To my dearest friends, family and fellow culture cravers,
This week was my last week in Borneo. After my wonderful trip on the Kinabatangan River (read about my experience here) I caught a bus to Semporna, a place, which is world-renowned for its diverse sea life. As I’m not a diver, I decided to head this way to check out the tropical islands as well as, snorkel in its vibrant waters.
After a long, hairy bus ride to get to Semporna, I booked onto a snorkelling trip for the next day around Mabul Island.
The next morning I was up bright and early for my day on the water. After an hours boat ride we reached the turquoise waters of Mabul. An island enveloped in powder white beaches, swaying palm trees and lavish dive resorts, it’s easy to see why it is such a popular spot with dive and beach addicts alike.
We spent the morning gliding through the translucent waters swimming with turtles, avoiding trigger fish and admiring intricate, colourful corals.
Before putting on a pair of gloves to help out with the beach clean up, which the dive school do every few days in an attempt to keep the beach clear of rubbish. It was great to see the local children get involved as well!
The next day I switched the beach and my bikini for the chilly hills of Kinabalu National Park. Suspended above Kota Kinabalu city, KK’s Park is a rolling vista of bright green flora and fauna commonly encompassed in fluffy white clouds.
Due to its height, staying amongst the park’s mountains is quite the contrast to the boiling heat elsewhere in Borneo.
During the couple of days I had at the park, I spent my days trekking through the luscious (and damp) foliage soaking up the fresh mountain air and encountering my first ever leeches sucking at my ankles (ergh).
Before spending my evenings snuggled up in jumpers, blankets and slippers sipping on big warm bowls of laksa and Milo in front of the tv #homely.
It was a serene mountain retreat before having to catch the bus back down to the city for my flight to Penang.
Penang is an island just off of the Malaysia peninsula, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
It’s capital – Georgetown – is where most travellers base themselves and as soon as I arrived, I completely understood why.
The city boasted the perfect combination of charming rustic character, exceptional food and ‘touristy’ bars and cafes. It’s a place I can imagine easily captivates people to stay for weeks on end.
The main reason I wanted to visit this city was to check out its 3D, interactive street art. On my only full day in Georgetown, I followed Lights Camera Backpack’s ‘coffee and street art tour’ to uncover the best coffee and art the city had to offer.
After a fun hour of drinking 3D coffee. How cute are these?!
We moved onto 3D art…
Cleverly capturing the culture and lifestyle of the locals in Penang, each work of art was charismatic, clever and special. The interactive element enabled you to create your own work of art in a photograph…
Whilst also skilfully encouraging tourists to look up at every quaint building and explore each shabby chic alleyway – because, God for bid you miss a sneaky piece of hidden artwork.
The fab street art teamed with the amazingggg food, made for a great couple of nights stop over before heading to Kuala Lumpur.
I’m now on route to Bali where I will be excitedly reunited with one of my bezzie pals from home! We have some AMAZING Air BnB’s lined up and a lot of fun plans in place. The next couple of weeks are going to be gooduns.
Until next week…