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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak February 22nd 2014

We had a couple of nights at the Damai Puri Resort on the Santubong Peninsula about one hours drive from Kuching. When we arrived we were very impressed with the 4 star hotel but we quickly began to realise it was desperately in need of some care and attention and the staff a few training courses - could that be why, including us, there are only about 30 people here in a hotel that could accommodate hundreds? There are a few shops about a 5 minute walk away and a couple of restaurants. These shops are opposite the Sarawak Cultural Village, and probably owe their existence to it. We visited the Sarawak Cultural Village in the pouring rain on our second day. I was expecting it to be really naff but it was surprisingly well done. ... read more
Sarawak Cultural Village
Performer at Sarawak Cultural Village
sword maker at SCV

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 21st 2014

I was in Penang when l was attacked by a rat. It was a few years ago, in the Year of the Rat, and l was hoping it was a lucky sign. I didn't manage to win the lottery but l did survive the rat bite which most people would think is pretty lucky in itself. l say attacked because l honestly don't know what l did to provoke it. I was in Penang's main town of Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of it's remarkable colonial architecture & unique townscape. I have always liked Penang, even after the rat bite, it has a great atmosphere, a comfortable fusion of Chinese, British & Malaysian cultures. It really is like nowhere else, it's uniquely charming, cultured & relaxed. And if for no other reason, it is ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town February 21st 2014

18th February – two weeks since I left the UK. The past 2 weeks have really flown, and what a great start to my adventure, now on to the next one! Arrived safely in KL, slept on both planes but still felt tired. Had to try and stay awake… lost 6 hours and am now 8 hours ahead of the UK so timing whatapps and skypes is going to be more of a headache. When I walked out of the airport – around 8am I had to take my jumper off as it was hot, the taxi driver was very helpful telling me places to go and even teaching me some Malay, numbers and phrases. The hotel is basic and above the 33 restaurant, am I am staying in the 33 star hotel. The room is ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town February 19th 2014

When you are full of free time, you stretch your time to decide minor things like should you take a day or night train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (KL)? How does it matter? Anyhow, after much deliberation and a long list of pros and cons, I finally decided that the morning train suited me so that I can feed breakfast to my fishes and look at the scenery. Next morning, I took Singapore MRT (Mass Rapid Transmit), to reach Marsiling station. Then bus 856 to Woodlands train station. After formalities, I sat in second class chair cart. The train left the city and I saw greenery and more greenery. There was hardly a soul around, no villages, ponds - nothing.I went off to sleep. It just happened that the cost of the day ticket was ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata February 18th 2014

The Rafflesia is the largest flower in the world. It can grow up to one metre in diameter & weigh up to 10 kg in weight! There are several species of Rafflesia and they are only found in a few places in SE Asia. And it is becoming more rare, as the rainforests they best grow in, are being diminished by logging & clearing. The first Western botanist to discover the Rafflesia was a Frenchman in Java in the late 1700's. But his illustrations & notes were seized by the British & were not rediscovered until 1954. Meanwhile in 1818, a British botanist collected another species in Sumatra and named the flower in honour of the very notable Sir Stamford Raffles, modern founder of Singapore. Also commonly know as the 'corpse flower' because of its stench ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak February 16th 2014

We left the Sabah region by plane from Kota Kinabalu to fly to Mulu in the north of the region of Sarawak and not far from the border with Brunei. The plane stopped en route at Miri on the coast and we had to get off briefly to clear immigration into Sarawak and whilst we were off the plane they decided it was broken. After a few hours it could not be fixed and there were no more flights so we were put up and fed curtsy of Malaysian Airways in a 4 star hotel on the beach at Miri - a result!!! Miri looked very prosperous on the route in from the airport but the town was described to us by one of our party who went to see it as a dump - glad ... read more
long shadows on the beach at Miri
view from our surprise stop hotel in Miri
Sian paddling in the South China Sea

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kinabatangan February 12th 2014

While traipsing through ankle high mud fighting leeches in the Bornean rainforest we turned to each other and laughed "We're traipsing through ankle high mud fighting leeches in the Bornean rainforest!" Just the name of this island evokes images of adventure and exploration. Matt's book of choice for this trip was Alfred Russel Wallace's The Malay Archipelago in which he writes about his collecting trips to the islands that now make up New Guinea, Malaysia and Indonesia. He spent a lot of time observing and collecting the orangutans of Borneo. As has become part of our ritual before a safari we listed our hopes to one another: I wanted to see orangutans and pygmy elephants while Matt was keen on proboscis monkeys. Matt's friend Shane had been on a safari on the ... read more
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Proboscis Monkey
Leeches

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah February 11th 2014

We have just spent a few days in the Danum Valley at a hotel located 50 miles into the lowland rainforest reached by 4x4 vehicles along an unmade road ( fortunately for us graded only the week before so in pretty good condition). The Dunam Valley has one of the few remaining pockets of primary rainforest left in Asia. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is located 3 miles into the primary forest, the previous 50 miles from the nearest habitation, the town of Lahad Datu, being secondary rainforest following a massive replanting project undertaken after the area had been logged. Most of the replanting took place from 1993 to 2000 but to my eyes looked very established and I could not see the join between the two forests. As it is primary rainforest it is an area ... read more
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driving into the rainforest

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi February 10th 2014

So I started this new Adventure a little under a week ago. As I am sitting on a secluded beach in Langkawi. I look back to a week ago were I was having dinner at my Cousins house with about 20 people. It was the perfect end to my latest stint in Australia catching up with my awesome family, and the perfect start to my latest adventure. Since then I have been in 3 countries in 6 days. I flew out of Australia on Tuesdays, continuing my lasted string of luck with planes running late. I finally got into Bangkok at 2am after about 10 hours of flying. I must of still been sentimental about family time as I gave up my perfectly selected seat for one not so comfy so a family could sit together. ... read more
Canal in Village we are staying at
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Eating a Scorpian

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah February 6th 2014

Only three of the group decided to do the 5 hour jungle trek as the guide had made it sound so tough, hot and very humid, wet, slippery mud and the need to carry at least three litres of water. When the three guys returned they of course claimed it was not so bad and they had managed it easily. As a result the rest of us were free to visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary about half an hour from Sandakan and close to our new accommodation at the Sepilok Jungle Resort at Sepilok. We arrived in time for feeding at 11.30 so there were loads of the Proboscis Monkeys near the viewing platform and we had a great and close up view. They all gave way when the alpha male decided he wanted ... read more
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The Alpha Male
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