23rd November 2010
After flying for 14 hours I have made it to the tropical island of Borneo. The third-biggest island in the world after Greenland and New Guinea.
The island is divided between Malaysian Borneo, Brunei and the Indonesian region of Kalimatan. Borneo has two states - Sarawak and Sabah where I'll be spending the next two weeks exploring.
I have always wanted to come to Borneo, as I have heard various traveller tales about what a amazing place it is to visit. The name conjures up an image of mystery and adventure and by the places I will be visiting on my itinerary I shouldn't be let down.
I was greeted at the airport by my local guide called 'Lemon'. He is from the local Iban tribe. Lemon seems really friendly and he didn't stop smiling as we drove to my hotel in Kuching, Sarawak capital. It's great to be back in Asia I thought to myself - the land of the smiley people.
I checked into the more than comfortable Pullman Kuching Hotel - a new 5 star hotel which I hope to use for my tailor-made clients. After a rest I headed out to taste Malaysian curry and then bed before an early start tomorrow to visit Bako national park, one of the best national parks in Sarawak for wildlife. It certainly lived up to its status, as after arriving by boat and then trekking in the jungle for 20 minutes I saw a large troop of about twenty Proboscis monkeys. An endemic species of Borneo.
Next I'm off to Batang Ai to meet the local people and learn about their traditions and stay in a long house.