Human of the forest

Trip Start Sep 28, 2008
Trip End Oct 15, 2008

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Jungle Inn

Flag of Indonesia  , Sumatra,
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

After trekking about a kilometre from the bus station we arrived at Jungle Inn. A riverfront guesthouse across from the National Park. We looked at a couple of rooms and decided that the rock room was for us. The rock room because we had a massive rock (we called it the rock of wisdom) that was incorporated into the room. Some may say that the rock took up almost the entire space...we say it was an awesome feature. Water also ran down the rock when it started raining. Some may say the rock had a massive leak into our room...we say we had our own water feature! In hindsight it wasn't as amazing as we thought it was because our "fantastic" water feature made all our clothes damp and they started stinking like that wet dog smell!

The food at the place was good, we tried this special jungle inn tea which had all these herbs and roots and spices and it was nasty until we finished it and realised there was honey at the bottom that we had to stir in! (Some may say idiots...!)
The fruit salad was insane...a huge plate and it came with a whole pot plant in it!
The whole area was amazing. We were pretty much in the jungle and we had the sound and view of the clear river rushing past. Brad tried to fish in this river but didn't catch anything. The locals were laughing at him saying he was trying to bulls$&* the fish and they weren't that dumb! Sorry Khanda he did try!

The one day we decided to go on a three hour trek to see the semi-wild orang-utans. We opted for the budget package. It was pretty good but the guides haven't quite got the whole conservation idea right. Imagine this...David Attenbourough hacking through the jungle, sweating and in desperate search for the ever elusive orang-utan when suddenly his cell phone belches out Jeniffer Rush's "...cause I'm your Ladeeeeyyy and yoooo are my maaaaaan!" And then he lights up a fag. It was pretty much like that but we did see orang-utans close up thanks to some enticing with bananas. One semi wild ape is so used to humans that he actually came up and clambered all over us. Quite an experience I must say! They are very amazing creatures.
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starlagurl on

Hey guys!
Great blog on Sumatra, it's featured in the TravelPod blog today:

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

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