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xolar Sabah - A travel report by Andrew
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Sabah,  Malaysia - flag Malaysia
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The beautiful island of Borneo is divided between several countries. There are two states of Malaysia: Sabah and Sarawak, the Sultanate of Brunei and the largest part of the island : Kalimantan belongs to Indonesia.

Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu National Park
Sabah is located in the northern part of Borneo. The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton.
A significant part of Sabah is a mountainous area containing the three highest mountains in Malaysia. Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in South East Asia with its height 4,095 metres.
The jungles of Sabah are classified as rainforests and host a diverse array of plant and animal species.
Many places are designated as national parks, wildlife reserves, virgin jungle reserves, or protection forest reserve like Maliau Basin, Danum Valley, Tabin, Imbak Canyon and Sepilok.

Favourite spots:
Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu National Park or Taman Negara Kinabalu is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kinabalu Park is situated on the Crocker Range on the eastern coast of Sabah. Park contains a variety of flora and fauna from rich lowland dipterocarp forest through the montane oak, rhododendron, to the coniferous forests and the alpine meadow plants,
The park headquarters is 88 kilometers away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.
Accommodations in the form of chalets can be found in the park around the headquarters.
Every person who wishes to climb the mountain must be accompanied by a qualified guide.
The mountain summit trail begins at Timpohon.

What's really great:
Rafflesia Arnoldii - The largest flower in the world !
It can grow to be 90 cm (3 feet) across and weigh up to 7 kg (15 pounds)!
It's a parasitic plant that has grapevine like roots and a fleshy flower which is the only part of the plant that appears above the ground.
First time it was discovered in the Indonesian rain forest by an Indonesian guide working for Dr. Joseph Arnold in 1818, and named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the leader of the expedition.
Sir Raffles is best known for his founding of the city of Singapore !
I had problems with my camera in humid jungle. The picture is taken from a distance. My flower was not large - about 15 cm. A flower is strictly protected.

The sea near Labuan
The sea near Labuan
Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary.
Sepilok is located about 25 kilometers west of Sandakan.
It is rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting and kept as pet.
You can look at beautiful pictures on the websites:

I am uncomfortable that I could not get there.
Car traffic in Kota Kinabalu was so great that we delayed the trip north and we had no chance to get to Sepilok before closing.

The North Borneo Railway
which begins its journey from Tanjung Aru station, offers scenic tour of the countryside ends in the town of Tenom.

Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary
Located within the Likas Bay area it is the only remaining patch of mangrove forest.

The Sabah Zoological and Botanical Park (Lok Kawi Wildlife Park)
in Lok Kawi, about 20 kilometres south of the city.

The Green Connection Aquarium

My hotel
My hotel
In Kota Kinabalu you can find many hotels in different price.
I update later information about my hotel.

Kota Kinabalu by night
Kota Kinabalu by night
Living in Kota Kinabalu takes place very intensively during the day and at night.

I was too tired to take advantage of the various attractions, but at evening took a walk around downtown.

Stay in Borneo was planned as being too short.

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is the second main mosque in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia after State Mosque. It was officially opened on 2 February 2000 following a proclamation of Kota Kinabalu as city status.

If you are a Muslim you should visit a mosque. For non-Muslims also recommend a beautiful building. I did not succeed - in Mosque was just a longer break. The second bad luck that day in Kota Kinabalu.

Other recommendations:
Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal.

Kota Kinabalu Ferry Service is a passenger ferry terminal located at Jesselton Point near the K.K. port.

There are regular scheduled ferry services to Labuan and to Brunei.

Labuan is a archipelago chiefly known for diving and beaches.

I sailed the ferry to Brunei. Air Conditioning on the shuttle work to maximum and despite the heat outside the hard frozen.

Published on Tuesday June 15th, 2010

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Fri, Jun 25 2010 - 11:34 AM rating by jorgesanchez

good report about a rarely visited place. Thanks.

Thu, Jun 17 2010 - 07:44 AM rating by aufgehts

Some very interesting information, thanks for sharing!

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