How not to climb a mountain: attempting Mt. Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is a major tourist draw in Sabah, the northern province of Borneo. Thousands of people successfully climb its summit each year with ages varying from teenagers through to the elderly. Daily, people slowly trudge their way up the hillside to view the sunrise from its 4095-metre-high peak. As a result, it is one … Continue reading How not to climb a mountain: attempting Mt. Kinabalu

Exploring the Kinabatangan River

If I’m being honest, I had never heard of the Kinabatangan River before I agreed to travel with a friend to Borneo. He was excited to head east and spend time exploring the area famous for monkeys, crocodiles and elephants. My theory was if someone was that damned excited, it must be worth the effort. … Continue reading Exploring the Kinabatangan River

Visiting Sepilok: sun bears, orangutans and tourists

It took very little persuasion to convince me to go on a trip to Sabah in Northern Borneo. I only had one condition- to visit Sepilok and see the orangutans. Sepilok is as famous for its wildlife conservation and rehabilitation as it is for the animals it rehabilitates and it rightly sits atop the tree … Continue reading Visiting Sepilok: sun bears, orangutans and tourists

Lessons Learned in Sabah, Northern Borneo

Sabah in Northern Borneo, is home to some of the richest wildlife and most variable countryside in Southeast Asia. With natural beauty such as the Kinabatangan River, Mount Kinabalu and the Tip of Borneo alongside kilometres of palm plantations, jungle and large cities; it’s an ever-changing and intriguing place. It has a rich history and … Continue reading Lessons Learned in Sabah, Northern Borneo

Damn Mosquitos: trying to avoid malaria

Should I take anti-malaria medication on my next holiday? I have been travelling to Southeast Asia, on and off, for the last eight years and it is still a question I ask myself every time I organise a new trip. After all this time you would think that I would have it all figured out, … Continue reading Damn Mosquitos: trying to avoid malaria

Hoi An: A little bit of everything

I sat on my hotel balcony and looked out over the Thu Bon River. Small vessels putted their way up and down stream with locals hawking ‘cheap’ trips to the ocean or the town centre while crews threw nets and traps into the salty water. Palm fronds on the far bank enveloped the scenery while … Continue reading Hoi An: A little bit of everything

The risks of Nepalese paragliding

In the grand scheme of things, I’m pretty conservative in the decisions I make. I worry about the consequences of actions and look into things far more than any normal person might do. Some say this is good to do whilst travelling. Watching out for dangers and hazards can only prove to be positive, right? In the general sense this … Continue reading The risks of Nepalese paragliding

Where to have a beer in Asia

Looking at the glutton of travel information available in magazines, blogs and via travel operators, making a list of favourite things is fairly common place. Personally, I have written articles and posts about many different aspects. I’ve talked about trains, I’ve talked about food. Hell, I’ve even talked about diarrhoea. But I have never drawn up a list. … Continue reading Where to have a beer in Asia