Sabah Journals

Orangutans in Borneo

A February 2006 trip to Sabah by LeighTravelClub

Kinabalu National Park Photo, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: We made this trip to see in particular orangutans. We saw much more and what a fantastic destination.

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Hotel | "Shangri-La Rasa Ria"

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Very luxurious hotel. Wonderful location and fabulous service. Probably the only hotel in the world with an orangutan sanctuary adjacent to it. Beautiful grounds and beach.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 10, 2006

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
Pantai Dalit Beach
Kota Kinabhalu, Malaysia 89208
(60 88) 792 888

Kinabalu National Park

Attraction | "Kinabalu Rainforest"

Kinabalu National Park Photo, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Our first visit to a rain-forest. Very beautiful, plants and flowers that look like jewelery, smells, and sounds that are so different and many types of wild orchids. This was a full day trip from our base at Rasa Ria. After a 2 hour car trip to the foothills of Mt Kinabalu we arrived at the Botanical Gardens. We did the Silau Silau Trail, which takes around two hours. This is a rainforest, so waterproof gear is required and stout walking shoes are also required. If you are very lucky, you will see the amazing Rafflesia... the worlds largest flower! This is one of the most bizarre organisms on Earth. It has no leaves or roots and lives as a parasite on the Tetrastigma vine which is only found ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2006

Kinabalu National Park

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary

Attraction | "Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary"

Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary Photo, Sabah, Malaysia
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We did this as a day trip from our base at Kota Kinabalu. A long day, very early start. We took the first flight of the day from KK to Sandakan. A short drive from Sandakan takes you to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, a 43 square mile rehabilitation preserve of lowland rainforest established in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned or injured animals. They are protected from logging, allowed to roam free, and infants are trained to live in the wild again. Orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling apes. They are shy, rare, and astoundingly gentle and solitary. The Orangutan only exists in the wilds of Borneo and a small number also live in Sumatra. The word 'Orangutan' is Malay for 'man of the forest'. There is a ...Read More

Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary
Batu 14, Jalan Labuk
Sabah
+60 6 089 531180

Sandakan War Memorial Park

Attraction | "Sandakan Memorial Gardens"

Sandakan War Memorial Park Photo, Sabah, Malaysia
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North Borneo suffered badly at the hands of the Japanese in World War Two. Sandakan was completely demolished. Our day trip included a visit to Sandakan Memorial Gardens. This is where the infamous Ranau Death march started from. There were only six survivors from 2,700 prisoners of war after the 260km forced march. It is possible to cycle the route they took from Sandakan to Ranau.

Sandakan War Memorial Park
Sibuga Forest Reserve, Jalan Labuk, Mile 7
Sabah, Malaysia

Puu Gih Jih Chinese Temple

Attraction | "Pug Gih Jih Chinese Temple"

Puu Gih Jih Chinese Temple Photo, Sabah, Malaysia
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This beautiful Chinese Buddhist Temple overlooks Sandakan Bay and harbour. Facing the sea and backing on to the mountains this is considered good feng shui. The original temple was destroyed during WW2. The current ornate temple was built on stilts.

Puu Gih Jih Chinese Temple
Facing Sandakan Bay
Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia