Planning my Malaysian and Indonesian bucketlist

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As you may have seen on Twitter, this November I will be repacking my backpack and heading back to South East Asia for the third year in a row. This time I will be exploring what Malaysia and Indonesia have to offer for sixteen days, so far we have only booked our external flights to and from Kuala Lumpur which now means we get to start planning the fun bit of everything in between! Which will be around 3-4 stops to ensure time to properly discover all that they have to offer; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Borneo (Orangutans!), Gili Islands and Lombok. Although this is not yet set in stone as I love the look of the Rebak Island (Malaysia) and Ubud in Bali.
IMG_7551 copyI find planning travelling holidays really quite stressful, don’t get me wrong I am incredibly grateful and find it all very exciting, but creating itineraries and travel for a place you have never been can sometime become quite difficult. My starting points for inspiration are always Instagram, Pinterest, other travel blogs and good old fashion guidebooks. From here I begin my bucket list for that trip, which is where I am up to right now.

  1. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
    Okay, this may have been an obvious choice but I simply could not go to Malaysia and not visit this beautiful place. It may have also been the influence for returning to this side of the world.

2. Kinabatangan River Cruise
After visiting the Orangutan rehabilitation centre, I would love to take two-day/ one-night jungle river cruise to see those beauties in the wild; along with Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants and all sorts of other wildlife. Malaysian Borneo just sounds like an animal lover’s dream and I will probably spend a lot of my time thinking that I am Mowgli from the Jungle Book.
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3.  Scuba Dive in the Gili Islands
Despite my very rational fears of Scuba Diving  I still attempt to dive in every place I visit. I refuse to let my fears control me by making me miss out and scuba diving in the Gili Islands is said to be some of the best in the world. I have yet to dive (or even snorkel) with Turtles, so I really hope an opportunity might present on this trip. If not Gili Trawangan has as Turtle conservation centre that I will be sure to visit.

4. Waterbom Bali
So Bali is not actually on our list of places to visit (except for catching the boat to the Gili Islands) as I have not heard the best things about it, for example that it is Australia’s Magaluf (Please tell me if I am wrong!). However after seeing the beautiful Kara from Heels in my Backpack post about Waterbom water park I may need to readjust our plans. I love water parks and I think that Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is one of the best places in the world, so this place looks right up my street.

5. Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Asia is known for its beautiful temples and the Batu Cave is the most important Hindu temple outside of India. A 272 step climb leads you to the entrance of the temple guarded by Hindu god Hanuman, just remember to be respectful and cover up for a trip here.
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6. Mount Rinjani, Lombok
The second highest volcano in Indonesia is set inside the Gunung Rinjani National Park and you can book tours that will take you all around this stunning part of the world. I plan on really getting my fitness up by November so we can partake in a tour that takes you to the very peak for stunning views across the whole island.

This is just the very tip of our travel plans as I am constantly finding and hearing about new places to visit while we are there, it is always good to leave some space for spontaneity as well! All I know for sure is that in four months I will back in my comfy clothes heading back to what is becoming my favourite little area of the world.

Have you been to either of these countries? Please let me know your must visit places and all your tips below.

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    Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures
    July 2, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Ooh, so exciting! Planning (and counting down the days to departure) is almost as fun as travelling itself, although I do agree that it can be quite stressful at times. I’m trying to plan my Sicilian holiday at the end of August at the moment, and since I want to see a couple of different places (meaning I’ll have to catch the train from one place to the next), putting my itinerary together will probably take ages.

    I hope you have an amazing time and I’m really looking forward to seeing your pictures – I’m sure it’ll be gorgeous!

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