It was the Hari Raya (end of Ramadhan) holiday period and school holidays, so things were fairly jumping with markets and celebrations of all kinds. Our taxi driver told us that on the previous day he'd had a day off and returned to his home village where he had attended ten (10) 'Open House' celebrations (eating events).
Monkeys and Fireflies
Borneo is famous for its wildlife, and so we booked a bus-trip out to the 'wilds' to see the Proboscis monkeys, as well as the fireflies putting on a display.
First there was rather a lo-o-ong bus trip.
Except of course we had to stop at a chocolate factory for everyone to get out and buy lots of chocolates. Here is a cocoa tree that was growing outside the factory. Actually I'm not at all sure that it was a factory, really just a sales room - but our Chinese fellow-travellers sure bought up big.
So eventually we got to a river village with a jetty.
We were all loaded into boats and went a few minutes down the river. (I think this is the first time I saw the kid in the green shirt sit still since we left KK!)
Everyone was very excited as we headed off up the river. Our guide had told us to keep our eyes peeled as these are wild monkeys and you just have to find them in their natural habitat.
We hadn't gone long before we noticed these little chaps peeking out from among the palm trees.
Of course, these are not the proboscis monkeys we had come to see, just regular monkeys - but kinda cute all the same.
And then, up in the big trees further away we saw these amazing monkeys. The very large male with his enormous snoz ...
The weather was starting to look unfriendly, and the boat drivers hurried us back to the restaurant. We had barely clambered out of the boats before it bucketed down!
In Kuala Terengganu there really is only one western restaurant, but of course Kota Kinabalu has restaurants of all kinds.
So one evening we went down to the boardwalk, and indulged in an Australian restaurant meal at the Aussie Barbecue place.
It is run by a friend of a friend of our friend from Australia, so we were really there to meet the folks. It was a nice enough meal ... but it was definitely Australian prices! (There are about 3 ringgit to each Aussie dollar.)
And then of course it was time to fly back to KT.