Macaques, probiscus, snakes and bearded pigs.
Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
44Trip End Mar 30, 2010
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Where I stayed
Bako Bational Park Lodge
OK! So, Bako National Park, out on the coast, and I'd booked a night there...so I did get me one night in the rainforest.
Easy as pie to get there...don't bother with the shuttle (yet again), 2RM get's you the 1hour bus ride out there, share a boat with other visitors (apparently a croc infested river, sadly I saw none. too bad!) and then you get there...
and it's beautiful. Loads of mangrove, your boat takes you through the mangrove and you shore up...register and check out the many trails and off you go. remembering that in this humidity and terrain you need to hope to average 1km per hour. It's INSANELY humid...and what I thought would be an easy enough first trek turned out to be a little...lot more than that!
I ended up at a PARADISE beach....that's all I'm going to say about it. Just STUNNING. And the water is so warm I was wondering whether there was some volcano ready to rumble down under...
People who stayed overnight? All lovely. Do the night trek; check out the fireflies (they're magical, get me everytime). Met Anders from Sweden who was insanely interesting over breakfast as we "ooohh'd" and "aaah'd" over aMiNals on animal planet. This guy is a guide and has lived in some fantastic places like Nepal (recurring theme...), idolises Richard Attenborough (quote: "If I ever saw him I would not be able to resist and would just run up to him and give him a big bear hug. Get rid of the queen, put him in charge. he has so much good sense that man"). Also a huge photography enthusiast (to the point of attending Nikon conferences in Copenhagen...which is just a touch excessive!) and was as enthralled by the Bearded Pig we spotted munching on grass near the lodges. What a funny animal!
Macaques stole people's food...and sunglasses (seriously, they steal them, try them on...they don't fit, they chuck'em. They're such cheeky buggers!), and FINNAAALLY probiscus monkeys with them long noses but I had no camera with me. Bummer! Snakes...
Point is: sleeping out there is a great experience. it's SO peaceful and just means you enjoy your walks all the more. Well, I might have enjoyed day 2 more had I not fallen about 9 times, the last two falls being at the (hugely disappointing end of the) Waterfall Trail (it's NOT a waterfall!) when I slipped the first time and felt like I'd split my elbow in two and yep, was bleeding...and second slip involved a longer slip INTO the water...
not quite sure how my D90 survived all this...I think I'm still falling contrary to self-protective interest and rather in D90 protective positioning. Which has meant concussions in the past on ice, and an Ash almost in tears clutching her elbow. If Vittorio had been there, I'd have cried. :D Seriously!
My roomie for the night was a really lovely English girl...really lovely but boy oh boy: she had been eaten alive by some sort of thing and her MASSIVE hives had become boils by the next day and by the time we were having lunch they were OOOOOZING. Ummm.....hmmmm. Poor girl.
Only other point of note is, again, how small the backpacker world is. Was catching up with some emails back in Kuching that night and I hear a loud
Yep, Anna and Sam had just checked into B&B Inn. And I had just finished off an email to Simen about hooking up in Cambodia/Laos.... small Borneo/small world. :D We were all pretty pooped though so that was that.
Yes...another night of very bad sleep...
That was the only bad part about Borneo...just how I was incapable of sleeping one full night. Humph!