A sleepover in a Rungus longhouse

For our last night in Borneo we decided to spend it in a traditional longhouse. These are the dwellings that the indigenous population have lived in for centuries, although now most prefer to live in modern houses. Rungus (an ethnic group in Sabah) longhouses are built raised off the ground on stilts and are divided…

“It’s turtle time!”

Turtle Island (Pulau Selingan) is one of a group of uninhabited islands straddling Malaysian and Philippine waters within the Sulu Sea. This island is protected for the sole purpose of conservation and preservation of turtles and other marine animals inhabiting the area. As the rangers don’t know when, or even if, a turtle will come…

Jungle cruising to see pygmy elephants

From Kuching we flew to Kota Kinabalu in the state of Sabah. Like most Asian cities, it wasn’t very exciting so we left the next day for the Kinabatangan River, six hours away. We had signed up for a three day/two night experience in the hope of seeing a whole host of animals in the…

23 weird things about travelling…

Staying in a different room everyday Getting on a bus without knowing where to get off Becoming close to people without really knowing them Taking risks you wouldn’t take at home Eating out everyday, for all three meals Having chores, e.g. writing the blog, buying toiletries, booking a flight Sweating and shorts are the norm,…

Rotting flowers, naughty monkeys (and a bearded pig or two)

Kuching (the capital of the Borneo state of Sarawak) is a nice town with some Chinese shopfronts and a few colonial relics so we had planned to spend a day walking around taking a few snaps, but as often happens, things didn’t go to plan. We ducked into the Tourist Office to find out some…

Our ginger haired cousins

One of the main reasons for visiting Borneo was to see the amazing orangutans which are only found in Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia. We weren’t disappointed. As soon as we arrived we heard the rustle of leaves above us, signalling the arrival of these amazing¬†apes. We watched in awe as the huge red haired apes…

Christmas and New Year’s Eve Thai-style

After a few days spent frantically shopping for Christmas presents in Bali we set off for southern Thailand to meet up with Jack’s parents, Bill and Flis. We traveled for a couple of hours from Krabi airport to Koh Lanta where we checked into a lovely resort set right on the beach. We all settled…

The island of Flores

Portuguese traders came to the island of Flores, Indonesia in the 16th century and named it ‘flowers’ as it was so beautiful. And we can see why they were so enamoured with its rich green rice paddies, palm trees and dark green mountains alongside rich indigenous culture and interesting villages. However we were soon to…

How to keep a chicken fresh for four days* (and other stories)

After a few lovely days relaxing on the three rustic Gili Islands north-west of Lombok we jumped on a four day boat cruise (cruise being a bit of an exaggeration) island-hopping all the way from Lombok to Flores. The boat was pretty rustic with only a small open air lower deck and a top deck…