|WORLDCOOK'S TRAVELS - SABAH (Malaysia)|
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of Borneo is shared by Sabah and Sarawak (parts of
Malaysia), Kalimantan (part of
Indonesia) and Brunei. Borneo
is almost completely covered by thick rainforest and many part of the island
are hard to reach. On the island live Chinese and Indian people, like in
other parts of Malaysia, but also more than 30 indigenous ethnic groups.
The largest group is the Kadazan Dusun. This group exists of two groups
- obviously, Kadazan and Dusun. They share the same language, which is taught
in school as second language, as they form almost 30% of the Sabah population.
They are active in hill rice cultivation. The Bajau, the second largest
group, also called sea-gypsies, were originally a seafaring crowd and therefore,
not only do they live in Borneo, but also in other parts of
Indonesia and the
They are Sunni Muslims and many of the now live in Kota Kinabalu.
Kota Kinabalu (the city of the
Chinese widow, called just KK by the inhabitants of the island) is the capital
of Sabah. That was not always the case; in the 1880s, under the British
East India Company, it was Sandakan. KK is mainly a tourist resort and the
most interesting part in the neighborhood is Mount Kinabalu, a mountain
of more than 4,000 meters, which has hot sulfur springs. Unfortunately,
we could not see them, as there was construction going on when we were there.
We made one river trip, to visit the proboscis monkey. Borneo is the only island where these monkeys can be found. We saw many of them, but unfortunately, it was already getting dark and we were hardly able to see their noses. Also, they kept showing us their backs, as if they were ashamed. The male proboscis monkey namely has an enormous red drooping nose! But other websites do have the pictures, if you are a nose-addict. We did see macaque monkeys close by, as they were waiting for the daily tourists boats full of people and watermelons.
Apart from the river trip, we mainly used our time for swimming, playing on the beach and rafting. Rafting was a little more difficult than expected, and the two boats we hired were upside down frequently. The boys got some more excitement form the KK Adventure park, where they rode buggies and climbed plastic mountains for an astronomic fee, while Teb and Anna were relaxing some more and Elodie and me performed a shopping hunt.