Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Here Be Dragons Travel: Three Days in Malaysian Borneo


We had been stuck in the bustling city for three months and we needed a break.

We were scouring the internet for the cheapest flights to tropical destinations throughout Asia, and stumbled across Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Now, Malaysia had never really been a priority destination for either of us, but after some research, we realised it was the gate to Borneo.

Orangutans, elephants and peaceful riverboat cruises? Done deal.

We flew to Kota Kinabalu straight from Hong Kong, and caught a connecting flight to Sandakan for our Bornean adventure.

Sandakan is by no means a city with plenty to do, nevertheless, we decided to explore, so headed straight to the waterfront.

We stumbled upon countless shops stocking bootlegged items and were overwhelmed with the smell of spices which filled the air.

After a light dinner, it was time to return to the hotel and relax before our jungle adventure.

After breakfast, we were picked up by our tour company.

A quick briefing later, we sped off towards the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary.

This was such a wonderful experience. First, we headed to the Outdoor Nursery.

Juvenile orangutans are fed here, and visitors are able to watch their feeding from behind sound-proof glass.

We saw one small female swinging in to grab some fruit. She spent a little time hanging around but was soon off on her way back into the jungle.

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