The Closest Thing To Paradise

Fuck it. I'm staying here forever. I'm in love with The Tip Of Borneo and I never want to leave. It's one of those places that you have to get to before it goes the way of Lands End with a hideous visitor centre. It's already developing but right now it still has that middle [...]

The Biggest Flower In The World

After Nat and Laura buggered off back home myself and Tarrant decided to go to Poring for the sole purpose of looking at a massive flower which may or may not be there right now. We really wanted to wrap our eyeholes around a rafflesia and we'd heard that Poring was one of the best [...]

Macro Diving At Mabul

I woke up with crippling stomach pains and a sphincter looser than Indonesian road rules. Holy fuck, what had I eaten to deserve this? I was meant to be doing four dives today and no way did I want to cancel any of them. I weighed up my options; I could maybe skip the first [...]

Some Proper Expensive Scuba Diving

Diving at Sipadan Island costs the kind of money that makes all of your internal organs contract and you have to go and apply lots of beer to them and calm down a little bit before you return to the dive shop website you were looking at with a deep breath whilst trying to reassure [...]

Stuff To Do In Danum Valley Besides Sweat A Lot

There's nothing like watching the sun rise over the canopy of a primary rainforest, and it's even better if you don't have to walk up a massive bastard hill to do this. We were picked up from the dorm room at some god awful hour in the morning and driven to a shed on stilts [...]

Getting To Danum Valley

I don't recall where I first read about Danum Valley Conservation Area when I was researching Sabah, possibly the Lonely Planet, fuck knows, but I knew that we definitely wanted to try and visit. It's a largely untouched swathe of rainforest which still has areas of primary rainforest, a rarity in Borneo where acres of [...]

Sun Bears, The Other Sepilok Sanctuary

So yesterday we'd bumped into two of the Brits from the boat at breakfast and they told us that the other couple, the Yorkshire folks, weren't well at all. Apparently they had it coming out of both ends, probably some manner of food poisoning. The woman we were chatting to wasn't feeling 100% either but [...]