Wilma the hornbill and Otto the orangutan

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We enjoyed lazing around Rasa Ria yesterday so much that we never bothered to book a tour for today, and being so far out of KK it was difficult to do anything by ourselves for much cheaper than a tour. So after breakfast (with a very nice spread by Rasa Ria) we booked a couple of tours to do over the next couple of days, and then lazed around by the pool again. The day actually flew by really fast just swimming and reading (and eating every now and again), that we didn’t end up going to the Nature Reserve until 3:30, which was a good time since they had a guided walk (with just us). We went on a very enjoyable (but so hot and humid!) walk for two hours, up to the summit of the park. We met Otto, one of the three orang-utans at he park (a six-year old orphan being rehabilitated for transfer to Sepilok), saw tree shrews, squirrels and mouse deer, and heard Wilma the resident hornbill above our heads in the largest and oldest tree in the park (a 200-300 year old strangler fig). After another swim (we needed it after sweating in the rainforest) we went to happy hour at Coasts for Long Island Ice Teas and Tiger beers, and then back to the Terrace Café for dinner. After dinner we went to the nocturnal show again, but saw nothing apart from crabs, frogs and a tree shrew.

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