ahh Malaysia! Not only a beautiful landscape, but called home to genuine and sweet local people that encourage a tourist to feel at home among theirs. Humble appreciations and curiosity can take you a long way in Malaysia. From big cities like Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu tailored to tourists with a big wallet for shopping or a stomach craving street food, to empty beaches in Langkawi or Sabah for the backpacker seeking peace, wild animals that can bring a tear to the eye (pygmy elephants,orang-utans, the sun bear, etc etc.), to adventure visiting longhouses along the riverside and climbing 4095 metres to the summit of Mount Kinabalu…Malaysia has it all….. travel Malaysia!
As mentioned in my first post about peninsular Malaysia the country is essentially divided into Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo Malaysia (which consists of Sabah and Sarawak states). I would suggest trying to spend a couple months to explore each. I am happy to share some of my favourite photos of Borneo, Malaysia for inspiration!
Niah National Park: home to a limestone cave system where 40,000 year old human remains were found. Very few tourists.
Katydid. A bug that looks like a leaf! Really amazing if you can find one!
Brooke’s bird winged butterfly. Very large and beautiful!
This local was collecting the swiftlet birds nest, to make and sell birds nest soup. Famous in Malaysia!
Very old paintings on walls in one of the Niah Caves
Spider. Not sure what kind. Huge!
Kuching, Sabah: a fun city close to Bako National Park, longhouses, Fairy Caves and the Semengoh Orangutan Sanctuary.
Bako National Park
The Fairy Cave. Beautiful. Small. Can be explored on your own, but you will need transportation from Kuching.
Bako National Park beach. You can watch the Bearded Pig roam the beach most of the day!
the Proboscis monkey. Much more “shy” and less aggressive than then Macaque monkey. Well known for its large nose!
a semi-wild orangutan!!!! one of most memorable parts of the trip!
Rajang River: travel up the river to small towns such as Kapit or Bintulu. Many longhouses of the native Iban people along the river.
The chief Iban of the longhouse pouring us some Tuok, which is a rice wine.
These are skulls that the Iban headhunters keep and hang in their house.
An empty bar in Kapit. A very small town along the Rajang River.
A very old longhouse. Only half of it is still inhabited by this Iban family.
Top of the boat is best for travelling the rivers in Borneo!
Literally drove to the end of the road!
A very large and modern longhouse along the Rajang River.
Playing in the water
More of our photos in Borneo.
The locals at this bus stop wanted to take photos with us. We took some photos and then had a beer!
View of Kuching from the plane.
Massages on the jetty in Kota Kinabalu, at midnight on New Years!
He was very interested in the game we were playing.
Enjoying each other
New Friend at Mulu National Park
Mulu National Park
More to come!