As you may know, my time as a ‘Jill-a-roo’ on Pyramid Station is quickly coming to an end. In fact, seven measly little days from now I will be on my way to Mackay to catch a flight to Sydney! After four jam packed days of reuniting with friends and family in Sydney, It’ll be off to Bangkok via Singapore! The plan is to do as much as we can, for as little as we can until we run out of money. Hopefully this will be about two months but time will tell. SO, two months in SE Asia… what to do? what to do? EVERYTHING that’s what! Since everything is quite a substantial list, I have tired to consolidate this to ten things that I am dying to do in no particular order.
1. See the temples at Angkor Located near Siem Reap in Cambodia, Angkor was the largest pre-industrial city in the world. Built roughly 900 years ago, the temples still stand are are perhaps just as magnificent as ever despite years of natural disaster, looting and weathering.
2. Tour Loas on a dirtbike I have always loved riding dirt bikes. It’s even part of my current job on the farm, however, the ultimate adventure would have to be exploring Loas by motorbike.
3. Spend time with the orangutans at Sepilok Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 1964 and aims to rehabilitate orphan orangutans and return them into the wild. The surrounding forest is home of the last wild orangutans of Northern Borneo.
4. See pygmy elephants in Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) Numbering just 2,040 animals, the Borneo ‘pygmy’ elephant is thought to be a new sub species of the Asian elephant. It’s rare to see one but a mission that would be worth all the effort. Native to Sabah in Eastern Borneo.
5. Go surfing in Thailand I’ve only been surfing once in my life and as much as I hate water, I was actually pretty good at it. I’ve now vowed to try it again. It seems like the perfect way to earn myself a refreshing coconut water.
6. Cycle The Mekong Discovery Trail Hundreds of miles of trails, on and off road, snaking and transversing the mighty Mekong. With bike rentals from $2/day you’d have to be crazy not to want to do this.
7. Learn to cook Thai food Now, Thai food is one of life’s ultimate pleasures. I often create my own, Thai inspired recipes but I’d love to learn how to do it properly and then I can create even better recipes!
8. Get a massage at the Women’s Prison Massage Centre Featured on Karl Pilkington’s ‘An Idiot Abroad’ the Women’s Prison Massage Centre is first and foremost, a prison. They offer massages to the public as part of a vocational programme for inmates.
9. Volunteer at the Elephant Valley Project Based in Mondulkiri, Cambodia, the Elephant Valley Project aims to rehabilitate abused elephants as well as educate the population about respecting elephants and their rights.
10. Visit the Buddhist Maha Vihar Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Buddhist Maha Vihar offers a variety of courses, meditation workshops and lectures, free of charge.
Has any body ever done any of these things? I’d love to hear about your experiences! Why not drop me a comment?