Exploring Sandakan in Borneo Malaysia

Hey Guys! I know it’s been awhile since we’ve done a blog post, but we just “renewed” our original goal of trying to post once a week. With that in mind, we are going to try to catch everyone up and what we’ve been up to lately. Today, we will share the rest of our Borneo pictures with you all!Borneo Trip Map

After spending several days in Kota Kinabalu, we hopped on a short 1 hour flight over to Sandakan. We stayed in Four Points by Sheraton, and we were very happy with our lodging.

Sandakan Four Points by Sheraton

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We spent our first day relaxing and walking around town. We went to the Sandakan Memorial Park were we enjoyed a nice little recap of Sandakan’s history.

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We booked a river cruise for the next day and headed out to see some wild monkeys! The Sukau Backpackers Kinabatangan Adventure had tours where you could book a multi-day river cruise and stay in their little lodges. It looked neat, but we didn’t realize this was an option until we arrived on location with our one-day river tour already booked.

Sandakan River Cruise

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They served complimentary coffee and tea!

Sandakan River Cruise

This river was quite a bit larger than the river we were on while we were in Kota Kinabalu.

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After only a short while on the river, our guide spotted the first group of Proboscis “Long Nose” Monkeys.

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We saw several groups of Long Tailed Macaques.

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Borneo is the only place in the world where you can see Proboscis Monkeys in the wild.

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The Long Tailed Macaques were not afraid to come up close to the water’s edge, so we were able to get some good shots of them.

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We loved seeing the baby monkeys.

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We also saw some unique birds while on the river. This guy is called a Rhinoceros Hornbill.

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The next day was one of our favorite days on the trip. First, we went to the Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Center.Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Center Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Center Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Center

Dan Jacobson, we thought of you while taking these pictures.

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Amanda, thanks for taking the pictures of us!

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After that, we went the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where several times a day they have a feeding time for wild orangutans to come and eat. We had heard that only one or two orangutans had been coming to the feedings, so we weren’t expecting much.

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This was our first time to see the orangutans, and we were so excited. Both Jared and I loved watching them swing, climb, and eat. They are fascinating creatures.

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We especially liked watching this momma and her little baby. Isn’t it amazing how that little guy just hangs on?

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We loved how the sun light made their red hair glow.

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Will you please smile for the camera?

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Monkey–“Fine, but make it quick!”

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This guy won’t let any of that food go to waste!

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After the feeding, we headed back along the walk way and little did we know our favorite part of the trip was just around the corner. Jared spotted this orangutan walking up on the railing. We stood really still and watched as she came straight towards us.

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Isn’t she cute?

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After snapping some pictures, Jared told me to go over and stand by her. Can you believe we got this close? Shortly after he snapped this picture, some kids came up behind us and scared her away. Still, we felt incredibly lucky to get to see one up so close.

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On our last day in Sandakan, we went to the zoo and enjoyed seeing more animals! Sandakan Zoo Sandakan Zoo Sandakan Zoo Sandakan Zoo Sandakan Zoo Sandakan Zoo Sandakan Zoo Sandakan Zoo Sandakan Zoo

Say “cheese!”

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We could see the Proboscis Monkeys much closer at the zoo.

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Overall, we had a great time in Borneo Malaysia, and it ended up being a very neat summer vacation for us. Stay tuned for pictures of our trip to Seoraksan National Park!

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