In an few weeks I will be heading out to Malaysia and Brunei for my summer break. Yay! I wanted to share a few of the things I have planned. There is so much to do in this region, if you visit you will not run out of activities!
Malaysia can be split into two areas, West Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, just south of Thailand), and East Malaysia (Borneo Malaysia). I will be visiting the Borneo part of Malaysia. Islam is the state religion, but the constitution declares freedom of religion. The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa.
First, the most important and one of the main reasons I am going to Malaysia is I will be climbing Mount Kinabalu. This mountain stands 4,095.2m (13,436 ft) high and will take me two days. On the way down I will be taking the world’s highest via ferrata route, at 3,800 meters. Via ferrata is kind of like mountain climbing but there are cables, ladders, and bridges already connected to the mountain. I will be sleeping on the side of the mountain only to wake up at 1:30am to finish the climb to watch the sunrise. This will be the first sunrise I think I have seen since I left almost a year ago.
Which brings me to the second thing, I will be celebrating one year on the road! Yay! I can’t believe have been gone this long. And I can’t imagine returning home any time soon, maybe to visit but not to stay. Travel is slower then I thought it would be. I have not seen and done as much as I thought I would. Maybe that is a good thing?
I will be heading to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre to see the cute orangutans. Currently orangutans can only be found in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra. Also not to be missed is the Proboscis Monkeys. They are the monkeys with the funny looking nose. I’ll post photos.
Two nights will be in Brunei, the official title is Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace. Brunei is an Islamic country. Alcohol is not allowed. And I assume night clubs are not around either. It will be an interesting visit. I am expecting this country to be a bit more conservative then its’ neighbor.
Spending the night at the Gunung Mulu National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park has caves and karst formations.
Spend a night or two in a longhouse with Borneo Headhunters. Long houses are exactly what they sound like, long wood houses that shelter the community. This is where they sleep, eat and live. And of course the head hunters don’t hunt heads any more
If it’s in bloom I will see the largest flower in the world! The Rafflesia Flower. Other items on the to do list include paragliding, white water rafting, getting my 2nd tattoo, lounging on the island beaches, taking a Batik class, a cooking class and hiking in the rain forest. I am excited to report back to you!If you enjoyed this post please consider sharing it! Thank you