The climax of our Borneo adventure, four wonderful days in the deepest depths of the Borneo jungle at the magnificent Borneo Rainforest Lodge. From wild orangutans and the rare Great Argus bird, to the slimy intrepid tiger leeches crawling up our legs — it’s magical.
A decadent treat, we stayed in the Shangri-la Rasa Ria resort near Kota Kinabalu for four days on the third step of our Borneo adventure. We watched young orangutans in the hotel’s nature reserve, saw beautiful red sunsets every night, found wildlife everywhere, took a night boat out to see the fireflies and even went parasailing.
Four days in Kuching, our first stop in Borneo. From learning about Bornean culture at Bumbu cooking school, to hiking through the luscious Bako and Kubah rainforests, we loved every moment of Kuching. There’s so much to see and do, the people are lovely, the city is quiet, the food is delicious. A real Bornean delicacy.
Two days in Kuala Lumpur to kick-off our Malaysia and Borneo trip. Staying at the Traders hotel, we indulged in luxury, relaxing by the rooftop Skybar with views of the Petronas Towers.
This was a last minute holiday, but we’d found a delightful 5-star hotel on the island of Vulcano, part of the Aeolian islands which are north of Sicily, Italy. Our hotel, Therasia Resort, introduced itself with breathtaking views. Perched on the northernmost corner of Vulcanello, a small volcano, it looks out at a 180º vista of the Aeolian islands, with the towering Gran Cratere volcano behind it, a volcano we climbed at sunset.
After a forgettable day at work in London, amidst a January cold snap and inches of snow, Samantha met me at the office and we left early for the start of my surprise birthday weekend.
The final day of our three week holiday, it went slowly, it has felt like an eternity, but I can’t help but want more. With six hours to kill in Saigon, we saw the War Remnants museum and dined at the Sheraton’s sky bar.
The last stretch of our three week holiday, five days in Siem Reap, exploring the mystical and wonderful temples of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and many more.
Fourth stop on our tour of Vietnam. A couple of days in Hanoi to see some Water Puppet theatre, Hoan Kiem lake and Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and a peaceful “3 day two night” trip to Halong Bay with Indochina, aboard the four-cabin Prince III.
Third stop on our tour of Vietnam, a three night detour to Phong Nha and the magnificent Paradise Cave, staying at the wonderful Phong Nha farmstay.