Borneo Things to Do

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    Ais kacang (Shaved Ice, and other stuff!)

    by Madasabull Written Feb 21, 2014

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    Ais kacang (Iced Beans) is the weirdest drink, to me anyway. It was also in Brunei, and no doubt it will be in a lot of other countries too, but it did nothing at all for me, and made me feel sick at the first taste. My wife on the other hand, loved it.

    My new Borneo friend told me it is also called ABC (Air Batu Campur) which literally translates to Crushed Ice Mix.

    We had it at Tanjung Aru Beach, and if I had known that Ais Kacang translates as Iced Beans, I would have not ordered. I mean it was only a few pence, but if you don't like something.

    It was shaved ice, sweetcorn, red beans, syrup, and jelly. I know! It even sounds horrid. But I am told that it is a real treat for the locals, and was originally created as a health drink many years ago.

    It's not just beans and corn that is added, I am told they put all sorts of things in it, and call it a treat or health drink.

    Even the straw was about a cm in diameter so you could get a red bean up it without it getting stuck. I have to stop here because I'm feeling sick just writing about it.

    Tanjung Aru Beach

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    Shopping

    by Madasabull Written Feb 20, 2014

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    What surprised me about Borneo, was how built up it was. The city is large and modern, and there are loads of great places to eat and drink, and loads of great shops, including a large mall.

    The mall has all the shops you can usually expect, and some that were a real surprise, like Kenny Rogers Roaster. I know, I had never heard of Kenny Rogers Roasters, but of course I had heard of Kenny Rogers.

    It was nice to get in out of the heat in the mall here too. And it was really quiet, not at all busy for daytime.

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    Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal

    by Madasabull Written Feb 20, 2014

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    Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal is where you can get, a ferry, but there is also so much more here, as there are places to eat and relax, and you can book trips to islands, snorkeling, small cruises, and all kinds of activities from the dozens of small tour operators stalls here.

    We found that the tours being pushed here were water based, and as this is the Ferry Terminal, it is only right I suppose, but there are lots of other tour operators in the town right near the Terminal, so you wont have to go to far to find the tour you want.

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    Borneo Beaches

    by Madasabull Updated Feb 18, 2014

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    It was nice to find a nice beach here, sand was a bit coarse, but the scenery was lovely, and there were some nice looking places to eat along the beach too.

    This was the only place we really felt we could chill out for a bit too, away from the hustle and bustle.

    We spent a good few hours here and I recommend the beach area if you have the time.

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    Orangutan

    by Madasabull Written Feb 18, 2014

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    Sadly, unless you get out into the jungle for a week or 2, you are unlikely to see a wild Orangutan. And at the same time, the jungle is the only place you should expect to see one in the wild.

    I had not interest at all in visiting a zoo or hotel that had an Orangutan, as the thought of traveling all this way to do that would have grated on me for years, so instead with the short time we had, we enjoyed the city and surrounding areas.

    There are still 10's of thousands of these ginger critters out there, so there is no rush, just give it more planning than we did, and allow a few weeks to take a trek into the jungle.

    We did make the most of these Orangutan's in the pics below though :)

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  • river cruise, or anything in borneo

    by sabina24 Written Feb 13, 2013

    is it expensive to stay in danum valley rainforest lodge?

    hi there we are visiting borneo for the first time, we are group of 4 friends and we would like to know what we could see and do, we have got 9 days before heading to Bali, please help
    we are goin this may 2013

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    Overnight in a Borneo Long House

    by MikeySoft Updated May 17, 2011

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    The wild man and women of Borneo?

    One of the things to do in Sarawak Borneo is to spend overnight in a Long House. There are small tour offices on the road near the river in Kuching to arrange this. However, there were not too many tourists when I was there. I was along and the tour was very expensive for one person as they could not find anyone else to go. The guide book recommended going to the Sarawak Tourist Office to try to find a group.

    I was able to arrange a trip with a local I met at the tourist office. It was still only me but the price was a lot cheaper. When I left, I jokingly said maybe we should invite the two girls in the office. When he picked me up the next morning, he asked if it was ok to bring two more people. I sand ok and he gave me a small (about 1/3 back) refund because he said it was cheaper per person when more people go. We picked the same two girls I saw in the tourist office, he went back to the office after dropping be off the night before. They seem very happy that they were able to join me. It worked out well and I had two nice UK ladies during the trip and to hang around with after we went back to Kuching.

    We drive for a while, picked up food and supplies at a local market in a small village, and then took a long boat ride. It felt fantastic. All that was needed was some long bills to fly by, then a bunch did. :)

    They had a separate small hut for us to sleep where the guide sleep with the locals in the main part of the long house. It was very early in the morning when the roosters would wake us. I said I wanted rooster for breakfast.

    Most people only spend one night at a Long House but we arrange for two. We did things like experiencing the customs of the local long house people, hiking, local style fishing, and river rides. The experience was great. The second day he asked up if an additional small group could also come. We asked how many and about sleeping arrangements. He said the 4 French people would sleep where we did and we will sleep in the main part of the long house where he did with the owners of the long house.

    It worked out well and the French people were there when we returned from our outing during the day. They seem jealous that we sleep in the main part with the long house people. It was warmer and quieter (less roosters' noise) where we sleep that night. The French had the same opinion of the roosters as I did and left early.

    Anyway, I hope this helps and I recommend this experience to everyone.

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    Go to the jungle

    by Goienaga Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kinabatangan river

    If you can go to kinaatangan river, you can arrange your trip in Sandakan S.I. Tours will get you a two nights trip with nigth safari accommodation guides and every thing. It is located in Wisma Khoo Siak Chew

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    Sandakan Central Market

    by aannee Written Dec 26, 2009

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    food prices at the Market restaurant

    This Market is indoors and it is huge! There is everything you could want to buy here, bargain clothing, cheap watches, jewellers, birds nests, exotic foods, fish, fruit and much more.
    If feeling hungry, restaurants serve all sorts of local foods, there is quite a big choice and the prices were very reasonable.

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    KINABATANGAN RIVER TRIP FROM SANDAKAN

    by aannee Written Dec 26, 2009

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    Proboscis monkeys by the river

    This was another highlight of my time in Borneo and something I think you should do if you are interested in seeing wildlife.
    The cruise departs from Sandakan wharf and heads out across the ocean and into the River.

    Once in the river, it wasn't long before we saw Monkeys, the Proboscis and Macaques. The Proboscis Monkey is huge, a lot bigger than I expected, and once you know what you are looking for, then I found I saw a lot. They have Harems, a Male and a lot of females! I also saw Hornbills and Snakes.
    The cruise was really nice, so peaceful going up the river, with just the Jungle on either side.

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    SANDAKAN PUU JIH SHIH BUDDHIST TEMPLE

    by aannee Written Dec 26, 2009

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    Inside the Temple

    Sandakan is where you go for your onward journey to see the Orangutans.
    There isn't a lot to see here. I did go to the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple which is to the south of the city and located on a hill top. From here, there is quite a good view over Sandakan and its harbour. The Temple has nice gardens and is very nice inside.

    The temple is about 5kms from Sandakan. You can get there by bus, but it will drop you at the foothill and you have to walk a kilometre in the heat and up the hill.
    Otherwise, take a taxi.

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    Orangutans @ Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

    by aannee Updated Dec 26, 2009

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    Borneo is where I went to see Orangutans in the wild. I caught an Air Asia flight to Sandakan, then went to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. When I arrived I bought my admission ticket, then went and watched a film about the Orangutans.
    Next, was a walk on proper board walkway to the feeding platform. Here, there were some Orangutans, the young ones were swinging around having some fun.
    When the keeper came with some milk and bananas for them, that stopped, and it was time for a feed. After they had eaten they just wandered off into the Jungle.

    OPEN 8 - 5PM DAILY and admission is 30rm

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    Sipidan island

    by TonyBagnall Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    We don't dive but we do snorkel. We were a bit apprehensive about Sipidan because it is known as a divers place. However if like us you only snorkel it is still well worth visiting Sipidan. It is the best snorkelling we've ever done. Oh to have an underwater camera! Maybe one day we'll return and dive.

    There is snokelling and diving only a few meters away from the shore. It's literally beach - reef - drop off of 600m to the bottom of the sea!

    Lots of turtles here too and this time you can swim with them (unlike Turtle island). Each time we went into the water we saw somthing new. It's an underwater wonderland.

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    Turtle Island

    by TonyBagnall Updated Jun 7, 2006
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    This is an excellent overnight trip and should not be missed. Book in advance to make sure you get a place. The island itself is beautiful and has some good snorkelling. The real attraction though is meeting a real live turtle - up close and personal! We saw a beautiful female laying her eggs on the beach. We were only a few inches away. The park warden collects the eggs and you go off to the hatchery to bury them underground where they take 60 days to hatch. The highlight of highlights on this unforgettable trip is when you get to hold a tiny baby turtle hatchling and see it be released into the sea. Indescribable!

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    Boat trips from Semporna

    by TonyBagnall Written Jun 2, 2006
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    We did two trips - the first was an all day trip to Sipidan, it was excellent. We went with the same company the next day and wanted to do another trip. We stopped at Mabul first and had a snorkel - the place where they took us wasn't very nice as there was loads of rubbish floating around on the surface of the water. We decided to give the next snorkelling spot a miss after that! We went for a walk around the island instead (Mabul isn't the most scenic of islands though!). We had to persaude the trip company to take us to Kapalai in the afternoon for snorkelling. The snokelling here was good. Nowhere is as good as Sipidan though!

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