borneo- sabah or sarawak or both?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2012 10:08 AM Last Post By: alfredm
Sep 30, 2012 11:43 PM
borneo- sabah or sarawak or both?Hi Fellow Travellers..
I'm heading to malaysia in the beginning of January and am flying straight to Tawau in East Sabah that same day to do some diving. From there I will be travelling by bus to kota kinabula taking my time and stopping at lots of places on the way to check things that interest me. As I have 2 months to do my trip and no real plan I'm not planning to rush through my holiday.
After I feel I am finished I was going to catch the ferry to Brunei and stay there for a while.
I'm interested to hear peoples opinions on whether it is worthwhile checking out Sarawak also or as I would have spent quite a while in Sabah if I should skip it and head over to Singapore?
Looking forward to hearing everyones thoughts.
I generally do all sorts of activities.. don't really like to plan to much (just general things).
Oct 1, 2012 11:21 PM
1It is definitely worthwhile because there are lots of things to see in Sarawak, which you can't see in Sabah. See here:
Oct 2, 2012 9:25 AM
2greetings, first of all i'm from malaysia borneo (sabah) has been born and raise there.spending like my whole life here:).In my opinion, if you want to experience wildlife, sapilok which stated in sandakan(sabah) is a MUST!you may try to contact uncle tan wildlife adventure,i did came across good reviews about it.if you're the type who like to hike and get into nature..Do add mount kinabalu into your list to do,,Last but not least,in sabah..PLEASE..dont forget to visit lembah danum(sabah's main tropical rainforest!) in lahad datu sabah,For your information, duke and duchess of cambridge just visited there a few weeks ago :D
then sarawak..i'm not really know about sarawak as i never been there before:)
but after google-ing..this is my opinion.
how about visiting Semengoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
and Bako National Park ,both situated in kuching.you can take MasWing from kota kinabalu to kuching(cheaper than other airlines)
Last but not least...niah cave in miri,sarawak.Niah cave lies in a large limestone and has been nominated one of UNESCO heritage in 2010.
i hope this would help and good luck in your travel :) if you have further question, please don't hesitate to ask me :D
Oct 4, 2012 1:30 AM
We spent 2 months travelling around Borneo in March to May this year and we don't like rushing. My advice - don't miss Sarawak, there is so much to see. Here is our itinerary.
KL to Kuching
Kuching to Sibu to Song to Nangka Bankit and later back to Sibu
Sibu to Miri by coach.
Miri to Niah caves
Miri to Bario by plane.
Bario to Pa Lungen - trek
Pa Lungen to Bario and back to Miri.
Miri To KK by plane
KK to Kinabalu Park (didn't climb - just trekked forests)
Kinabalu Park to Sandakan
Sandakan to Bilit (Kinabitangan River)
Bilit to Semporna
Semporna to Mabul
Mabul to Semporna and then to Tawau
Tawau to Tarakan
Tarakan to Tanjung Selor and then Berau
Berau to Tanjung Batu and Derawan Island
Derawan to Berau and flew to Balikpapan
Balikpapan flew to Surabaya and then to Lombok
If you wish to know more about any specific portion, just ask, happy to help
Oct 4, 2012 5:15 AM
Oct 8, 2012 5:23 AM
5#4, I beg to differ that Sabay is for wealthy tourists. As a state, Sabah is lagging behind Sarawak. I wont go into politics.
It's good to know that you are taking your time traveling. Between Tawau and KK, there are may things you can do. There is Mt K and the Cave for instance.
To answer your question, yes, I do think you can visit Sarawak since you are there. Malaysa tries to promote Borneo but I think they got confused about the Sabah, Sarawak or Indonesia side of Borneo.
In Sarawak, you can visit Kuching, Mulu Caves and sample their food which is different from Sabah. There is also a Timber Tycoon area where million dollar manions are built. Sorry I dont know the name but I guess taxis should be able to navigate.
Oct 8, 2012 6:06 AM
6"I was going to catch the ferry to Brunei and stay there for a while."
I wouldn't say that Brunei merits much of a long stay, one or perhaps two days at most.
Actually, this is true of most of the places in Borneo, though perhaps Kuching merits a bit longer stay.
It's the getting there and moving around -- the river trips especially -- that make a trip to Borneo special, not so much the towns/cities themselves.
Oct 8, 2012 10:08 AM
One day is enough for BSB, but the Ulu Temburong NP is very interesting:
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