RFI Sabah

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Subject: RFI Sabah
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 21:31:20 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

Yes I know this RFI has been posted many times but I seem to be getting some 
conflicting info from the past postings and the guide books etc. Plus this is a 
backpacking mission and I won't have the luxury of knowing exactly when I'll be 
there, which I am starting to suspect could be an issue for me.

I am just wondering the following about south-eastern Sabah (where I intend to 
be in around August, as long as I can navigate from Flores to there easily 

- if I had to choose between the Danum Valley and the Tabin Wildlife Resort, 
which would be best for birding in general? (local specialist species in-mind 
too) + would a visit to Sepilok be worthwhile to supplement a 3 day stay at one 
of these places? I am also visiting Peninsular Malaysia (incl. at least a visit 
to Teman Negara)
- do I really need written permission from the Danum Valley Field Centre 
committee to stay there as a 'non-researcher'? Does anyone have experience in 
staying here as a 'visitor'? The rainforest lodge just isn't an option I'm 
- are there any budget options at Tabin Wildlife Resort? The Bradt guide 
mentions "eco-tented platforms" with share bathroom etc, but this doesn't 
on the Tabin website
- most importantly, does one really need to book-ahead for visiting these 
places? It will be almost impossible for me to predict a date that I would be 
arriving in the area (such is the nature of the journey). ie is it feasible to 
lob into Lahat Datu and visit Danum in the next couple of days. I've heard that 
red tape is big in Sabah.
- is independant birding easy enough? I'm familiar with most families, having 
birded quite a bit of SE Asia before. Its more the logistics I'm thinking of 
(access etc).
- re: my earlier mention of getting there from Flores, does anyone have 
experience in crossing into Malaysia (Tawau) from Kalimantan (Tarakan)?

Many thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to respond (they are just 
brainstorm need to try and answer them all!).


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