Jade, Southeast Asia Specialist
Being a naturally curious person, I have always been drawn to travel and the opportunity it brings for new and diverse experiences. I finally had the chance to travel to Southeast Asia in 2015, booking a one-way ticket with the intention of exploring for around six months.
With each remarkable experience I had, I longed to see more and quickly decided that six months may have been an ambitious timescale. I was spending a substantial amount of time in each county, often volunteering or working to prolong my experience and feel more immersed in the varying cultures.
Eighteen months later I landed back in London having explored ten amazing countries. It seemed a surprise to some when I came home and commented on being desperate to return to Southeast Asia but I will always be fascinated by the people and cultures and will continue to seek out unusual and engaging encounters.
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I'll never forget when…
My experience on Kinabatangan River will always stand out for me. During the two and half hour boat journey to Sakau Rainforest Lodge we saw a variety of wildlife but our river cruise on arrival included a moment I will never forget. Our group was sitting quietly on the river watching a group of gangly proboscis monkeys jumping through the trees, when around 12 hornbills flew over our heads. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, a young boy on the boat then pointed out a large estuarine crocodile moving along the bank nearby. It was a surreal but enthralling experience.