Shangri-La @ The Land of The Orang Utan

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort @ Kota Kinabalu offers the finest gems of nature and a suite of fine services. Fine powdery beach, clear blue sunny afternoon sky, deep orange sunset, cool sea breeze and fresh morning woody scent. Sitting beside a nature reserve, this resort offers the best of Sabah in a lush, 400-acre tropical setting beside exquisite Pantai Dalit Beach.

It is a wonderful place to retreat for a week. Go conquer the tallest mountain in South East Asia – Mt Kinabalu or muck-diving with 3,000 species of fish and coral reefs in the clearest water of Sipadan island. This is the mating ground of green and hawksbill turtles and also the only home of the largest living arboreal animals – the Orang Utan. Currently, there are only about 30,000 Orang Utans living in the wild and they can only be found residing on the island of Borneo and Sumatra.

When I came to know that there is an Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center within the Nature Reserve in our resort, I decided to skip my lunch one afternoon and check out these magnificent primates living in the wild. It was just a short 10-minute walk into the forest when I heard something swinging above my head. I looked up and saw a big "bird-nest". It was one of the Orang Utan’s home. These nests were huge. (And I thought only birds build nest on the trees to sleep!) It was a good experience for me to see them living in the wild. Thankfully, I had my Canon 200mm zoom-lens with me!

Sabah is a great relaxing place but I have so little time to explore its wonders (as this is a working trip). No caving, diving or forest exploration (My only regret is I didn’t get to see the world’s largest flower – The Rafflesia). Next time…hopefully with a bunch of monkey friends.

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