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Sabah or Sarawak, please advise

sabah or sarawak
12 years ago, July 10th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #41492  
We're going on a backpack trip trough Malaysia for about 3 week's, I try not to plan the whole thing, but there's one thing i can't deside; Sabbah or Sarawak, we're looking for jungletours and sleeping, culture, nice beaches (islands), snorkeling and having fun,
However on the end of the trip we need to be in Kuala lumpur for our flight out.
suggestions are very welcome and thanks in advance.

Roel & Anka
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12 years ago, July 10th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #41506  
B Posts: 135
Hello RoelAnka,

This is my 2nd time to write this !!!

I advice you to visit both Sabah & Sarawak plus Brunai. I was there during 2005 and I have done that. For National Parks, Culture, and sleeping in the houses of the orginal people of Borneo this will gonna be Sarawak. for Nice beaches, Snoerkelling, and jungle tours this will gonna be Sabah. Brunai is just on your way from south to north so it will be good to pass by another country.


1. Bako National Park, to see the probiscs monkeys. (day trip from Kuching).
2. Refflesia flower (I think the biggest flower in the world if iam not mistaken. do it from Kuching).
3. Orang Asli Long houses in Belagan. You can go by Ferry (which I did) or you can fly. Let me know if you need more details about this. Not necessary Belagan but this was the cheapest way for me and it was such an unforgatble memories. You should.
4. Niah National park. Just Caving. Maybe you can skip in you are not intrested in Cavings, but if iam not mistaken i think it's the biggest in either Malaysia or SE Asia (not sure).
4. Mulu National Park (Fly from Miri). You should give it a visit and climb the mountain from camp5 and see the Pinnicals.
5. Kelabit Highlands (Fly from Miri). I was not able to go due to the weather. Try to gather more information about it.
6. Enter Brunai via a bus from Miri and stay a night in BSB.


1. YOU SHOULD climb the Kota Kinabalu mountain. Dont go to the national park if you have not booked your accomendation in the 11,000 feet camp. You can do that in KK city as they have an office there. Ask around.
2. There is nice islands near to KK city and its beatiful (day trip).
3. I DONT advice you to see the Orang utan in Sepilok. It was more like a zoo to me and not what i have expected.
4. YOU SHOULD go to a Jungle tour and sleep there 2N/3D. Try to get uncle Don (I cant remmber the name but 99% it's right, hehe).
5. YOU SHOULD go to Sipadan Island for snorkelling. Note that you are not allowed to stay in Sipadan, so You will stay in Mabul Island. Uncle Chang is the only guest house for backpackers and I advice you to book in their office from Samporna for the snorkelling trips. They are very nice and Very Friendley.

That was the main places i have visited wihtout the transait here and there.(expect Kelabit and the Reffleisa as the flower is availabe in certian times only, u will be lucky if u will ge the chance). Let me know if you need more details. Just Ask here and I will reply you. I hope this will help you and dont forget the Lonely Planet book.
Happy Travelling 😊 Reply to this

12 years ago, July 18th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #42251  
N Posts: 7
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12 years ago, July 21st 2008 No: 4 Msg: #42615  
I would reccomend Sabah - you can do a tour to see the proboscis monkeys and rafflesia in Sabah too, but Sabah has the most amazing diving etc... jungle treking, turtle islands was quite nice to see, the mountain is a must but dont plan to do much activity for a couple of days after - our legs were really painful. Reply to this

12 years ago, July 22nd 2008 No: 5 Msg: #42628  
B Posts: 74

Both Sabah and Sarawark do have their own beauty and uniqueness, and it all depends on how much and far down you want to go to be able to experience the bare essentials of all traveling endeavors. However if you aim to explore the best of Borneo, I would vouch for Sabah - Mt. Kinabalu, diving at Sipadan/Kapalai/Mabul/Mantanani, and up close with the turtles and Orang Utans!

Whichever your final choice may be, rest assured that you will be making the right pick - by visiting Malaysian Borneo!

Terima Kasih! Reply to this

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