This is the article I have written to help other who wanted to climb the highest mountain in Malaysian, Mt. Kinabalu.
The full article can be read at http://www.be-a-traveler.com/bat/articles/mtkinabalu/mtk.shtml
I have seen many beautiful sunsets but none more beautiful than what we seen in Sabah.
From our hotel in Kota Kinabalu the sun setting over the South China Sea was breath taking.
When I think of KK the sunset is one of my best memories.
If you have never stayed in bungalows that are sitting on stilts out in the sea, this is your chance.
I had always wanted to be able to watch the fish swimming by from my balcony and I got to do that in Sabah.
Gayana Resort Bay has 44 over the water bungalows, restaurant, dive shop, and front office , all
connected by a boardwalk that sits out in the water.
It was quite an experience and I would highly recommend staying there.
A great place to get away for a short honeymoon.
The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center is a must see.
It is located 30 minutes drive from the bustling town of Sandakan. What a difference a few miles makes.
Orangutans come into Sepilok, not only from captivity, but more than likely from their homes in the forest that are being cleared for Palm plantations. This area is being planted in trees that produce palm oil.
Sepilok serves to give these unfortunate animals a home in the forest rather than in a cage.
Orangutans prefer fruit as their main source of food. That is why they are fed bananas and other fruit when they come to the feeding platform for breakfast.
Some days several arrive and some days not so many.
It is fun to watch them coming out of the forest, one by one. Some have babies in tow.
Fondest memory: The Center is open Sunday to Thursday and Saturday from 9 am - 12:00 pm and from 2 pm - 4:00 pm. Friday from 9 am - 11:00 am and 2 pm to 4:00 pm. The feeding times are 10 am and 3 pm. It is important to arrive early to get a good spot to view the feeding.
The center is located 23 km from Sandakan. There are daily flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan and from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan. Most hotels provide pick-up at the airport.
Seeing the Proboscis Monkeys in their natural habitat has to be one of my favorite memories of Borneo. They are among the world’s most unusual animals and a must
see for anyone interested in wildlife. They only live in the wild on Borneo
The male Proboscis Monkey is big, weighing up to 24kg. He has a huge nose and round belly. The reason for the large nose is, the ladies like it.
The females are much smaller and only weigh around 10kg. They have small, stubby noses. They are the only monkeys in Borneo with white tails.
Proboscis Monkeys live in harems made up of one male and up to eight females and their offspring.
Fondest memory: We really enjoyed watching the animals from the balcony at the Labuk Bay Sanctuary near Sandakan. My only regret is that we didn't spend the night in the hostel there.
If you love the water/beach & touring, I would suggest Kota Kinabalu (KK) in Sabah. It has several islands right across the city, and a few more great beach/resorts just outside the city (within reach of 1 - 2 hours drive). KK is where you can get blue sea & blue sky almost all year long.
You can also tour the mountain for the weekend. It's about 2 hours drive from KK. The view is simply stunning.
In terms of location, KK airport is accesible by most international routes. It's a small city but has all the basic facilities. Culturally, it's rather unique as Sabah has more than 30 ethnic groups, with different cultures.
Fondest memory: 1. A drive to Kudat, specifically Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (the northern tip of Borneo).
2. Spending a few days at the Kinabalu National Park
Favorite thing: short of cash in kk, well, there is one HSBC towards the end of town.just opposite Tong Hing Supermarket. beware that there is only ONE HSBC in kk.So take as much money as you one as you won;t find any elsewhere. other locations: Sandakan, Tawau, Labuan
Favorite thing: i was shocked during my recent travel when i saw cats and few days later dogs staying in the same hotel with us in altanta. well, i have 2 dogs and was thinking of bringing them for a holiday recently. call the place of stay and was sad to be informed that pet are not allowed. so, travellers, do check with your place of stay before you bring your pet here.
If you are flying day time from Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan during the day, take the window seat on the side where you can see the peak of Mount Kinabalu below you.
It is a wonderful view of the coast, then the jungles and the mountains of the Crocker Range.
Of course, the highlight when the pilot asked all the passengers to look out the window to see the top of the highest point of Southeast Asia. It is so clear and close, I think I saw some hikers ascending the peak, I think....
Similar to Sarawak, I was amused that as a fellow citizen from Peninsular Malaysia, I still need my passport and got a stamp with a limited conditional stay.
Nowadays, you can use your Mykad identification and fill up a form or apply for Restricted Travel Document.
Check this website - http://www.imi.gov.my/eng/perkhidmatan/im_DokumenTerhad.asp
Favorite thing: Pitcher plants are one of those unique plants which you can find in the park lands of Borneo. They are Carnivorous and attract their prey with colour, sugar and smell. The insect or small animal once attracted makes its way down the plants spout where it slips downward because of a waxy sediment on the walls. Once inside it surcomes to the digestive fluids at the bottom of the plant. The acids dissolve the insect so it can be absorbed by the plant. The spout is not a flower be rather a highly formed leaf. There are around 30 species of Pitcher Plant in Borneo and most of them can be found on mt Kinabalu.
Favorite thing: Taken on Mt Kinabalu this little squirrel had no fear. He was obviously use to stealing a snack from a climber or two. He looked a lot more robust then his counterparts we had seen in the National park. Must be all that climbing.
Favorite thing: This fellow landed on my coat when we were walking in Kota Kinabalu park. He measured about 3cm. I'm not sure if it was a bee or wasp but it seemed harmless. It had a little walk around my coat and then flew off again.
Favorite thing: We spotted this guy whilst walking around Selingan Turtle Island. He was quite big and looked well fed. He is precisely the kind of predator the park rangers want to keep away from the turtle eggs. I asked one of the rangers if the lizards ever made it into the fenced off nurseries. I was told yes but not by digging under the fence as I thought. The lizard climb the surrounding trees and jump into the enclosure. Sadly only about 3% off the baby turtles make it to maturity.
Favorite thing: Turtle tracks can be found all over the island. Follow them from the shore till you find a whole in the sand where the turtle laid her eggs. Park rangers collect the eggs and rebury them in the fenced off nurseries.
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