Borneo: Hasta Mañana

The islands just outside Kota Kinabalu were really nice but we craved something a bit more remote to round off our Borneo adventure. One of our friends had heard of a beach resort known as Mañana, about an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu, so we decided to check it out and spend a couple of nights relaxingContinue reading “Borneo: Hasta Mañana”

Borneo: A Passive Aggressive Text Message

At least that’s what I thought of when I discovered Sabah’s main city was locally referred to as ‘KK’. This abbreviation (from Kota Kinabalu, which takes at least half a second longer to say) gives an impression of a young, hip, trendy city. In many ways that’s what KK is morphing into, which is oddContinue reading “Borneo: A Passive Aggressive Text Message”

Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 2

Read Part 1 here. As evening descended on the Kinabatangan river, we took a detour into a nearby lake which was huge and beautiful, arriving just in time for sunset. This diversion took us into the “proper” rainforest which forced us to duck under branches and knock back plants as our boat chugged through the lowContinue reading “Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 2”

Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 1

Borneo’s lush rainforest is one of its main draws and we were eager to sample it after arriving in Sabah for our Easter break. During my last trip to Borneo in 2015, the Sarawak rainforest had played host to a quirky music festival. For this visit, the Sabah jungle had something much more natural planned.Continue reading “Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 1”

Borneo: Kerching!

The gorgeous Borneo sunshine hit me as I landed in the “city of cats” the day before the big event. Kuching is a great city in itself. Poised around a huge riverfront, it’s a laid back city with great charm and character. The people are friendly, the architecture great and it feels a million milesContinue reading “Borneo: Kerching!”

Borneo: Sounds of the Forest

After spending weeks saying I’d go straight to Indonesia after getting my passport back, I met someone in Penang who told me of an awesome event going on in Borneo just after I got my new passport. I’d never heard of Rainforest Music Festival but apparently it’s one of the top 25 festivals in theContinue reading “Borneo: Sounds of the Forest”

Malaysia: The Petronas Charm

After a less than impressive start to my time in Malaysia, it was only when I arrived in Kuala Lumpur that I started to feel like a proper traveller again. After an arduous bus ride from Langkwai, I was starting to view Malaysia as a bit of a warmer and slightly more tropical version ofContinue reading “Malaysia: The Petronas Charm”

Singapore to Malaysia: The Crossing from Hell

Perhaps it was apt that my day started as a study of animal nature, since the nighttime provided an insight into the cruelty (and stupidity) of human nature. Following my visit to Singapore Zoo, my intention was to cross the border over to Malaysia, grabbing a bus to the nearby city of Johor Bahru fromContinue reading “Singapore to Malaysia: The Crossing from Hell”