do in KK, but I bought my bikini because I knew I could go for a quick dip on the beach. One morning before it gets too hot and humid, I went for a walk to the ferry port, took a random ferry to the island which was 15 min ride. I met a Turkish traveller Dilek and we hung out on the island. Went for a swim and snorkel. The water was so refreshing, clear and clean. The coral and fishes were so wild!! We took a ferry and went to see few more islands - Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik, must ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah April 27th 2015

Another nice welcome this morning and off we went for a 2 hour drive to Mount Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park which is a UNESCO site for its role as one of the world’s most important biological centers. Unfortunately the orchids were not in bloom although they told us there were 1200 species. The trail was mainly laden with green but we were happy that it was cool and comfortable. Another so so lunch and we headed back to the ship for another 2 hour ride.... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Ranau April 2nd 2015

The rape of the rainforest Do you buy cheap biscuits or Doritos products from Tesco and processed food? The chances are that you are contributing to the demise of the rainforest and it's creatures! Sadly there is no primary rainforest left in Borneo - apart from an area in Temburong National Park in Brunei which we plan to visit later. Oil palm plantations Since 1970 much primary and secondary rainforest in Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan has been cleared for oil palm production which is the world's most productive food crop producing up to 10 times more oil per hectare than sunflower seed, soybean or rapeseed. 85% of the world' s palm oil is grown in Malaysia and Indonesia and it's rapid expansion has devastated natural habitats and reduced bio diversity. This says it all According to ... read more
Bunches of oil palm fruit
Secondary planting on terraces.
Massive logs awaiting uplift by purchaser

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Ranau March 31st 2015

Jungle Adventure Our real adventure begins. It is organised by a tour company which specialises in adventures off the beaten track. Carole is good at researching interesting places off the tourist trail. We read the Lonely Planet for advice. Sun cream, mozzie repellent, leech socks, a set of wet clothes which never dry properly, a set of dry clothes stored in poly bags and waterproof bags to keep our cameras, iPods and iPads dry. A 10am pick up at a local cafe in Poring. We meet our guide Michael (from Edinburgh!) and Alson, his Malaysian brother in law, our driver. We head for the supermarket for our choice of food for 3 days. Mainly veggie meals as it is difficult to keep meat although we did eat chicken on the first evening and oats, coconut milk, ... read more
Rainforest sunrise
Bottom saver.
Pangolin, flying lemur, slow loris & tarsier

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu March 23rd 2015

Mount Kinabalu Park Visitors are coming to the flat in Kota Kinabalu from Hong Kong so we plan a trip away. A quick tidy round and we leave by taxi for the bus to Mount Kinabalu Park. The minibus is already full so Carole and I sit in the Wee Lee Coffee House and wait for the bus organiser to fetch us when the next minibus is ready to leave. Breakfast of 2 fried eggs, toast and coconut jam - never quite sure when the next meal will be! Off we go - a full bus with luggage and extra parcels for delivery. A new route into the mountains with very slow traffic up the steep hills. We are tipped out at the Park entrance which is in the middle of nowhere. No where yet to ... read more
Sunrise through the mist
Mount Kinabalu
Mighty rainforest tree

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kudat March 8th 2015

Journey to the Tip Of Borneo! No bus from Tuaran to Kota Belud. A kind lady takes us to a share taxi going part way and we pay more for the rest of the journey. It is hot when we arrive. No onward journey until the next day to Kudat at the far north of Borneo. We stay at the Travel Lodge which has seen better days and more sweeping brushes. Not much in Kota Belud but we enjoy an iced coconut milk shake - very refreshing. A posh bus from Kota Belud to Kudat with air con and toilets. Very comfortable. The landscape opens up. Just a few paddy fields with flying fabric streamers to deter the birds - otherwise secondary forest and then miles of oil palm plantations. A big sign "Victory Estate Plantation". ... read more
Tip of Borneo sunset
Delicious sword fish steaks
Rungus longhouse

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu February 28th 2015

Time to move on and start our adventures. Carole is keen to see an orang utan - not easy in the wild so we arrange to visit Shrangri La Rasa Ria Resort where there is a rehabilitation project. We leave the flat early - taxi £6 (10 minutes) into Kota Kinabalu to the bus station. No point in starting off the journey dripping with exhaustion. Buses going in different directions from the city start at different bus stations - so it is important to suss out just where you need to go to get the bus of your choice. We thought we knew - but fortunately our taxi driver put us right and took us to the exact spot. Each bus has the names of the places it drives between painted clearly on the side. They ... read more
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One of the dragons in the den
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah February 21st 2015

We arrived in Kota Kinabalu, which is the capital of Sabah ( the Malaysian part of Borneo) and met up with the Sabah footie team (some of them Mike knew - El Hadj Diouf who looked like a typical footballer with diamond earring and LV bag!). We met the group we would be travelling with for the next two weeks, half of them being health care professionals and a token doctor, so we were sorted for drugs for the rest of the trip. Aldrin, our guide, started talking about our trip to Mount Kinabalu whose summit is at 4,095 metres and is apparently one of the worst for getting altitude sickness after Everest. Now - I knew we were walking up a mountain but we had NO idea it was the largest in South East Asia ... read more
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