The High Cost of Development - Sabah


That beautiful beachfront resort you're staying at?  Well, where you're sleeping was probably once a jungle, or at least something wilder than your semi-hard mattress.

Taken near the sleepy seaside village of Kuala Penyu, this photo is just one example of the rapid development taking place in Malaysian Borneo.  

Sabah has seen an influx of tourism thanks to its incredible nature and wildlife, and the neighboring Sarawak state is trying to catch up and get a share of the tourism dollars as well.  Add a burgeoning middle class in Malaysia and cheap low cost airfares, and it's no surprise why people are clearing the way for more.

In no time, the quiet little place I stayed at will just be one amongst many.

Shot May 14th, 2010