Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Week in Borneo - Day 7: Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Due to passport issues, we lost 3 days of this vacation. Those three days were to be spent further afield in Sabah. We were excited to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Refuge near Sandakan. We lost that opportunity but knew that we couldn't visit Sabah without seeing these great apes up close. Our only option was Lok Kawi Wildlife Park not far outside of Kota Kinabalu. We visited expecting a zoo but quickly realized that although it is a zoo, it has a much more open and wild feeling than most. The animals were happy and very active and we were able to see some of Borneo's most famous animals quite close. This turned out to be a great closure to our short time in Borneo. And, before we knew it, we were back in Singapore...

A Week in Borneo - Days 5 and 6: Karambunai Beach

Over our past few trips with the boys, we've learned that the best way to end every vacation is with a day or two on the beach for the boys. Travel, especially the bus trips along winding roads and the different hotel room every night, is hard for them and some time on the beach does wonders to relax and rejuvenate them. The boys also enjoy a bit of luxury so we've gotten in the habit of finding a good hotel deal for our last night or two. This time, we found a great low season price at the Nexus Resort & Spa so we decided to give our first resort of this kind a try. It was nice and the beach was great but the inauthenticity of the experience will ensure that we won't become the "resort vacation" type of family just yet. We'll take a simple beach hut in a real village over this any day. Still, this experience did give us that chance to admire some large scale Bornean architecture and, again, the boys were loving it so we were happy!