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On a steep bank of Sungai Segama, about 20m from the river, perches an overhanging rock which shelter wooden ancient coffins,in its underside.

It is believed these disturbed coffins, with almost faint but nonetheless intricate carvings on it, belong to the Orang Sungai,a nomadic tribe which used to inhabit along the river and rainforest of Danum Valley, hundreds of years ago.

When the burial site was discovered years ago, the coffins were strewn and displaced out of its limestone shelter, by wild animals. Except for a piece of bone, the rest of the skeletal remains, is missing.

It takes about an hour walk from Danum Valley Field Centre, trekking under the shades of the virgin rainforest, to this burial site. You need a guide to get here and if you have any hangup with leeches, wear a leech socks.

Danum Valley Field Centre (DVFC) is a renowned tropical research facility located on the edge of the 438 sq km Danum Valley Conservation Area. It was set up in 1986 for the purposes of research, education, training and wilderness recreation.

It is also the largest undisturbed lowland dipterocarp forest in Sabah. The nearest town is Lahad Datu, about 81km away or roughly 2 hours drive away with about 90 minutes of it, on gravel.

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