Here's what our friends have to say...

Dear Michela,

back home in the UK I just wanted to say thank you very much for arranging a fab trip for us in Borneo. Everything worked out well, everyone was friendly and we had an amazing time. We especially enjoyed having Patrick as our guide - please thank him on our behalf. We also loved the long house, it's rare to meet such a hospitality as the one we were greeted with there.

We'll recommend you to friends going in the summer. So once again, thank you very much.

Best regards,
Henriette

Henriette, United Kingdom, 23 April 2009

Len,

Please excuse my late reply to your e-mail.

Had difficulty with the Internet the day before I left for KK.

I really enjoyed my hike of Mt. Kinabalu - we were pretty lucky with the weather; the rain didn't hit until after I had made if back to Pendant Hut.

Your driver and my guide were excellent.

Thanks for all of your assistance organizing this trip.

Sincerely,
Jonathan

Jonathan, 17 April 2009

Dear Len,

We just returned home from our holiday in Malaysia. We really enjoyed our visit to Mount Kinabalu and climb to the Low's Peak and Via Ferrata. It was really beatiful and all the Mountain Torq services were very well organised. We will for sure recommend the trip to others.

Would it be possible for you to email me the receipt of our payment? I paid with credit card upon reservation.

With best regards,
Jussi Juutinen

Jussi Juutinen, 08 January 2009

Dear Michela,

First of all, happy new year!
I hope you did enjoy your stay in Italy and had a great time with your family and friends.

We have arrived in the cold but sunny Tokyo two days ago but it is difficult to go back to our normal life and a part of our mind still remains in Borneo.
Michela, we would like to thank you for all the arrangements you have made for us. Everything went smoothly and we could enjoy every minute of our vacation. We have seen so many fantastic things and the nature of Sabah is breathtaking. We had a lot of fun in Mabul Island and we were fortunate and got two times the permission to go diving in Sipadan and had so the chance to see sharks, countless turtles and the big school of barracudas.

Also, the experience to see our distantly relatives the Urang Utans in Sepilok and all the wildlife in Danum Valley and Sukau was amazing and we will keep a lot of great memories and impressions.
I have attached some pictures of our trip but it was difficult to choose because we've seen so much and took so many photographs. But if you are interested to see more my friend Stefanie posted some pictures on her side of Facebook. May be you are a member of Facebook, too?

Say hi to your co-workers we've met in your office in Kota Kinabalu.

Cheers,
Anke & Stefanie

Anke & Stefanie, Japan, 07 January 2009

Hello Len

I want to thank you on behalf of myself and my family for the excellent arrangements you made, we had a great holiday and particularly fell in love with Mataking!

thanks again for making this a memorable holiday.

have a terrific 2009!

Thomas

Thomas, 07 January 2009

Hi Len,

Just wanted to thank you once again and Janet as well as Alan for all your services and hospitality. We enjoyed ourselves very much and had a very successful concert.

Rebecca Ang Lee

Cathedral Choir Group, Singapore, 17 December 2008
Tour Guide Knowledge: Excellent, epecially Dennis & One (he did turtle island)
Accommodations: Good
Itinerary Sights: Excellent
Itinerary Schedule: Excellent
Meal Acceptable no choice as trying to please all

Ian & Jill MacGregors, 19 November 2008

Hi Len,

I hope you are well and that your business is fluorescing!

We have finally received the payment from the insurance and everything has worked out.

Thank you very very much for your help in this matter, it has really been outstanding to have local support.

We will surely promote your company to everyone we can here, and don't hesitate to contact us if you ever need any references.

Once again thank you and good luck with you business!

Lars Saquero, 21 October 2008

Thank you so very much for taking the time to write and find out about my experience in Borneo. It will be a true pleasure to contribute to your first Newsletter. Below my answers:

1. How would you describe your Mountain Torq experience?
To begin with, I had no idea what to expect. From many sources it said that Mount Kinabalu was the friendliest easiest mount to climb. However, the pictures shown were dramatic and I was not prepared to assimilate the beauty of the place. I have to say that I was much more focused on following the instructions rather than enjoying the views! It was fun and quite different from my day-to-day activities..

You also have to understand that Cancun (where I live) has no elevations (don't say mountains) and the nearest mount is about 1000K away...

2. What was the favorite part of your stay with Mountain Torq?
Overall- Was a great experience.. I would say that my favorite part was reaching the summit. It was much more challenging than I anticipated, but worth the effort. This is the kind of activity that fosters very productive thinking. Some people may say it's pure physical activity, but I lean more towards believing is all about thinking.

Pendant Hut-When they said I had to go to bed at 5.30pm or 6pm after lunch to wake up again at 1.30am in the morning I tought it was a joke. Afternoon was breezy and beautiful and I had no plans to go to bed.. However, I never considered how tired I may get. The team at the Hut was very good, flexible and ready to help. After my instruction, (they even gave me a room for myself!) I was ready to sleep.. With no doubt my favorite part of my stay was the starry skies at night. What an unbelievable sight! Climbing at night was also the highlight of the trip. It was amazing!

Via Ferrata. I didn´t know what to expect. >>From my window at the Hut the wall looked challenging and I remembered the pictures on the internet. And my training was fast and looked pretty basic.. Once you begin climbing down, you realise how easy it is and that was when I really enjoyed the views and the panorama!

3. Why did you choose to come to Mountain Torq for your holiday in Borneo?
A friend of mine, who is the Executive Chef at The Ritz-CArlton in Cancun, lived a number of years in Malaysia and told me to give it a try. He and his wife had a wonderful time and I tought that if they have found it easy and amusing, it must be the same for me (my mistake...) So, I began "training" for about 6 months...I can confidently say my holiday began at that time...

4. What tips will you like to share with customers who are planning their Mt Kinabalu trip?
Going down is far more difficult than climbing up... And never forget that! It comes to a point in which you are tired and your joints don't stop complaining.. It is insulting to see the "2hours and 9 minute" record for the Climb-athon when you are in pain... ha, ha,

How many days were you in Borneo?
5 Days and it was surely a short visit..

6. Any other toughts or feelings you'll like to share with the Mountain Torq readers on your entire Mountain Torq experience?
Be open to talk.. open to listen.. but most importantly be open to talk to yourself. Altough not as challenging as other moutains, Mount Kinabalu has something special to listen to minutes before you reach the summit...

7. Any feedback or comments on how we can improve our service/product offerings?
I would say improve the quality of the food...

Mr. Rafael Vazques Pico, Mexico, 15 July 2008

Dear Luca (our foreign speaking guide),

Thank you for your translation and your excellent guide job.
Ci hai fatto innamorare a poco a poco di un paese a noi sconosciuto e con te abbiamo incontrato molti animali della giungla.
Grazie con tutto il cuore

Veronica

Veronica, Italy, 01 July 2008

We started ABCTours with a passion...
Our core value and guiding principle is to conserve and protect our natural environment. It is also our aspiration to present to all our guests our precious Borneo's gifts - nature at its pristine condition.

We believe that our great treasure-troves will be best conserved if more people see for themselves the natural wonders that make this one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is the cradle of our world's environment - the Island of Borneo.

Join us in our effort to preserve this environment that we all depend on for our very existence.

And most importantly, let us turn you into our lasting friends.

This website is dedicated to all our friends, who have been travelling with us and make us understands more about ourselves. We shall use this platform to share our friends' passion with you.

Warmest greeting from all of us at ABCTours.