If You Only Have 7 Days In Borneo, Where Would You Go?

There is a new discussion going on over at TripAdvisor regarding a question posted by tanewman of England. She says she only has seven nights to be spent in Borneo during which she wants to see orang utans, sea turtles, experience culture, relax and sunbath.

Malaysian Borneo’s Sabah could be the best option to do all these. Of course, I’m saying this because firstly, I’m from Sabah, and secondly, I haven’t had the opportunity to explore the neighbouring Sarawak, or Indonesia’s Kalimantan, to be able to suggest other options. That is a disclaimer, by the way :)

So here is an itinerary which might fit this requirement. I would say there are three areas to visit to see all those — Kota Kinabalu, Kudat and Sandakan.

Day 1 — Go to Bavanggazo in Kudat to see the Rungus Longhouse in Kampung Tinangol, about 140km from Kota Kinabalu or about two hours of driving away. Return to Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon.

Kota Kinabalu - Rungus Longhouse in Bavanggazo, Kudat

Kota Kinabalu – Rungus Longhouse in Bavanggazo, Kudat

While in Kudat, why not go further north to the Tip of Borneo, about an hour away from Bavanggazo?

Day 2 – Visit the Monsopiad Cultural Centre in Penampang. Located about 20km from Kota Kinabalu, the centre is named after the legendary headhunter Monsopiad. Here you will be able to see a glimpse of Sabah’s headhunting past… there is a skull house that houses these trophies. After the visit, fly to Sandakan in the afternoon.

Monsopiad Cultural Centre, 25km from Kota Kinabalu, named after the legendary headhunter

Monsopiad Cultural Centre, 25km from Kota Kinabalu, named after the legendary headhunter

Day 3 – In Sandakan, visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, about 25km from the east coast town. It is the biggest such facility in the world. However, to make the trip fruitful, visitors need to be there during the feeding time at 10 am or 3 pm. After the feeding time, visitors will be able to watch a movie about the rehabilitation works done at the centre.

This can be followed by a visit to the adjacent Rainforest Rediscovery Centre nearby.

Sandakan is 40 minutes of flight from Kota Kinabalu

Sandakan is 40 minutes of flight from Kota Kinabalu

Day 4 — Still in Sandakan, visitors can proceed by boat to Langkayan Island or to Turtle Island see sea turtles and relax and sunbath.

Day 5 – Still at Langkayan or Turtle Island – more relaxation and sunbathing.

Day 6 — Take the 8.15am flight back to Kota Kinabalu (it’s a 40-minute flight), arriving by 9 am. At noon, proceed to one of the nearby islands at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park for more sunbathing and relaxing.

Day 7 – Fly out of Sabah to via several direct flights available (source: Wikipedia) namely to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei on Royal Brunei Airlines; Angeles, Philippines (Clark) located 2 hours north of Manila on AirAsia, Hong Kong on Dragonair, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia; Jakarta, Indonesia on AirAsia; Shenzhen, China on AirAsia; Manila, Philippines on Cebu Pacific Airlines and Malaysia Airlines; Seoul, Korea on Asiana Airlines, EastarJet, Jin Air, Korean Air and Malaysia Airlines; Singapore on AirAsia, Silkair; Taipei, Taiwan on Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia (Taoyuan), Mandarin Airlines (Songshan); Tarakan, Indonesia on MASWings; and Balikpapan, Indonesia on MASWings.

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