Travels in Malaysia and Indonesia

Matt Welsh

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Sandakan, Sabah

Our first destination was the Malaysian state of Sabah, in eastern Borneo. This is Uncle Tan's "bed and breakfast" on the outskirts of Sandakan, a city on the east coast. Uncle Tan is a long-time resident of these parts who runs a modest "tour agency" -- if you can call it that. He informally arranges trips around Sabah for those travellers who somehow make it to his doorstep (shown here). The "bed and breakfast" is really just a couple of dilapidated rooms upstairs of his office (and home) in this ugly concrete block. What Tan lacks in aesthetics, he more than makes up for in character -- he's a good-hearted man who tries his best to take care of the trickle of backpackers who make it out his way.


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