Day 239 – Walking up Indah Hill in Taman Negara

After eating a fried egg sandwich for breakfast, we headed back into the Taman Negara National Park and walked up Indah Hill. It was a 3.2km walk so not really too far but in the current heat of around 30-odd degrees and humidity at around 90%, it didn’t take long before we were both dripping in sweat.

The walk wasn’t too hard and the route was obvious despite signs advising the use of guides. You really don’t need one. The walk is pleasant and the path is clear. We had to climb over the occasional tree trunk but for the most part, it is relatively easy.

You really don't need a guide

You really don’t need a guide

Large ants working hard

Large ants working hard

Stepping over the tree trunk without disturbing the ants

Stepping over the tree trunk without disturbing the ants

A very sweaty John

A very sweaty John

However, towards the peak, it got a bit steep and we were on our all fours at one point. The walk took an hour and a half or so and when we were almost there, we bumped into the French guy from our dorm. The French guy was one of the most enthusiastic guys we’ve met and also one of the fittest guys we’ve met – he had some rather large muscles. At the top of Indah Hill we sat around for a bit catching our breath and talking whilst looking out at the view. We ended up staying there for about 40 minutes or so before heading back down.

At the peak of Indah Hill

At the peak of Indah Hill

The viewpoint from the top of Indah Hill

The viewpoint from the top of Indah Hill

John and the French guy catching their breath

John and the French guy catching their breath

With the French guy being much fitter than us, he sped off. Also, he explained that he liked to do most things on his own which was why he was out travelling on his own. He was a nice guy though.

On the way back down, we had a quick wash at this tiny stream

On the way back down, we had a quick wash at this tiny stream

Once back at the hostel, we both showered and freshened up. We met a new guy in our dorm, Sharif from Burnley. We spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at the hostel and chatting. We all went for dinner together at a different floating restaurant. Whilst we were eating, the Chinese girl from our dorm also came by and joined us for dinner.

With Taman Negara being such a small place, the nightlife is limited. And we all ended up hanging out at the hostel again chatting. The Chinese girl was funny and told us all these stories about what the ‘real Chinese’ are like. She explained that all these rumours about the Chinese eating monkey brains, etc were true. She said that a small province in the south of China were the culprits. They even had special tables / box which had a hole at the top for the monkeys head to be trapped in as they were still alive. Then they sliced open the head and ate the brains. The fresher the better.

She also told us that they made these special tables which trapped a donkeys legs and then they would slice open the belly of the donkey and eat its insides…

It was all really gross but very interesting. I really liked how open she was about it.

About Julia Chan

I’m Julia and I've just returned from the adventure of my life. I went travelling around South America, the South Pacific and South East Asia for 12 months, and I'd do it all over again if I could! Julia on Google+
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