Okay folks! Time to wind up living in Borneo!
This is mostly a meta-post about previously written posts to give a better perspective of my trip. Also, I will try to cover a couple of things I haven’t spoken about yet.
First, thanks to the people who made this trip possible and a successful one.
- My wife who was pretty cool about me leaving her and going to an exotic location for 10 days
- Adarsh for being a wonderful companion and for all the painstaking research on Borneo
- The kind-hearted taxi driver who helped us at Kota Kinabalu
- Tong Ali, our amazing and friendly guide at Uncle Tan
- Lan, Olong and other friendly guys at Uncle Tan
- Yunus, our soft-spoken and gentle guide for the Mt Kinabalu climb
- Jenny, the energetic guide at Gunung Mulu
Immediately after the trip, I became quite busy with work at office and could not blog as frequently as I wanted to and the posts took quite a bit of time to come. Few things that I wanted to blog about, but haven’t, are listed below.
- bird watching at DeVilla – this place below Mt Kinabalu national park had amazing bird life and I spotted a lot of birds in just 3 hours in the morning
- the cramped shared-taxi ride from Mt Kinabalu to Kinabalu city, then walking 5Km with a 22kg backpack to the bus terminal to catch the bus to the airport (and saving almost 80MYR in the process) and meeting a lot of interesting people and fellow travellers
- flash photography in a rain forest – I will probably write about this after my Sri Lanka trip
- life in a rainforest – Adarsh wrote a good post on the same topic, so I think its better for me to point you to it rather than write another post on the same
Also, I could not spend enough time on processing my photos and quite a few of them are lying untouched in my hard disk. The few I processed are available here.
And below is the list of things I wish I had done in Borneo. 10 days is just not enough time. Lack of time meant I had to skip these. Perhaps, will do another visit to cover these :-).
- the head-hunters trail in Gunung Mulu
- Pinanacles trek in Gunung Mulu
- visiting a long house of the Iban tribes
- visit Sukau / Danum Valley
- fly in a small MA Swings plane
- visit Tunku Rahman national park
- visit the small town of Kundasang
- and of course, cover the Brunei and Indonesian parts
Recommendations from my experience
- Uncle Tan is pretty good and costs 385MYR for 3 days 2 nights (ask for Tong as your guide)
- Do not miss the night trek
- Do as many boat rides as you can and if crowd is less, ask for a separate boat for your group
- The jungle trek is wonderful
- Do not waste your time in the cafeteria playing games – I saw quite a few people do this
- Gunung Mulu is a must visit in Borneo for its sheer variety
- Caves – Deer, Langs, Clear water and winds
- Pinnacles – I regret not doing this. It takes more time and is strenous.
- Though the canopy walk is expensive, it is a MUST DO
- The night jungle walk is pretty good too, but make sure you go with someone like Jenny
- Try the head hunters trail… I didn’t have the time for it, but many recommend it
- Visit a Iban long house or the Iban tribal market
- Mt Kinabalu is very expensive, but you can give it a shot if you like trekking (and if you are masochistic 🙂 )
- After the trek, soak your feet at Poring Hot springs or spend time birding at the farm below DeVilla
- Spend time in Kundasang, if possible
- Try local food like Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng, etc
The entire Borneo backpacking series is listed below.
- Backpacking in Borneo-1: Prologue (includes itinerary)
- Backpacking in Borneo-2: A sneak preview
- Backpacking in Borneo-3: Wild Wild Southeast (Uncle Tan’s wildlife adventures)
- Backpacking in Borneo-4: The Teksi scare
- Backpacking in Borneo-5: Cave and canopy magic (Gunung Mulu National park)
- Backpacking in Borneo-6: Photography equipment to carry
- Backpacking in Borneo-7: Trip expenses and tips to keep it low
- Backpacking in Borneo-8: Climbing Mt Kinabalu
- Backpacking in Borneo-9: Malaysian food
- Backpacking in Borneo-10: List of sightings
- Backpacking in Borneo-11: Epilogue
Okay folks, bye for now. Do keep an eye on this blog for more…