Shipwrecked by Sea Stacks
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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The path brought us onto a beach where an entrepreneurial man was waiting with his boat keen to overcharge us to take us the 5 minutes by water to the most popular beach in the park
We still didn’t see any proboscis monkeys, but more enormous ants, pitcher plants and the threat of leeches kept us amused on the fairly strenuous trail back. Unfortunately though, having successfully managed to negotiate vines and rock faces in flip-flops all day, Char tripped on a paving stone and badly stubbed her toe right outside the cafeteria! Unexpectedly, our wrinkly boat driver returned and picked us up on time despite the fact that he had seemed very intoxicated when we made the arrangement at 10am. At the drop off, we decided against waiting for the bus and hopped in a van owned by a dedicated Chelsea supporter instead who as well as wearing the entire kit had plastered his rickety vehicle with it. He gave us a very cheap rate which was good, but the van sounded like it was going to clap out at any moment and he could barely keep his eyes open, yawning profusely the entire way home.
Back at Singghasana we spent more time in the lovely rooftop bar before heading out to find somewhere different to eat. (We’ve eaten at Junk twice now, and been for drinks, but it was SO good there.) We first headed up to food court on the roof of a multi-storey car park which was recommended in the Lonely Planet. It was certainly popular with the locals and contained a dazzling array of seafood and strange meats to throw in a hotpot
Our last night on bonkers, brilliant, Borneo ended with yet more card-playing in the hostel bar, munching cornettos and toblerones, and drinking Tiger beer. Its been a fantastic trip, and one last look at the orang-utans in the morning should top it off nicely!
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