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Asia » Malaysia October 23rd 2015

Last night was my first night staying at the Sepilok Nature Reserve, I went to bed quite early because I was worn out after the last few days. As the hotel is on the edge of the rainforest it gets pretty noisy at night, I just didn't realise just how noisy it can be! It took me ages to get to sleep and then I was woken by thunder a couple of hours later! The weather calmed down and the weird and wonderful noises of the rain forest returned. Today I had a free day with no plans really. I had a late(ish) breakfast, got ready and walked to the Rainforest Discovery Centre which is about 20 mins down the road from the Sepilok Nature Resort. I paid for my ticket when I arrived, it was ... read more
View from the top of the tower
Hairy Caterpillar
The Macaque!

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary October 22nd 2015

Today I said a very sad farewell to Eric and left Kuching, he's been SO good for the last week and I'll really miss him. Most of my day has been spent either on a plane or in an airport. I caught my first flight from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu and then a connecting flight from there to Sandakan. When I got to the gate at Sandakan and saw the plane it filled me with dread! For anyone that knows me, you know I hate flying and little planes are my worst nightmare - but in actual fact, the flight itself wasn't too bad and thankfully only took around 40 minutes. I was collected at the airport by my driver and was taken to my hotel for the next two nights - Sepilok Nature Resort. My ... read more
Home for the Next Two Nights
My Room

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching October 21st 2015

Today I went to Bako National Park, which is the oldest national park in Sarawak, to go wildlife spotting. We set off relatively early to board the boat for the 30 minute journey to the park. After registering when we arrived, we went to the jetty ready to board the boat and there was an otter just next to the jetty with its head popping up out of the water, it then went over to the bank and got out and I saw it running into the trees - the wildlife spotting was off to a good start! The boat ride was pretty choppy on the way there, luckily I don't suffer from sea sickness! We arrived at the jetty and got off the boat, as I climbed the steps there was a macaque sat at ... read more
Proboscis Monkey
Green Viper
Proboscis Monkey

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Gunung Mulu National Park October 21st 2015

After one failed attempt to get to Gunung Mulu National Park and an unplanned evening in Kuching (due to the Haze mentioned in a previous post the pilot couldn't see the runway so we were diverted to Kuching), the weather decided to cooperate and we safely touched down in Mulu, the beginning of our jungle adventure in Borneo... This is one of the stops I couldn't wait to get to, and with a full slate of activities planned over the next 3-4 days it was going to be busy...checked into our hotel, and as the accommodations in the park itself were all booked we decided to rough it at the five star Marriott resort, sweet! Not a big selection of accommodation here, there are some dorm style hostels just outside the park entrance but we figured ... read more
The Explorers
Riverbank II

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching October 19th 2015

So today was the day I'd be heading off into the rainforest. We were up pretty early, I went in the shower room which consists of a shower (as you'd expect) that isn't working as there hasn't been any rain for quite a few weeks, so a couple of pans of cold water was as good as it was going to get. I opened the door and there was THE BIGGEST cockroach I have ever seen in my life just sat on the wall. I called Eric to the rescue, he promptly ran off and shouted for Gatzam to sort it! Problem averted, so I went for my shower. Then it was time for breakfast the Malay Village way, fried noodles with really hot spicy chicken, sticky rice cake that was bright green, peanut butter pancakes ... read more
Trekking in the Rainforest
A Little Rest
The After Shot!

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching October 17th 2015

This morning, I spent the day on a walking tour of Kuching - the capital of Sarawak- the name is said to have derived from the Malay word for cat, kucing and is known as 'cat city', as a result there are a few cat statues dotted around, but surprisingly very few cats! We set off from the hotel and quickly ended up in a really small alley way which links 2 of the old streets in this area together, half way down the alley we found the Indian Muslim Mosque which is pretty well hidden and was the first in Sarawak, built in 1837. After a few photos, we headed off to Gambier Street with numerous spice and textile shops; the smells from the herbs and spices was amazing as you walked on by. Part ... read more
Cat statue in Kuching
Chinese Medicine Shop
Chinese Temple, Kuching

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching October 17th 2015

This morning I was picked up by my guide, Eric, and we drove for around 90 minutes toward the coast. Driving through, there wasn't too much to see, a few houses and a couple of businesses. We then met the boat man from the village where I'd be staying for 2 nights. We loaded all our gear on to the boat and took a seat which sounds a doddle, I can assure you, it's not! The boat headed down river toward the sea, it got a bit bumpy initially because of a change in tides and I was so glad I had a cushion to sit on! I'd love to say the view from the boat was amazing, however, there is a haze covering much of the country due to forest fires in Indonesia - it's ... read more
Eric Preparing Meat Outside
Rice on a Bike
I Braved a Motorbike

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching October 16th 2015

After what feels like a week, I finally made it to my first hotel In Kuching - It's currently 30 degrees at 10pm!. Everything went without a hitch, it just took forever. So for now, I'm going to enjoy chilling out in my nice hotel and tomorrow the fun begins with a tour of the city... So my blog should hopefully become a little bit more interesting.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah October 14th 2015

Borneo! The mere mention of this name conjures up all sorts of exotic images of lush jungles, beautiful beaches, headhunter lore, remote tribes and longhouses...I have been captivated by this place for years; it started with seeing the movie Farewell to the King in the 80's and from its depiction of Borneo it looked like one of the most remote and exotic locales in the world...and now I was finally here! We were to start our adventure in the northern state of Sabah before working our way down to Sarawak...we had a tough time choosing what to see and do here, there are a ton of options and we ultimately ended up scrapping the eastern portion of Sabah due to time/logistic constraints to focus more on the west and northwestern coast... Touched down in Kota Kinabalu ... read more
Soaked to the bone...
Boats in KK
Fresh Fish in KK...

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching October 11th 2015

With a couple of days to go I thought I should get my blog set up ready for the first day. Right now, I'm feeling incredibly excited (and a little nervous) and I still have lots to do before I set off next week. Suppose I'd best start packing! Catch you on the other side...... read more

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