Lahad Datu - Malaysia

Lahad Datu is a town in the east of Sabah, eastern Malaysia on the island of Borneo. It is located on a peninsula on the north side of Darvel Bay. Surrounded by stretches of cocoa and oil palm plantations, it is also an important timber exporting port. A settlement is believed to have existed here in the 15th century, as excavations have unearthed Ming dynasty Chinese ceramics. Just east of Lahad Datu, is the village of Tunku, a notorious base for Lanun pirates and slave traders in the 19th century. Lahad Datu is a gateway to the Danum Valley Conservation Area, the Tabin Wildlife Reserve (Asian Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Tembadau and 220 species of birds are all found within the reserve), and Madai Caves, famous for its swiftlet's nests used in bird's nest soup.