The Oldest Rain Forest in the World
Trip Start Nov 10, 2007
134Trip End Nov 15, 2009
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I was sitting in front of the other tourist so I had an unimpeded view of the river ahead of me. I saw monkeys, horn bills, farmland and jungle. The water was low and we passed several large sandbars including one with what appeared to be a large branch...but was actually a 6 foot long monitor lizard! COOL! We passed through a few small rapids on this 2 hour ride and eventually reached an area where there were several lodges and floating restaurants and we docked here to let off the other passenger. And then it was just me. Motoring down a remote river in the oldest rain forest in the world all by myself...felt totally adventurous!
The next day I went for a hike with my young guide. We walked up a trail that is so steep you sometimes have a rope to hang on to. Needless to say, I was sopping wet with sweat within minutes...My guide showed me a variety of edible and medicinal plants along the way. We heard some gibbons but didn't see any wildlife. Apparently this was not the best time of year to see wildlife but oh well. It was a beautiful and strenuous hike and I felt happy I could do it!
That evening I was joined by two women and we went on the night jungle walk together. We saw a variety of insects and several frogs on this walk.
On Monday I returned via boat and bus to Kuala Lumpur. I decided to check my departure info and good thing I did because I discovered that my flight was not at 2 pm Tuesday...it was at 2 AM Tuesday! Not only that, in the foresightful planning of my return trip to the airport I did not realize that my Air Asia flight had landed at the so-called LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) and not KLIA (Kuala Lumpur Internaitonal Airport). So, I cancelled my hotel reservation, figured out how to get to the airport at 11 pm (easy) and then went for a massage. Turned out to be the best massage I had in all of Asia! Good way to say goodbye to Asia for now. From KL I would fly to London and spend a few couple o days there before heading over to Holland for a getaway with Jack.
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