thinking of doing a tour in sadankan in feb 2013 and am worried about the kidnapping alerts. upon researching it i found that no one has been kidnapped in years but am still slightly apprehensive. my partner and i love wildlife and would love to visit the turtle park, orangutan rehab centre and also the kinabatangan river. what would you advise?
I live in Sabah and sandakan and the places you mentioned are very safe. It's the islands off the coast where you have to be careful but even that is a lot safer these days. almost 6 years agoAnswered by Mitch via WorldNomads.com
Went to sandakan 6 months ago. Got off plane and hired a cab. Had no idea but sepilok orang santuary was brilliant. Went to see golden monkey/probiscus alice house and then the temple on top overlooking the harbour. Never any problems and there were four females ( middle aged) just tripping around. The guys driving were friendly and helpful even when we bartered a day rate for the cabs. The croquet pitch at tea house, war prison were stunning. We sawa number of people at the war prison/ museum and in the 1st hour no one said a word just moved around exihibits and read the display notices. Even on the rivers and when out bush felt safe and not a moments worry. Did not hear of any incidents when checking around Enjoy the trip it is a stunning place. iyt ngesn h ooof almost 6 years ago
some good news! As of July 24th 2013 Australia's foreign office is NO LONGER warning against all travel to Eastern Sabah. Other foreign government's will most likely follow suit soon.
They've determined that the situation has calmed enough for it to be relatively safe to visit. But be warned, they do still suggest you exercise a high degree of caution. The Malaysian government does STILL have an emergency security zone order in place so if you come across military patrols you must comply with their orders. about 5 years ago