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A Floating Restaurant

Today we are on the move again, having decided to spend some time in Taman Negara, Malaysia's premier national park.  After a long, hot day of travelling, we arrived late afternoon and booked into a chalet, just in time to avoid the start of a heavy tropical downpour.

When the rain had abated, we went out in search of food.  Down on the river, there are several floating restaurants, so we chose one and walked into it along a gang-plank.  We felt like we were really in the jungle - the fast-flowing muddy-brown river, dense forest, and mist mingling in the tops of trees - it was all very Amazon-esque.  After dinner, we went to one of the other restaurants to pick up our park permits that had been arranged for us.

The river, the village, the jungle
After collecting these, we wandered back along the river's edge, where Diane (despite having the use of her torch), managed to get herself into a bit of a traumatic situation.  She somehow got herself stuck in a rather large area of mud.  Emma was on firm ground and made aware of the situation by loud sqelching sounds coming from her right, accompanied by expletives from the mud monster.  The more she tried to get out, the deeper she sank.  Even passers by became concerned and offered assistance.  Out she eventually came, feet, flip-flops and hands covered in mud.  In the absence of a fireman to hose her down, everything was washed in the river.  We are now reading up on the symptoms of tropical water-born diseases.

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A Floating Restaurant
A Floating Restaurant
The river, the village, the jungle
The river, the village, the jungle
Ekoton -our chalet in the jungle …
Ekoton -our chalet in the jungle …
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photo by: alvinmonteiro