Unplanned: white-water rafting in Borneo
We saw so much unexpected wildlife. This guy was one of my favourites: a dusky leaf monkey with a lot of swagger. White-water rafting was fun but my friend did fall out... I had my eyes shut pretty much the whole time.
WHEN MY FRIENDS AND I decided at the high point of our Malaysian holiday that it would be a great idea to go white-water rafting in Borneo, we forgot to consider how far away from the white waters we were. We assumed it’d be a short coach transfer via the tour company – not so. On the day, we found we were a five-hour journey away, and the only route was via a number of tiny stations deep in the jungle. We had to change trains three times and each one seemed older, slower and more rickety than the last. On the way home, I ended up sitting in the doorway of the train. My legs dangled off the side as the carriage clattered along, and I watched the scenery go by while I got splashed by random liquids from the engine! What might have been a bog-standard journey turned out to be one of our most exciting adventures, and we saw aspects of the jungle that we never would have if we’d been stuck behind glass on an air-conditioned bus.
This was the eco - lodge where we stayed on the Perhentian Islands – cold showers and no aircon, but so beautiful.
We spent a few days on the stunning Perhentian Islands and went diving and snorkelling. We saw turtles and reef sharks – I found myself swimming next to quite a big one at one point.