hiya, myself and 3 other girls have our flights booked to kuala lumpur on 16th of feb, we were thinking of stay in a nice hotel there for a night or 2 before we get a flight to kuching. we stay in asia for nearly 5 weeks, leaving kl on 20th march. We are newbie travellers and were trying to decide between us where to go, what to do etc and we could do with a little help from you more experienced travellers please :) 2 of us are eager to see borneo, mostly for jungle wildlife, can anyone recommend a good trip? we heard of some trip on intrepid i think where they bring you loads of places and you get to camp overnight in the jungle but the trip was 10 days and really expencive, and any ideas of what else is worth seeing while we are there? we will probably only stay there a week. from borneo we go to vietnam because the other 2 girls really want to, i think they know exactly what they want to see so i dont think we need help there, that will probably be another week. one of us really wants to visit cambodia and see the killing fields and museums there, do you think we have enough time to spend a couple of days there before moving on to thailand for the last week, we want to chill out on the beaches and see the islands etc before heading back home. So we have nearly 5 weeks to try and see 4 countries, we do not want to spend all our time sitting on buses or planes, we just want to visit a couple of points of interest for us and relax as well. We dont need to see the whole countries we know we dont have time. But do you think we are being too optimistic to think we will get to do what each of us want AND have a nice holiday? its just knowing how long it takes to travel between the countries and know how to organise the trips, how do you know how to organise them? Do you hire a guide (where do you find them?) or do you pick up brouchures in hotels or on the streets? Thanks for any help and advice. Rachel xxx
If you really want to see four countries in five weeks then an organised tour is the way to go. The backpacker level Intrepid trips really are not a bad deal considering what they include.
Either that, or pick a hub -- Kuala Lumpur is the obvious one -- and fly in and out to cover the highlights -- by that I mean probably not more than two destinations in each country (aside from those in Malaysia which you should be able to cover by land)
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thanks so much for your commemts, i really appreciate your time. with the intrepid trips, do you think we should look into 4 separate trips or do they do ones that cover all of them? But we probably wouldn't get to see everything we want to see that way would we.. when you say pick a hub to fly in and out of, what do you mean? isn't it possible to fly from each place to the next? sorry if thats a stupid question :/ Thanks again, rach xx
Yup borneo has a lot to offer and its a big region too. I would prefer Sabah instead of Sarawak. Kucing is in Sarawak, and there limited roads to travel. You may take a direct local flight or bus coach to Kota kinabalu and start your adventures there.
Place of interests: Mount kinabalu, very toruisty with many foreign tourist. many moderately priced hotels and guesthouses at Kundasang, (the foothill town)
The northmost tip of Borneo Island is at Kudat. a nice place to visit. Tanjung Simpang menggayau, but dont bother to spend the night there, the accomodations is hopeless. Stay at the goverment rest house at Kudat instead.
Visit Semporna too. And if adventure you are looking for, take a local ferry boat to island nearby, espcially bum bum island (pronounced boom boom) and witness the sea gypsies. The have a villange in the water. You may walked on the platforms to the houses, may come to a hundred or so of houses. Just a word here, be Polite.
Nice food at semporna,.. mostly seafood, all sort of shells, oyster, crabs etc etc. Beware of pestering children from phillipines. They re immigrants.
If you want to do a jungle tour on Borneo a great choice is the jungle safaris near Sungai Kinabangtan.
From Kota Kinabalu you can bus/fly to Sandakan (there's also an orang utan sanctuary near here), and then the jungle trips are organized from here. You can do 2 days/1 night, but 3 days/2 nights is better as your odds of seeing big wildlife go way up. Check out:
Or, for one with a few more comforts but still budget prices, try - http://www.naturelodgekinabatangan.com/
Semporna (as mentioned by previous commenter) is near Sandakan, and a gorgeous place for beaches and diving. Nearby in Tawau there is an airport and you can fly back to Kuala Lumpur (www.airasia.com)