Exploring Borneo

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Joanna L Whyte

Adventure Traveller

  1. Age: 30
  2. Nationality: USA
  3. Where was your adventure?: Malaysia
  4. How many days was it?: 10
  5. What type of adventure?: Basic Tour
  6. Give us a general overview of your adventure:
    Starting in Sarawak, Borneo, it was a friendly group of 7 people, between 25 and 35 years old. This was a Sarawak Headhunters trip in Malaysia that a mixture of trekking (too little), with difficult climbs in 2 different parks. They were both pretty, but there was lots of travelling time. At one point, it was 10 houron a boat, and 6 to 8 hours on a bus, which was not active enough for me. I would have liked 10 days of hiking.

    Day 1 was just a meeting to check in, go for diner, Day 10 was fly out or do your own thing, so really it was a 8 days tour. 5 of the days had some or all hiking, 3 had none.

    In the scale of Patagonia, Machu Pichu, Nepal, Kilimanjaro, I’d say it’s better than Patagonia because of the people on the trip. It was pretty country but not active enough for me. It was nice countryside and we had an okay leader. I am glad I went, but would have preferred more hiking. Mulu National Park & Kotakinabalu National Park could both have had a 3-5 day hike in each.

  7. Was it difficult?:
    Why or why not?
    Too broad of a question. Pinnacles was difficult but not too because I did it, but there should be more guides with the group. Kinnabalu was difficult because of the altitude. I’ve been higher, so it was just not my day. I would highly recommend one guide and 2 people and having 2 nights at altitude before clmmbing. I know you don’t have to, but I’ve been up 19,000 at Kilamanjaro & was okay, and I was not okay here
  8. Would you recommend this adventure trip to someone else? Why or Why Not?
    Maybe, depends on to whom & would give with explanantions as noted above. I would highly reccommned SKIPPING the Iban Longhouse. It was very friendly, but the air was disgusting (cigs plus the possibility of our host having Tuberclosis – NOT a good thing to come home with)
  9. What do you wish you would have done differently?
    I would have hiked more, skipped the longhouse, maybe had a 2nd night at altitide, with a hiking day to acclimatize & do the climb more easily.
  10. What kind of advice can you give to other travellers going on this adventure?
    Skip the longhouse
  11. What type of gear did you bring?
    I brought plenty of gear
  12. Where is your next big adventure? Why?
    I want to go to either India, China or Vietnam, but I’ll do all 3 in some order
  13. Did you travel before or after your adventure? If so, where?
    I travel a little. I went up Kinnabalu, not as part of the Sabah trip, but timing happened that I went with another group, spent an extra day in Kuching & snorkeled in Kota Kinabalju.

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