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> borneo, mt kinabalu, oragutans and turtles
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post Oct 21 2009, 08:12 AM
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hi all


just looking for some advice

have about 10 days in borneo as part of my around the world trip, would really love to climb mt kinabalu as well as do some trek to see the oragutans/ rainforest and visit the turtle island. is there enough time to do all of this?

also ive looked at some tours you can book online (aswell as the one STA tried to sell us) but they seem so expensive, is it pretty easy and cheaper to just organise it all while you're actually there?

thanks
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post Oct 21 2009, 08:20 AM
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QUOTE(firsttimearound @ Oct 21 2009, 08:12 AM) *

hi all


just looking for some advice

have about 10 days in borneo as part of my around the world trip, would really love to climb mt kinabalu as well as do some trek to see the oragutans/ rainforest and visit the turtle island. is there enough time to do all of this?

also ive looked at some tours you can book online (aswell as the one STA tried to sell us) but they seem so expensive, is it pretty easy and cheaper to just organise it all while you're actually there?

thanks


I booked in "Uncle Tan" for Sandakan area
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post Oct 21 2009, 11:02 AM
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10 days? I think that's enough time to do that stuff in.

I'm pretty sure it's cheaper to book things when you get there, but I could be wrong.


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post Oct 21 2009, 05:33 PM
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I was down there in August and had a great time. 10 days should let you do all the things you'd like to although you might need to rely on tours to get to some places. In Kota Kinabalu there are heaps of places willing to help you out. The people at the Red Palm hostel where we stayed were incredibly helpful


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post Oct 22 2009, 02:05 AM
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Mate, seek out Frank at Rainforest Lodge, a (fairly plush) backpackers place in the middle of KK. He will sort you out for most bits. We've spent heaps of time in Borneo. Wicked place. Have a quick look at our blog on here 'danstravelworld' for pics of things to do there. We've climbed Mt K, seen Orangutans north/south/wild, visited Kinabatangan etc.

More than happy to drop you a line with some details if you want. Are you going to Sabah & Sarawak?

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post Nov 3 2009, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE(danstravelworld @ Oct 22 2009, 02:05 AM) *

Mate, seek out Frank at Rainforest Lodge, a (fairly plush) backpackers place in the middle of KK. He will sort you out for most bits. We've spent heaps of time in Borneo. Wicked place. Have a quick look at our blog on here 'danstravelworld' for pics of things to do there. We've climbed Mt K, seen Orangutans north/south/wild, visited Kinabatangan etc.

More than happy to drop you a line with some details if you want. Are you going to Sabah & Sarawak?


Hey I'm going to Borneo for about 10 days on 16th November, getting into Tawau in the morning. Got any tips on the best stuff to do? I want to get my PADI and then was thinking of going across country to fly back to KL from Kota Kinabalu. Is this a good idea and what would you recommend doing?

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post Nov 4 2009, 05:18 AM
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Take out 4 days for your open water if that's what you're doing in Sipadan, that leaves you 6, take out 1 to get to KK, unless you fly from Tawau, leaving you 5, take out 2 if you fancy climbing Mt Kinabalu and if you want to see the big orange orangutans then come from Tawau via Sepilok, which, including travelling will take up 10 days. Best to fly between places with MAS to save time if you can! Heaps to do. Awesome place.

What do you fancy doing? Have a look around here for ideas...
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post Nov 4 2009, 05:21 AM
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If you were really clever you could have 4 days diving, 3 days in the Danum Valley or Kinabatangan regions (see the orangutans wild then) and leave yourself a couple of days for the climb. Would be tight though and you should book ahead.
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post Nov 4 2009, 01:17 PM
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QUOTE(danstravelworld @ Nov 4 2009, 05:18 AM) *

Take out 4 days for your open water if that's what you're doing in Sipadan, that leaves you 6, take out 1 to get to KK, unless you fly from Tawau, leaving you 5, take out 2 if you fancy climbing Mt Kinabalu and if you want to see the big orange orangutans then come from Tawau via Sepilok, which, including travelling will take up 10 days. Best to fly between places with MAS to save time if you can! Heaps to do. Awesome place.

What do you fancy doing? Have a look around here for ideas...


To be honest I fancy doing everything but know that I can't so it's hard to pick, is there one thing you'd absolutely recommend that I should definitely do in my 6days? Just not sure whether to stay in the Tawau/Semporna region and do stuff there or to trek across to Kota Kinabalu and do some things en route. Hmm.
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post Nov 16 2009, 12:43 PM
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hi...

You have definately got to climb mount kinabalu. The views from the top at sunset are awe inspiring...! If you fly into KK you can get a minivan to Kinabalu. (think it cost 15 ringgits - not sure have to check my blog) takes about 2 hours to get to Kinabalu park. Problem is the climb takes 2 days. You can do it in one day and save on accommodation cost at the huts, however, this is extreme and actually caused one guy we came across to cry like a girl some 200 metres from the top, and he didn't get a sunset!!

Its easy to pick up a bus on the mainroad to then take you to Sepilok.. get off at the roundabout (island) with the orangutan on. dont go to sandakan.. nothing there! Check out Uncle tans at Sepilok. You can see orangutans in the wild and visit the sanctuary all in 3 days and then head off to Sipidan

best of luck to you. we loved Malaysia....
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post Nov 16 2009, 01:42 PM
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Thanks Shelleyandsimmo, for the tips! Malaysia sounds amaaaazing.


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post Nov 17 2009, 03:06 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Nov 16 2009, 01:42 PM) *

Thanks Shelleyandsimmo, for the tips! Malaysia sounds amaaaazing.


Sandakan's alright. There is the Agnes Keith house if you've read Three Came Home or The Land Below The Wind. Fantastic books to read whilst you're in Borneo. It's also the jumping off point for turtle (Pulau Selingan) islands if you fancy releasing some new borns into the sea or watching a 4ft green or hawksbill lay eggs at night. Fantastic place and expertly managed.

I'd stick with your diving and head to KK via Sandakan & Danum Valley or Kinabatangan Conservation Area if you want the wildlife aspect. That gives you underwater and the orangutans plus loads more. That's 9 days including travelling. Or chop out the conservation park and fly to KK from Sandakan to see Mt K. And come back next year!
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QUOTE(danstravelworld @ Nov 17 2009, 03:06 AM) *

QUOTE(starlagurl @ Nov 16 2009, 01:42 PM) *

Thanks Shelleyandsimmo, for the tips! Malaysia sounds amaaaazing.


Sandakan's alright. There is the Agnes Keith house if you've read Three Came Home or The Land Below The Wind. Fantastic books to read whilst you're in Borneo. It's also the jumping off point for turtle (Pulau Selingan) islands if you fancy releasing some new borns into the sea or watching a 4ft green or hawksbill lay eggs at night. Fantastic place and expertly managed.

I'd stick with your diving and head to KK via Sandakan & Danum Valley or Kinabatangan Conservation Area if you want the wildlife aspect. That gives you underwater and the orangutans plus loads more. That's 9 days including travelling. Or chop out the conservation park and fly to KK from Sandakan to see Mt K. And come back next year!


Just realised who I replied to. You should go Louise. It is amazing. Beautiful place...
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I almost did... the reason why I didn't is a long and sad story...


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post Dec 4 2009, 01:39 AM
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Hey all, thanks so much for the tips. I had an amazing time in Borneo and would recommend it to anyone. We stayed at Uncle Changs on Mabul Island off Semporna and did some brilliant dives, and the place is full of really fun people so we just had a fab experience all round there. They have a Friday night band which should not be missed. We also climbed Kinabalu in 2days...I'm not gonna lie, it was tough going, but worth it to reach the Summit even with the mist descending. KK was hugely fun too, lots of karaoke and some good beaches that we boated to to get some snorkelling in. All in all a great time. And now I'm in Thailand, which is awesome too.

Cheers all x
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Glad to hear it and I'm glad we could help. Will we be able to read all about it in your blog soon? tongue.gif


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