Mr Lover Man... SABAH 2003

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Path up - Mount Kinabalu

 

Me at base camp! - Mount Kinabalu

 

Me at the peak sign take two! (due to the cloud the 1st one didn't come out!)

 

 

Path up - Mount Kinabalu

 

Me at base camp! - Mount Kinabalu

 

Me at the peak sign take two! (due to the cloud the 1st one didn't come out!)

 

 

 

 

 

Sabah (Malaysia)

 

 

One of my fav places in SE Asia! Worth that extra money spent for an airfare!

 

 

My route through Sabah (Malaysia)

 

 

My route through Sabah (Malaysia)

 

 

8. Kota Kinabalu

9. Mount Kinabalu

10. Sepilok Orang-utan Centre

 

 

11. Uncle Tan's Wildlife Adventure Camp

 

 

 

 

Kota Kinabalu

 

 

This is the capital of Sabah, and where most flights arrive! I took an Air Asia flight (they are a budget carrier based in Malaysia!, think cheaper than easyJet and just as rustic!), from KL to KK (like KL, Kota Kinabalu is always referred to as 'KK'). A lovely small little town, where the people are friendly and hitchhiking is the norm!

Mount Kinabalu

A few hours away from KK, this is the easiest, tallest hike amateurs can take! It's a two day hike, setting out (with the compulsory guide) early the first morning and reaching the summit camp in the afternoon, spending a night in the accommodation to be rudely awakened at 2-3am to reach the summit in time for sunrise. What they don't tell you however is that you only have a 1 in 10 chance of actually being able to see anything! Its normally too cloudy to actually see anything (see photo above of me on the summit). It is absolutely freezing, wear a woolly hat, gloves, fleece and a rain jacket, unlike me in just a jumper and a rain mac (with socks on my hands for gloves!)

Sepilok Orang-utan Centre

Before I got whisked off to Uncle Tans Camp there was time to visit the world famous, Sepilok Orang-utan Centre. Here I took far too many photos! Nice to see the Orang-utans though!

[The late] Uncle Tan's Wildlife Adventures (Jungle Camp) I'd heard about this camp in a bit of preserved, primary rain forest, owned by a local, educated environmentalist. Arriving at the dorm accommodation in a nearby town, I discovered poor unc' had died the year previously. His relatives have taken over the business (which, thankfully, still seems to be run in an environmentally friendly fashion) and are doing a bludey good job! I've never met such educated tour guides, who are both friendly and young! They were either good liars or knew a lot about their surroundings, which is sadly rare in local run tour agencies across SE Asia. There were a lot of long-term tourists in the camp (some were the guides girlfriends!) who were all a lovely bunch and enjoyed the laid back camp life (its certainly different from chilling out on a beach)!

The camp also 'featured' its own scavenger visitors, a bludey great lizard and three wild boars, and some Meer Cats (who pop up at night ducking their heads up!). This certainly was a highlight on my travels, I recommend this camp to EVERYONE!! R.I.P. Uncle Tan. Xx

Had to cut it short

Sadly time was running out, and I'd spent too much time in Western Malaysia so I had to skip Sarawak, and head off back to KL to find a flight to Bangkok, to decide whether to head to Vietnam. Cambodia or Laos next. I arrived back in KL to realise there were no flights available to Bangkok, so I over landed by bus. Read as two days stuck on a bus smelling and getting forgotten about when I crossed the border to Thailand and getting stuck on a public, 3rd class bus with all the locals. This turned out to be a great experience and I will never take a tourist bus anywhere again (that is until I went to LAOS!)

I headed back to Bangkok, where I spent a few nights awaiting my Laos visa, and then took a bus to Vientiane.

 

 

LINKS

 

 

The following links may/may not be helpful, interesting, rude, or funny

 

 

Uncle Tan's Wildlife Adventures - My Fav. place in Malaysia!

Offical Sabah Tourist Board

A guide to climbing Mount Kinabalu

Air Asia

Sepilok Orang-utan Centre

 

 

Sunset over the river by Uncle Tan's

 

Uncle Tan's River Trek

 

Jungle volleyball was the afternoon game!

 

 

Sunset over the river by Uncle Tan's

 

Uncle Tan's River Trek

 

Jungle volleyball was the afternoon game!

 

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