May took me to the ‘real Borneo’ that I had always dreamed of visiting. I will always remember my first internal flight over Borneo where my eyes were glued to the window as we flew of over an endless sea of green, interrupted only by winding rivers. High on my agenda was spending a night in the rainforest, so I quickly organised an overnight trip to Danum Valley, a mecca for spotting orangutans and monkeys in the wild. I didn’t see any orangutans in the rainforest, but later in the trip I saw them along the Kinabatangan River. The highlight of the whole month was seeing Pygmy elephants, the world’s smallest breed, roam in the wild. We were told it would be highly unlikely to see them because they would have travelled too far, however we decided to take the risk. We got caught in a rainstorm in an open top boat, but undeterred, we carried on down the river and after 3 hours the sun came out and we caught our first glimpse of the elephants bathing in the wild – it was surreal. I popped into Brunei for a couple of days as it was nearby and found the capital to be eerily quiet, but the mosque stunning. I had avoided big cities up until now, as for some reason South East Asian cities didn't appeal to me at the beginning of my trip, but after 4 months of islands and wildlife, I was craving the luxuries that cities can offer. I flew to Kuala Lumpur for the 4th time and actually left the airport for the first time! Kuala Lumpur was exactly what I needed and I spent a week eating my way through the city and trying all sorts of weird and wonderful things from watermelon shaved ice to candyfloss coffee. Bound for island life once more, I travelled to the Perhentian islands and later the Tioman islands where I swam with baby sharks and turtles, lived off watermelon and enjoyed secluded island life with very few luxuries.