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Isabel riding through Intramuros, Manila

Isabel, Southeast Asia Specialist

Growing up in Hong Kong, I was lucky enough to travel extensively through Southeast Asia from a young age. I left Hong Kong to go to university but returned once I graduated and worked in a luxury hotel which allowed me to travel further around this fascinating region.

I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some unforgettable experiences including swimming with whale sharks in Donsol, diving with white tip sharks in Palawan, staying with an Iban tribe outside Kuching and seeing wild orangutans in Danum Valley, a 130-million-year-old untouched rainforest in Borneo. 

While living in Hong Kong, I visited the Philippines numerous times and have been lucky enough to tour both the wildlife-rich state of Sabah and the culture-rich state of Sarawak in Borneo.

I am happiest exploring off-the-beaten-track destinations and I particularly enjoyed walking through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mayoyao Rice Terraces in the northern Philippines.

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I'll never forget when…

The Danum Valley is home to the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. I had been rather unlucky during my trip to Borneo and was still yet to see a wild orangutan, although I had seen plenty of other remarkable wildlife. Without trying to raise my hopes for my last walk in the rainforest before flying home, I left the Borneo Rainforest Lodge and within two minutes of walking, my guide had found a male orangutan happily sitting on the forest floor a few metres from me. This was my most prized memory from my trip and one which will stay with me forever.

Photos of Isabel

Isabel overlooking the Borneo Rainforest Lodge at Danum Valley, Borneo Isabel overlooking the Borneo Rainforest Lodge at Danum Valley, Borneo
Isabel on a canopy walk in Danum Valley, Borneo Isabel on a canopy walk in Danum Valley, Borneo
Isabel in the rice terraces in Mayoyao, Philippines Isabel in the rice terraces in Mayoyao, Philippines
Isabel with local elders in Banaue, Philippines Isabel with local elders in Banaue, Philippines

Photos taken by Isabel

Sunrise over Danum Valley Sunrise over Danum Valley
Mother & baby macaque on the Kinabatangan River bank Mother & baby macaque on the Kinabatangan River bank
Orangutan in Danum Valley Orangutan in Danum Valley
Gibbon in Danum Valley Gibbon in Danum Valley