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Short Getaway to Kota Kinabalu

So, After the Bario trip, James and I went to KK for 2 days. Rather short. Holiday for him, supposed business trip for me but the guy did not show up. Looking on the positive side of it, we went sight seeing instead. Which was fun. So after Bario we took a flight from Miri to KK, and I somehow knew that the last Leap group was still around, probably their last night in Borneo. And I was right. 

Anyways, James and I stayed at this nice hostel called Sensi Backpackers. Located in the middle of almost everywhere. Strategic place, clean and comfortable. We paid something like RM80 per night and got a room for 4 pax. As soon as we checked in, I went straight to the leapers room and surprise them. Later we went to this nyonya place called Sri Melaka Restaurant I think. Food was good, cheap, and to be honest, worth it!  Continue reading “Short Getaway to Kota Kinabalu” »

Lets Get Away: Destination BARIO

After over a year going around, I felt like I needed a break. (Yes I work as a tour guide here in Sarawak, but no I’m not on holiday). So I randomly called two of my childhood friends, Anthony, from Johor, the southern part of west Malaysia and James, from Penang, an Island located on the north west of Malaysia. Location, Bario, The Kelabit Highlands. And they both said yes.

Photo with Anthony and James

Ever heard of it? Not many people have. It’s one of those places where you go to escape the world. Situated in the highland mountains far into the interior of Borneo, this is as far away from the fast pace of the modern world as you could get. It is a place where time slows down.

View of Bario as we were about to land

Bario is a remote town in the Kelabit Highlands at an altitude of 4666ft above sea level. The region has a population of around 1200 people, while daily fogs drift amidst them; setting the lovely town against an eternally magical backdrop. It is surrounded by virgin tropical rainforest with just one road connecting the town to Miri. Within Bario town however, the area is relatively well connected with either concrete, dirt or gravel roads, and projects are underway to build roads extending to some of the other villages in the surrounding area- some of these are around 9 hours walking distance away.

Due to its altitude, the region hosts a slightly cooler climate than the rest of Malaysia and this is especially noticeable at night. It is usually cold enough to require one to wear a sweater or light jacket. The weather is usually around 30°C during the day, but at night, temperatures average around 20°C. Somehow rather when we were there, it was 20°C – 26°C during the day and at night it was between 16°C all the way down to 5°C. Yes!!! That is cold for Malaysians. Continue reading “Lets Get Away: Destination BARIO” »

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