After spending some time in the city, we headed out into the Malaysian jungle for some real adventure -- boy did we find it.
The first day we got settled into our new accommodations, nothing fancy but a lot better than the dodgy hostel in Singapore!
Our first afternoon we hit the trail hard. We hiked through the jungle up to a look out point. The trail was amazing, real Indiana Jones-esk, but it was a bit challenging.
Then, dinner on a floating barge.
The second day, we spent the morning up in the canopy on some rope bridges that were amazing. A sign informed us that they were the longest in the world, hmmm. Anyway, at some points the bridges were more than 100 feet off the ground. Very cool.
In the afternoon, I had a personal highlight. THE BAT CAVES!!!! Sweet. We didn't really knowwhat to expect, but we hiked through the jungle for about 1.25 hours until we arrived. The cave was dark, warm, and very smelly. About 25 feet in, a bat flew right at my face! It was crazy.
This was the next thing I saw.
Yep, that's right. They are bats and lots of them.
The cave kept going and we saw more and more of these little blood suckers. It was mind blowing. The largest chamber we entered had more than a thousand bats in it, maybe 2 thousand. Once we saw that, we decided to turn around.
Today we left the jungle, but we did it in style. For two hours, we cruised through the jungle on a native boat. We passed animals and villagers as we floated by the most lush, deep jungle I have ever seen. It was amazing and I loved every minute of it.
We are leaving Kuala Lumpur tonight on an overnight bus to Thailand. The bus will pass through the border and drop us off in Hat Yai Thailand.
From there we are planning to go to Trang, the provincial capital, and then on to Koh Ngai, an island off the coast. We might also visit Koh Muk or Kradan. Or Ko Phi Phi. It kind of depends.
We are going to rock climb in Krabe and then overnight train to Bangkok.