Malaysian Borneo: Sabah & Labuan in 5 Photos

Of my 7 weeks in Malaysia during my recent South East Asian journey, a month of that was spent in the Malaysian Borneo, travelling in the states of stunning Sabah, the Federal Territory of Labuan (a tax-free island between Sabah and Brunei) and beautiful Sarawak. I enjoyed travelling in Sabah so much, I just had to return to Borneo again to visit Sarawak and it’s incredible national parks (more on that in a future post)!

Like West Malaysia, Borneo is blessed with friendly people, a diverse culture, interesting cities, a tragic World War Two history, majestic scenery and of course amazing wildlife, much of which you can only see in this region, such as Orangutans and Sun Bears and so much more! Here are my 5 photos from the state of Sabah and island of Labuan.

The infamous "Naughty One" at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
The infamous “Naughty One” at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo (mention him to someone working at your accommodation in Sandakan or nearby and they will know who you are talking about!) – this one has a penchant for removing the clothes of lady tourists and stealing cameras! (March 2018) – Yes I was very close but that was mainly because this one chose to walk along with us! The centre aims to rehabilitate orphaned and rescued Orangutans to release them back into the wild. Unfortunately in this case I suspect that the “Naughty One” is a permanent resident due to its oh so human tendencies!
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok, Sabah
A wonderful place and cause – The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok, Sabah has saved Sun Bear’s from captivity as pets or about to be eaten in a restaurant. They aim to return them to the wild – at the time of my visit in March 2018, they had just released two after 5 years of rehabilitation (the man who runs the place showed me the release videos on his phone – wonderful stuff!)
A rare daylight sighting of a beautiful Barred Eagle Owl on the Ox Bow Lake Trek in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary forest along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
A rare daylight sighting of a beautiful Barred Eagle Owl on the Ox Bow Lake Trek in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary forest along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo (March 2018)
Mount Kinabalu as viewed from Kundasang, Saba, Malaysian Borneo
Mount Kinabalu as viewed from Kundasang, Saba, Malaysian Borneo (March 2018)
the tragic outcome of the Imperial Japanese Sandakan Death Marches in 1945 which resulted in the deaths of 2,345 Allied Prisoners Of War, the majority of which were Australians and British personnel. Labuan, Malaysian Borneo
Labuan War Memorial & Cemetery – the tragic outcome of the Imperial Japanese Sandakan Death Marches in 1945 which resulted in the deaths of 2,345 Allied Prisoners Of War, the majority of which were Australians and British personnel – many of the graves are marked unknown. Labuan, Malaysian Borneo (March 2018) – The Japanese Imperial Forces in British Borneo also surrendered to the Australian Army on this island in 1945
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