Wouldn’t it be swell to be a destination wedding photographer based in Manchester? Shooting some awesome weddings in some far off foreign countries would be truly amazing. It’s while I have a little mull over this that I think back to my honeymoon in Borneo.
Following our really fun wedding, my wife and I spent 3 weeks travelling round Borneo, visiting loads of places, alternating between roughing it at budget hotels to living up the highlife in lush holiday resorts.
There were a lot of reasons why we picked Borneo, but the main one was because my wife wanted to see Orangutans. She’s had an interest in wildlife since an early age – huge David Attenborough fan here – and she’s especially wowed by primates, in particular, Orangutans. She’s so obsessed that sometimes I wonder if she’s lik to marry one. And given my ginger beared, perhaps in her mind, she’s got the closest thing!
We travelled just a couple of days after our crazy wedding. We’d only had a few hours sleep over the past few days so we were already completely exhausted. Our first night we spent at The Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort in Kota kinabalu, a resort by the sea. We watched the sunset from the benches however really it was just a stop off before we headed further into Borneo the next day. Besides, even though the sunset was impressive, I would discover that we still had the best yet to come.
The next day, still jetlagged from our jouney and exhausted from our wild wedding reception we caught a flight to Sepilok, heading for the Paganaka Dii hotel, which was more of backpacker-type place comprising ridge huts right next to the jungle and a far cry from the hotel in which we were married, Solberge Hall. Our room had a balcony that looked right over the jungle – you can see in the photos – we could hear ungl sounds throughout the night. Small lizards would also crawl around on the floor in our room. The bathroom was just an open shower that was essentially outside with just a curtain providing privacy.