Andrew and I are busy planning our first big trip of 2013 and it’s a doozy! At the end of March, we will be heading to Asia, to spend a week in Hong Kong and a week in Malaysian Borneo. Besides our 2011 travels to India, this will be our first trip to Asia and I’m feeling excited and a little scared.
Just over a month ago, we announced our big plans for CheeseWeb’s Asian Adventure 2013. This Wednesday, we returned from that incredible journey. It’s going to take us some time to process all of our thoughts and experiences (not to mention our photos!), but today we want to share just a little taste of what we saw, did, ate and felt over those two amazing weeks.
It all began with a Skyscanner search. Where could we fly cheaply from Hong Kong to escape the busy city for a week?
“Where the heck is Kota Kinabalu?” Andrew looked back at me blankly.
Nothing can describe the feeling of seeing the jungle leaves begin to rustle and you spot your first glimpse of a wild orangutan. On our recent trip to Borneo, we were among the lucky few who experience this thrill.
Our trip to Sandakan to see the orang-utans inspired us to discover more of Sabah’s wildlife.
From our base in Kota Kinabalu, we arranged another primate-themed day-trip, through an eco-tour company, based in the Horizon Hotel.
We would cruise down the Klias River searching for Malaysian Borneo’s other famous inhabitant, the proboscis monkey.
Rather than tell you about our river cruise, we decided to show you what we saw. So come along on a photo tour of the Klias River with us:
I faced two of my biggest fears (mostly) without tears. I witnessed a once in a lifetime event. And I spent the day in one of the most beautiful places on earth. All in all, it wasn’t a bad last day in Borneo.
While planning for our trip to Hong Kong, we were excited about many things: markets, culture, temples, and sightseeing. But, I’m sure it will come as no surprise, the thing we were most looking forward to, was Hong Kong’s food scene.
Hong Kong has a market or shopping street for just about any product you can imagine. Not only are they a great place to experience the city’s diverse cultures, but they are a photographer’s paradise.
In retrospect, I should have done more research, but the only thing I could focus on was the number of stairs; 431 steps in the humid Hong Kong heat.
The things I will do for a photo opportunity.