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Borneo - route around Sabah

cycladeliccycladelic Posts: 641
edited September 2007 in Tour & expedition
My wife and I are going to Borneo early 2008 with our bikes. Starting from Kota Kinabalu, we'll ride south to Telupid and down to the coast, which seems okay - hotels en route. We don't plan on taking tents.

Has anyone riden from Telupid down to Lahad Datu and then back to KK via the western part of Sabah? What is the 'road' like and are there any places to sleep after Semporna and Tawau?

Any info would be great!

TIA
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  • My sister and her husband have their own business around there called 'Fieldskills' and part of it includes Mountain Biking trips / tours around the area - they should be able to give you some advice. Google Fieldskills and get hold of Simon or Christine Amos by email. I'll mention to her as she is over in Scotland at the moment, and I will see her tomorrow.
  • cycladeliccycladelic Posts: 641
    Thanks, Hamish. Here is a link...

    http://www.fieldskills.com/Expedition_S ... nabalu.asp

    I just wonder if they will be intersested in giving free info to someone like myself - who plans to travel independently. Please let me know.
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  • You can only ask - email and mention you were in contact with me on the forum (I'm sure they will be interested in the forum anyway as Simon has both road and mountain bikes). If it is just general info you are looking for, I don't see it as being too much of a problem.

    I am going to Scotland today to see her as she is over at the moment. I will show her the postings.

    Good luck!
  • Hi,

    I live in Kota Kinabalu (KK) and my husband and I do a lot of mountain biking as well as run a specialist expedition company (www.fieldskills.com). I am happy to answer any questions that you have if you want to email me at [email protected].

    You can cycle to Telupid via the mountain pass of Mount Kinabalu. There is some great mountain biking around (as well as a main tarmac road all the way from KK to Sandakan and Semporna) so I am not really sure where to start. We did an expedition circumnavigating the Mountain in 2005. On the way to Telupid, you can stop at the Sabah Tea plantation where there is some longhouse accomodation and fantastic mountain bike routes. From Lahad Datu there is a great route to ride into the Danum Valley and if you do make it down to Semporna, there is some really great islands to visit from there. There is a lot of accomodation all the way down but there are some long stretches of oil palm plantations where there isn't anywhere to stay.

    If you wish to email me with more of your plans, then I am happy to give you some advice for no charge.

    Christine
  • For reference, here's what Simon says...


    To answer your queries;

    Between Telupid and Sandakan you have to pass Sepilok and the Proboscis
    sanctuary where there are plenty of places to stay.

    As you follow the road to Lahad Datu you pass a village called Batu
    Putih
    right next to the bridge over the Kinabatangan. There is a homestay
    there
    where you can also do some river cruises. They are wonderful people and
    it
    is a great place to stay.

    The stretch between Tawau - Maliau and Maliau - Keningau may be your
    problems. There are few villages and as far as I know there are no
    commercial accommodation facilities.
    I know this road very well having worked at Maliau for a few years and
    it is
    basically a logging highway that is being sealed by the government,
    there
    are a lot of plantations that may put you up and there are a few
    villages
    where you can ask the Ketua Kampong (village headman) for assistance.
    In
    most cases - if they are in the village - the headman will put you up
    and
    show you off to his friends.
    I get the impression that you are outgoing and adventurous people so I
    think
    you will do okay just by asking at villages for accommodation, some of
    them
    may have village halls where they let visitors stay.
    Do your research on google earth and in the guide books and we can help
    you
    to make bookings that are a bit more reasonable than doing it on the
    internet.

    I hope this helps,

    Simon.


    Many thanks, Simon!
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  • Its great to see people willing to give good free advise, it is so rear in business these days.

    After looking at the Fieldskills website i may consider coming and spending some time in the forest in the future to learn some area specific skills. You guys have an interesting business.
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  • Its great to see people willing to give good free advise, it is so rear in business these days.

    After looking at the Fieldskills website i may consider coming and spending some time in the forest in the future to learn some area specific skills. You guys have an interesting business.
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  • I've just found this site:

    http://www.thamyaukong.com/cycling/route1.htm

    ....which belongs to this guy:

    http://www.thamyaukong.com/
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  • Simon mentioned... a village called Batu Putih, right next to the bridge over the Kinabatangan. There is a homestay there where you can also do some river cruises. They are wonderful people and it is a great place to stay.
    Just in case anyone else is interested, I think this is a website for the place:
    http://www.misowalaihomestay.com/
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