My mind rewinds to less than 24 hours ago. I’m alone on the bow of a boat on the Sekonyer River in Borneo, Indonesia. To my left and right are the jungles of Borneo, filled with orangutans hollering in the distance and small monkeys playfully scrapping with each other in the treetops. A colorful bird flies by; it’s a Kingfisher. On the bow of this boat, I try to take it all in and remember each moment. “I can’t believe I’m here,” I whisper to myself. No one responds except the cicadas on the nearby shore.
Phuket has a reputation for the picturesque nearby islands and long tail boats. Island hopping and visiting James Bond Island are well known tourist attractions. Although a day a beautiful beaches may sound appealing, these trips are filled with hundreds and hundreds of those very same spring-break backpackers that I have previously mentioned wanting to avoid. This is where John Gray’s Sea Canoe tours came in and saved the day
What I discovered on my 3 day trip was that Phuket is not just for backpackers on a shoestring budget, and it’s not just for partiers. Phuket is quite large, and there is definitely opportunities to avoid the partygoers and have a private and luxurious visit.
Real travelers move slowly over the years, cultivating a greater understanding of the world as they move from one part of the earth to another. A tourist, runs home to update their status about how their country count increased, seemingly like a serial dater will put notches into his belt, one right after another.
With the increase in tourism all over the world, it’s important to consider responsible tourism. A trip to Monkey Jungle not only provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but is also improving the surrounding area, creating a better place to live and to visit.