With only 10 days to spare, we headed off East in search of the orangutans of Borneo! Few places on Earth can be compared to the rugged natural beauty of Sabah ‘the land under the wind’, home of Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak of South East Asia. Our destination was Sepilok, an orangutan rehabilitation centre that ensures these rare bright orange creatures are safe for generations and enables visitors to see them in their natural habitat. We chose an organised tour through the rain-forest on canopied walkways. It was an eerie feeling to watch the orangutans at such close proximity – their likeness to us a little scary!

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Our flight to Sepilok took us via Kuala Lumpur. A busy and bustling city with surprisingly modern skyscrapers, the most famous being the two Petronas Towers, standing alongside Hindu and Buddhist temples. Kuala Lumpur is a shopper’s paradise – with modern malls or traditional markets. We enjoyed the sightseeing and historical landmarks and even spent an evening in Kuala Lumpur’s famous Chinatown, strolling and people watching in its labyrinth of crooked streets and alleys.

I’m told of other Malaysian treasures – Langkawi and Penang are just a couple, but they’ll have to wait for next time…

 

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