In the heart of Borneo – sailing on Rajang River and living with the headhunters

saratok-river

22.04

In the morning we go out together again. We eat some roti at a Malaysian eatery and the two of us continue walking around Saratok. People here are mostly Malay, which is not typical for Borneo. Usually towns are inhabited mainly by Chinese.
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Orangutan, stinky predatory flowers, teachers-bodybuilders and other endemits of Borneo

Jenska-uchudena

15.04

We head to the outskirts of Kuching on foot. The city is called “The city of cats”. At almost every roundabout we see figures and statues of cats, but we couldn’t understand why they are so honored here and we didn’t see much cats on the streets.

One comes to Borneo in order to see natural wonders, endemits, rare animals and plants. Historical landmarks and architectural buildings are not the strong sides of the island.

Our next destination is Gunung Gading National Park. We want to visit it in order to see the parasitic giant flower Rafflesia. Here grows a rare kind of Rafflesia that blossoms only at the territory of this park.
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Borneo – surviving into the jungle, meeting the long-nosed monkeys and running away from high tides

mujki-dulgonos

Long-nosed monkey

04.04

We have two options: to take the ferry back to Sumatra, Indonesia or to first visit the Malaysian part of Borneo. The things is that there are no ships sailing to Borneo, the yachts going in this direction are just a few, so the only option left is to find a cheap flight. On this journey we travel only by land or on water, but we decide that Borneo is worth it so we will make an exception. In addition the flight with Air Asia costs just 25 Euro per person (luggage and all included). So we will visit the oldest tropical forest in the world, a dream come true for every nature lover and explorer and we will also see the sultan of Brunei :)… or at least the sultanate.
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The romantic Malacca, the night saviour in the rain and a million meetings in the capital Kuala Lumpur

18. grafit jena

24.03

In the  morning the boy from the poor Muslim house brings us coffee. His grandmother, who sent him, waves us merrily from inside the house. There is so much goodness “lurking” behind every corner!
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Singapore – camping at a space station from the future

34. Panorama marina bay

We cross the border easily. All European Union citizens have the right to stay 90 days in Singapore without the need of issuing a visa. Nobody checks our luggage and some short minutes later we enter officially in Singapore. Laws here are very strict, but we follow them closely – we don’t smuggle any drugs, don’t have hand-cuffs in our luggage and the most important: we don’t bring on us any chewing gum. Later we asked some people why is it illegal to have chewing gum here but nobody gave us an adequate answer. As far as drugs are concerned there is a death sentence, if you carry any, without the right to appeal. Another official punishment is beating. Thanks God we are just innocent tourists 🙂 Continue reading

The Batek Tribe – one of the last hunters gatherers on earth and the night watch for wild animals

Orel

07.03

In  the morning we acquaint with a retired American who is photographer and his Thai wife. They are the only tourists we meet here. They give us eggs and some bread and then they agree to take us to the close-by town Gua Musang.
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Into the Jungle

Korenishta

28.02-06.03

 In the morning we recharged our camera in one of the floating restaurants close to the river bank. After that we took a boat. On the opposite side there were many giant tree with branches hanging over the water. We paid the tickets (just 0,25$ per person), took a map from the headquarter, made a photo of a diagram with the altitude of the base camps and around 12 o’clock we were absolutely ready to be swallowed by the jungle.

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