The island of Sabah in Malaysia is the perfect destination for the adventure seeker wanting to break-out from the humdrum of big city destinations while traveling.
To start, get to the region’s capital Kota Kinabalu to launch into a plethora of thrill-seeking aday trips on offer in this World Heritage Listed part of Asia. Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centeris one such trip sure not to disappoint. Great for all ages, see several endangered species including the orangutans of Sabah. This sanctuary aims to provide a safe habitat as closely resembling their natural surrounds as possible.
The primate action doesn’t stop there: jump aboard a Kinabatangan river cruise and descend into the domain of the adorable Malaysian Proboscis monkey. A cruise will usually wind through the fascinating Garama or Klias wetlands where the monkey reigns but abundant other wildlife runs rampant.
Continue the wildlife encounters with a day trip to Mount Kinabalu Park and the Poring Hot Springs. Here, grab a hold of your nerves, and embark on the spectacular roof canopy walk through the ancient rainforests of this national park. Such an abundant wonder of nature, new species are discovered every year in this park – keep your eagle eyes out and see if you can’t find one!
The sights continue below the water and snorkeling excursions and trips to see the cute Malaysian turtle communities are a perfect marine must-do in the “Land Below the Wind.”
For a change of pace, hop on board the North Borneo Train Ride from Kota Kinabalu to Papar to enjoy the lush landscapes and varied rural regions of Sabah in a comfortable seat. You will be whisked back to a bygone era on the old steam train as you rollick through rice paddies, rainforests and rubber and coffee plantations.
Whatever you fancy, there is the perfect day trip from Kota Kinabalu to keep even the most seasoned of travelers intrigued.
- Contributed by John Reality