Full power, 24 hours, no toilet no shower !
There is a famous trek in Borneo not involving (to much) jungle, humidity and leeches, and it is the climb of Mount Kinabalu (4096m).
One problem is that the two days climb is really expensive. You have to pay for the park entrance, the climbing permit, the insurance, the guide and the accommodation. Mark (an English guy who shared my adventures in Borneo) figured out that the accommodation alone was 100 euros for a night in a lousy dormitory including food... We figured out also that it is possible to climb the mountain in one day by starting early in the morning, and that was exactly what we did...
The other problem is that the climb starts at little below 1900m and ends at 4095m, which makes a big big journey up, adding the rarefaction of oxygen due to altitude and an even bigger one down never-ending steps... On that way down, Mark taught me new English swear words to throw at the steps while I was bitting my tongue to diverse the pain from my knees. We ended up knackered, but happy as we were rewarded with the most fantastic view from the top. Very well done us!
I had an amazing journey in Borneo, and again, I wish to come back. Farewell wild Borneo !
There is also a ridiculous museum a about the sultan, from his childhood to the coronation, and all gifts he received from other states. Pictures were not allowed - probably because it was so embarrassing to him...
Asking a local guy why the sultan does not share his money with the poor people living in the water village, the answer was "oh, he tried, but the poor do not know how to spend the money and do stupid things. So it's better not to give them...".
He obviously knows that much better:
According to wikipedia, "The Sultan is the owner of 531 Mercedes-Benzes, 367 Ferraris, 362 Bentleys, 185 BMWs, 177 Jaguars, 160 Porsches, 130 Rolls-Royces and 20 Lamborghinis, bringing the total number of cars he owns to 1932."
Although I was glad to male a quick stop in Brunei, I cannot say I really liked the place too much because it was dull, with almost empty streets, big car going probably just in circles around the city (petrol costs nothing). And probably also because drinking beer is not allowed.
Oh yes, and the capital of Brunei is: Bandar Seri Begawan. Knowing this could just help you winning your next trivial pursuit game !
As it was still monsoon in Malaysia, I got a lot of rain. A lot of forest too. And a lot a lot more...
And at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre the superstars of the forest.
Moved then to Miri for more jungle trekking at the Lambir Hills National Park, in the rain this time... The umbrella does not really help, but it makes me look more British. With the humidity, my clothes were entirely wet with no hope of drying. Sweet.
After all those adventures, I needed one of these two - I'll let you guess which one I chose...