Borneo and Perhentian islands in 3-4 weeks?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Mar 25, 2012 11:02 PM Last Post By: LiaMarlinawati
Feb 11, 2012 9:16 PM
Borneo and Perhentian islands in 3-4 weeks?I'm planning a six month trip through SE Asia starting in June and wanted some advice about my month in Malaysia. I'll be in Bali for June and want to see both Borneo and peninsular Malaysia before I head to Thailand in August. I haven't decided on either Sabah or Sarawak (I won't be doing any diving and I don't plan on doing Mt. Kinabalu, so I'm leaning towards Sarawak). I only want to spend a week on Borneo, is this too short?
I'd like to go to the Perhentian islands but I'm worried they are too difficult to get to if I also want to go to Georgetown (and up to Thailand from there). From what I've read, the atmosphere/scene and beach are more what I'm looking for than Langkawi, but they're so out of the way! Is it feasible to go from Sarawak to KL to Perhentian to Georgetown in 3-4 weeks or will that be too much travel?
Thanks for any help.
Feb 12, 2012 1:54 AM
Feb 12, 2012 2:46 AM
Feb 12, 2012 10:28 AM
3I think whether a week in Borneo is enough depends very much on what you want to see. If you're happy to just visit Kuching and the immediate surroundings (Bako National Park, Semmengoh Orangutan Sanctuary etc) then a week in Sarawak would do. However, if you want to get into the more pristine areas of primary rainforest like Danum valley, travel to Kinabatangan or head to some of the remoter national parks like Gunung Mulu, then you could do with a few more days to explore both Sabah and Sarawak. We spent a month in Borneo last Summer and even that wasn't enough time!
Feb 12, 2012 2:56 PM
4we are planning a similar trip in july.
as we have a little one we don't plan to do any long treks etc...
so we are heading for a little over a week to sarawak ... bako national park, semmongoh for orangutans and kuching and other surrounds.
then back to KL and flying to Kota Bharu then heading to Perhentians for a week .
and is not far from perhentians and KB to thai border .
Feb 13, 2012 12:12 AM
5Besides bako national park, semmongoh for orangutans and kuching, you can go to Kapit to enjoy natural view of river and longhouses. You can see how large is Rejang River and spent 1-2 night in longhouses.
Feb 13, 2012 9:44 AM
6Ok, thanks for the advice everyone. I'll budget 2 weeks to Borneo. Is snorkeling (instead of diving) at Sipadan worth it? I'm not sure yet if I want to spend the money to get PADI certified right now, though I am still considering it. Any other recommendations on Borneo? I do want to see the orangutans at Sepilok and also Danum Valley.
I wasn't planning on flying to the Perhentians from KL, I was planning on taking a bus to Kuala Terengganu then another to Kuala Besut. Guess I should look up how expensive flights are though too.
Feb 13, 2012 11:44 AM
- Turtle Island from Sandakan is beautiful
- Sepilok has more to offer then just the orang utan sanctuary if you are interested in birds, it`s a very nice area and very relaxing
- Kinabatangan River is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C to see wildlife in the wild - proboscis monkeys, lots of maquaces and langurs, orang utan, crocs, plenty of hornbills are pretty much guaranteed and with luck, you can see even more (incl. elephants)
- Danum is very different from Kinabatangan, but equally worth going - the forest is stunning and the hikes are great, but seeing animals is more difficult
- from what I have heard, snorkeling Sipadan is totally worth it!! The currents are strong there and hard to handle for anyone who is not experienced, and you won`t do the training dives there anyway.
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