Bukit Melawati (Fort Altisburg)

If you are heading to Bukit Melawati, you need to make it an afternoon and evening affair. Why? Because you want to include the Fireflies as well. And you want a rest during the day so that you have the energy to truly enjoy it.

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KL:Towers in the Sky

Despite our fantastic location for a hotel (Traders Hotel), it took us a few days before finally going to see the Petronas Towers up close. We had a big afternoon planned with CK to see Bukit Melawati, so a quick visit to the Towers seemed like a good idea. Unfortunately, the Travel Gods deemed otherwise.

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KL: Deerlands and Elephants

Sometimes, travel destinations can fit nice and neat into categories. Foodies Dreams. Cultural Experiences. Art and Architecture. Nature and Wildlife.

Sometimes, when travelling with kids, it’s a good idea to seek out the categories and give them a bit of structure. Something tangible for them to associate with.

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KL: Batu Caves

KL was the last leg of our Borneo Adventures. And if you think we were starting to ease off on the adventures, you would be grossly mistaken.

There is a lot to do both in and around KL. Most of it you can reach easily with public transport. Some of it you will need a driver or a bit more planning. In our case, with kids involved (and N still not liking the humidity) we opted with a driver for the “out of town” activities.

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KL: From One Jungle to Another

We have developed a ‘pattern’ to our travels.

Push it hard for most of the holiday. Live it a bit rough. Sometimes this means “jungle showers”, or dingy guesthouses, or even a tiny little studio apartment – just big enough to drop off the bags because we really are too busy running to the next adventure.

But dang – we like to finish on a high note. The last chance of true holiday leisure, to leave us high on the bliss of travel.

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Sandakan: Wild. Pygmy. Elephants.

As I previously mentioned, Kinabatangan River offers so many opportunities to discover its beauty. Our stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge included morning and afternoon/evening river tours – watching out for wildlife, and talking with Loi (our personal guide) about the conservation work in the area.

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Sandakan: A River of Darkness

This entry continues directly on from our Wild Pygmy Elephant experience. If you don’t like spoilers, go here first and then come back to finish the adventure. 

There is a general rule on the Kinabatangan River – all boats are moored back at your Lodge prior to night fall. There’s a really good reason for this – it is really REALLY dark on the river!!

I’m not talking ‘walking down the street’ dark. I’m not even talking ‘up in the middle of the night, fumbling for the toilet door’ dark.

I’m talking ‘can’t see the person sitting next to you in a two-seat wide long boat’ dark.

I can’t even share photos to show you. It was that dark.

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Sandakan: Kinabatangan River

Do you remember the Night Safari we enjoyed through Sepilok Jungle Resort? We enjoyed it so much, we signed up for another at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

 

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Photo by Team Cahill

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Planning: The Stuff You Leave Behind

Two weeks to go!! I am so READY for this holiday.

Actually… no, I am not.

I am sitting here, making sure that the budget is tight for when we arrive. You know, the usual stuff: money for the petrol; money for groceries; money for sightseeing… the usual stuff.

But here is a timely reminder for anyone going on holiday soon: Make sure you also plan for the ‘stuff’ you leave behind.

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Sandakan: Gomantong Caves

Kina-ba-tang-gan.

Kina-batang-gan.

Kinabatangan.

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I am embarrassed to say it took me a whole day of practice for the pronunciation.

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