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2 weeks in Malaysian Borneo-things to do?

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2 weeks in Malaysian Borneo-things to do?

Hi!We are a young couple, budget travellers and we are planning to visit Malaysian Borneo early in May for 2 weeks. We fly to Kuching and then take the flight back from Kota Kinabalu.

We were thinking to travel by bus from Kuching to KK, stop at interesting places, spend some days there. We would like to combine both jungle/mountain trekking and beach holidays (probably to some of the islands in the east side.

-What would you recommend as a possible itinerary (things to do along the way,places to stay etc)?

-How easy is to move by bus?We don't want to catch a flight from place to place.

Thanks for your tips :)

Danae

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1. Re: 2 weeks in Malaysian Borneo-things to do?

Have you really researched the fesability of getting a bus that distance?

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2. Re: 2 weeks in Malaysian Borneo-things to do?

Kuching-KK with a bus?? Are you sure??

An Air Asia flight cost around 100 RM and take 1 hour and half....

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3. Re: 2 weeks in Malaysian Borneo-things to do?

The thing is that we wanted to see also the in between areas, not just go from Kuching to KK. Is it worth it to spend time in the areas between those cities?

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4. Re: 2 weeks in Malaysian Borneo-things to do?

In my opinion you haven't time enough to visit that area. In 2 weeks you must spent 4/5 days in Kuching (bako park, semengoh, longhouse), 2/3 days in KK (mount and park), 3/4 in Sandakan (Sepilok, Labuk Bay,Kinabatangan), 3/4 days in Semporna to visit islands.

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5. Re: 2 weeks in Malaysian Borneo-things to do?

Thanks very much Matti for the info!!I think we'll go there and once we arrive we'll see if it is feasible to do it by bus, otherwise we'll buy a ticket if it's so cheap :)

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6. Re: 2 weeks in Malaysian Borneo-things to do?

I think its an interesting idea to travel over land and see the 'inbetween bits'

The roads are generally in 'OK' condition. The buses are also fairly well maintained, and it won't cost too much - its just that it will eat into your time considerably.

And for what return? I have done the journey in reverse (slightly further in fact, from Kinabatangan to Kuching) and unless you also plan to spend time stopping off in places en route (e.g. Rejang River, Niah, Brunei) I am not sure you will gain alot out of the bus journeys.

Just to travel from Kuching to KK without doing it in crazy quick time and having horribly long bus journeys - i think you would be looking at minimum 3 nights stopping off along the way.

A compromise could be to travel by boat from Kuching to Sibu (takes around 4 hours - great journey over South china sea IF weather is good)

Night in Sibu then bus to Miri (takes around 7 hours) Night in Miri

OR

(consider visiting Niah NP about 1.5 hrs south of Miri - Night at Niah NP)

Flight from Miri to KK following day.

This would at least allow you to experience some of the places in between Kuching and KK, i just think time is really against you with just two weeks and you will probably have more than enough to do without adding on these alternatives.

However, they are there if you're interested!

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