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CRUISING in Sandakan

Sandakan is a great place to visit and spend memorable vacation. I still remember my trip to Sandakan from Beijing, China. The trip was accompanied by my whole family consisting of brother, sister, grandpa, grandma & my parents. It was really wonderful as we flew directly from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur and from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan Airport. The airport was brightly lit as we could see its natural beauty merging with the sea all around it.


The sight from the airplane was really promising as we click several pictures inside the airplane posing with my grandpa and parents. My brother was enjoying himself by cherishing on delectable food while my sister was busy reading fashion magazines. While my parents were discussing issues among themselves and grandpa was enjoying the view outside the airplane. After spending couple of hours inside the airplane, we landed safely in Sandakan. Sandakan is known for its natural habitat situated in Sabah, Borneo. It is also known as the gateway to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary.


After spending couple of minutes inside the airport, we booked a rental van online. The van had spacious seating capacity with air con and music. I played my favorites through usb stick drive while my brother and sister enjoyed music in their headphones. My grandma was the happiest person among the lot as she was laughing full heartedly and enjoying the scenic views from the van.


We reach May fair Hotel on time. It is one of the best hotels in the town as it has range of facilities such as water filtration system along with hot water facility. Our room had a huge tv, dvd player along with air conditioning. I felt quite fortunate as our whole family was enjoying their stay in such a luxurious hotel.


We had booked 3 rooms for our family. My grandma and grandpa were staying in one while my brother and sister were staying in another. The view from the Hotel window panes was majestic. I checked out a list of facilities offered by the hotel. Since, it was early afternoon, so we all group ourselves in one room and ordered lunch for everyone.


Since, my brother is quite foodie, so we ordered separately for him. The hotel staff bought the lunch on time and we ate while speaking to each other. My grandpa was discussing about river cruising in Kinabatangan. It is said that Kinabatangan River is one of the longest flowing rivers in the region. My grandma was against the idea of river cruising as she wanted to spend time at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. She is a great nature lover and prefers to spend time with natural species. We all agreed with her and decided to venture later with river cruising.


The monkey sanctuary was great as it was built in the middle of mangrove forest. The sighting of the monkeys from the wooden balcony was great as it seemed that we coexisted with these species. We also saw hornbills and journeyed our way towards Labuk Bay.


Later, we decided to venture into Gomang tomb Caves. The cave boasts several species of swiftlets. There were nest all around along with bamboo poles and ladder. We clicked several photographs over there and assembled ourselves outside the cave premises for quick adventure of river cruising. The river cruising adventure involves various regions of mangrove swamps. My grandma didn’t like the swamp area as they were typically inhabitable for humans. But, the natural habitat boasted vivid species swarming the entire place along with natural vegetation situated few kilometers away from it. It was one of the best cruising experience in Sandakan.