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Lot 1 Block 23, 3rd Ave, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
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Rain and Flooding

by easterntrekker

I've been watching the weather network and it looks like there has been alot of rain Borneo. Just wondering how its been affecting travel.Any flooding or washouts? We plan to travel there in a couple of weeks.

Re: Rain and Flooding

by cgarces

weather was pretty bad over the past few weeks but it has improved a lot since. not sure about flooding in sandakan area but u should expect a bit of rain. shouldnt be too heavy

Re: Rain and Flooding

by Dreamgirl1


I live in Sabah. Sabah is located in the tropics so we typically get some tropical rain most days later in the afternoon / evening. It's the 'Wet Season' now so we do get an increased chance of rain - however, we are not impacted by the northeast monsoons.

Most days should still be nice (hot, humid) in the morning with clouds building up during the day and rain later on.

Enjoy your holiday!

Re: Rain and Flooding

by easterntrekker

Thanks Dreamgirl. That's good news!!

Travel Tips for Sandakan

Nice to meet you

by Pieter11

The Orang Utan you find in Sepilok is one of the two sorts of Orang Utans there are in the world. In Sepilok you'll see the Borneo Orang Utan (Pongo pygmaeus), the other sort is the Sumatra Orang Utan.

An Orang Utan get reach a height of 1.50 metres, in very few cases this can be taller. The width with his arms spread can reach an amazing 2.25 metres! The animals have a weight of up to 100 kilos, although in zoo's that can be double that weight. An Orang Utan can get 30 years old in the wildernis, in capitivity that can be over 50 years. Interesting to know: Orang Utans DNA is 96,4% the same as human DNA. No wonder you will find a lot of similarities between us, in both looks as behaviour.

How the Orang Utans live
Borneo Orang Utans nowadays only live the mountains of the island. They used to lived all over the island, but due to timbertrade and hunters their population has decreased rapidly in the past decades.

It takes a pregnant Orang Utan mother between 255 and 275 days to give birth to a baby. After that period the baby is fed by the mother for 3 to 4 years, a period in which the mother is not able to get pregnant again. For this reason a female Orang Utan can give birth to 6 babies in her life maximum.

Just as humans the Orang Utans are omnivours: all-eaters. They feed themselves with fruits, leaves, mushrooms, insects, lizards or eggs.

Hands or feet?

by zrim

We viewed casts of orangutan hands and feet at the visitor center. They are essentially identical. Depending on how you look at it, the orangs have four hands or four feet. Probably closer to hands since the digits seem to work more like fingers than toes and the orangs have a very difficult time walking on any of their extremities. They are climbers, not walkers.

Don't forget your deodorant

by kyoub

Bring a small bag so there will be no hassle with the airlines You will only need shorts, and t-shirts or tops preferably in a lightweight cotton.
It is steamy here and at times the power goes out so even if you are inside it is still hot. Bring what you can't live without. Don't forget your film or memory sticks and you better check the batteries BEFORE you get here. A flashlight or torch is very good to have when you are trying to find your way in the dark.

Why student go temple instead of library?

by Miles5

Sam Sing Kung Temple, or the ‘Three Saints’ Temple’ at the edge of the town padang (town field).

The three saints are Kwan Woon Cheung, the saint of righteousness; the goddess Tin Hou, worshipped by fishermen; and the Emperor Min Cheong, worshipped by those who seek success in examinations. Before school exams you will find hopeful students at this temple, which was built by four Chinese communities: the Hakka, Cantonese, Hainanese and Teochew.

Rainforest Discovery Center

by DSwede

Nearly all people who come to Sandakan visit Sepilok to view the orangutans, but most bypass the Rainforest Discovery Center. If you come to visit one, you should take the time to visit the other.

The Discovery Building and ticket sales are open until 5pm. However once you have purchased your ticket (10MYR), you may walk the grounds as late as you wish.

The Discovery Center Building has may information posters and displays teaching visitors about the flora and fauna of the jungles. There are displays on the primates, the reptiles, the flowers, trees, insects, etc.

Once you leave the building, the rest of the park has a series of walking paths, bird observation towers (some going ~30m high), a suspension bridge over the pond and a well maintained garden of jungle flowers. Include there are things like pitcher plants, orchids, and more.

During our walks, we saw dozens of beautiful birds and a few flying squirrels too.


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