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Friday 3rd October / posted by Chris Wheeldon

Last year, long time listener George took home the major prize for Radiothon. We sent him to Borneo with our friends Peregrine Travel and Malaysia Airlines he told us all about it:

We flew into Kota Kinabulu in Sabah, met up with the tour crew there (all up 14 people). From there, we spent most of the next day on two ferries to take us in to Limbang in Sarawak. One night there, then it was into the longboats for three hours or so up river to an Iban Longhouse, where we all spent the night with our local guide and his family.

There were some rules to be followed here, as some of the tribe and indeed the village head were not happy at outsiders coming to their village. We were told there were no-go areas and if anyone pushed the boundary they could potentially be fined or given the choice to go into the jungle, hunt a wild pig, bring it back and slaughter it in front of the village. Apparently last tour someone had been fined a very random 777.77 ringgit and had to kill a chicken in front of the villagers, for taking photos in the wrong area. We just had a great night on the rice wine and behaved!

Next day, another 3 hours or so in the longboat and we arrived at the starting point of our trek along the headhunters trail. No heads being hunted these days, but a hell of a lot of leeches of many varieties and sizes! The little buggers seemed able to get into your clothing or shoes with great ease, a lot of squealing and carry on as people removed footwear! Did I mention the rain? If it weren’t so humid that the sweat was pouring off then it would usually be raining. Awesome!

A night was spent in the jungle in the Mulu National Park, a further trek, and we were into the boats again headed for some of the most amazing caves I’ve ever seen. A couple of nights at the park HQ from where there were a variety of treks, more caves and we opted to do the treetop walk, with its dodgy creaking structure 30-40m up in the canopy. Pretty cool.

From Mulu we flew to the nearest city Miri then on to Kuching (Cat) City for the last couple of nights. Bako National Park was probably the best of the lot. We saw a tribe of proboscis monkeys, plenty of pitcher plants and other wildlife.

It really was a wonderful and memorable trip to a place I may never have travelled to. Now I have, I want to go back some day. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

Thank you so much to RTR for everything. 

Cheers,

George

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