Brunei was only the beginning. The real adventure began after a long trip to eastern Borneo: Sabah.
I left Bandar Seri Begawan early in the morning to get on a bus that would bring me to Kota Kinabalu.
The trip takes around 8 hours predominantly due to 8 immigration controls.
Brunei kind of has a weird shape so you leave Brunei, enter Malaysia to go back to Brunei and finally leave it – if that makes sense.
Eight stamps later we were on the road through beautiful beautiful borneo.
The whole area around Mt Kinabalu is national park so I didn’t get tired of watching the rain forest around me.
I originally planned to have a look at KK before I flew to Sandakan at night, but when we arrived it rained in torrents, so I had no choice but spending the time at KK airport.
From Sandakan it’s a 20 minutes drive to Sepilok, where I stayed at coolest eco hostel ever, you should check it out: Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat.
I had the huge open dorm by myself and woke up with the sun in my face.
I rained pretty bad ever since I left Brunei so I was kind of worried about what was yet to come…
The next morning I went to the Sepilok Orang-Utan sanctuary.
They open two times a day for two to three hours, when they feed the monkeys.
It is not a zoo so there is no guarantee you actually see a lot of the cute animals with the bronze fur.
I really liked the facilities since it was basically natural rain forest with one circular path.
The majority of orang-utans I saw were around the building of their so-called nursery.
This is where the freshly arrived orang-utans live and get trained.
The concept of the sanctuary is of course to reintegrate sick or orphaned orang-utans back to nature.
Continue reading (Incl. Pics) at: ArtToTravel: Borneo jungle adventure.