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Photo Essay: An Adventure Through Malaysian Borneo (part two)

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Welcome to Malaysian Borneo. Towering massifs, verdant rainforests, sun-bleached beaches — truly one of the world’s finest adventure travel destinations. See for yourself:

In This Borneo Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • Sunrise on Mount Kinabalu
  • Orang-utan Stewardship
  • Turtle Conservation
  • Deadly Snakes
  • And More!

Ten days wasn’t enough to really see Malaysian Borneo. But it was enough to get an overview — and I liked what I saw. Tourism is still burgeoning, the people are friendly, the prices are right (except beer can be expensive) and the memories are bucket-list. See for yourself, with 20 photos from Borneo:

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The amazing stupidity of the Upside Down House of Borneo.

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A trail into the mist, Mount Kinabalu.

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Wow, were we ever tired by the time we reached :Laban Rata, at 3,270 metres on Mount Kinabalu.

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The first traces of sunrise at 4,000 metres, on Mount Kinabalu.

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The sun crests over the highest point between the Himalayas and New Guinea.

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Sunrise selfie, Mount Kinabalu.

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Borneans began calling proboscis monkeys, “Dutchman monkeys,” following the first arrival of the Dutch, because of their potbellies and arrogant disposition. (Sorry Dutch, just quoting history…)

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The rare pygmy elephant — spotted alongside the Kinabatangan River.

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Welcome to the Ammonia Dome — Gomantong Caves — the world’s premier location for the collection of edible swiftlet’s nests.

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Hello, baby orang-utan!

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Clutched to momma, at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre.

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Just swingin’ in for lunch.

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I love the expression on the orang-utan’s face. “You ain’t getting any carrots, monkey!”

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The smallest sub-species of the world’s smallest bear: the East Malaysian Sun Bear.

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Just a one-bite-and-you-die viper, that’s all.

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Sunset over the Sulu Sea, Turtle Islands National Park.

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New green turtle hatchlings scramble to the sea. Only a small percentage of them will survive.

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Sim Sim Water Village, home to Sandakan’s middle class.

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The infamous Boiler, in Sandakan Memorial Park. During The Second World War, British and Australian POWs routinely sabotaged this device, to slow the forced-construction of the Japanese aerodrome.

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“You will work until your bones rot under the tropical sun of Borneo.” Memorial to the POWs of Sandakan. Lest we forget.

Check out PART ONE!

Check out PART THREE!

And make sure to check out my feature articles on Borneo in the Spring 2015 issues of Explore and Canadian Traveller magazines.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

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