"The Land Below the Wind" as it is sometimes called, Sabah is situated at the top tip of the Borneo Island. Being the thirteenth state of Malaysia, it covers an area of about 74,500 sq. km with a attractive sandy coastline of 1,440 km. Garama River cruise for rainforest natural beauty, poring Hot Spring, Treetop Canopy Walkway to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest and make a trip to Kinabalu National Park more worthwhile.
Meet and greet at Kota Kinabalu Airport and transfer to hotel. Depart from Kota Kinabalu on an overland 2 hours drive via coastal highway Kota Kinabalu / Beaufort, towards Southwest part of Sabah. Upon arrival, an afternoon tea with snacks awaits. Depart for a cruise through the tranquility and serenity of mangroves, nipah palms, scrubs and secondary vegetation. Enjoy the serene setting and nature’s river trail, while the Proboscis Monkeys take a good and staring look at you, quite unalarmed by your presence. You may just be able to catch that ultimate in close up photos of such animals found only in Borneo.
Other wildlife like Macaque Monkeys, the rare silver Langur, birds and reptiles, flying foxes and water buffalos would greet you occasionally, leaving you with a glimpse of nature in its undisturbed form.
The cruise will take a pleasant 1½ hours approximately. While returning (weather permitting), watch the sunset as the daylight fades into dusk and thrill yourself to the spectacular experience of hundreds of fireflies lighting up the trees. Upon return to jetty, traditional Malaysian dinner is served before returning to Kota Kinabalu.
Pick up from hotel in Kota Kinabalu and transfer to Poring Hot Spring in 3 hours drive. On the way to Kundasang, pass by small towns and villages until stop by at Nabalu Fruit Market for a break. Poring Hot Spring, a natural wonder where hot sulphur spring bubbles out of the earth and a canopy walkway (41m) span for 157m from tree to tree, a rare opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. A must visit is the Treetop Canopy Walkway. Proceed for lunch at a nearby resort.
After lunch, depart to Kinabalu National Park, enjoy the cool and fresh air of the park. Have a visit to the Exhibition Hall and Mountain Garden (One of the biggest attractions at the Park).
Early morning wake up, breakfast and drive to Sandakan across the ridges of Crocker Range passing native villages and oil palm estate among others. On arrival at Sandakan transfer to airport or hotel.