An airport is an airport, right? I thought the same thing until I had to navigate airports in Malaysia and Borneo. When you fly from one state/province to another in Malaysia, you must always pass through immigration. I have never experienced this in any country I have travelled to. You are still in the same country, but have to go through immigration each time you enter or leave a different state/province. [Read more…]
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On my last day in the Danum Valley Conservation Area, I adventured on the canopy treetop walk, some 50-60 meters above ground. Essentially, it’s a series of suspension bridges and small circular platforms attached from one tree to another that you can walk across and survey the jungle below. It’s also a great spot for avid birdwatchers (which I am not) as there are supposedly some really good sightings. [Read more…]
At the crack of a time where I am rarely awake, I dragged myself out of bed for some early morning trekking before breakfast. As I left my little bungalow, I was greeted by a group of 7 red leaf monkeys: six were snacking on red leaves (three guesses as to why they are called red leaf monkeys) on the trees in front of me and one on the walkway. There was also a one-month old red leaf monkey, that is actually white when it is a baby, who was unsuccessfully trying to leap from branch to branch like his mom. [Read more…]
I sadly said goodbye to new friends in Kuching to head to the Danum Valley Conservation Area for some jungle trekking and animal spotting. I flew from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu, spent the night, and then hopped a 6:00 a.m. flight (gross) from there to Lahad Datu, followed by a 2.5 hour jeep ride down a bumpy road and through a river (not on a bridge – the jeep literally drove through the river to get to the road on the other side) to get to the rainforest area. If you have motion sickness, I highly recommend you take your required meds as I can only describe the condition of the road as an experience that will ensure that any loose joints or muscles will most certainly find their way back to where they should be. Free chiropractic therapy. [Read more…]
Sometimes it’s easier than we think to access health care while travelling. While trekking through the jungles of Borneo (Part I, Part II, and Part III), I came into contact with something that gave me a terrible leg rash. When I got back to civilization, I asked the front desk at the hotel I was staying at for recommendations for a 24 hour clinic. It was itchy and looking angry and there was no time to waste!
I hemmed and hawed about going at first. Maybe it’ll get better in a day or two? I probably won’t be able to access health care services here. What if the doctor doesn’t speak any of the languages I speak? I had so many reasons for trying to talk myself out of it. [Read more…]