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Pulau Ketam - village on stilts

Pulau Ketam - village on stilts on an island near Kuala Lumpur

After wading ashore at Bako National Park

After wading ashore at Bako National Park, Borneo

Silvered leaf monkeys, Bako National Park

Silvered leaf monkeys (AKA silvery lutung or silvery langur), Bako National Park, Borneo

Poisonous snake, Bako National Park

Wagler's pit viper, Bako National Park (poisonous)

Martin trekking

Martin trekking, Bako National Park

Malaysia 2012

We returned to Malaysia again this year, adding our holiday to the end of Martin's external examining in Kuala Lumpur. On our first day, we took a boat to the Chinese island of Pulau Ketam where the village is built on stilts.

We went back to the same resort in Borneo as in 2011, and saw the orang utans again. We had a fascinating day at Bako National Park, which is only accessible by boat and paddling ashore. We heard but did not see the park's speciality, proboscis monkeys. However, we did see macaque and silvered leaf monkeys, as well as a poisonous snake asleep in a bush. The trekking was more challenging than we expected (see photos below).

In Penang, we enjoyed some great Chinese cuisine and innumerable temples. The Penang War Museum was fascinating, set in the ruins of the British camp. We also visited the cooler hill station at Penang Hill for great views.

On the way home, we spent the night and half a day in Dubai, mostly in the old part around Dubai creek - very atmospheric.

End of our trek at Bako National Park

End of our trek at Bako National Park. The route continued up the roots behind us

Steamboat at restaurant in Penang

Steamboat at Chinese restaurant in Georgetown, Penang

Georgetown from Penang Hill

Georgetown from Penang Hill. Butterworth on the other side of the strait

Penang War Museum

Penang War Museum - British troops quarters in the jungle

Penang temple

Part of Kek Lok Si temple complex on Penang Hill

Dubai creek

Dubai creek - we crossed the creek on one of these traditional water buses, called abras

 

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