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Having just returned from 3 weeks in Sabah i would like to say thanks to all those who post Qs and more importantly to those who respond, especially the regulars who offer their knowledge to us inexperienced travellers.

We planned our trip based only on reports and recommendations on TA forums and everywhere we stayed and every tour we did or place we visited exceeded our expectations.

We found the local people friendly and helpful where ever we travelled and not at all pushy as in some Asian countries - even had one person take us in his car when we couldn't ring a taxi and dropped us to a taxi rink 3klms away and refused money.

We had a wonderful time seeing incredible wildlife, birds, jungles and scenery, staying in great accommodation and guided by experienced and passionate local people.

We will be back and thanks again to all on TA .

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Kevin G,

Wah! Wow!

Orang Sabahan untuk anda bah!.

Sabahan people for you Ok!

jumpa lagi Kevin G.

see you Kevin G.

Very nice too hear the feedback. Nice too know we are helping you guys with your journeys.

I would really like to learn/hear more so feel free to pm me.

terima kasih.

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Kevin, what were your must see and do plus anything that you would recommend not to bother or stay. Thanks

Batemans Bay...
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We had 2 days in KK to start with - thats enough. Museum was good. We stayed at Horizon Hotel, central, clean, reasonable rates breky included. We then flew to Sandakan and visited War Memorial on way to Sepilok. We stayed at Sepilok 2 nights (could have done 3 as we didnt get to Proboscus Monkey Centre) so cant comment on Sandakan as only saw airport.

Sepilok Nature Resort was brilliant and talking to others was probably best of accomm. at Sepilok.

It backs onto Orang Utan Rehab centre so we saw Orang Utans at the lodge - very close! Saw more there than at Centre.

We then went to Kinabatangan River which was also very good. There are numerous guides and lodges to stay at there and wildlife was abundant. Even saw Pigmy Elephants!!! Our guide was brilliant but accom was basic yet clean and had AC. Had o/Night stay at Lahad Datu before going to Danum Valley.

If you go there must stay at Bike & Tours B&B - best B&B ever stayed at and have the night meal. Special.

We stayed at Borneo Rain Forrest Lodge at Danum Valley, Brilliant but $$$$. Meals, guides, lodge, walks, wildlife all 5 star on pristine river in rain forest/jungle.

Finished off with 5 nights at Bunga Raya Island resort off KK. Good Resort (doing renos so big discount)

Resort was good but we had good weather, 4-5 days enough though.

Wherever we went people were friendly and helpful- great holiday.

Hope that helps

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Kevin G - Your most welcome, what an amazing trip, SNR / Kinabatangan / BRL is certainly some of the best highlights - best to return when the travel warnings are issued and do the east coast proper, including the islands off the mainland.

Great idea to stay at LD before heading to BRL, making the most of your time there for sure...

Hope you enjoyed Police Beach at Bunga Raya, it looks amazing, wanting to go there myself but always chose Gaya Island Resort for some reason.

Batemans Bay...
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Police Beach was great as was the whole resort. Did a day trip to Gaya visited MERC and had a snorkel - deeper water so bigger fish that Bunga Raya but definatley prefer BR as a place to stay and explore.

Must watch the sandflys though but repelant is supplied so just have to be vigilant.

Regards.

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kevin, thank you so much. We were also thinking of going to Lahad Datu and had read some great reviews of Bikes and Tours so just trying to finalise our dates before we start making booking plans. I was looking at Borneo Rain Forrest Lodge only yesterday and trying to work into plans but thanks for advice, did you book direct with them?

Which lodge did you stay at Kinabatangan River and how did you book it?

We are also going to have a few nights on Gaya Island but just need to work out which place to stay at. Will go back and recheck Bunga Gaya.

We most likely won't go till August 2018.

Once again thanks for your feedback, greatly appreciated.

Batemans Bay...
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Booked direct with Borneo Nature tours for Rain Forest Lodge - easy and competant to deal with.

It is a well oiled machine at the lodge and everything is spot on.

For our Kinabatangan River time we did 3d2n with Mr Aji tours. Found on google. Very passionate guide who has actually taken David Attenborough twice. We didnt stay at the lodge we were advised we would be at but it was clean and had AC but was very basic. Had Mr Aji for 2 days and on 3rd had his son who doesnt share the PASSION. All in all though a good time as we saw heaps of wildlife including Orang Utans, and pigmy elephants and lots of different monkeys. Approx MR 1000 for 2 of us . Chalk and cheese though with Rain Forest Lodge - sooo professional - but saw lots of wildlife on both tours.

We organised pick up from Kinerbatangan to Lahad Datu with Lahad Datu Taxi Services - contacted via Facebook and driver Aliuddin was very helpful and reasonable fee.

Batemans Bay...
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Forgot to say had a look at rooms at Gaya and smaller and not as private as at Bunga Raya and all at Gayana are elevated and sit above the water in a protected cove but it was a lot hotter than at BR and you are very restricted as to what you can do. Both resorts owned by same company. They are also building a new one on the original Surviver Island which is close by - only 18 chalets and we were told prices start at MR 6000/night.!!

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Thanks Kevin for info, very helpful and will assist with our planning. Have heard about Mr Aji tours so had on my list. Still in 2 minds about Gaya Island, have read good and bad so still can't decide.

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millsie58,

Reference; August 2018 visit.

Have just read there are three holidays in August so have a look via web etc. To see if you can visit around them or allow for them if visiting somewhere that may be busy.

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