Uncle Tans run a 'jungle camp' with basic facilities and huts on the Kinabatangan river in Sabah. The camp represents a fantastic base from which to see an incredible amount of wildlife. As part of a very reasonably priced 3D/2N tour you also get to visit the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok.
Other 'tour' options are becoming available. The people working at Uncle Tans are super friendly, informative and great with children. Uncle Tans can be reached easily from Kota Kinabalu or Sandakan.
Sabah is in easy and inexpensive reach from Kuala Lumpur through Air Asia for example (airasia.com).
This has to be one of the highlights of many trips to southeast Asia, a real fantastic, family-friendly opportunity to see crocodiles, wild pigs, gibbons, lizards, proboscis monkeys and if you are lucky, elephants and orang utans.
The Mulu National Park houses some stunningly beautiful rainforest and the largest caves on the planet. The park is easily reached by plane from Kota Kinabalu or Miri; accommodation at Park HQ is excellent but fairly basic whereas the Royal Mulu Resort offers luxury.
There is a wide variety of forest walks, one of the longest canopy walks in the world, caving trips for 'normal' tourists or more adventurous ones (including into the largest underground chamber on earth), a spectacular bat flight, river trips and wildlife nightwalks. It's so fabulous it's a world heritage site.
Borneo is an island off mainland Malaysia. It is awesome. I climbed Mount Kinabalu (the biggest mountain in South East Asia) while there. I reached the summit at sunrise and got the best views of my life.
While there I also got to relax at some wonderful natural hot springs and visit the amazing orangutans. Sabah contains one of only three sanctuaries in the world, so I felt privileged to see them. In addition, the people are extremely friendly and everything is cheaper than on the mainland - a top spot!
South East Asia
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