Sunday, January 3, 2016

Watching Proboscis Monkeys In Borneo

By Jonny Blair

If you're staying in Sabah in Malaysia on the island of Borneo, it's highly likely you'll have heard of proboscis monkeys. They are wild, they live in the jungle and they have long noses. But more importantly they are native to the island of Borneo (Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia). This is the only place on planet earth that you can see them outside a zoo. It's worth doing, and naturally it's a popular touristy thing to do.

Best way to organise monkey watching in Borneo

You can find companies offering these tours in Kota Kinabalu. I have met tons of so called "budget backpackers" over the years who insist that booking through tour companies is always dearer - it's often not and your best way to see the proboscis monkeys is to book it through a company. But make sure they include hostel pick up, food, proboscis monkey boat tour and fireflies boat tour. It's easy to organise - find a company, agree a price and get your tickets.

How much do you pay to watch these monkeys?

Overall you should expect to pay around 60 Ringitts. This includes almost everything you need on the tour such as boats, transport there and back and of course the afternoon tea and the buffet dinner. It is a really good trip well worth booking!

What is the best way to get to the Monkey Park? How can we get out there?

We were picked up at our hostel at 2pm in Kota Kinabalu, driven to a place called Beaufort Town which houses Klias Wetland Park. It was inside a small mini-bus.

The trip price should include the transport which makes it all easy enough to organise. In general it's not too difficult and can be suitable for adults, pensioners and children. Most people love it!

As well as the crazy styled Proboscis monkeys, you can see all sort of other monkeys. If you even cross the border into Indonesian Borneo, you can see the orange coloured Orang-Utans in their natural habitat. The monkey tours in Borneo remain a highlight for many travellers and backpackers.

At the end of the tour you can also eat in a buffet dinner on the boat or by a restaurant beside the river. Overall, the monkey experience of Borneo is quite brilliant and worth travelling out to. You may never get another chance in life to see such curious wild monkeys in the wild. Have a safe and enjoyable trip out there everybody and happy travels to each and everyone of you.

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