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Nov 4, 2006 - Sabah, Malaysia

We flew to Kuala Lumpur and on to Sabah which is part of Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. We stayed at the Shangria-La Rasa Ria resort which is beautiful, set in 400 acres on the ocean front. The resort has a nature reserve which houses a rehabilitation programme for Orangu-tangs. We saw five Orangutang orphans between the ages of five and seven. They were so cute and playful. Orang-utan means "Man of the Forest" as they have 96% of the same genetic make up as man. They will all be released into the wild when they are mature enough to...

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Girls on Tour

Oct 30, 2006 - Climbing Mt. Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in South East Asia at 4095m above sea level. Apparently the mountain is sacred to the locals, who believe that their ancestors inhabit the top. Years ago, a chicken would be sacrificed at the top whenever it was climbed, but now that only happens once a year. Too bad, maybe if they stuck to tradition there would have been some meat in my "chicken" fried rice. Despite the height of the mountain, it isn't too complicated to climb. I didn't need any special climbing equipment or knowledge, which is good...

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Ed in Asia

Sep 25, 2006 - Jungletur paa Kinabatangan River

Hej igen allesammen. Skrev godt nok at I forst ville hore fra os igen naar vi kom til Malaysia, men denne her oplevelse kunne vi ikke vente med at fortaelle! Det startede med en jeeptur ud til junglen. Turen var kun 40 km lang, men tog 2,5 time. Vejen var ekstrem daarlig og det hjalp ikke at det havde regnet dagen forinden. I kan nok regne ud at vi havde meget ondt i r....:) Vi ankom til en hytte i junglen hvor vi skulle overnatte, rigtig hyggeligt men mange insekter:( Kl.15:00 satte vi os i en lille traebaad som skulle sejle os igennem...

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Asian-trip 2006

Sep 24, 2006 - Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is a modern town, set up for tourists like no other we've seen in Borneo. There are tens of hostels to choose from, all offering clean rooms, nice common areas, free breakfasts, and even free internet access. We enjoyed our stay at the ultra-clean Summer Lodge, with the added bonus of two tiny kittens to play with, Mimi (2 months) and Milo (1 month). The town itself rests on the South China Sea, and is a gateway to the many attractions of Sabah. The city was rebuild from scratch in 1963, and boasts sprawling suburban areas,...

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Somewhere in Asia

Sep 20, 2006 - The Islands of Kota Kinabalu

Today we took boat rides out to some of the islands near KK - Mamutik, Mamukan, and Sabi. They were all amazingly beautiful, and the snorkeling was outstanding. The islands are part of a national park, so the waters surrounding them are protected. Massive coral formations and fish that look like they've been coloured in by a five year-old with a box of highlighters. We'd be looking at the ten exotic fish in front of us and turn around to see there were fifty more following us, feeding on the bugs our flippers had turned up in the sand. We...

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Sep 18, 2006 - Day 1 in KK - hotels, monkeys and fireflies

We have arrived in Kota Kinabalu. We would have added a journal entry sooner, but as you will see we've been having too much fun. We arrived in KK around noon and caught a taxi into town to start working our way through the Lonely Planet guide to find a place to stay. A few places were full but eventually we found room at the Mandarin Hotel. We then ventured out in search of the Tourism Office to look into what we should see and do. But on our way we saw another young couple with the same Lonely Planet guide as us walking into a hostel...

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Sep 11, 2006 - Tambunan to Kota Kinabalu

After missing dinner the night before, we were determined to get some breakfast in the town of Tambunan. We headed there first thing in the morning. We ended up taking a little longer than we anticipated, as there were many dogs to feed. In the end we made at least a couple of them really happy (for a day). Many locals probably thought we were crazy, but hopefully at least one of them thought it was a good thing. We started the labourious climb of the day 7 km into our ride. Knowing that we had a tough day ahead of us, we stopped at a row...

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Somewhere in Asia

Sep 9, 2006 - Tambunan

We left Tenom without knowing where we were going to spend the night (Kenningau or Tambunan). The first part of the ride was pretty with some rice padi fields, and mountain ranges off in the distance. It was a really tough ride, with many unforgiving hills. Luckily we stumbled upon a friendly banana stand, and got our potassium fix along with some laughs . We arrived in Kenningau at lunch time. It was Sunday, and the streets were full of cars, and restaurants full of people. While having our lunch of some bee hoon goreng, people selling...

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Somewhere in Asia

Aug 19, 2006 - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Borneo has it all! National Parks, wildlife, great scuba diving, trekking, mountain climbing, cheap eats and cheap beer! As there is so much to do in Borneo, we decided to limit our travels to the Malaysian side and even more so ... to Sabah. As soon as we arrived, we knew that we would have difficulty fitting in all we wanted to do! In order to squeeze in a scuba diving course, a jungle camp and some mountain climbing, we decided to put back our return flight to Kuala Lumpur (KL) for a few days! Having loved our discover scuba in the...

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Aug 17, 2006 - Kota Kinabalu, Kinabalu national park, sepilok Urangutan centre - Malaysian Borneo

Look at the this place (first picture)!!! It was very like being back in the UK. The weather was awful, and cold at altitude to boot. Borneo confused us quite abit actually, the Lonely Planet for Malaysia is strangely unhelpful and it's felt like every move we've made has been a gamble. It became clear early on that things weren't going to go to plan. For example, we wanted to go diving but three typhoons were raging in Taiwan and we were getting the back end of it. This stirs up the water, affecting the visibility. It was also very...

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Apr 22, 2006 - Borneo

Welcome back to my online travel journal. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it and sharing my experiences with you. This time I'll tell you about what I have seen in Borneo so far. The Borneo "side-trip" started as soon as I had a place to stay at a hostel called Laban Rata. I know it's a strange name, but this particular hostel is really special. It is located at Mt. Kinabalu in 3272 meters above sea level. Phew, that's high, and I've planned to hike all the way up there - and beyond.. The thing is, Mt. Kinabalu is South East...

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Apr 15, 2006 - Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah, and is commonly referred to as "KK" in daily speech - cool hey?? Kota means city in the Malay language, and Kinabalu is taken from the famous Mt. Kinabalu, which is the highest mountain in S.E. Asia at 4095m - you may hear me mention that just once or twice more... Now for some brief history...it dates back more than a century when it used to be a small fishing village, situated on a narrow strip of land with hills on one side and the south China Sea on the other. It was named Api-Api, loosely...

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