TBT # Sukau & River Kinabatangan, Malaysia

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As I am about to embark on a voyage to Latin America, for my last TBT post, I needed to pick one of those wonderful places I wish I didn’t have to leave. Was I ever blown away by a place? Yes! Recently? Yes! Last year in March, our wanderlust took us to Sukau on the River Kinabatangan. How to describe the three days spent there? Well let’s see… Incredible? Fantastic? Adventurous? Amazing? To be fair none and all of them at the same time and even those simple words are not good enough. They completely understate what we experienced on the river Kinabatangan.

Four girls with no interest in birds became overenthusiastic twitchers. Four girls conquered their fears by trekking (at night) through a jungle full of huge spiders and snakes. Four girls’ hearts were won over by the beautiful nature that surrounded them. Four girls discovered how peaceful River Kinatabangan was and fell in love with every visited inch of it. From the lovely people to the cheeky monkeys, the fearless elephants, the giant lizards and the majestic crocodile encountered, everything and everyone made this experience unforgettable! This week, for my last TBT episode in a while, I’m very happy to take you to Sukau, Borneo. 

About River Kinabatangan, Malaysia

  • River Kinabatangan is located on Borneo island, Malaysian side
  •  It is the second longest river in Malaysia, with a length of 560 kilometers
  • It flows from its headwaters in the mountains of southwest Sabah, to its outlet at the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan

River Kinabatangan‘s random facts:

  • Unfortunately the Borneo jungle is being destroyed by the oil palm industry and orangutans are seeing their home being taken away 
  • It is part of the Sukau-Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kinabatangan is known for fascinating habitats such as limestone caves, riverine forest, freshwater swamp forest and salty mangrove swamps

If you have 48 hours on the River Kinabatangan, have fun:

  • Relaxing and reading by the river (on a viewing platform of course. Laying by the river is a bad idea unless you wish to be a crocodile’s meal. Up to you!)
  •  Spotting Proboscis Monkeys, snakes, pigmy elephants and crocodiles
  • Cruising the river, relaxing and suntanning
  • Twitching! Can’t even believe I’m writing this but the Bornean birds are majestic! 
  • Trekking in the jungle at night, you find yourself surrounded by overwhelming noises as you can barely see
  • Swimming in the river… Nah just kidding! Unless (again) you wish to be a crocodile’s meal

Terima kasih (thank you) Sukau! We had an amazing time! 

 Happy trails and remember: Carpe Diem!

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