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Kinabalu Park – A Mountainside Getaway

March 22, 2018
Kinabalu Park Sabah Guide

I winced a little every time a local asked me if we were going to climb Mount Kinabalu. The short answer was no, but their disappointed looks always made me feel the need to explain that on this visit we neither had the time nor adequate preparation for conquering such a momentous experience. Next time, I promised. Sabah has a reputation for its natural beauty, and Mount Kinabalu is definitely the jewel in its crown. The tallest peak in Malaysia and UNESCO World Heritage site has been captivating and challenging visitors for years. The two day hike to the summit is so popular that spaces are limited and often booked out months in advance. Something I will keep in mind for when that next time eventually comes. But for now, we settled for the next best thing – spending a night in Kinabalu Park and taking in all its natural beauty on steadier ground, at a much more leisurely pace…

Kinabalu Park Sabah Guide

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Sigiriya – Lion Rock & Pidurangala Rock Guide

January 29, 2018

Climbing rocks is not usually the kind of thing I get excited about. Being encumbered with short limbs and pathetically weak upper body strength, I’m not exactly built for it either. Long walks on the beach I excel at, but long walks up hills, through forests and jungles is something I am still getting to grips with! But here we were, up much earlier than usual so we could climb not one, but two rocks that day and wondering if our bodies had actually been invaded by hike-loving aliens in our sleep. Kidding, sort of. When you find yourself in Sigiriya, the thing to do is to visit the famous Lion Rock but if you are feeling particularly energetic, as we clearly were, you should also head up the less-frequented Pidurangala Rock as the views from there are just as breathtaking! We managed both in one day very easily; if we can do it, so can you…

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