A wonderful river trip, not so wonderful jungle creatures
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Up early with the roosters today - we had a boat to catch. We had splashed out and hired a sampan to take us deep into the jungle, away from all the noise and people. We got into our sampan (after the driver's mate had finished bailing out) and we then had a wonderful river journey, going up rapids, past thick, dense jungle and passing only the odd boat along the way. At one point it got a bit hairy after the bottom of the boat skidded across some rocks, but the boat survived. Driver's mate bailed out some more.
At 10am we got dropped off at Kuala Kenian and arranged for the boat to pick us up in a few hours time. The only sign of human activity was a few steps leading up to a lodge, now deserted.
Eventually, we made the decision to turn back to give ourselves plenty of time to be back for our boat. At this point, Diane felt an itching sensation on her ankle, which she at first figured must be a mozzie bite. After stopping to investigate though, to her horror, discovered that there were leeches on her boots and clinging to her socks. She took off her boot and sock, and a couple were clinging for dear life to her ankle.
The boat journey back was just as fascinating. We passed some 'Orang Asli' - original peoples - washing and bathing on the river bank. They were completely different to any other people we have seen on our Asia trip so far - they were very dark skinned, almost African like. We also saw wild buffalo bathing, and a monkey walking along one of the many sandbanks. A memorable day.