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Roundtrip Borneo, June 2004

Going to Sukau

 
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Leaving the Kinabalu Mountain Lodge
Leaving the Kinabalu Mountain Lodge

Goood morning! It is still very early morning, as we got up at 6 o'clock today. Phew, I am still feeling very sleepy. Today is going to be a travel day, so we had to pack up our suitcases again and get ready for a day on the road. Our end destination for the day Sukau!

At 7:30 we were ready to go! The minibus was waiting for us and it was time to say goodbye to the Kinabalu Mountain Lodge. I had some incredible days here, but it is time to pack up, say goodbye and get on the road again.... we have lots of new things are ahead of us!

On the road

On the road to Sukau
On the road to Sukau

We all got in the minivan, and off we went. We are having a long day ahead of us, with at least 4 hours of solid driving. Add to that the stops on the way, you can imagine how I felt after a day in the car. But it still was fun to look outside the window and enjoy the views. The rainforest, the little villages, the rivers, I enjoyed it all.

It's a looooong drive

Okay, I have to admit it.... after a while we all got boooored in the van. Trees... trees.... and more trees and the monotonous sound of the car engine. The landscape was still great, but from a little car window it can get a bit too much of the same thing. Instead we started doing crazy with the camera, hahaha, but I'll spare you all of those nonsense pictures ;-))

The road was rather okay though, as you can see in the picture. But especially halfway the trip there were lots of road constructions..... in other words, very BUMPY roads. But at least we gradually got exposed to those, hahaha, so we had a chance to slowly get used to them.

It's a looooong drive
It's a looooong drive

Suspension bridge at Maputang village

Suspension bridge at Matupang village
Suspension bridge at Matupang village

Aaah, finally time to get out of the car and stretch our legs! And at a fun location as well! We made a stop at the Suspension Bridge at Matupang village. The Suspension Bridge wasn't that enormously high above the river, hahaha, as you can clearly see on the smile on my face. I was just 'slightly' worried this time to walk on the bridge. This one was much better than the one at Poring Hot Spring, where I walked high above in the tree tops!

Here I am showing off my that I 'dare' to walk on the bridge :-)) The bridge crosses the river and is an important connection to a little village on the other side of the river. When we all got in the car again, I just saw some locals crossing the bridge. It was a cute sight seeing two little kids on the bridge. But unfortunately they were still too far away for me to capture them with my camera.

Suspension bridge at Matupang village
Suspension bridge at Matupang village

In the minibus again

The minibus
The minibus

Let's all get in the minibus again! The minibus was actually a rather comfortable way of transportation. And as we were only with a group of three (+driver and guide) we had plenty of space for ourselves and our luggage. Normally the groups are much bigger and you will have a big (normal) bus instead.

Halfway; another break to enjoy the view

Viewpoint at Mangkadait
Viewpoint at Mangkadait

When we were about halfway our trip we made another stop. This time it was at Mangkadait at the border of the Sandakan division. We stopped at a bridge from where we had a great view over the surrounding landscape. It was impressive to see the vast forest, stretching out in every direction. In the distance I could see some mountain peaks stick up out of the clouds. Just a few moments here, hanging over a railing, enjoying the view. But a few moments that are in my memory for ever. Sabah is so beautiful!

Entering plantation country

Entering plantation country
Entering plantation country

After entering the Sandakan division we seemed to have entered plantation country. You can't imagine the vastness of this area! It is plantation after plantation, the area seems to be endless! No wonder that Malaysia is the biggest producer of palm oil in the world, producing about 50% of the world's supply of palm oil.

Read more on page 2 about my journey to Sukau....

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