Sepilok, Borneo; May 2017

This covers two short stays in Sepilok before and after I went to the Kinabatangan River. After a long bus journey from Kota Kinabalu it was rather nice to arrive at the Forest Edge Resort in Sepilok. It's a resort that has been pragmatic accommodation within its grounds which have great facilities and the best … Continue reading Sepilok, Borneo; May 2017

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Lambir Hills NP, Borneo; May 2017

I did my absolute best to make a total mess out of getting to the national park. I was given very specific, accurate instructions and managed to ram these through the blender of mind which resulted in me wandering around a very busy, very hot road system in Miri. However, more by chance than anything, … Continue reading Lambir Hills NP, Borneo; May 2017

Chitwan NP, Bhaktapur & Kathmandu; Nepal.

After the trekking was done it was time to check out some of the other sites of Nepal. There was a nice distraction in Chitwan for a few days (I'd been laid low by an illnesss in a pleasant mountain town), but the outstanding place was Bhaktapur. Even though it was close to Kathmandu it … Continue reading Chitwan NP, Bhaktapur & Kathmandu; Nepal.

Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park, Nagano; Japan

My friend is a primate keeper and really wanted to go and see the Snow Monkeys (Macaca fuscata) and who was I to argue? Monkeys are¬†amazing after all. We spent a long time amongst them watching them knock about, feed, fight and play. They are endlessly fascinating. There was a¬†brief moment when I thought one … Continue reading Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park, Nagano; Japan

Rishiri Island, Hokkaido; Japan

This is a small island off the North West of Hokkaido. My friend and I rented mountain bikes and cycled round the island (Roughly 50 miles or so I think) and I also cycled up a HEP service track until it turned into boulders which my non elite skills didn't allow me to surpass. It's … Continue reading Rishiri Island, Hokkaido; Japan