Sabah is a region in the northern part of Borneo. We spent there almost 1,5 a week and we think it’s a true tourist trap ( you have to pay literally everywhere for everything you would like to see and much more than anywhere else in Asia), but we’ve tried to find something good in that place. Here are our best moments in Sabah which we will definitely remember for longer:
Mt.Kinabalu (13,435 ft)
It was getting dark when we arrived at Mt. Kinabalu National Park. The whole place was covered with dense and white like milk fog. Our place was about 4955ft above sea level. It was cold (well it was 18C but after a long time in very hot weather we could feel it as a cold) and the place was almost deserted, because of a recent earthquake (5th of June 2015).
Our host located us in a small container converted to a bedroom on the side of the hill. We were not aware of why he placed us in that particular room. Next day in the morning we did find out about his intention – we had such a nice view:
We could sit on the terrace, drink morning coffee and admire Mt. Kinabalu from the distance. All trails leading to the top were closed, because of safety reasons. Mother earth again reminded about herself so we had to change plans and stay only on the half way to the top.
Not very lucky with climbing but lucky with blooming rafflesia! It is the biggest flower in the entire world and very rare. It grows over 3ft in diameter and can weigh up to 10kg. The one we saw was in the beginning of the bloom and was about 2ft in diameter. Didn’t smell very nice but that’s the way how it attracts flies and other insects.
We went to Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok to see them in their natural habitat. Borneo and Sumatra are places where Orang Utans still live in the wild. It is over 45k in Borneo and 7300 in Sumatra and are descending spices. Orang Utans living in the Rehabilitation Centre are survivors of deforestation or just orphans. Trees are cut down and land is used for palm trees plantations – it is a huge problem in Borneo. Actually over 1/3 of the world’s exotic tree production comes from this island. Thousand of hundred animals loose their home. Centres like one in Sepilok helps them to come back to normal life. That’s what they say but to be honest it didn’t look like it was. We had the impression that it was more like a money making machine than a real help to animals. We just leave it without comments. Bukit Lawang in Sumatra or National Park in Gunung Palung in Kalimantan would be a better choice to seeing Orang Utans.