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Sabah, Malaysian Borneo | Singapore's Gardens by the Bay | Malaysia's Taman Negara | Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) | Malaysia's East Coast: Kelantan, Terengganu | Around Kuala Lumpur | Chinese New Year | Malaysia's Jungle Railway | Riding the rails down to Singapore | Singapore

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

A first visit to Sabah, the territory known as British North Borneo. After World War II it, together with Sarawak, joined the Federation of Malaysia. The greatest attractions of Sabah are its natural wonders, including the 4095-metre massif of Mt Kinabalu, the highest point between the island of New Guinea and the Himalaya; and an assemblage of tropical fauna and flora that has so far defied the spread of palm oil plantations at the expense of natural habitats. Sabah's people include a variety of tribal peoples on top of the usual Malaysian 3-part mix. The major towns and cities - including Kota Kinabalu ("KK"), formerly Jesselton, the present capital, and on the east coast Sandakan, the former capital - were left in ruins after World War II and there is relatively little tangible history remaining.

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Fishing vessels in the harbour at Kota Kinabalu
Fishing vessels in the harbour at Kota Kinabalu
Fishing vessels, Kota Kinabalu
Fishing vessels, Kota Kinabalu
Another busy night at the Pasar Malam, KK
Another busy night at the Pasar Malam, KK
Fresh-caught seafood on offer at the Night Market, Kota Kinabalu
Fresh-caught seafood on offer at the Night Market, Kota Kinabalu
Seafood spread at the Night Market, Kota Kinabalu
Seafood spread at the Night Market, Kota Kinabalu
Good times at the Pasar Malam, Kota Kinabalu
Good times at the Pasar Malam, Kota Kinabalu
Fresh-caught fish for sale
Fresh-caught fish for sale
Atkinson Clock Tower, KK, circa 1905
Atkinson Clock Tower, KK, circa 1905
Morning commuters from Pulau Gaya (Gaya Island) reach Kota Kinabalu
Morning commuters from Pulau Gaya (Gaya Island) reach Kota Kinabalu
Muslim vendor, K.K. night market
Muslim vendor, K.K. night market
Locally-grown avocados, Sabah
Locally-grown avocados, Sabah
Explorers' memorial, Sandakan
Explorers' memorial, Sandakan
The historic Agnes Keith House, Sandakan
The historic Agnes Keith House, Sandakan
The historic Agnes Keith House, Sandakan
The historic Agnes Keith House, Sandakan
Girl in school tunic, KK
Girl in school tunic, KK
Floating village of Kampong Buli Sim Sim, Sandakan
Floating village of Kampong Buli Sim Sim, Sandakan
Fishermen offload their catch at a seafood restaurant, Kampong Buli Sim Sim
Fishermen offload their catch at a seafood restaurant, Kampong Buli Sim Sim
Mosque at the floating village
Mosque at the floating village
Weatherbeaten windows, Kampong Buli Sim Sim floating village
Weatherbeaten windows, Kampong Buli Sim Sim floating village
Gomantong Caves, outside Sandakan, Sabah
Gomantong Caves, outside Sandakan, Sabah
A riverside 'adventure lodge' beside the Kinabatangan River, Sabah
A riverside 'adventure lodge' beside the Kinabatangan River, Sabah
A pair of Asian black hornbills above the Kinabatangan River
A pair of Asian black hornbills above the Kinabatangan River
Male proboscis monkey, Kinabatangan River
Male proboscis monkey, Kinabatangan River
Long-tailed macaque, Kinabatangan River
Long-tailed macaque, Kinabatangan River
Family of short-tailed macaques, Kinabatangan River
Family of short-tailed macaques, Kinabatangan River
Palm civets venture forth at night
Palm civets venture forth at night
Short-tailed macaque, Kinabatangan River
Short-tailed macaque, Kinabatangan River
Rescued from captivity: at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Rescued from captivity: at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Lunchtime at the Sepilok Rehab Centre
Lunchtime at the Sepilok Rehab Centre
En route to the main feeding station at Sepilok
En route to the main feeding station at Sepilok
Coming through! at Sepilok
Coming through! at Sepilok
Orangutan feeding platform at Sepilok, Sabah
Orangutan feeding platform at Sepilok, Sabah
Bornean sun bear, safe and relaxed at the Conservation Centre in Sepilok
Bornean sun bear, safe and relaxed at the Conservation Centre in Sepilok
The Bornean Sun Bear is equally endangered in the wild
The Bornean Sun Bear is equally endangered in the wild
Australian War Memorial, Kundasang
Australian War Memorial, Kundasang
Medinilla, a prominent flowering plant around the foot of Mt Kinabalu
Medinilla, a prominent flowering plant around the foot of Mt Kinabalu
Unidentified butterfly on the lower slopes of Kinabalu (Eliot's Bush Brown / Mycalesis patiana?)
Unidentified butterfly on the lower slopes of Kinabalu (Eliot's Bush Brown / Mycalesis patiana?)
Mt Kinabalu (4,095m) looms over Kundasang Valley
Mt Kinabalu (4,095m) looms over Kundasang Valley
Peaks of Mt Kinabalu, seen from the Kundasang Valley
Peaks of Mt Kinabalu, seen from the Kundasang Valley
Laban Rata Resthouse at 3273m ASL, below the summit plateau of Mt Kinabalu
Laban Rata Resthouse at 3273m ASL, below the summit plateau of Mt Kinabalu
Early morning view from Laban Rata
Early morning view from Laban Rata
An endemic rhododendron in flower beside the Mt Kinabalu trail
An endemic rhododendron in flower beside the Mt Kinabalu trail
Fresh leaf growth beside the trail
Fresh leaf growth beside the trail
Nepenthes villosa, one of many pitcher plants endemic to Kinabalu Park
Nepenthes villosa, one of many pitcher plants endemic to Kinabalu Park
Another Nepenthes variety
Another Nepenthes variety
Man dressed in Lundayeh tribal costume
Man dressed in Lundayeh tribal costume
Woman wearing Rungus tribal costume
Woman wearing Rungus tribal costume
Bedchamber for a newly-married Bajau couple
Bedchamber for a newly-married Bajau couple
Dusun woman welcomes a young Australian visitor
Dusun woman welcomes a young Australian visitor
Tribal dance ensemble at Mari-Mari Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu
Tribal dance ensemble at Mari-Mari Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu
How to make fire...
How to make fire...
Guarding the Bajau compound
Guarding the Bajau compound
Sunset over the harbour and islands, Kota Kinabalu
Sunset over the harbour and islands, Kota Kinabalu
Weekend frolics in the turquoise waters off Kota Kinabalu
Weekend frolics in the turquoise waters off Kota Kinabalu
The view from Sunset Point, Pulau Manukan
The view from Sunset Point, Pulau Manukan