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Mar 3, 2019 - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

We are starting to feel a little more independent, but only after another bus trip through the main city. Our guides have been wonderful but shy on talking about some of the history and politics of the region. Kota Kinabalu or KK as the local call it is another mostly Muslim community, with only about 20% Christians and a small number of buddists. The main attractions again included massive modern government buildings that are barely used and house mostly administrative clerks, (since the ruling hierarchy to hold all the high government...

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Mar 2, 2019 - Muara, Brunei Darussalam

After 2 days at sea, sailing from Sihanoukville Cambodia, to Muara Brunei, we disembarked to a bus tour. Admittedly not our favourite, but options were limited. The majority of the tour was drive bys or brief stops for photo ops. The one place that we did get to visit is the Polo Club. The interesting part of this country is that it is one of the last truly Sultunates (the other is Oman) where the Sultan owns and operates the country. Brunei almost joined Malaysia in the early seventies, when it discovered a massive amounts of offshore oil...

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Mar 2, 2018 - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia - Monkeys & Elephants

Back to the vibrancy of Borneo wildlife and cultures. Borneo is the world’s third largest island. It is split up amongst 3 different countries. Indonesia claims the largest piece, Brunei has a small slice and about 25% belongs to Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah, one of the states forming Malaysia. Formerly named Jesselton, it was heavily damaged in WWII. Kota Kinabulu (aka KK) is where Brunei and others come to vacation. Its got it all: beaches, mountains, jungle, wildlife (in the wild and in the city) and many different...

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Jan 10, 2018 - Malaysia - Southeast Asia Cruise

We were then transported to the ship. Processing on to the ship was extremely fast and efficient compared to other cruises we’ve been on. From start to finish it took less than 30 minutes to get to our cabin. We just dropped our carry-on bags into the cabin and headed to the lunch buffet. Since it was pushing past 2PM and we were scheduled for dinner at 5:30PM we ate fairly light. Very soon after we returned to our cabin, the “Emergency Evacuation Drill” was performed, a mandatory drill for all passengers to learn where they are supposed to...

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Dec 21, 2017 - At Sea

After a fine few days in Singapore we actually had a little bit of light rain after we boarded our ship and then during the sail away party. Never mind, we just sat in Crooners bar and, while looking out the windows, had a couple of beers in celebration of the beginning of our cruise. Our mini suite is excellent, although (warning, first world problem here) the TV in our lounge area wasn't working to begin with and has caused problems each day. Oh well, when that TV fails we just have to lay in bed and watch the other TV there ;-) After we...

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Mar 26, 2017 - The complete chill....

Returning back to the hotel in Kota Kinabalu we had a pretty chore based afternoon – laundry….birthday gift for Hannah….and a coffee from the amazing coffee place we had found before we left on the tour. Sarah and I then headed back to the hotel as we were hosting ‘pre dinner’ drink in our hotel room. Sarah had bought a bottle of bubbles from duty free with her and, as it was Hannah’s birthday the next day, it felt like a very appropriate time to drink them! The team arrived at about 6.30 / 45pm, we enjoyed some bubbles, rum cocktails...

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Mar 20, 2017 - Orang Utans and Sunbears....

We had a quick turnaround in the city before jumping on the bus and head over to Sepilok, the final destination before we were going to head back to Kota Kinabalu to end out tour. The journey over to the town was less than an hour and we were dropped straight at the Orang Utan rehabilitation centre where we spent a few hours watching the orang utans wandering down the boardwalks, being fed, busing their young and generally playing on the ropes / hammocks etc set up for them. There was definitely one ‘master’ (or possibly bully) who liked to...

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Mar 19, 2017 - Turtles and armed guards...

We had to catch a boat at 9am the morning we headed to turtle island so the group met at 7.30am to head in search of a bit of breakfast. As I mentioned before, Sandakan itself really had very little of any interest but we manage to find a buffet breakfast near the seafront that did the job. We had packed another overnight bag for the island so after breakfast we checked our luggage into the hotel and headed 15mins up the road to the pier. The boat journey was probably one of the more ‘exciting’ I’ve been on in my life – the driver was...

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Mar 18, 2017 - A leech on your stomach?

We were up quite early after our second night at Poring Hot Springs. Today we had the longest journey of our tour – a 5hour drive from the poring hot springs to a little place called Kampung Bilit on the Kinabatangan River where we were going to spent a night in a jungle lodge. After probably our worst meal of the tour so far – breakfast in one of the local cafes which was pretty nasty but not the end of the world, we set off. The drive itself was pretty uneventful, the driving is noticeably calmer and safer than the other countries I’ve...

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Mar 17, 2017 - Waterfalls, canopy walks and hot springs....

The journey to our next destination was just an hour but the majority of us slept throughout – passed rice fields and mango trees, headphones in and we were there before we knew it. Next stop…. Pouring hot springs. We arrived at the hot springs at about 4.30pm, the accommodation was stated in the itinerary as a ‘hostel’ so we were all prepped for bunk beds and shared rooms. We arrived in quite a different story – a lovely little house with a huge communal area and adjacent and large comfy seats – the bedrooms were then off in corridors to...

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Mar 15, 2017 - Summit at sunrise....Mount Kinabalu

Monday was the day we were heading to the base of our walk up Mount Kinabalu. We woke early and had fried noodles, fried rice and egg with our host family for dinner – Asian breakfasts are definitely something I haven’t managed to quite get my head / stomach around while I’ve been away but – obviously – if offered it by a kind homestay family you don’t say no! We got ourselves up and packed, said goodbye to our family and headed on our way. First top today was a view point of Mount Kinabalu – it’s a pretty imposing mountain but always (as...

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Mar 13, 2017 - Home - Borneo style!

The next few journal entries are likely to be slightly shorter as I’m trying to write one for each location I’m going to and given we’re on a tour and going to be moving quite a lot over the next week or so I’ll have a few places to write about! After sorting our bags at the hotel to allow us to leave a few bits we didn’t need for the trip behind and packing the rest, we grabbed a quick breakfast in the morning with Hannah and the met the rest of the group ready to go at about 8.45am. Today we were heading to a village of the local Dunsun...

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