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The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is the best place to watch proboscis monkeys in the world. Visitors get to take photos of the monkeys close up at their mealtime. The proboscis monkeys have surprisingly large noses, and the older they are, the longer the noses. When they are excited, the big noses stand up or throb up and down, which looks very amusing. Visitors are allowed to feed the proboscis monkeys here, but they must be guided by an English-speaking guide and only feed the monkeys with fruits and vegetables in two sessions per day at different locations, the first one at 14:30 and the second one at 16:00. Visitors watch fireflies in the evening at the Sanctuary that is included in the package, along with watching the sunset.
Kuara Selangor village is a 1.5-hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur and is ranked as the third largest firefly colony in the world. There are two firefly parks, Kampung Kuantan Village and Bukit Berlin Firefly Resort where many visitors come to watch the fireflies. The two firefly parks each have their unique characteristics. The Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park uses manual canoes with a maximum of 4 people per boat. The Bukit Berlin Firefly Park uses electric boats, each carrying 10 passengers. Visitors join a day tour from Kuala Lumpur to watch fireflies, leaving Kuala Lumpur at 3:00 pm at 190 MYR/person, including visits to Batu Caves, Monkeys watching at Monkey Mountain. Day trips are available at local travel agencies and local hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
The mangroves boat tour is almost a must-try activity around Kota Kinabalu. There are three mangroves to choose from Weston, Klias, and Kawa. The mangroves are similar to each other with the difference being that the Weston River is wider and most frequently visited. There are three things to see in the mangroves: proboscis monkeys, fireflies and sunsets. Proboscis monkeys are special creatures in Sabah, which are almost extinct and worth seeing. Kota Kinabalu also has one of the world's three largest firefly colonies, where fireflies gather together on the trees, like Christmas trees. The mangrove trip usually takes half a day with a departure in the afternoon and return in the evening: first, it starts with the proboscis monkey watching, then the sunset, and finally viewing the fireflies around 8 p.m. and returning to Kota Kinabalu at 9 o'clock.
Orangutans are the shiest apes in the world. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan is one of the world's four largest orangutan conservation areas. It is about 25 kilometers from the city of Sandakan deep in the pleasant tropical rainforest. The orangutans live in a completely independent life without the restraint of any fences. Orangutans are not easy to spot. They only come out at feeding time. There are viewing galleries for visitors to watch the orangutans eating. The general feeding time is 11:00 am and 2 pm, and they are hardly found if visitors miss these time slots. There is an information center in the Rehabilitation Center that provides orangutans introduction. There is a question and answer wall with a small list of questions where visitors could find the answers behind doors. The last question is "What is the biggest threat currently faced by the orangutans?" , visitors see a mirror with their reflection when they open the door of answer.
Visitors travel down the Kinabatangan River to visit the rainforest and look for rare wild animals. It is older than the Amazon River and the longest river in Sabah. It is 560 kilometers where visitors take boats to cross between the vast rainforest and wetlands and watch wild animals up close. The Lower Basin of the Kinabatangan River has the largest wildlife habitats in Southeast Asia with pygmy elephants, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, etc., as well as many rare birds. Local guides usually carry books dedicated to birds introduction when they do bird watching with visitors. Kinabatangan River visiting is only available on group trips. These trips are usually two days and one night or three days and two nights. In addition to the river tour, visitors also explore Gomantong Cave, which is the world's top producer of edible bird's nest. In the evening, the guide will also guide you at the night jungle walk to watch the sleeping birds and animal night action.
The only place where visitors can see both green turtles and hawksbill in Sabah is in the "Turtle Islands National Park", which is Asia's most important sea turtle spawning and breeding field. Watching sea turtles spawning at night is a special feature of local travel. Turtles lay their eggs at night and this can only be seen on the island. However, there are only 20 rooms on the island, with a limit of 50 visitors per night. With its popularity, it usually needs to be booked 2~3 months in advance to be able to visit the island. It is typically included in a 2 days and 1-night tour that departs in the morning from Sandakan to Turtle Islands. Visitors may rest at noon or go snorkeling where there are clown fishes (Nemo) there. Then, the tour departs to watch turtles at 19:30, and stays overnight on the island with a return trip to Sandakan early the next morning.
Sungai Kilim Nature Park in Langkawi offers a day trip to the mangroves by boat. Wild animals such as macaques and crabs can be seen along the way with an extensive program including mangroves, bat cave exploration, eagle feeding, and sea farms visit, etc. Visitors takes the speedboats to shuttle in the mangroves and between the rainforests, with an opportunity to see the wild animals up close. The bat cave is at the riverside of the Kilim River. The cave is dark and requires a flashlight to illuminate the top of the cave. There are more than 1,000 bats in the cave. Eagle feeding is the most popular activity in the mangroves. The river is home to a large number of the red-brown old eagles, they hover over the forests, and sometimes swoop down to prey in the river. It is a spectacular scene. In contrast, marine farms are less exciting with a learning about local fish farming.