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Sandakan to Lahad Datu/Danum Valley

I will be in Sandakan in March. I will be staying at Uncle Tan's. Afterwards, I would like to go on to the Lahad Datu/Danum Valley area in an attempt to see orang utans. Is there any way to stay overnight in that area without staying at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge? That seems a bit too touristy. I've read a bunch of conflicting reports on being able to stay at a Research Station in this area. Your suggestions on this topic or other areas of Malaysian Borneo that are good for orang utan spotting would be appreciated. (I am aware of the "sanctuaries"...I prefer places were I could possibly glimpse them in the "wild") THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

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