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Orangutan's

Hi

We are going on honeymoon in September 2009 and want to spend around 5 days in Borneo.

The resort recommended to us so far is the shangri-la rasa ria - however, we're worried that we'll be resort bound here and we want to be able to get out and see the orangutans in the wild and maybe do a canopy walk in the jungle and something else a bit adverterous like white water rafting.

Does anyone know how easy it would be to do this from the Rasa Ria? Or have any other recommendations?

Many thanks!

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Hi LShaw83 if you want to see Orang Utans in the wild I think you might want to spend some time in Sandakan, Kinabatangan area. There's also rehabilitation centre at Sepilok where you can see Orang Utans too during their feeding time. Having said that, in case you don't want to go to Sandakan, do you know you can also see Orang Utans at Rasa Ria itself! :) For something like white water rafting think you will need to arrange with a local tour operator . They will pick you up from the hotel. As for canopy walk you can organise yourself or else you go with a local tour operator, less hassle. Since it's your honeymoon, you may want to consider organising everything with a specialist in Malaysia holiday before you leave UK. My experience tells me that it gives my holiday something extra when travelling with local people like the tour guide, preferably in a small group. Like in Borneo, we went on a private day tour to Ephesus in Turkey and unless you have done a lot of research you are bound to miss quite a bit on the facts side, not mentioning what you'll miss from getting to know some local ppl.

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All trips can be taken from the Rasa Ria. However, it will add up to 40 minutes onto the start and end of the day.

The TA would be a better bet, and you can still use their own shuttle to visit the Rasa Ria for the day.

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We just got back from KK, staying at the Magellen Sutra Harbour. We went up to the Orangutan Sanctuary at Rasa Ria, which was quite OK for us because we didnt have full day to spare.

Re: being resort bound you are about 20-30 min from Kota Kinabalu. We found that we get a bit stir crazy staying in the resorts and as such Magellen was quite handy for us. For example we walked to the City Mosque for a tour from the resort.

If you want a beautiful beach then Rasa Ria is the spot. If you want frequent trips into town then I suggest something closer.

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Hi Chalk.

can you tell me please how you organised the trip to rasa Ria to see the Orangutans??

Cost, how when etc

thanks

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We organised through the tour desk at the hotel (sutera harbour). Basically it costs R200(AU$90) which gives you a car and driver plus admission price into the sanctuary.

Where are you staying?

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In previous post it may be misleading but you have to pay R200 for the car to and from Rasa Ria, and then also the admission price which I think was about R150 for 2 adults 2 kids

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Thanks for the info.

Staying in Kk in an apartment so no front desk to arrange tours with.

It sounds like i can organise this with anyone thoug.

What time are the feedings??

Thanks again

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From what I remember about 10am and 2pm.

Plenty of tour operators in KK itself as you walk around. WE walked over to the tourist information centre on our first day and got all the info. I recommend that as the first stop.

Our highlights were:

River Cruise to see probiscus monkeys and fireflys - that was great!

Riverbug white water rafting was a great time - plenty of fun rafting down the river.

Orangutans at Ras Ria - although next time would go up into the interior.

Did a 3 hour PADI course and short scuba dive off one of the islands.

I would go back to hike Mt Kinabulu - sorry I didnt arrange it before I left or leave time in the itinerary.

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