Backpacking Asia

Ubud Bike Tour (Gallery)

Breakfast overlooking Bali’s still active volcano Mount Batur before spending the day cycling though Ubud. We see rice terraces, bamboo plantations, many temples and traditional villages and enjoy a variety of local coffee.

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Nyepi Day (Gallery)

Once a year people in Bali make elaborate ‘Ogah Ogah’ statues in time for Nyepi Day. The statues are paraded with loud drums through the streets at night in an attempt to get the attention of any had spirits. The next day every person on Bali is not allowed to leave their home or hotel…

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Taman Ayun Temple (Gallery)

We hire a motorbike and ride out to this traditional Balinese temple. Every family home in Bali has its own temple making the ride one of the most sceneic we have taken in Asia. Every road and alleyway is lined with ornate buildings.

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Tanah Lot Fishing (Gallery)

We were lucky to meet Wayan, a local fisherman in a Bali fishing tackle shop. He offered to take us out in his boat for 600,000 rupieh (£35) which was much more affordable than the many hundreds of dollars tourist agents were asking for. We meet Wayan at 6.30AM on the beach as the sun…

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Ulu Watu Sunset (Gallery)

Ulu Watu temple stands on the edge of a cliff with waves pounding over a hundred metres below. After dodging monkeys at the entrance we watch a cultural fire dance as the sun sets. After the show we stop in at a local restaurant and enjoy delicious fresh grilled mahi-mahi for only £3.50!

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Kinabatangan Nature Lodge (Gallery)

A nature lodge on the Kinabatangan River gets us closer to Borneo’s jungle and wildlife. Three days of treks, river cruises and night walks allows us to see wild orangutans, macaques, lanurs and proboscis monkeys, western tarsier, crocodiles, highly poisonous viper and mangrove snakes, spiders and frogs, leeches and plenty of birds! An alarmingly high…

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Sepilok Orangutan Sancturary

Orangutans are rehabilitated at this sanctuary in Borneo. Whilst being reintroduced to the wild they are fed bananas from a feeding platform. Eventually the primates become bored of a banana only diet and venture out into the jungle to forage for themselves.

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Climbing Mt Kinabalu (Gallery)

Whilst reading my guidebook before leaving home I knew Mount Kinabalu had to be on the list for the trip. Photos from the plateau at sunrise looked spectacular and it promised to be a simple climb to Low’s Peak at 4095m (the highest point in SE Asia). Unfortunately our guidebook advises booking months in advance,…

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