A Smug Monday post by Sam (aged 11) and Evan (aged 9) After a long sweaty slog through the stinky streets of Sandakan, in Malaysian Borneo, we arrived at the offices of Crystal Quest, the only (legal) way to Turtle Island. Once there, we took an hour long bumpy and calm boat ride with Alex, Read More

The blurb on Bako National Park in Malaysian Borneo says it has bearded pigs, proboscis monkeys and winged lemurs. I didn’t really expect to see any of these things in the wild.  But I thought we’d have a lovely few days sleeping in a slightly damp hut and going for lovely walks. Bako was, Read More

We’ve spent three days in Bako National Park, and it’s hard to imagine a more jurassic, a more alive, or a more astounding place in the world. As I write this, the tree canopy is swaying, signalling the early morning arrival of the local long-tailed macaque tribe on their breakfast foraging expedition, and the, Read More

A Smug Monday post by Sam (aged 11) Orangutans are some of the most intelligent and large arboreal creatures on the planet. In fact, they are the biggest arboreal creatures on Earth. Did you know that orang means person and utan means jungle (in the language of Malay) so orangutans are literally the people, Read More

A Smug Monday post by Evan (aged 9) Let me say we got the best minibus for our family jungle kayaking trip. The other buses were beautifully air-conned and comfy. Ours, on the other hand, was probably made in the 1850’s. So let’s get right in there onto the kayaks.  After half an hour, Read More

From about the age of six, I remember playing a board game called “Air Charter”, and one of my favourite and hardest to pronounce destinations in the game was Kuala Lumpur. With SARS at its height in 2003 when we were last travelling in Asia, we never made it to Malaysia. But now, forty, Read More