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Borneo 10 days

Posted by pippeline on 20/5/2010 at 17:23


I'll be in Borneo for 10 days end of July and I know it's not much time, but I want to get the best out of it.

I'll fly into Miri on 25th of july and want to fly next morning to Mulu. How long would you recomend to stay in the national park, is 2 nights enough?

Then I'll fly from Mulu directly to Kota Kinabalu and want to stay there for 2 or 3 nights.

I'm not interested in climbing Mount Kinabalu, so I will go by bus to Sandakan, I really want to see the Orangs at Sepilok Center. What else is worth there to do/see? And how long would you stay there?

On 4th of august I'll fly out to Kuala Lumpur again.

What do you think? Does the plan sound reasonable? Except of the flights to Miri and from Sandakan I'm still very flexible and would love to hear your suggestions!

Thank you!

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 21/5/2010 at 10:27 TF writer

well, sounds like you'll be really busy but it's possible.

From Sandakan you can also join a jungle tour in the Kinabangtan River Basin area. Very isolated and amazing wildlife spotting opportunities. You can book with the popular operators online, or arrange it once you're in Sandakan. I'd really recommend the 2 nights/3 days one. - http://www.uncletan.com/

I haven't been to Mulu so can' say about that... there's actually not that much to do *in* Kota Kinabalu - decent shopping, nice restaurants, that kind of stuff. The highlight is definitely the daytrip to the islands for snorkeling.

So I'd say spend the brunt of your 10 days in Miri-Mulu / Sandakan

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Posted by travellingsarah on 21/5/2010 at 11:18 TF writer

Yeah - I thought KK was nice enough but agree that unless you go out to the islands there's not much point spending time there if you're on a tight timescale. Could you fly direct from Mulu to Sandakan? If so then that would probably make the most of your time if you're not up for the islands / snorkelling.

Regarding the Orang-utans, I'd definitely recommend trying to go to both the morning and the afternoon feeds. Your ticket gets you into both - though if you're staying in Sandakan that's quite a long time to hang around. We stayed at the Sepilok Jungle Lodge, just outside the sanctuary, so you could look at staying at one of the resorts there or where we stayed had a pool so you might be able to pay to use that / have lunch there between the two feeds.

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Posted by pippeline on 21/5/2010 at 15:40

Thank you for your replies! Actually I would like to do at least one daytrip to the islands in front of KK and furthermore I didn`t find any direct flights from Mulu to Sandakan (or is there one?), so I have to stay in KK anyway.

Uncle Tan sounds cool, I hope I will have enough time for that!

But still: How many days one should stay at least in Gunung Mulu? Is there also a daytrip to the Pinnacle, or is it only possible with an overnightstop?

Thank you!

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