24.11.2006 31 °C
We had the best time in Borneo. We started off in Sarawak, It was quite an experiance, well a bit of a nightmare really. We flew in to Bintulu stayed at this smelly cheap hotel. We were trying to find our way to Niah Caves but it didn't happen no one spoke english so we just could not work out how to get there and it was starting to waste to many days. So we thought we would fly to Kota Kinabalu but all the flights were full as it was their bank holiday. So we stayed there for one night and got a bus up to Miri. The symbol for Miri is the Seahorse they had a few sculptures in the middle of round abouts. I did my deed for the week and saved a tiny kitten from being run over it had managed to get stuck in the middle of the road. There was not much to do there so we managed to get a flight to Sandakan.
We stayed at this nice little backpackers hotel called the Mayfair sounds posh but it was not. The owner was a chinese man who sat infront of the tv all day in his vest top showing us a nipple. We found it a bit strange in the town when you walked passed the locals, they would stop and stare at you, even when we were eating they would come right up to the glass, tapp and wave or just stare. I'm sure we were aliens of something.
We booked a trip to Turtle Island, it was so much fun. We got this little boat over and this woman started to have a panic but after a while she calmed down. We did some snorkelling on the Island, the best bit was still to come. We got fed very well then about 9pm we got told a turtle was on the beach so we all had to run down to the beach in the dark, it was an amazing sight this huge green turtle was on the sand laying eggs. She layed 104 while we all watched. The staff took the eggs to the hatching field where we were allowed to hold them before they were buried. They look just like a ping pong ball and are the same size. After that we held some little baby turtles and released them into the sea.
We went to Sepilok where we saw the baby orangutans, it was a shame we could not see the adults in the wild, a tree had fallen across the walking platform in the high winds. It was still worth it, but its just another excuse to go back again.
After being aliens for a few days we headed to Kota Kinabalu it took 5hrs by bus. We stayed at a nice hostel in the town where we sorted out our trip to Kinabalu mountain and national park.
Well we managed to survive the moutain climb just. We bought some wooden sticks to help us climb mine was called Stan and Paul's Stewart. We started at 9:30am on the Mesilau trail which is the longest and hardest route, which god knows why i chose. It took 6hours to climb 8km of giant steps, rocks and mud. The views were amazing and we saw some lovely plants that only grow on this mountain, nowhere else in the world. We stayed in the Laban Rata lodge the only one with heating. We were eating some soup when the lodge got hit by lightening, the loudest noise ever, think most our soup was on the floor after that. We went to bed at 8pm and got up at 2am for some brekki before climbing to the summit for the sunrise. Climbing to the summit was quite hard, you had to hold on to a rope as the incline was so steep. We managed to get to the 4000ft summit just in time for the sunrise. What an amazing sight we forgot all about how tired we were and the fact it was 0 degrees. After half an hour we started the desent it took 2hours to the lodge where we had another brekki (well needed). The way back was much worse then the climb. It took 3 more hours from the lodge to get to the bottom. we were about 3km from the finish when the heavens opened and we just got soaked, the paths turned in to rivers so it got very slippery. By the end Paul's knees were in bits and his muscles were all seizing up (well he is getting old now). I don't know what my excuse was. Our guide had to help me down the stairs,i had a swollen ankle, bad knees and muscle pain. We walked around like old people for 3 days. Stairs were almost impossible, but Yippee! we made it and it is definatly our first and last mountain climb.
For our last few days we relaxed and went to Manukan Island which had some great snorkelling. The barracuda were out in force and there were Nemo's everywhere.
On the 6th November it was time to leave for Australia............