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When you go camping with like-minded people

Learning to camp in the jungle comfortably is an ongoing process

Almost everyone I know claim to love camping or at the very least ‘the great outdoors’. But experience proves that only a handful would really share and respect each others way of approaching this hobby. While I started ‘camping’ more of a job rather than a hobby, I have come to realize that everyone has their own ‘version’ of camping and there is always something to learn from each other. When the opportunity to go jungle camping with like-minded friends, there is no way to refuse!
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Jungle skills with the Ibans of Batang Ai, Borneo

Our Iban guides with the parangs on their waist ready to setup camp

This was my first experience seeing the Ibans bush skills in the jungle. We have walked a good 3 hours to our campsite, along one of the local Iban’s usual hunting grounds. With our packs down on the ground, our guides started to scan the area for a good spot to build shelter and kitchen areas. The chief guide then gathered the rest of the guides…murmurs a few words and they all disappears.

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The jungle walk with the Ibans of Batang Ai, Sarawak.

We stopped a couple of times along the way, the beauty of the jungle is mesmerizing

Walking in the jungle with the Ibans of Batang Ai Sarawak is a first for me and many of my friends on this trip. We were walking along a river, most of the time in the river towards a campsite. Set up camp and on the second day continue with our minimum pack towards a waterfall deep inside the traditional hunting grounds of the Ibans.

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First time car camping in Malaysia

Our first car camping experience in Malaysia

Our first car camping experience in Malaysia

Car camping is something unusual to us both.
Our usual camping usually involves a backpack stuffed with gear to the brim. Huffing and puffing along treks to find a suitable camp spot. In countries like Australia, car camping and caravans are very common. OZs will drive the cars to camp grounds and set up some really elaborate camp. After our trip to Australia couple of years ago and now back in Malaysia, we finally decided to give car camping in Malaysia a try.

We had a mission really. First was to of course get away from work and relax but the ‘ulterior’ motive really is to scout for a place we can bring Sox along. A place where she can roam free and at the same time will not cause a scene even if she roams into some of the nearby local’s house.
Our friend suggested a secluded place owned by some natives a couple of hours drive from KL. With a fully loaded Vitara, we set off on this journey in search of a Sox’s wild & free country.

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