One such cherished ‘once-a-year’ escape is into the mysterious Lost World of Maliau Basin. Some would best describe it as an avid trekker’s dream – a 42.5-kilometer full loop adventure spread out between 4 days!

It all started with a deep yearning for fernweh, a German word meaning an ache to get away and travel to a distant place, a feeling even stronger than wanderlust. I simply call it an “itch” to escape concrete buildings and day-to-day modernization – to smell the sweet primary rainforest air once again. Spoilt as I am fortunate to be able to find wild escapes within Sabah, a place I proudly call home.

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