Jungle Pt. 2
We woke around 7 which is alot earlier than we have been and caught the boat over to the floating restaurant. It’s funny because at the bottom of about 60 steps is the jetty and surrounding the jetty are always a few boats with all the owners calling at you to get into their boat. We ended up getting into the crazy guys boat, he sped through the river so quickly and then done the boat equivilant of a hand break turn to land us safely at the restaurant. We were slighly relieved to find that the breakfast was not rice and was something familiar, pancakes, Joe (as usual) wanted seconds 🙂
We left with our guide for a jungle trek, my God, what a mission! First of all we caught a boat to some random steps just jutting out of the jungle. We battled our way uphill till we reached the canopy walkway. This is a series of suspended bridges high up in the jungle canopy. The bridges totaled around 450 meters in length. At the highest point we were 45 metres above ground level walking along a very precarious looking bridge made out of rope, ladders tied together and bits of wood slotted into the ladders. Joe’s face was almost see through, he’s legs were shaking like jelly which made it worst really because he was wobbling the bridge more. He said he felt like crawling along instead 😆 Once you’re on the bridges there is no way off, you have to keep going. In total there are nine bridges with platforms on the top of trees between each one (so that people like Joe can actually take a breath!) and so that you are able to take in the veiw. Joe spent this time hugging the tree that the platforms were attached to.
When we had made it through the suspended bridged (much to joe’s delight) we started a very hard trek towards a viewing point at the top of the Teresek mountain. There was no real path so this involved alot of climbing and grabbing hold of trees and anything else you could find to help you up. Joe was a true gentleman and helped me up 🙂 By the time we made it to the top we were both pouring with sweat, we were sweating out of places we never sweated from before! When we saw the view it was worthwhile though. You can see for miles around never-ending jungle. Emma said she felt like Simba from the Lion King, the bit where he is held out over the top for all the animals to see! We did take some photo’s but the background looks so perfect we look super-imposed.
After being in the heat all day the boat journey back to the restaraunt was heavenly. For lunch we had fish in a chilly sauce with rice (yeah you know that bit!) it was so spicy Emma almost couldn’t breath for a second. In the afternoon we went down the “rapids”, or so they called them, to us it was just a bit of choppy water. We got soaked though. We stopped off at a little settlement of jungle people. They are called ‘Orang Asli’ people which translated to original people. They live in the jungle, hunt using blow pipes and poison darts. They let us have a go of the blowpipe (without the poison) and Emma shot almost perfectly on target. They wanted to keep Joe so that he could practice but we managed to keep him! It was really interesting to see these people living in the jungle in shacks made out of oil palm leaves and bamboo. These people were not poor though, they choose to live that way although we both felt as though we were exploiting them in some way for taking photos. We then got a chance to swim in the river, the current was so strong that when you tried to swim upstream you weren’t actually moving anywhere.
We were so knackered after such an active day that we got an early night, laying there listening to the sounds of the jungle is suprisingly peaceful…