In 2000-2001 I did two trips to Sabah, the
first between January 24th and February 5th, 2000 and
the second between January 8th and 12th, 2001.
In January 2000 I initially flew
to Kota Kinabalu. After visiting the town I drove by bus to the Mount
National park, home of the highest mountain between the Himalaya and
New Guinea. After climbing the peak
I stayed for one night at Poring
Springs then continued the next day by bus to the Sepilok
Orang Utan rehabilitation centre near Sandakan.
After visiting the centre I left
for Sandakan and booked a two day stay at Uncle Tan's jungle camp along
the Kinabatangan river. These two days became one, as it rained heavily
overnight and the camp was flooded the next morning.
I then travelled by bus to
Lahad Datu and from there to Semporna. Visiting the nearby islands
have been quite expensive, so I changed my plans and drove to Tawau
to the Indonesian border and really on the edge to nowhere). From there
I flew back to Kota Kinabalu.
In January 2001 I flew again to
Kinabalu, then went to Sarawak for a few days, visiting the Niah and
National parks. After that I did again the Mount Kinabalu and
trip (basically to shoot again the Sabah pictures).
What follows are excerpts of
emails I sent to my fiancee in KL while I was in Sabah (she couldn't
me as she had to work in KL):
(this continues from the Sarawak
Mount Kinabalu National Park
I couldn't sleep last night, but had to wake up at 6:50am to catch the
from Mulu to Miri. Was supposed to arrive in Miri at 9:05am to catch
the connecting flight at 9:50am to KK, but the plane arrived in Miri
so I missed the 9:50am flight to KK and only arrived at the Kinabalu
park at 6:30pm.
It's raining and raining all
time and tomorrow I'm planning to climb Mount Kinabalu. The main
at 3300m, Laban Rata, tomorrow is fully booked. Looks like despite the
bad weather there are lots of people willing to do the climb.
Very tired this evening.... as I
climbed Mount Kinabalu after a sleepless night in the Laban Rata
and then made it from the Park to Sandakan.
The trip from the park to
took longer than expected. I first made it to Ranau by bus, then was
to take the bus there to Sandakan. However I arrived in Ranau around
too late to catch the last bus. A taxi driver offered to bring me
but he insisted on prepayment and I didn't have enough cash with me. It
didn't help that my Maestro bank card didn't work in the banks in
So I had to make it to Sandakan
with a combination of buses and luckily a friendly local picked me up
8pm at a junction about 20 km from Sandakan and drove me into town.
Today I went to the Sepilok
Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Many great pictures of Orang
I met a German guy who was travelling around the world (he has three
weeks in Malaysia).
Sandakan -> KL
Everything as planned:
- 12:45 - 13:25: flight Sandakan
- Kota Kinabalu
- 16:10 - 18:35: flight KK - KL
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