Day 4 Sabah Road Trip Ranau Sandakan
Published: 03/04/2021
Mount Kinabalu
Day 4 we drive from Ranau to Sandakan, along the way there are a number of options to stop short but also a little longer. At RP2, TomTom has trouble following the route properly, but you can make two nice stops here.
The first road on the left takes you to the Sabah Tea Gardens (RP3). This is a sprawling tea plantation surrounded by pristine rainforests with cool mountain air from Mount Kinabalu. Here you can really enjoy peace and beautiful nature. You can also stay here a little longer or use this location as an overnight stay after day 3. They offer three different types of accommodation, namely:
• Sabah Tea Longhouses
• Sabah Tea Cottages
• Camp site
The second road on the left takes you to Tagal Luanti (Fish spa), here you can get a fish massage. The fish eat the dead skin cells and these treatments seem to have a curative effect on skin diseases such as psoriasis.

At RP6 you can turn right if you want to visit the Tawai Rainforest Camp. Here you can immerse yourself in seven chlorine-free and natural rock pools. These pools are constantly replenished with a cold running crystal clear water.

A visit to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center is a must because of the good work done here for animals.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center (RP10) was established in 1964 to rehabilitate orangutans. The site is 43 square kilometers of protected land on the edge of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today, about 60 to 80 orangutans live freely on the reserve.

The facility provides medical care for orphaned and confiscated orangutans and dozens of other animal species. Some of the other animals treated at the center include; sun bears, gibbons and elephants.

The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center (RP11) is a shelter and rehabilitation center for sun bears.

Malayan sun bears are the smallest bears in the world and are found only in Southeast Asia. These bears continue to be threatened by forest encroachment, illegal hunting of bear parts and poaching to acquire young cubs for the pet trade. The results of these threats have led to young sun bears living in captivity in Sabah in unnatural conditions, with no access to outdoor areas.

There are currently 43 rescued ex-captive sun bears residing in the BSBCC. The facility includes large forest enclosures to provide a natural environment adapted to the sun bears' needs and wellbeing and to facilitate their recovery back into the wild.

The next stop is Sandakan Crocodile Farm (RP14), the largest in Malaysia with over 3000 captive reptiles. The original crocodiles come from the wild crocodiles found along the Kinabatangan River. The reptiles are mainly bred and bred to make bags, shoes, belts, purses and much more from their skins.
Besides the chance to get a close-up view of these large and scary looking creatures, the farm has other attractions.

We continue to the Sandakan Memorial Park (RP15) where the lives of thousands of Allied POWs who died in Borneo at the hands of their Japanese captors are commemorated.

After the rapid conquest of Southeast Asia by Japan in late 1941 and early 1942, many Allied soldiers became prisoners of war. About 2,000 Australian and 770 British POWs were housed in the Sandakan POW camp where the memorial park now stands.

In January 1945, the first of three infamous 'Death Marches' took place when prisoners were forced 160 miles to Ranau, departing from this location. By the end of the war, only 6 prisoners were left alive, and only because they escaped.

This park was created by the Australian Government, along with the Government of Sabah, as a memorial to those who suffered and died here. After this stop it is a 20 minute drive to our end point in Sandakan.

RP3 Sabah Tea Gardens
RP15 Sandakan Memorial Park
Useful links:
Day 3 Sabah Road Trip Kudat Marak Parak Ranau
Sabah Tea Garden (Ranau)
The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC)
Day 5 Sabah Road Trip Sandakan Kinabatangan Lahad Datu Kunak Semporna

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About this region
Sabah (Malay pronunciation: [saˈbah]) is a state of Malaysia located on the northern portion of Borneo, in the region of East Malaysia. Sabah has land borders with the Malaysian state of Sarawak to the southwest and Indonesia's Kalimantan region to the south. The Federal Territory of Labuan is an island just off the Sabah coast. Sabah shares maritime borders with Vietnam to the west and the Philippines to the north and east. Kota Kinabalu is the state capital city, the economic centre of the state, and the seat of the Sabah state government. Other major towns in Sabah include Sandakan and Tawau. The 2015 census recorded a population of 3,543,500 in the state, and in 2019 it was estimated to have grown to over 3.9 million. Sabah has an equatorial climate with tropical rainforests and abundant animal and plant species. The state has long mountain ranges on the west side which forms part of the Crocker Range National Park. Kinabatangan River, the second longest river in Malaysia runs through Sabah, and Mount Kinabalu is the highest point of Sabah as well as of Malaysia. The earliest human settlement in Sabah can be traced back to 20,000–30,000 years ago along the Darvel Bay area at the Madai-Baturong caves. The state has had a trading relationship with China starting from the 14th century AD. Sabah came under the influence of the Bruneian Empire in the 14th and 15th centuries, while the eastern part of the territory was given to the Sultanate of Sulu because the Sultanate had helped the Bruneian empire in a battle and as such it was given to them as a gift between the 17th and 18th centuries. The state was subsequently acquired by the British-based North Borneo Chartered Company in the 19th century. During World War II, Sabah was occupied by the Japanese for three years. It became a British Crown Colony in 1946. On 31 August 1963, Sabah was granted Independent and self-government by the British. Following this, Sabah became one of the founding members of the Federation of Malaysia (established on 16 September 1963) alongside Sarawak, Singapore (expelled in 1965), and the Federation of Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia or West Malaysia). The federation was opposed by neighbouring Indonesia, which led to the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation over three years along with the threats of annexation by the Philippines along with the Sultanate of Sulu, threats which continue to the present day.Sabah exhibits notable diversity in ethnicity, culture and language. The head of state is the Governor, also known as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, while the head of government is the Chief Minister. The government system is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system and has one of the earliest state legislature systems in Malaysia. Sabah is divided into five administrative divisions and 27 districts. Malay is the official language of the state; and Islam is the state religion, but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the state. Sabah is known for its traditional musical instrument, the sompoton. Sabah has abundant natural resources, and its economy is strongly export-oriented. Its primary exports include oil, gas, timber and palm oil. The other major industries are agriculture and ecotourism.
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Seen as one of the most beautiful provinces in Malaysia, Sabah is known for its scenic landscape with spectacular mountains, beautiful beaches, surreal sunsets, rich culture, friendliest people, winding roads, tall waterfalls, national parks and much more!

The roads in Malaysia are generally in good condition, but beware; there are also parts where the asphalt is poor and there can be potholes in the road surface. This can be dangerous, so caution is advised. During the rainy season (September-December) the roads can be slippery. Traffic in Malaysia drives on the left side of the road.

You can rent a motorcycle in Malaysia, but these are usually lighter models and often scooters. You can spend the night in hotels, B & Bs or campsites, which can easily be booked via the website in the review or via