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... bed to sleep in, get a decent coffee and enjoy a leech free environment when you get back to town in the evening. Our first trip out was to tick off the main Borneo attraction - orang-utans! We went to a wildlife sanctuary just outside the city where the orang-utans are semi wild including some rescue animals that live in the 3 acre park. As it's the end of fruiting season, we were told we may not see any at all as there's loads of food in the jungle so they ...
... It was only about 6km long but we were told it would take 3.5 hours. That sounded ridiculous to me and Maddi but we soon realised why. The path was barely a path, steep, slippy and we were basically walking up a stream! As we walked onto the main part of the trail and down into the jungle I realised how intimidating the rainforest can be and yet spectacular at the same time. With the rain crashing down we made our way slowly up steep climbs, over thousands of tree ...
... for feeding or holding on.
For around 30 minutes we watched and took photos of the orang-utans as they fed themselves with the bananas and other fruits that had been put out for them – one took a coconut and began bashing it against the side of a tree trunk so that he could split it open and drink the milk inside.
It really was a magical experience to watch them in the (almost) wild, and after they had had their fill, they climbed a little higher and swang ...
... wooden bridges and to a local market. It was great to have Stephanie (who Bardy had now renamed Daisy?!) to tell us what everything was. All the stall owners loved Bardy and kept offering him tastes of fruit and touches of fish we had never seen before (see photo). After visiting one of the stalls, a few cheery Malaysian women, who had given us tastes of their produce, spoke excitedly to Daisy in Malay. We asked her afterwards what they had said, apparently they thought "he was ...
... politicians (including the Sultan of Brunei) and police are everywhere. Ive tried to keep away from the main action as its prime terrorist etc territory when you have that many "important" people all in one place. But I hung around with the locals on the fringes of the event and enjoyed the colour and action.
Im staying at a little guesthouse where I have a 'box' (their word, not mine) for a bed. just a mattress on the floor with about 10cm ...