An Oriental Pied Hornbill who lived outside my cabin in Sukau, Sabah District, on the Island of Borneo, Malaysia. He tired of me following him around and finally let me take his photo. They are not all that uncommon but they look striking. We are friends now.
Sukau is now one of my favorite places, a village in the jungle on the Kinabatatangan River where wildlife is everywhere and people are unbelievably friendly.
A note on the Kinabatangan River: I mentioned in an earlier post that it is Malaysia's longest. Oops, wrong! It is the the longest in the district of Sabah. The longest river in Malaysia by a small margin is the Rajang River, also on the island of Borneo, in the Sarawak District.
Here are a few more Sukau pics:
A couple of Red Leaf Monkeys casually forage for treats in the grass outside my cabin one morning.
It rained heavily one day last week and things got a little swampy in the jungle. My cabin's the one in the middle. I wouldn't call it luxurious, but it provided everything I wanted except wifi and cost US$12.50 a night, including breakfast, and free coffee and tea all day. A slow internet connection was available with a Malaysian SIM card. There are many similar lodges in and around the village such as this one, the Sukau RB Lodge, and the one I stayed in a couple of weeks ago, Sukau River Homestay. I recommend either one. Prices vary among the rest but don't go expecting any five-star accommodations. Tour packages are available, though you can just get a room and take your tours a la carte, which is what I did this trip. They take you on the river in a boat with a guide for two or three hours to view monkeys apes, crocodiles, birds, snakes -- all kinds of critters. Previously I booked a three-day-two-night package at Sukau River Homestay for about US$220 which included three meals a day (excellent quality, well prepared, local-style dishes), several river tours and a night jungle trek.
Some pretty jungle flowers, I don't know what they're called.
And a view of the Kinabatangan from the river bank of the lodge at dusk. Life is good.
David Hunter Bishop is a retired journalist from Hawaii who quickly tired of retirement life and hit the road as a solo traveler in August 2016. Since then he's traveled through 16 countries on four continents and is currently enjoying life in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For more about David's journey, see published interviews with Nomadic Matt and Expat Focus, and in A Confluence of Adventure Writers, with Sarawak (Kuching, Malaysia) Tribune writer James Ritchie.
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