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Saturday November 24th 2012

Off The Beaten Path In Sabah

Off The Beaten Path In Sabah – The Way To Travel

The best feeling in the world is being on a vacation in a sunny climate, walking around in flip flops and not having to be anywhere at a schedule.

I love looking up at a clear blue sky, hearing the sound of flip flops at my feet and the sound of leaves rustling in the treetops.

Sometimes when I am on the Thorn Tree forum, I see some comments that Sabah is a commercial developed destination. Compared to many tourist destinations in the world, it is no where close to being commercial or developed. You are as close to nature as you can comfortably be.

Still, there are times when we talk about how in the good old days when we had to pack everything on our back while going up Mount Kinabalu. Or how the road to Semporna was a dirt road that took 2 1/2 hours instead of the 1 hour these days. Given the choice, we like the way we can be close to nature and still be comfortable.

Off The Beaten Path: Jungle camp In Kimanis

The guys at the Community-Led Environment Awareness For Rivers shared this on their group page. The location is somewhere in Kimanis, probably about 2 hours out of Kota Kinabalu city. Incidentally, this photo reminded some people of how Poring Hotspring used to be. Camping in the jungles of Sabah is not for the faint of heart. You tend to be hot and sticky in the day time and it gets pretty cool at night. Then there are the leeches, ants, mosquitoes, snakes, scorpions and all kinds of insects the jungle has in store for you.

Utan Paradise Jungle Camp Kimanis
Utan Paradise Jungle Camp in Kimanis

Off The Beaten Path: Take A Day Trip

Many tours around Kota Kinabalu, Sabah takes you to interesting places to experience the traditional way of life. You will not find hundreds of people at these places, and some of these places involves hours of travel time. You might not even find a lot of locals visiting these places but that is not because it is commercial. It is because we still live it. Many people travel back to their village (or kampung as we call them) during the weekends, and that is still the way of life.

Tour bus full of tourists in Sabah
The fun begins - a coach full of visitors

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