30.04.2006 - 30.04.2006 31 °C
Apologies for the lack of updates for the last couple of days, i've been totally and utterly crippled be the mountain and in no frame of mind to blog!
Anyway it's now 7.30am on sunday morning and I'm now in KK. After getting to the base of Mt Kinabalu on friday afternoon, we headed to Poring where there are some hot springs - just what my legs were in need of. However as soon as I reached the hostel there I conked out and by the time I woke up it was raining and dark. So decided to write it off for friday and try again saturday.
Got up at about half six on saturday morning and went for a wander around the reserve. It's beautiful at that time of day with very few other people about as the animals haven't retreated back into the jungle yet. Ended up at the aptly named rainforest restaurant for some breakfast (the jungle ants went nuts after smelling my fruit so had to be a bit careful and on the alert!!) and after, picked up my towel and had a soak in the hot spring tubs.
Wow, did that feel good. They do pong a bit though because of all the sulphur, but were good nonetheless. Got out about an hour later - it was then time for the next excursion.
The rainforest canopy walkway is 157 metres long and 47 metres high at its highest point. It allows you to see some of Borneo's wildlife that rarely comes down to the ground and sightings of flying snakes, orang utans and jungle leopards have all been made, alas not by us this time. You really do need a lot of nerve to cross it - it's like something out of indiana jones!!
When we got back down to terra firma we climbed up a ridiculously steep embankment to some bat caves. They absolutely stank but it was awesome to see thousands of bats flying in and out. Not sure what kind of bats they were but the size could have made them fruit bats - they were massive. After this we returned down that same embankment to Poring and like a true pro I landed straight on my arse on a rock, ouch! Fortunately just a big bruise, nothing worse
On our way back to KK we stopped at a town called Ranau for some lunch and a look around the local market. Bought some strong honey that I saw the guy on the stall make - very impressive - and then we were on our way again. Stopped off at Peka Nabalu to pick up some local handicrafts (mum & dad got you something from here!) and from there it was back to KK.
Reached KK and met up with Louis (we all met him on our first evening in KK) who had arranged a room for me in the hotel he works in free of charge which was a really nice gesture. Thanks mate! So I got some dinner, chilled out for a bit then went to bed. I'm going to the islands off KK today if I can before my flight, I need some time to chill before the madness of bangkok again!
Next update - Thailand probably.