Somewhere in Asia travel blog


Trying to blend in

Maybe edible, maybe not

Count them legs


Tarzan swing

Distant South China Sea


Rafflesia bud

Dead beetle posing

1 incher

1.1 incher - looking for a mate

3 incher - too big for the gecko that tried to eat...

4 incher - and wiggly

7.5 incher - notice the hitchikers

A park known for the world's largest flower (Rafflesia) - up to 1m in diameter when in full bloom. Rafflesias generally bloom between January and March, and although not as likely they can bloom any time of the year - we were not so lucky. However, we did manage to see 2 buds (25-30cm in diameter).

Jungles are places for the patient, if you wish to see wildlife or critters. They don't just jump out and say 'hello' - its more like 'now you see me and now you don't'. Sometimes a split second of observing the underside of the rare Rhinocerous hornbill is all you you can hope for, however, it does remind you that you are in their presence.

Bugs with a lot of legs not visible because you are looking up at the thick canopy of trees above. Sometimes you get a glimpse of one as you're trying to avoid tripping on the maze of roots that blanket the jungle floor. You get to see creatures that you cannot quite categorize: is it a snake acting like a worm, or a worm that looks like a snake? what's with the axe on its head?

Walking through the jungle you feel as though you're bathing in its humidity, at the least you come out completely soaked. The incredible biodiversity present all around you begins to blend into each other - you would require an expert to distinguish between the many species of plants present (each distinctly suited to its niche).

The first night walk through the jungle leaves one feeling vulnerable, when the insects seem louder than the thoughts in your own head.

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