I hadn’t put much thought into it. I have heard about the mystical Maliau Basin in the heart of Sabah for many years and when the opportunity came to actually explore this timeless wonder, I jumped on the bandwagon with the rest of the group.

It was to be a 5-day trekking experience, covering an area one third of the basin’s actual size (43 kilometres) without the habitual urban comfort. At the very start of the trek, the Maliau Conservation Centre provided an eye opener into the dense rain forest with its well equipped research centre and comfortable accommodations. We opted for the rugged experience; pitching our very own tent at designated camp site, named Belian. It wasn’t the most comfortable night as we endured being bitten by insects. Nevertheless it was all part of the fun, away from the creature comforts of city life.

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