How the Borneo Backpacking Stories Begin.


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If you know me or have been following me, you must have known how I have always wanted to complete my 14 States in Malaysia. Sabah was the only state left on my map. So, when the magazine I contributed to, Gaya Travel ,offered me a chance to fly to Sabah, I jumped in without any hesitation! 
Okay, I know, the first part of my travel in Sabah was very much leisure and ain’t backpacking. But honestly, who would have said NO eh? 😉
The first 4 days was spent with them, enjoying all the activities planned for KCC1M Sabah. What more, I was given my own room at the very VERY prestigious Magelan Sutera Harbour Hotel! My room overlooked the harbour where all these expensive yachts and boats parked. Not to forget how I witnessed the most amazing sunsets ever!
Never in my life that I thought one fine day I would be doing all these activities . From Mari- Mari Culture Village in Inanam, Proboscis Monkey sight-seeing at Beaufort to White water rafting in Kiulu and so many things! I can cut these off my bucket list! 😉 
Learning how to ‘sumpit” the native way!
I think I practically covered most of the places where not many travelers know about yet. Places you guys should go! There are more things to do in Sabah than just Mt. Kinabalu you know…
Having said that, I secretly went to my Creative editor, Shamsul, whom I shared some good time doing “weed” (Kidding!) if I could extend my stay in Sabah. With his approval and my luck, my flight was extended to another week, making my stay in Borneo in total of 11 days! 
Sharing some good time together. No, it’s not weed, I was just pulling your legs! ;p
With that time I had, my backpacking agendas kicked in. I managed to do Mount Kinabalu Park, Kundasang, Desa Milk Farm and guess what? I fulfilled another one of my dream from my super long bucket list; Overland backpacking to Brunei. 
Living life, believing you can do it is within you.
Yes, I made it back and forth safely via road and a little bit of waterway. And not to forget that I came back with almost 20 immigration Stamps on my passport. Priceless! 
How my passport looks like after arriving at Kuala Lurah border of Brunei.
I learned so many things on this journey and yes, good Samaritans still exist. When I thought the world is no longer a safe place to live in, came these wonderful people who shared the journey with me. To M, I know you are reading this, thank you for making me believe in humanity again. 
Certainly, more details coming up in other posts. Till then, you know the drill peeps…keep on traveling! 😀 

Author: Rayyan Haries

A Malaysian boy's journey becoming a man through his journey travelling and volunteering around the world.

8 thoughts on “How the Borneo Backpacking Stories Begin.”

  1. Glad that you enjoy Sabah so much. Really sorry for didn’t spend some time to meet you. I was busy become host of my friends who came to Sabah for 8 days and also busy with my NGOs activities.

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