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Day 7

Turtle Island's

Waking up in Turtle Island was very exciting! We started the day off with an amazing buffet breakfast then departed back to Sandakan City to see the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. At this center, we observed man’s closest relative “the Orang Utan” being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo. We witness the feeding of the Orang Utan’s and it was one of the most amazing things we ever saw!

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We made our way back to Selingan where we enjoyed a beach barbeque swam in the warm ocean and at night we got to witness the transferring of the turtle eggs to the hatchery, some turtle hatchings, and the release of the baby turtles to the open sea!

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Day 6

Langkawai to Sandakan, Sabah

Our second and last day in Langkawi started with an amazing Cable Car Tour. Mount Mat Cincang’s height hits almost 800 metres making it Langkawi’s second highest peak. Seeing the natural brilliance of 99 islands scattered into the deep blue sea is best understood when viewed from above. The swift cable car ride to the top is an experience not to be missed!

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Your ride starts in the Oriental Village, where souvenir shops and a Japanese, Thai and Malay restaurants are scattered around perfectly manicured gardens. From here you can also take an elephant ride into the forest, or have your picture taken with a python.

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We purchased some beautiful hand-woven baskets from the street vendors in Oriental Village after the Cable Car Tour. We also admired the many items that had intricate carvings, weaving and designs.

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After the Cable Car Tour ended we headed straight to the Langkawi International Airport for our flight across Malaysia to the eastern state of Sabah. We landed in Sandakan which is Sabah’s second largest city. Right away we started the Turtle Island Escape Tour on the island of Selingan. The Turtle Island’s are north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea. We had known that this island is home to many endangered green and hawksbill turtles and that this is a safe haven for them and many other types of animals. The islands are protected within marine parks on both sides of the Malaysian and Philippine borders. The Turtle Island Park, also known as Pulau Penyu National Park comprises of three islands, which are Pulau Selingan, Pulau Bakkungan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan. Selingan Island is the parks the largest island so it is only natural that this is the only island to house tourist accommodations and basic facilities, as well as the park’s headquarters and the turtle hatchery. The other two islands are more for conservation activities.

We met the tour operator in the lobby of the Sandakan Airport and from there they transferred us to the jetty for the boat ride to Selingan Turtle Islands Park. The journey to Island only took approximately 45 minutes and upon arrival we checked into the Turtle Island Park Chalet.

By this time it was time for dinner, and luckily all of our meals were included in the tour! After dinner we enjoyed free time swimming and drinking with the other people in the tour, we had the most fun time socializing and swapping stories with other travelers!

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Day 5

Langkawi Island & Surrounding Area

Awaking eager to start our first tour in Langkawi Island, the Langkawi Eco Adventure Day Cruise! The cruise package included hotel transfers straight to the beautiful luxury, sailing yacht as well as many other extras like a 12 course gourmet buffet lunch onboard the yacht and free flow open bar! We set sail to explore the picturesque eco-system of Langkawi’s outlying islands.

We spent hours soaking up rays while sailing, beach-bumming and jungle-trekking. The highlights of the day definitely were visiting the deserted beaches, sting ray feeding, feeding tropical birds and relaxing in the waves’ jacuzzi-style via a trawling net cast from the side of the boat!

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Day 4

Penang to Langkawi

Awaking in kind of a sluggish mood at 9:00am, we checked out of the hotel and hopped on the ferry to Langkawi Island from Frank Swettenham Pier. About 3 hours later, were arrived to our next destination, Langkawi Island. We checked into The Eagle Bay Hotel located in the heart of Kuah, Langkawi’s town center, this is where we spent the next 2 nights.

In the afternoon we visited Langkawi’s biggest park, Taman Legenga. Taman Legenga is an open air museum spread across 50 acres. It is free for visitors to come explore the grounds that are devoted to the legacy of myths and legends of Langkawi. Like other parks, this one too, has a stretch of flowers, shrubs and fruit trees along pathways and ponds.

It was a warm and relaxing afternoon followed by a warm and relaxing evening in Langkawi Island!

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Day 3

Penang

Early start to our day… our first stop was to see the The Arulmigu Mahamariamman Temple located in Georgetown. The Arulmigu Mahamariamman, also known as Sri Mahamariamman Temple or simply the Mariamman Temple, I meaning power and amman mother, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. It is dedicated to the Hindu deity Sri Muthu Mariamman and is considered a motherly power figure, a goddess of mercy and patron deity of the peasants of southern India. The temple is full of beautiful statues, immaculate detail and stunning colors!

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In the afternoon we took a Transit Link bus from Georgetown to the Air Itam Terminal at Penang Hill which is about 6 Km’s outside of Georgetown. Penang Hill is also known as Bukit Bendera, its peak reaches 800m above sea level. We caught the cable funicular train ride up which only took about 30 minutes but in itself was quite an experience. The view of Georgetown, the ocean and the gorgeous environment was absolutely breathtaking. Being Nature lovers, Kaleigh, Rylee and myself took the six Km hike up the trails, through the fauna and flora of the Botanical Gardens of Penang's highest peak.

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In the evening we wanted to experience some real Malaysian night-life! Luckily we didn’t have to go very far! Within crawling distance, down the street from our hotel is a road called Upper Penang Road. Upper Penang Road is Georgetown’s major party zone and is filled with pubs and nightclubs that come alive with neon lights, thumping music, and large crowds of locals and tourists from all over the world. As the night progressed, chairs spilled out onto the pavement for drinking sessions out in the open, games were played, laughs were had, and our night was a blast!

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