Category Archives: Sabah

Mañana : Kota Belud

Another delayed flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu, but this time as the result of an aborted takeoff as we raced down the runway at several hundred kmph. It was a hair-raising experience when the pilot broke hard on the … Continue reading

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8 Mile : Sandakan POW Camp

Using our downtime to unwind and have a couple of play days with The boy, the only thing on my agenda for the last two days of our stay in the Sandakan area is a visit to the World War … Continue reading

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When the hunter became the hunted : Sepilok

Today is the day that we visit what is probably the biggest draw for many visitors to Borneo, the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The centre is one of only four of it’s kind in the world and since 1964 has … Continue reading

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A day and night on Turtle Island.

Some 40 km offshore of Sandakan, and straddling the Sulu Sea territories of Malaysia and The Philippines lay a series of ten islands.   Today, we are heading for one of the three Malaysian landfalls known collectively as Turtle Islands National … Continue reading

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The biggest nose in Borneo: Labuk Bay

Like much of the lower elevation land we have so far encountered on our journey thus far, the area surrounding Labuk Bay in Eastern Sabah is unremarkable in its geography, and in terms of its usage, is primarily dedicated to … Continue reading

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High temperatures & high tea : Sandakan

Landing on the outskirts of Sandakan at 8am, it is already a toasty 28 degrees in the shade and today threatens to be proper scorchio. A taxi into town reveals a hot, hectic world I have not encountered since leaving … Continue reading

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Up on the hill: Mount Kinabalu, Sabah

At 4,095 metres above sea-level, the austere massif of Mount Kinabalu dominates the landscape of  Northern Sabah. It is the highest point in Borneo and offers a stiff but passable challenge for potential summiters with no recourse to climbing equipment. … Continue reading

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