Colombo — Kuala Lumpur
Our flight was at 10.30am so we grabbed so breakfast from our hostel (Hangover hostel) in Colombo. It had been a good night with just the two of us in the room! And I say room – the rooms were made from containers!
The hostel did 24 hour transfers to the airport and we could decide when to leave whenever we wanted so about 8am we left. Arriving at the airport, 10 minutes later we grabbed a trolley and off we went towards check in. Before we got anywhere near check in though, we had to go through security.
When we’d been passed, we got to the desk and were then asked lots of questions about our onward travels. Luckily, we had our ticket booked for leaving Malaysia to Borneo so could show it!
Finally, we could head towards departures but not until we’d need through another security check.
We grabbed a drink from one of the cafes and water then headed to the gate. Where again, we had security. As I was going through the guard saw my water bottle and told me I couldn’t have it. Now this was sealed bottle which I had literally just bought 10 minutes before in departures!! I wasn’t super happy about having to give it up so drank the whole thing there and then!
We were soon boarding onto our Air Asia flight. Just like Ryanair in the UK, it’s cheap and small! But we soon settled in, read, tried to nap and the 4 hour flight went pretty quickly. We arrived 30 minutes ahead of scedule which was cool but due to the time difference it was now 4.50pm rather than 2!
We collected our bags, went through another security and immigration. Then it was time to find a taxi to our hostel. We saw a booth so asked how much it was going to be and they quoted over 100 Ringit when we had been quoted by the hostel 10-15! We were a bit confused and then realised we were in the executive taxi line! The budget taxi cost us 13 MYR but we had to queue for about 40 minutes outside the airport until a taxi became available.
The journey to our hostel took about 30 minutes. We had booked ‘Back home hostel’ for the night and it had a good vibe to it when we arrived.
We quickly dropped our bags off, had 10 minutes of chilled time then it was time to explore Kuala Lumpur as we would be leaving the next day for the Cameron Highlands.
Just 3 minutes walk from the hostel was the train station and underground and the ticket machine was really easy to use so we purchased a ticket and headed for the platform. A train was just pulling in so we hopped on, only to realise as we pulled away we were going the wrong direction! Oh well, we got off at the next stop, walked round to the other side and soon we heading the correct way!!
We arrived at the KLCC junction and soon just around the corner were the petroleum towers. They are pretty spectacular lit up and soon we were joining the other tourists trying to get the perfect angle for a picture!
After a while, we wandered around the streets taking in the lit up trees and buildings which surrounded us. Then we pub a shopping centre and enjoyed a little browse!
By this time it was nearly 10 – the day had just gone! So we began the journey home which was incredibly easy (no wrong trains this time) and soon were settling into bed for the night.
8th May – KL – Cameron highlands
We got up early and had breakfast. Thankfully no eggs today. After 3 weeks of eggs and toast for breakfast everyday we needed a break! Porridge and peanut butter on toast was a welcome treat!
We then hauled on all our bags and walked to the train station. The easy 3 minute walk last night was a little harder with the bags!! We arrived, grabbed our tickets and headed to the train only to realise once on it that again we were going the wrong way! A quick u-turn at the next junction and we found our track. The journey took about 30 minutes with one train switch (luckily the same platform we got off again! ) and soon we arrived at the central bus station. It was huge! We had booked online so just had to go to a counter to get a boarding ticket. Then we went downstairs to wait.
It was like an airport. There were gates with waiting areas and announcements over speakers telling us when the buses were leaving. Some of the announcers seemed to be singing the information as it had such a rhythm to it!
Unfortunately, our bus was a bit late but soon enough we were on our way. I’d booked sears at the front as I knew the roads would be pretty windy and sire enough we were soon twisting our way through the mountains, narrowly missing the edge and other cars! Amazingly, our driver somehow managed to even overtake other cars and lorries on these tiny roads! Nicole and I were holding on for our lives! Maybe being ay the front wasn’t the best idea as we could see our deaths coming!!
5 hours later, after one stop off for food , we arrived in the little town Tana Rata. We were dropped at the bus terminal and it was just a 5 minute walk to the hostel (still nearly killed us with our bags!). This was our first ‘pod’ hostel. We were in a 36 bed room! But each bed was in a wooden box with a curtain at one end. Each had a light and a fan inside so it was pretty cosy!
We chilled for a bit then went to explore the town. It was mainly just one street with a few restuarants and shops. Found a 2 Ringit shop (less than 50p) which was great for the little supplies we needed!
We had dinner at the curry house and I enjoyed a tikka masala – haven’t had one in months!
It was a lot cooler in the highlands which was a welcome change and I even got my jeans out to wear (they’ve been in the bottom of my bag for a month!)
After mooching for a bit longer, and stopping for tea and cake, we headed back to the hostel just as the rain began!
9th May – Cameron Highlands
We booked onto a half day tour which bean at 8.30am so we were up early. The hostel didn’t do breakfast so we headed back to the curry house for some beans on toast and tea!
There were 8 of us on the tour and one of the group was a girl teaching in Thailand just like we had done!
Our first stop on the tour was the tea planantion hills. They looked different to Sri Lanka and equally beautiful! Our guide informed us of how they had come to be here and how the pickers had been brought over mainly from India and Pakistan which was why there was so much Indian influence here in the cooking.
After that, we headed to the mossy forest which is and ancient forest in the highlands. Our guide was great as he explained how fragile the moss is (it grows 1cm every 3 years) and showed us different plants in the area. It was rhe first time I’d seen a carnivorous plant in the wild which was cool and the orchids were everywhere and beautiful.
We then had a chance to walk along a board walk to see more of the forest and view although the view was covered in cloud at first before it cleared a little.
After the forest, we stopped at a tea shop where we could try the local tea. It was delicious without milk but with just added the extra element I like although I was told several times the milk ruins the flavour!
Our final stop was to a strawberry farm. They can grow them all year round and they looked and tasted delicious. They were playing music over the speakers which we couldn’t decide if it was for us or the strawberries!!
Finally, after endulging in some strawberries and yogurt, we headed back to town for lunch.
We ended up at a restaurant next to our hostel which was were lots of locals go and had stuffed rotti/bread things. They were delicious with a mix of chicken, potato, veg and spices.
Hattie (the girl teaching in Thailand on our tour) joined Nicole and I on a jungle walk in the afternoon. I’d asked the hotel which routes were easyish and were told track 5,6,4 (in a loop) was okay and took about 2 hours. So off we went to find the he beginning of the route. Easier said then done! We wandered around, couldn’t find any signs, got told different directions by people and then finally having back tracked our steps and walked for about 30 minutes we found the entrance.
That’s when the fun started as we began to walk through the jungle and it was really jungle path.
We scrambled over roots and wound our way deeper into the jungle. After about 30 minutes we met some people coming the other way who, when we told them our route, just said good luck! Hmm, maybe it wasn’t going to be so easy!
It was hot, humid and difficult terrain but I loved it! At one point we could here trees rustling and looking up there were wild monkeys swinging through the trees above!
Finally 1 hr 30 min later, we found the cross roads between track 5 and 6 which was our next track. Here we met another couple going the opposite way..again they informed us it was quite hard ahead. But we were invested then..no going back!
We began track 6 and it was immediate that we’d uped a level of challenge. We had to climb down near a large valley side before going striaght back up the other side.
Sometimes even having to use our hands to keep balance and climb. I’d found some sticks for us to use for support earlier on and these became very useful as we wound our way up, up and up! Eventually we seems to reach the top and then it was time to duck under trees and vines and search for the paths through. There weren’t signs for ages and just in some places tape which I took as no entry. As I was leading the others, I was very aware that if I somehow took the wrong path, we would be lost very quickly as the jungle was so dense! Luckily, as we kept gping on track 6, we could just about hear some cars and the local mosque so knew civilisation wasn’t too far away! But it was another hour before we can across a sign pointing to track 4 – the final stretch!
This track was how we had imagined the whole thing to be. Quite large cleared paths with few obstacles or hills to climb!
Finally 30 minutes later, we arrived on a concrete path next to the river and knew the town wasn’t too far away. But we still had to walk along the road back to the centre.
We tried hitching a lift from cars going past but when I waved they just waved back or put their thumbs up to match me! Slowly, we made it back to town a little more tired then we thought we would be when we started but it was great!
We were also covered in mud and plant if bites from the dreaded mozzies! So it was straight to the showers to clean up.
After a rest, we went for dinner and ended up all having pizzas! So good! Then it was back to bed as we were shattered!
10th May – Cameron Highlands – George Town
And we were off again! This time to Penang and George town which was another 4 hours by bus and 20 minute ferry ride. Me being me, I hadn’t even realised Penang was an island – we just go where we’ve been told is good and hadn’t really researched that much!
Anyway, we walked back to the bus terminal down the town and off we went. Again the ticket was 35 Ringit which is (£7) – pretty good for 4 hours!
This ride again took us through windy roads and mountains and by the time we stopped at a service station, I actually thought I was going to be sick but luckily I wasn’t and after that it was just straight highways which was great!
At the ferry, we unloaded and then tried to work out where we actually went. A local directed us to the end of the bus station where there was a free shuttle bus. We all piled on along with a lot of other people and drove 5 minutes around to the ferry port. We then had to walk up a slope, buy a ticket (1.90 Ringit -less than 50p) and queue up. By this time Nicole and I were dying from the weight of our bags! After 30 minutes, the gate opened and we walked onto the ferry. There weren’t chairs just a platform where the cars were parked and people around the edge. It took just 20 minutes across (a welcome rest for our backs) and then we went in search of a taxi. We found one which was driven by a lovely old man which chatted to us about us life – 72 years old!!
10 minutes later, we arrived at ‘Ryokan Boutique Hostel’. Back to bunk beds here but we were in a room of just 4 which was nice.
We went for a walk around the town and it was incredibly quiet. We tried to work out why and then remembered today was the day of the general election! All over the roads were the flags of the different parties and we’d heard it the result tonight could mean by changes to the Malaysian government!
Me being asked by Chinese tourists if I can have a photo with them – individually!
We ended up at a mexican restuarant called ‘Holy Guacamole’ for dinner and enjoyed a burrito, nachos and strawberry daquri! Yum!
We also bumped into people we’d met on the tour in the Cameron Highlands which was cool! The streets were still pretty quiet so we headed back to the hostel to chill and sleep.
11th May – George Town
After a nice lie in, we headed down for breakfast which was great – buffet style! There were sausages, boiled eggs, toast, baked beans and noodles! We filled up and headed out into the streets in search of street art.
To help us get round we hired bikes for just £2 for the day!
They were a little to drive but the roads in Malaysia seem much more organised and calm then other Asian countries we’re visited!
Some of the art was quite hard to find as it was down alleys but we stumbled across many by chance and the others were highlighted because they had a crowd of tourists infront of them wielding their selfie sticks!!
After exploring for most of the morning, we enjoyed some aircon and a drink in a local cafe to cool off! It was sweltering!
We explored more then headed to a restaurant for lunch who sold turkish food! All delicious!
After a rest back at the hostel, we met Hattie, who was also in george town, and wandered along Love lane before finding a bar to have a drink in. It was happy hour so we enjoyed a few drinks there for the evening as well as people watching and chatting to the locals.
When we finally got hungry and tired, we walked just around the corner which had come alive with street food stalls. It was much busier than the previous evening and we soon filled up on some of the stall’s delights!
12th May – George Town
The three of us met up again in the morning to go on a free walking tour which had been advertised at our hostel. It was run by the tourist information and was really professional!
Our guide was great and we learnt a huge amount:
George Town is a city full of diversity. People have come from all over the world with the majorty being from India or China and there are many religious groups all living in harmony together. As we walked round, we’d pass through a china town and into India town! Then we’d see a Chinese Cantonese temple and just across the road a hindu temple! It was really intertwine to hear that children are taught 3 languages in school, English, Malaysian and whatever their mother tongue is!
Termuric is thrown on the floor outside shops as good luck
We walked all around for a couple of hours before leaving the guide and heading to a dessert shop I’d been told about!
The shop was called Merryme and did a ‘freak’ shake! It was a a mile shake with cream, mashmallow, chocolate brownie and little chocolates on it! We each ordered one and they were amazing!!!
Later on we headed out for food and found a local noodle and rice restaurant before heading back to the hostel to sleep as we had to be up at 4am to get our flight to Borneo!! It had been a quick visit but we’d really liked just wandering around Georgetown and although it was quite quiet whilst we were there it had a cool vibe.
13th May – George Town – Kuching, Borneo
The alarm went off and up we got! We’d arranged a taxi (60 Ringit as so early) and by 4.30 it was there ready to take us to the airport. Sleepily, we got in and 30 minutes later arrived to check in. Air Asia is using selfservice machines for check in now so we tagged our own bags and even at the luggage drop it was all done by machine!
After checking in, we headed towards departures with a quick stop at McDonald’s for breakfast!
It was hard not to fall asleep when we were waiting but it wasn’t long until we boarded. The flight was only 2 hours and I got a few little naps in but I was in the middle seat with strangers either side so I was a little conscious of not falling on them as I slept!
We arrived at 9am and headed for immigration. Both mine and Nicole’s passports are getting pretty full (Nicole’s especially) and so we were hoping we wouldn’t be stamped in but we were! They just tend to stamp it right in the middle of the page using uo so much space! Anyway, we were in and our bags were there waiting for us.
I’d bought a sim card in George town which was so useful as I could just order a grab striaght away. And within 20 minutes from landing, we were on our way to the hostel.
As we hadn’t really planned Borneo, we’d just booked on night at ‘Sunset hostel’. We arrived to find the receptionist asleep on the sofa next to the desk! He was very tired and told us we couldn’t check in yet until 2pm! It wasn’t even 10am! But we could leave our heavy bags so we headed out to find somewhere to chill and get some energy! Lots of places weren’t open yet but we found a coffee shop next to a shopping centre.
After a much needed coffee, I began to become more alive and we started to plan our week.
At first, I’d wanted to do an actual organised jungle trek and overnight trip but the cost was crazy! So we began to work out how to do it but ourselves. We did a lot of researching on trip advisor and Google only to get quite confused by conflicting information but eventually worked out roughly how to get to places and knew that tomorrow we’d head to the Orangutan rehabilitation centre!!
After a while, we were ready to explore so headed towards the river.
We had lunch in a local restaurant and when we came out, all the souvenir shops had opened so we began a little browsing/shopping walk back towards the hostel looking at all the products on sale.
When we arrived back at the hotel, we could check in and settled into our pod beds again! These ones were 3 beds high! But they were more spacious then the Camron Highland’s ones!
Later in the evening, we headed dour for dinner and ended up in a restaurant next to the river. There was a little show happening in the park next to us with a couple of singers and guitarists but they left 10 minutes after we sat down.
After dinner, we walked along the river and enjoyed an incredible sunset!
14th May – Semmongoh Orangutan centre
Another early start today! We had found out that there was a bus to the centre and it left at 7am taking about an hour to get there. When we got back to the hotel, Nicole had met and spoken to a girl names Rose who was going to the centre the next day as well so we decided we’d just get a Grab car there and leave at 7.30am instead.
The Grab was 26 Ringit in total so less that 9 each (£1.90).
We arrived at the main gate and paid the entrance fee of 10 Ringit. We saw some people from our hostel who arrived just after us who had taken the bus! I was glad we’d gone in the car on the way!
We then walked for about 20 minutes to the centre. There was an information room explaining how the Orangutan here were semi-wild and supported only with a little extra food as the rainforest area wasn’t huge and couldn’t support all of them all year round.
Around the area were pitcher plants and an enclosure holding two crocodiles!
We waited for about 30 minutes before just before 9am, we were gathered at one end to be briefed before going to the feeding area.
Apparently, it was fruiting season which meant there was more food for the orangutans so they might not come to the station. We were told to remember this wasn’t a zoo and they would come if they wanted to not because they were trained to!
We then walked 200 metres to the viewing area. There was a ranger calling for the orangutans and we could see a pile of fruit on the platform. So we began to wait…and wait…and wait.
At 9.55, the guide told us we had 5 minutes left and then we would need to shut. I was feeling pretty disppainted eventhough we could come back in the afternoon and try too!
But just at that moment, we heard the trees rustle and move and out she came… a mother orangutan holding a little baby!!
t was AMAZING to see and actually bought tears to my eyes as I’d been preparing myself to leave without seeing them!
We then watched her take all the fruit and sit halfway up a tree in full sight to eat. The baby climbed on her and swung from the ropes playing it’s own game!
After the bananas were quickly eaten she began on the coconut and it was incredible to see her remove the husk and then smack the shell against the tree until she coukd drink the coconut water and eat the flesh!
We watched for a good 20 minutes before she began to leave through the trees again! Just amazing.
As we left the park, a bus was waiting and for just 4 Ringit we took a ride back to kiching all raving and excited by what we’d just seen!
*Since then I’ve talked to a few people who went to the centre the day/few days after us and didn’t see any orangutans so we were really lucky!*
When we got off the bus, we wandered around Kuching a bit more and passed shipping centres and market stalls.
Then, having had another early start, we rested in the hostel before heading out for dinner. We ended up at the shopping centres food court which was super cheap and had a massive range of food which was great!
15th May – Kabuh National Park
We gave ourselves a little longer in bed this morning and went off to find breakfast at 9am. Again, hardly any places were open but we found a hotel offering breakfast for 8 Ringit just down the road a bit. We could have any eggs we wanted, toast and a rice porridge thing so we filled up then met rose again at the hostel to read to the national park.
We’d heard about this park from our friends but when reading online the transport options for getting there and back were very confusing. Rose had been told by the tourist information that there was a bus, our hostel said there wasn’t! We nearly hired a car from the hostel and driven it ourselves but we trusted the tourist info so decided to Grab taxi there and bus back!
The Grab taxi cost us 25 Ringit between bus so wasn’t bad and it took about 30 minutes to get there.
We managed to be dropped off at the wrong entrance but after walking up the hill, we found the entrance.
The first thing the lady asked us was how we were getting back! We said bus to which she told us there was no longer a bus service! Great. I had the Grab taxis number so we decided we’d just call him later.
The entrance fee was 10 Ringit and the last showed us a few trails we could do. We decided to head to the waterfall which should be about an hour and a half on way.
Rose had booked to stay the night at the park and we checked out her accommodation which was basic but fine!
Then we set off. The first 30 minutes was along a road but a very steep road! It was exhausting but soon we found a frogs pond and then the entrance to the waterfall trail.
The rest of the journey included climbing down steep steps, over roots, under branches and along windy, uneven paths. It was beautiful with amazing vine trees and some huge flowers and ferns!
By the time we reached the waterfall we were all soaked just from sweat – very attractive!
Nicole and I had worn swim clothes under our other so immediately stripped off and enjoyed the coolness of the water as it tumbled over the 10 metre high waterfall. The water was pretty low due to it being dry season but it was still beautiful!
After chilling in the water for a while and having some snacks, we began the journey back.
I always think going back is so much easier than the way as you know where you’re going and always seems much quicker!
We arrived back at the entrance about 3.30 hours after leaving. We then tried to find a Grab taxi to get us back. The app didn’t work so I called our driver from the morning. He said he couldn’t as he was too far away! The staff tried to call someone they knew but their phone wasn’t working! None of the staff coukd take us and so we were a little stuck! After about 20 minutes, one of the staff ladies found a small piecw of paper with a number on it for a taxi that had come to the park before. I called the number and amazingly the guy agreed to come and get us!
We waited another 30 minutes for him to turn up and said farewell and good luck to Rose before returning to Kuching. Thankfully the journey still only cost 35 Ringit (£7)!
That evening I headed to a local restaurant near our hostel and enjoyed a noodle dish with chicken. I was the only foreigner in the place and they seemed surprised I’d gone in but the waitress was great and it was her suggestion on the food! I was glad I enjoyed it as didn’t really have a clue what I was getting!
16th May – Bako National park
7am my alarm went off again and it was a bit harder this morning to get up but we did and soon were ordering a Grab taxi from Kuching to the Bako national park boat jetty which cost 26 Ringit and took 45 minutes.
Reading online , we thought there was a bus but again information wasn’t clear and so Grab was much easier at that time in the morning!
At the jetty we had to sign in. We had booked accommodation via the Sarawak website. They had different options including a hostel room for 15 Ringit (£3) but didnt provide towels or blankets and a variety of other rooms. We booked Lodge 6 which had two twin beds, towels and blankets and an ensuite. It was just 50 Ringit per room so 25 each (£5). We were the first there but about 7 other couples arrived just after, some on a day trip, some staying overnight.
Next to the signing in counter was the boat counter. We’d read that we might have to pay up to 100 Ringit for the boat and find people to split the cost with but it was much more official and was a set price. 20 Ringit per way so 40 for a return per person. The return was open and you choose your return time at the park with the last boat being 3pm giving us plenty of time over the next two days.
We arrived at 8.15am and by 8.30 they were taking us to the boat which they filled to maximum capacity! Luckily noone had massive bags! (We’d left ours at the hostel for the night in their luggage store which was great!)
The boat journey took 20 minutes and we ended up landing on the beach (the tide was too low for the jetty) even though we’d been told once already not to go near the water because of crocodiles!! But we were all soon wading through the water and up the beach to reception with no incident!
We registered ourselves and put our bags in storage as we couldn’t check into our lodge until 2pm.
Then it was time for breakfast – no way I was walking empty stomached! The park had a decent canteen and the food was much better then I thought from previous reviews. It was basic but fill you up food and it was self service so you just chose what you wanted and paid per item. The prices weren’t crazy and you could take a pretty big scoop for the price (I tested it of course!). My meal of rice, egg, chicken nuggets and noodles was 6 Ringit – nice balanced diet I know!! But it prepared me nicely for a day of walking!
Then it was time to head out for the trails. We met a couple at check in so decided we’d go as a 4 on the first trek (no. 3).
This trek took us among trees again over roots and up and down pretty steep paths! It was not 800m but the terrain took us an hour!
his was supposed to be the trail to take to see the big nosed probisco monkey but we didn’t see any!
At the end of the trail, we found a beach and it felt like I was part of ‘Lost’ or ‘Bear’s Island’ as it was diserted. At the water edge, we saw a creature which looked like half fish, half lizard! We found out later I think they were mud skippers!
We then began the trek back through the jungle to the cross roads of the other trails.
Nicole and I decided to do the next trail straight away as we cold then rest after that rather then keep coming back.
We were just beginning when we heard the trees rustle and just above us were a group of silver leaf monkeys. The one we could see closest had a baby with bright range fur! We watched for a while then began the walk.
This one was 2.6km and after the step jungle part, we came across a completely different terrain. It was grassland and muddy tracks. There was also a boarded walk for most of it which was much easier than the one before.
Eventually we came to a cliff edge with the beach below where we hoped to catch a boat to see the rock formations along the coast.
We sat down for a rest and snacks and relaxed with the view… and that’s when it happened…..
Stupidly we had put our bags down when resting on the cliff top and hadn’t thught anything of it until we turned around to see a monkey with my bag in her hands!!
She very quickly found the biscuits I had in there and ripped through the foil instantly before stuffing them in her mouth!
Then she began to explore my bag more and my coat throwing everything on the floor and unzipping every zipper.
At first, it was funny and I tried to shoo her away and half throw water at her to get her to move but she wasn’t giving it up. Instead she began to chase us away! We weren’t going to risk being bitten so backed off but I didn’t really want to leave my bag either with my purse and credit cards exposed to her either eating them or taking them off into the trees!
A couple who had been on the beach arrived then and tried to shoo her themselves until she again began to chase them off!
Now all 4 of us were scared and that’s when she decided she’d really chase us off! We started afyer us so we backed off only to find we’d gone down a dead end and had to scramble up a bolder away from her! She continued to follow us as we went back along the trail. We’d stop and look back and then she’d appear after us again!
Finally, we’d put some distance between us and could stop for a breather! If I’m honest I was terrified! My heart was racing and I knew I’d have to go back and get my stuff which was really scary! You just don’t want to risk being bitten by a wild monkey!!
The couple had to leave as they needed to catch a boat so Nicole and I were alone! We really hoped some other people would turn up but they didn’t!
After about 30 minutes, we decided it was time to try to go back and retrieve whatever was left!
Because were so brave and fierce, we armed ourselves with sticks and began to creep back as silently as possible! We were searching the trees for the mole and kept stopping to listen but didn’t see or hear anything.
Where the bag was meant I had to climb down some steps which lined an overhand bolder, walk arouhd the corner and retieve the bag frok rhe rock edge. Then run back! Nicole kept a look our from the rock above and I ran to the bag. My stuff was everywhere! Receipts and money on the floor, the whole bag contents scattered around but luckily no monkeys!! I grabbed everything, shuving it all in the bag and raced back. We then retreated FAST!
It was rediculous but it had scared us so we just wanted to get back to the main head quarters as quick as possible so quick marched back along the trail! We were so out of breathe by the end!!
When we returned to the main building, we saw the couple from the first trek who were just heading off on that trail! They told us two guys had also been caught by a monkey! And another couple said a monkey had jumped up the front of a girl to get her coke can! We were glad it hadn’t actually touched us!
Time for a shower! We checked in and found our lodge. Luckily, the room was again better than I expected. It wasn’t 5* but had the necessities. The fan above the beds was great and although the shower was cold, it was nice after a long trek!!
After a rest, we went for dinner at the canteen where I was surprised by actually having quite decent sized menu to choose from with most dishes being 10-15 Ringit. We’d read online that prices were high for food but this was fine! We enjoyed our meal and a cold beer watching bearded pigs wander by!
Nicoles knees were playing up so she stayed in the lodge for the evening whilst I did the night trek!
It cost 10 Ringit and was worth it as our guide could spot the smallest of creatures we would never see!
As we walked he spotted and pointed out many spiders, stick insect, grasshoppers frogs and showed us birds sleeping on the tree branches!
As we walked back, he spotted a sleeping fly lemar just above our lodge! And then next to the canteen was a sleeping proboscis monkey!! He didn’t look impressed when the torches found him!
Finally, he showed us a snake in the buches! I’m not sure how poisonous ot was as the guides kept saying different times until death but basically you’d need to get to hospital quick! I stepped back a bit then!
It was great to have a guide in the night!
We hadn’t had a guide in the day as you don’t need one to follow the trails but we knew we’d never spot everything that’s there. But as we didn’t come with a tour conpany that’s what we sacrificed but we still saw monkeys (with up close encounters!) on our own so not too bad!
We slept well and enjoyed a lie in until 9am. Now we’re not tekkers so we both ached in the morning so decided we’d jsur enjoy another breakfast at the canteen over looking the jungle before checking out.
Whilst we ate breakfast, the bearded pigs were roaming. Last night the guide had told us that they called them 7/11s as they’re available 24/7!!
Then in the trees just by the beach a couple of proboscis money arrived! They were just climbing and walking along the beach! It was great as we’d only seen a couple from afar the day before!!
Once we’d checked out we headed to the boat counter and booked or boat back at 11. The boat arrived and again we had to board from the beach but this time there were only 4 of us.
When we got to the jetty, I asked the couple if they were going to Kuching and they were so rather than wait for a bus, we shared a taxi for 40 Ringit each.
It was a great end to our Borneo/Malaysia adventure. We’d jungle trekked, seen lots of weird and wonderful creatures and plants, learnt some valuable lessons (don’t underestimate monkeys!) and were ready to see what Singapore had to offer tomorrow!!