Sandakan market: Inspiring people to look beyond a guidebook

The new Sandakan Market in Malaysia

Getting told off by a backpacker … After seeing my article Sandakan the next big tourist destination, I got a mouthful from a backpacker in Sandakan. Again, apparently “there is nothing to do here” As readers here know, my journey looks beyond popular tourist attractions. Yes, a visit to Speilok or Labuk bay I will take, they’re …

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Face to face with the queen of Orangutans in Sepilok, Malaysia

Side profile of Orangutan

Well prepared for the Orangutan this time Afternoon at Sepilok, a time to let the tourists back in, and a time to watch Orangutans up close. I met a Primate researcher who was working there and we discussed a little about the pro’s and con’s of tourists and the rehabilitation centers ability to run without them. “Without tourists there’s …

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Out from the dark, a baby Orangutan

Orangutan hand in Sepilok Sabah, Malaysia

First encounter with an Orangutan in Sepilok Up ahead there was some commotion. About eight tourists were all staring up at the high branches to my left. I stopped, and as usual could see nothing, I never do when everybody else can. A few steps forward and another cracking of branches. I peered in the …

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Do you ‘like” my style of Independent travel to Sepilok?

Packing up a shop in Malaysia

The horror of of actually reading something about independent travel in Sabah 400 ringgit (USD$125) for a day trip to see Orangutans?! I shuddered while turning more pages in the hostel’s well-worn photo album style brochure. The cheapest thing they had was a 190 ringgit river boat cruise. Also known as, “lots of water, with nothing to see”. …

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From “no town” to boom town: Sandakan city, Borneo

Boats at Sandakan, Sabah

Sandakan city in Sabah, Malaysia, an old age port town, soon to be boom town It’s strange how I find more enjoyment traversing the back streets of Sandakan rather than chill out with the four backpackers zoned out in front of a TV in the budget style hotel … maybe it’s just my current state …

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Climb Mount Kota Kinabalu! Sorry, not today I’m having pizza & a blue pill

Mount Kinabalu surrounded by clouds in Sabah Malaysia

“My kind of traveling” is very different to … I don’t quite know how else to sum it up really. I often say to people who want to meet me: “Are you sure, I’m kinda boring really”. It’s like going on an archaeological dig, sounds cool to see all those old bones and maybe even a whole dinosaur! But, the …

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Back to Borneo: Street Art tells the tale of two capitals

Street Art in Kota Kinabalu

Street Art in Malaysia is helping me see something new I’ve never been a huge fan of street art in Malaysia or graffiti anywhere else in the world for that matter. Don’t get me wrong, I think that freedom of expression is of paramount importance today. It simply never visually appealed to me. Then, the more I traveled, …

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