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I just wanted to post this to recommend the private guide we hired during our Borneo trip last year - Hadi. We booked via Wildlife Expeditions in Sandakan, who contacted him directly on our behalf when none of their standard itineraries exactly fit what we wanted to do. He can also be contacted by email: Hadiabdullah7@hotmail.com.

I can't recommend Hadi highly enough, he really went out of his way to give us the best experience possible. For instance, when we visited Sepilok, as well as seeing the feeding, we also went trekking further into the park, which we noticed most other guides didn't offer. This meant we had additional sightings of orangutans in a more wild environment, that we would otherwise have missed. Similarly, at the Gomangtong Caves, we went past the Black Cave into the lesser-visited White Cave - Hadi said we were his first tourists all year who'd wanted to go, which felt kind of cool! He didn't push us, but made sure we saw and did everything we'd hoped for (as far as possible - obviously he can't guarantee the animals sightings!)

We also spent a couple of days & nights on the Kinabatangan River, and Hadi was tireless in the heat, helping us to spot proboscis monkeys, macaques, hornbills, snakes, crocodiles, and my personal highlight - a pgymy elephant.

As well as organising all the logistics of our tour (transport, accommodation, meals), Hadi lastly also arranged our onward bus tickets to Semporna and even waited with us at the side of the road to ensure we got on safely.

I hope that some of you might use his services in the future as we found him absolutely terrific.

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Hi, I've emailed Hadi and he has replied, what sort of rates would we be looking at? Did you barter or did you just accept the rate he gave you?

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yes i too am very interested in his rates. i want to spend 3 days in sandakan seeing the orangutans and do a river cruise. and really not sure how to go about organising it to fit in with my plans. so he sounds great.

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From memory, we paid about 750 RM per person for our private tour - not cheap, but was worth it to us since we got to plan our own itinerary and do everything we wanted to.

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where did you stay on the Kinabatangan.

Did he organise the accommodation too ? thanks

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Hi all

We returned yesterday from 3 weeks in Malaysia/Borneo. We did a three day river tour, staying at the Myne Resort. We organised this through DiveDownBelow tours. They were excellent and very professional. We had our own guide for the three days. His name was Lok and he was fantastic. We were picked up by Lok at our Sandakan Hotel (the Nak Hotel - great place. Will review in the next few days) and spent the next three days trekking up and down the river, resting at the great Myne Resort and eating great food. We saw monkeys, birds, lizards, elephants and on our way back to Sandakan, we saw an orang-utan with her baby eating the fruit from one of the fruit trees on the path to the Gomangtong Caves. It was fantastic. We would highly recommend Lok and the tour. There are three different grades of tours that DiveDownBelow organise - each a different price depending on the level of comfort. We chose the luxury resort and feel that we got great value for the money we paid. It included all meals and accommodation for the three days plus a city tour on our return to Sandakan. All up - the best part of our three week holiday.

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@cheal, I don't remember the name of the lodge on the Kinabatangan - and weirdly it's not in my travel diary! But yes, the guide organised it for us. It was perfectly fine from memory - simple, clean cabins, friendly staff, good food.

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please send me lok email as we are going to sandakan soon

thanks

ken

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Sorry Ken, I do not have Lok's email. Contact DiveDownBelow tours and ask for him as a guide. DiveDownBelow tours is easily found on the internet. Enjoy your trip.

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