Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary Dates: 22 Jul Having seen orangutans at the Rehab Centre, I woke early again to head over to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is a little out of the way even from Sepilok, so I hopped on a motorbike rented from my accommodation and drove over there instead of opting to pay the crazy price for a taxi in Borneo. It’s a good 30 minute drive from Sepilok area, and is really easy to find – there is a big sign on the main road telling you where to turn, and plenty of …

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centreh6 Dates: 21 Jul Orang = Person/Man Utan = Forest Orangutan = Person/man of the forest After spending the afternoon at the Rainforest Discovery Centre I had an early night and woke up early to head down to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for the morning feeding. The Rehab Centre has two opening slots during the day: 9am-12pm (9-11 on a Friday) and 2pm-4pm. Both of these times have a feeding time: 10am & 3pm. I would advise arriving at the feeding platform 30 minutes before feeding time to allow you to get a good view. The …

Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Centre

Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Centre Dates: 20 Jul After spending a couple of cold, rainy nights at Mount Kinabalu Park I jumped on the bus at 9am over to Sepilok to do the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Orangutans & Proboscis Monkeys. There are more busses throughout the day but nobody ever has a solid answer as to when they actually arrive, so if you’re wanting to take the bus from Mount Kinabalu I would highly recommend getting up and waiting on the road before 9am. The bus cost 45RM (~£8-9) and took around 5 hours. If you’re staying in Sepilok area make …

Mount Kinabalu Park

Mount Kinabalu Park Dates: 19 Jul Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia at 4,095m, and if you’re up for it you can climb to the peak. The climb would have cost too much for me – travelling long-term has made me budget tightly and I limited myself to one expensive tour while in Borneo – the Kinabatangan River. So instead of climbing the mountain I opted to take a walk around Mount Kinabalu Park instead, a series of trails at the base of the mountain. I stayed at D’Villa Rina Ria Lodge, which is 10-15 minutes walk down …

Penang – Kek Lok Si Temple

Dates: 24 & 28 Jan I went to Kek Lok Si temple twice on the week of Chinese New Year. Once on the 24th because we saw an advert saying it was open, it wasn’t. I did see a lot of the temple and the lights from the outside that night, and I also snook in to the Buddha statue with my travel friend for a couple of minutes before we got kicked out, so I managed to get a shot of it at night & while it was quiet before the business of Chinese New Year fully kicked in. …

Penang – Chinese New Year’s Eve

Dates: 27 Jan Gong Xi Fa Cai, 恭禧發財 Mandarin for “wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year” (pretty much, anyway). This is a very common greeting around CNY and is similar in effect to “Happy New Year” to English speakers. For the first time, in 2017 I was actually somewhere that celebrated Chinese New Year properly – Penang, Malaysia. I spent it at a guesthouse (there is another story to this place, click here and read the recent 1* reviews to see) near Love Lane in Georgetown. On Chinese New Year’s Eve we spent the evening in the …

Penang – Taman Negara Pulau Pinang & Botanical Gardens

Dates: 26 & 31 Jan Both of these places are worth a visit if in Penang for two very different reasons. The National Park is a great place for jungle trekking, and is a different experience to the other jungle (Taman Negara Kuala Tahan) I visited during my time in Malaysia. It’s much hillier and has a few beaches to visit while here that work as great pit-stops to have a bite to eat (that you have brought of course, and that you take away) and relax after trekking up and down steps/roots in the intense jungle heat. Lots of …

Penang – Georgetown Street Art

Dates: 23 Jan – 2 Feb 2017 Following on from my previous post about Georgetown. Anyone spending time in Georgetown should dedicate a day going around the street art, it’s incredible. Most hotels will be able to advise on a route or even better have a map for you with the best spots marked out. Alternatively, my favourite map app maps.me has most of them marked on it if you search ‘street art’ while in Georgetown.

Penang – Georgetown

Dates: 23 Jan – 2 Feb 2017 Georgetown is one of my favourite spots in Malaysia. The place has so much character, loads of old beautiful buildings (which if you’ve seen my personal work you’ll realise I love old windows & doors). The street art here is also amazing, and of a better standard to Ipoh. My friend I was travelling at the time, Lucas, had lived in Georgetown for 6 weeks over Christmas so knew the area very well and gave me a personal guided bike ride tour of the area showing me the best spots for street art …

Langkawi – Sky Bridge & Islands

Dates: 21-22 Jan 2017 Two must-do things in Langkawi if you ask me. The Cable Car & Sky Bridge can be costly, it totalled around 100RM (£18) for everything in the day but it’s definitely the best thing to do on the island and has amazing views. Included in the ticket price is the 3d museum, which I’ve found are pretty common in Asia. Definitely worth a visit, because while it’s nothing extraordinary, it’s something totally different to anything I’ve seen in the UK. The Island hopping is a half day out but at only 30RM (£5.50) it’s the cheapest …

Langkawi

Dates: 17-23 Jan Langkawi is a great place. Lots to see there, a few nice excursion options, it’s duty free so cheap alcohol for Malaysia, and perfect weather most of the time. While in Langkawi I had a couple of beach days, went to the cable car & sky walk and did an island hopping tour – all of which are recommended.

Ipoh – Surrounding Area

Dates: 15-16 Jan 2017 During my time in Ipoh I went out to Gunung Lang National Park & to Ulu Chepor/the jungle area. Gunung Lang is pretty nice, albeit a bit small. We rented out some bikes and cycled around it several times before we set off back. We didn’t find Ulu Chepor waterfall like we planned, however we did bump into the owners of a resort in the jungle (The Lereng) who kindly took us on a 4×4 tour of their patch of jungle and showed us their plans for the area (which were huge, including a zip line …

Ipoh Town

Dates: 13-17 Jan 2017 I was in Ipoh for a few days as a stop over between Pangkor and Langkawi. The Old Town is beautiful and has lots of nice street art that is worth visiting for. If food is more your thing then Ipoh has amazing curries, and is pretty well known for it’s beansprouts too. I had chicken & rice with beansprouts several times during my stay it was that good.

Cameron Highlands

Dates: 4-7 Jan 2017 After Taman Negara I set off to Cameron Highlands via Jerantut, Benta & Raub. In Cameron Highlands I visited the Big Red Strawberry Plantation, BOH Tea Plantation and Cameron Valley Tea Plantation.

Jerantut & Taman Negara Kuala Tahan

Dates: 2-4 Jan 2017. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 30th December and decided to start shooting once I left for Taman Negara National Park. On the way there we stopped at Jerantut for a couple of hours where we had a walk around the market. Taman Negara is a place I would fully recommend to anyone travelling Malaysia, it’s the world’s oldest deciduous rainforest and has a few great spots to see. I did the canopy walk, then up to Bukit Teresek where the views were amazing, and then for a swim in the river.