Seriously cute, pot bellied, big nosed, monkeys

Trip Start Oct 03, 2011
Trip End Apr 02, 2013

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Monday, June 11, 2012

After brekkie, we walked over to where the bus was supposed to leave, which took about twenty minutes. When we arrived, there was a bus there, but not the one we needed.  An annoying guy running a minivan across the road offered to take us for forty ringgit each, but since the bus was only three and a half each, we said thank you for the kind offer but poke it.  Some other tourists joined us for the wait, whilst the man across the road continued to call out his price ... gradually dropping it every time he opened his mouth.  Eventually there were seven of us waiting and he came down to four each … amazing what you can do in numbers hey!  So we jumped in and spent the next hour being thrown around the minivan on the way to the boat terminal.

Once we arrived and had paid our fees, we set off in a little speed boat over to Bako National Park.

We had only been there for a minute when we saw our first proboscis monkey … an orange haired creature, with a big pot belly and the most unfortunate nose.  Already we had a good feeling about the place!  Around the corner were some silver leaf monkeys, so we were beginning to wonder if this was all put on.  Then they were showing the European football championship in the canteen … could it get any better!?!  We bumped into Peter again in reception and walked in the same direction for a while before saying goodbye.  He was heading back to Kuching in an hour, whilst we were heading out for our first long walk.

The route for trekking was very natural and rugged … no fancy board walks here like in Mulu.  We were literally climbing up rocks and over fallen trees, which had a really good feel about it.  We had to clamber up a steep hill for about half an hour before reaching a plateau, which was all a bit more open and less shaded.  In some areas, where we would've had to trudge through mud, they had put in a few boarded walkways … most of which needed a lot of repair … so it still gave us an adventure feeling, because we were never sure if we would be putting our foot through the next plank we had to step on.  

The biggest problem up here was the heat!  We had been told to take plenty of water, so we had three large bottles of water for our six hour walk but it was nowhere near enough!!!  By the halfway point, we were already having to ration the last bottle to get us to the end.  I was soaked through with sweat, and it looked like I had taken a shower fully clothed because I was dripping everywhere.  By the time we got back to HQ, I was exhausted and very dehydrated.  I think we could’ve taken six bottles with us and still not had enough … I have never done anything like it!  Whilst sitting in the canteen, taking in as much water as I could get in me, I managed to leave a large puddle of sweat on the floor under the chair, which had dripped off my clothing … not nice!

That evening I had the energy to do absolutely nothing, but the Duracell Bunny girl went off on the night walk for another couple of hours … I don’t know where she gets it from?!?  The group managed to see a whole load of stuff that doesn’t come out during the day, so Don had a great time.

The following day, after we had watched the England vs France game (it happened to be on when we went for breakfast), we did a much smaller walk to the closest beach.  It was still just as sweaty as the day before, so we headed back to the canteen at lunchtime and hid for a couple of hours, to let it all die down a bit before doing another walk later in the afternoon.

The walks and wildlife were much better in Bako then what we had seen in Mulu, so we were glad we had come.  The only let down was the accommodation, toilets and showers, which were pretty disgusting.  If they could sort them out, it would be a great place to come for everyone … just take plenty of water with you when you go walking!

After breakfast and a slow start the following day, we headed back to Kuching for a night before flying to Singapore!  It was the cheapest way to get to Bali … or so we thought!
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