Kinabatangan River: The Comprehensive Guide for Tourists

When you want to go on an adventure in a tropical setting, you cannot go wrong with a country like Malaysia. It is a place where the people take all efforts to take care of their natural resources and some of the most interesting tropical forests and bodies of water can be found.

As far as the wonders of the country can go, it seems that the Kinabatangan River is an ecosystem that is beyond compare.

Located on the eastern side of the country, in the region of Sabah, the Kinabatangan River is a place where a lot of indigenous species of wildlife and plants can be found.

It is also an example of Malaysians unwavering efforts to show the world its natural wonders while preserving the most out this wonderful body of water and its surroundings.

The Pristine River of Kinabatangan

Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia, spanning over 500 kilometres in length, with a great number of wildlife and plant life that can only be found within the area.

Some of the most popular animals that can be seen when one takes a tour in the river are the different species of monkeys that live near the riverbank.

Red Leaf Monkeys, Proboscis Monkeys and Orang Utans are abundant in the Kinabatangan River.

Likewise, you can also see Pygmy Elephants, a number of snakes, birds and other animals that can only be seen within the river or at the very least, within the Southeast Asian region.

Because of its natural beauty and its grand river, the area is popular among tourists and backpack travellers alike.

What to Do in Kinabatangan River

Because of the wide protected forest area near the Kinabatangan River and the length of the river itself, there are a lot of things that you can do here.

You can  from a boat where you can view a number of animals and plant life that live within the riverbanks. You can also take a trek around the area to have a firsthand feel of the ecosystem where these animals live.

Aside from the river cruise in Kinabatangan River, the other areas near the river offer a great amount of sightseeing with the Malaysian hospitality in mind.

You can go to Gomantong Hill and be amazed with the view ahead, or enter the Gomantong Caves, where a lot of rock formations can be seen.

Therefore, you can book a short trip or a long trip and still be satisfied with the beauty and the wonders of nature that the river and its surrounding areas can offer.

How to Get to Malaysia’s Top Tropical Paradise

There are two ways to get to Kinabatangan River. The first way is by taking a plane from Kota Kinabalu, an urban Malaysian destination to Sandakan.

If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, you can take a budget airline flight to Sandakan and arrange for your commute from Sandakan to Sukau, a district located on the base of the river.

This will take roughly half the time as you would on land travel, which can go for as long as 6 hours.

Likewise, you can take a bus trip from the city to Sandakan, and arrange for your commute to Sukau.

Whether you choose to go on a plane or to travel by land is a matter of preference, comfort, money and just how much time you’d be willing to spend on travelling.

Hotel and Lodging Arrangements for Kinabatangan Travelers

Until recently, hotels that are at the base of the river offer excellent lodging offers to travelers and tourists that can make ones trip to the Kinabatangan River enjoyable and comfortable.

You can book a hotel in Sukau, such as Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a major travelers point located at the base of the river.

From there, you can plan for your tours and whatever tropical forest trip you would prefer.

To reduce the troubles caused by delays in your trip, it is preferred that you book in advance. Ideally, pick a date in between the summertime and the rainy season, to still capture the beauty of Kinabatangan, while avoiding the summer rush of travelers and the high hotel prices in the area.

From your hotel, you can also book your tours according to the number of days when you would be staying in area. This will then be charged as a whole package, which will then be secured upon checkout.

Kinabatangan may be the last tropical paradise that would come to mind in the Southeast Asian region, but it surely is a place that can offer more than just sights and sounds.

It is a place that is a feast for the senses, and can be enjoyed by those who would like adventure just as much as those who would like to bask in the calmness and serenity if the nature surrounding them.

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