Kayaking on a Borneo river

There are a few awesome adventures to be had when visiting Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo, and jungle kayaking in Kuching is one of them.  It’s a full-on day trip from the city that gets you out into the jungle.  You can find a video of our day on the water below.

Climbing Mount Kinabalu was a fantastic experience and a physically and mentally difficult challenge for unfit 40-something year olds.  Dez had also been ill for several days with a fever and night sweats.  He hadn’t had a lot of sleep over the previous nights, and he really struggled with exhaustion during the two day, Read More

Everything I read about climbing Mount Kinabalu said it was hard. Really hard. Even the Book of Opinion () includes an amusing section about the pain, physical and emotional, you go through during the climb.  But how about climbing Mount Kinabalu with kids? The internet told me that people from the age of seven, Read More

During our Kinabatangan River expedition, we went for a night time adventure into the jungle.  We limbo’d under the electrified elephant fence and followed a man with a machete into the dark.  Well, why wouldn’t you?? These are some of the photos taken by our fellow adventurer Alex.  

Of all the crazy things we’ve done, drifting down the swollen, crocodile infested Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo in a little boat in the pouring rain, watching an orangutan building his nest thirty metres up in a jungle tree whilst hornbills circle above and pygmy elephants wander along the river bank has to be, Read More

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