Asia summary

Three amazing months in Asia flew by as we visited (and ate our way through) Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Myanmar and the Maldives. Asia has always been our favourite continent and this trip reaffirmed it’s position at the top of the tree. Destination highlights Driving around the¬†beautiful lush green hilly scenery in Northern…

Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

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…

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…