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Information needed about Malaysia, Please.

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Information needed about Malaysia, Please.

Hi

We are on the verge of booking to go to Malaysia, first staying in Kuala Lumpar for 3 days, then off on a nine day Borneo trek.Then going back to Malaysia for ten days touring around before heading back to Kuala Lumpar for our flight home to England. The dates would be starting around 2/3rd October 2013.

Now my problem is two fold. 1) Smog from the tree cutting. Will this totally ruin my trip?

2) Now i have never done this before when going abroad, but i took a quick look on the home office website to see about the safety situation for foreign tourists in Borneo and Malayasia.

It said "only essential travel" and "tourist have been kidnapped" ........SO, what do i do? can anyone please help? What would you do? Thanks very much...Morgs x

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Hi

1) Smog from the tree cutting. Will this totally ruin my trip?

A] it is a seasonal thing around this time of year, and undoubtedly will be clear by October

2) Now i have never done this before when going abroad, but i took a quick look on the home office website to see about the safety situation for foreign tourists in Borneo and Malayasia. It said "only essential travel" and "tourist have been kidnapped" ........

A] it depends on what part of Borneo! Don't forget about Borneo . . . . Borneo is a HUGE island [the 3rd largest in the world and nearly 750,000km2 in size], the northern part is Malaysia, with tiny Brunei hidden in the Malaysian bit, and the majority in the south is Indonesia. The Malaysia portion is split into Sabah (3 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur) [what is often incorrectly referred to as Borneo in travel guides], places like Sandakan are a further 30mins flight form Kota Kinabalu and Sarawak (2 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur). Sabah is more set up for tourists. But there are plenty of things to do in both, trekking, rainforest, nature, wildlife, sort of thing. http://mappery.com/Sarawak-and-Sabah-Map.

The FCO recommendation on -->> https:/…malaysia is very clear, and is not applicable to the whole of the Malaysian bit of Borneo! It applies to a very small bit of the far eastern coast of Sabah. They also give very specific areas in text << The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to i) the coastal area of Sabah to the east of Lahad Datu, as shown on the map; and ii) the area around the town of Semporna and all the islands in the immediate vicinity, as shown on the map. Lahad Datu Airport and the A5 (the main route to Danum Valley) do not fall within the area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel.

If you’re travelling to other parts of eastern Sabah (eg Tawau, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Sepilok or the Danum Valley) you should exercise a high degree of caution, keep up to date with developments, and follow the advice of your tour operator and the local authorities. >>

There was a small civil war earlier this year [2013] in this very tiny area, it was very short so hence the caution by the FCO.

The tourists were nearly kidnapped 20 years ago!!

Whereabouts in Borneo does your trek actually include?

PS Kuala Lumpur is Kuala Lumpur and not Kuala Lumpar!

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2. Re: Information needed about Malaysia, Please.

Hello, my husband and I just returned from Saba. We flew from KL to Sandakan, did a boat trip up the Kinabatangan river, drove/mtn. biked to Imbak canyon area (remote / rustic), then mtn. bike/drove to Lahad Datu, stayed for one night then mtn. biked/drove to Danum Valley where we stayed at the Danum Valley Field Center (highly recommend this place, wildlife everywhere!). Then back to Lahad Datu and flew back to KL. We did this in about 9 days. We loved it! We went through a small tour company, Bike and Tours which is owned by a young couple who now live in Lahad Datu - Simon is from Switzerland and Tisha who is from KL. I feel like we really maximized our time by going through B&T. They took care of all of the transportation, lodging, food, details. We felt very safe. My guess is that the fires will be long gone by October, we didn't notice any smoke - possibly because we left on June 23 (before the smoke hit) or maybe because we were farther south. We did some amazing hikes up to waterfalls, swimming in the rivers, weather was amazing. The highlights were the Kinabatangan river and Danum Valley. I can't recommend Bike and Tours enough. They also rent out a few rooms in their house in Lahad Datu as sort of a bed and breakfast, their hospitality was amazing (Tishia is an amazing cook!) Have fun!

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