It's been a few weeks now since returning from my latest trip around Malaysian Borneo. Finally I have my photos on my website.
Coming a little later will be a blog about the travels, more photos and a bit of travel info. But for now, here is a post with some of my favourite shots from the Borneo trip, and my captions for each.
In June I spent 2 weeks in Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. Kicking off in Kuala Lumpur for a few days. Then over to Kuching, for 10 days in Bornean Sarawak. To finish the trip we took 3 days RnR in the Perhentian Islands, up close to the Thai border. A fantastic trip. Not quite up to the incredible photography of Burma, but full of adventure and new culture. A highly recommended trip to all travellers out there!
The main shopping street in China Town KL. Full of buzzing street vendors selling everything from Calvin Klein underwear, to Prada sunglasses and Longchamp handbags. "Very good price"! And not to mention the food… among the best in KL.
I found this colourful shrine at the very back of the Batu Caves. It was pretty dark in there, but with an ISO of 2000 more than usable on the D700 it was no problem. Tha Batu caves are about 30 minutes on the metro outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The most iconic image of Malaysia, and probably the most iconic image of an Asian city! The famous Petronas Towers - KL. At 452m above the city of Kuala Lumpur, we took the Sky Tower opposite, and paid the extra for the top level sky deck - open air! Snapping a view of these twin towers is a little tricky, so I tried a 400mm lens for a different approach.
The Sarawak River
Taking an evening boat trip along the Sarawak River in Kuching. Dodging the showers as a summer storm passed by. From calm river reflections to dark tropical rain clouds and monsoon rain!
Orangutan - Borneo
During our first few days in Malaysian Borneo, our first stop was the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre in the hope to see the semi-wild Orangutans. We waited patiently in the jungle until we were graced with a visit from this young male Orangutan. A magical experience, and a highlight of our Borneo adventure.
A trip to the Annah Rais Longhouse is high on the list to any trip to Sarawak, Borneo. Annah Rais Longhouse is a Bidayuh settlement about 100km south of Kuching, at the foothill of Borneo Highlands near the mountains marking the border to Kalimantan. We visited during the heat of the daym which was tough under the sun. A great chance to buy local herbal tea and Rice Wine!
Bako National Park, this is where the adventure truly starts in Borneo! Taking the bus from Kuching and then a speedboat to the park entrance. The tide was in so we have to wade ashore and onto a stunning wild beach and into the jungle. Bako National park has amazing hiking trails, through the jungles and across the island peninsular to deserted jungle beaches. Before taking a local boat back to our jungle cabin! Famous for its Proboscis Monkeys which laze around in the trees just outside our banda.
Timing was everything for these shots. I found this location earlier in the day, and wanted to get back out here for sunset. The sunset itself was a little disappointing, but thankfully, from experience we stayed around for the show… and what a show it was. Some of the most stunning post-sunset skies I have ever seen. Incredible. Bako National Park, this is where the adventure truly starts in Borneo! Bako National park has amazing hiking trails, through the jungles and across the island peninsular to deserted jungle beaches.
Gunung Mulu National Park, the jewel of Malaysian Borneo.Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2000, and rightly so. It hosts some of the biggest and most impressive caves in the world… The Mulu 'Showcaves'. We spent 3 days in Mulu, in a private jungle chalet and explored the Deer and Lang Cave, the Clear Water Cave, the Mulu Skywalk, night-walks, bird towers and canoe trips down the river to Long-houses. Flying into the tiny airport in Mulu, over the jungle canopy in an ATR72, an experience in itself! A must see for a true Borneo experience. Highly recommended… even if you cant use tripods in the caves!
The Bat Cave
Every night, it is claimed that 5 million bats emerge from the Deer Cave to feed. It is also why you will barely see any mosquitos around Mulu National Park! Gunung Mulu National Park, the jewel of Malaysian Borneo.Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2000, and rightly so. It hosts some of the biggest and most impressive caves in the world…
A well deserved spot of RnR on the Perhentian Islands. Some of the best beaches and sea food in Malaysia. We took a flight from Kuching direct to Kota Baharu near the Thai border, before a bus/taxi down the coast to the port of Kuala Besut. From here its a 45 minute speed boat - slamming across the waves - to the Perhentian Islands. We stayed in the Cocohut Beach Chalet, in their new huts on the beach. The best fresh sea food we found was in water colours restaurant, just a 5 minute water taxi ride away. On the last night we got back to the beach just before an epic thunderstorm hit the islands!
The central market in Kota Bharu was a perfect last minute stop while we waited for our flight back to KL. The daily inside market is on 3 floors, but the best part is the views down to the central floor area. Full of colour and action it is picture perfect. One of the most colourful and active markets in Malaysia, head downstairs for fruit and veg, and upstairs for spices, brassware, batik and other goods stay open longer. A great chance for a last dash of shopping!
Check out my Borneo Album here!
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