Sandakan-Ranau Death March (1942 - 1945)
The Sandakan Track – Best Death March Tour in Borneo

15~27 August 2011 :: Sabah Salute

 Tue, Sep 27, 2011

Stew DempseyTham and his team were just fantastic!

From the very start of our exhibition (which involved waiting around until 3am for us to arrive!) until the last drop off, nothing was too much trouble for them. The service was always accompanied with a smile and a joke which helped keep our spirits up during our arduous and emotional trek.

The guides were amazing and passed on their immense knowledge of the local area and some of the delights that the jungle can offer. Thanks also has to go to the admin team as their work behind the scenes was terrific! Not having to worry about our bags or cooking really helped us concentrate on the task at hand. Special mention has to go to the chef as keeping 14 hungry soldiers fed is no mean feat!

Thanks again TYK for making such a historic exhibition so memorable!

Stew Dempsey

Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:09:30 +0100

Dave ApplebyTham and Team,

Thanks for looking after us so well, from the moment we met you all at Sepilok and sadly had to say our goodbyes at Kota Kinabalu you and your team provided and catered for our every need. It was so emotional learning all about the history of the Japanese occupation and especially all about the ‘Death Marches’. We met some wonderful people. It’s has been an honour to follow in the footsteps of all those brave soldiers and civilians who as we know suffered immensely. It is my ambition to return and walk the route again, and I know who I will be calling to look after me, Tham and his TYK Team….Thanks again and stay in touch.

Dave Appleby

Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Harry Hyslop“From the off, we were looked after by Tham and the gang. Whether it was waiting until 0300 for us to arrive, repairing broken bikes or just boiling water for a cup of tea, the way TYK catered for us was fantastic.

Our guides, Peter, Maik and Duin were brilliant, passing on their local knowledge to us as we trekked through the jungle, however, their distance perception is interesting at times! Basil, in the truck was always on hand with fresh water, bananas and crackers to ensure we kept our energy levels up throughout.

The camp team were brilliant, with some of the best food we sampled whilst on our journey and the brilliant administration side covered so no one even needed to worry about baggage.

We couldn’t have asked for a better team to assist us on our adventure and enable us to make history on ‘Sabah Salute’.”

Harry Hyslop

Sat, Sep 10, 2011

Major Claire Curry“From our arrival at Sepilok at 3 o’clock in the morning when TYK were waiting to show us the way to Jungle Lodge I knew that we were going to be well looked after. Tham and his crew have ensured that our expedition was a complete success and their support has been first class through out. Whenever any of the team needed a bottle of water or bite to eat Basil was there with the support truck. The guides have been informative, helpful and kept us all smiling throughout. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide company on Sabah Salute”.Major Claire Curry
Expedition Leader

Thursday, September 08, 2011 7:40 PM

Bridgeder Duncan FrancisTham, many thanks for this link. We very much enjoyed ourselves with you, and we would single out Basil for special praise. He was fun, helpful, very informative and interesting, and just an all-round good bloke.

We were very grateful for all the information which you passed to us while we were still in Beijing, which was timely and detailed. What we particularly liked was that nothing was too much effort for you and your staff. And we felt that we were amongst friends. When we come to Sabah again, we will have no hesitation in using your company. And we will recommend it to our friends.

Again, many thanks for everything,

All the best,
Bridgeder Duncan Francis


Charles May “Chas”

Neil Cogram

Andy McKinlay “Mac”

John Moffat

Mike Taylor
Tania Francis

Jurica Vorster “J”

Aiden Gill “Gilly”