Throughout my travels, I have experienced a handful of trips that have featured face-to-face wildlife encounters, but I recently experienced my first full-fledged wildlife trip. On it, I caught the wildlife bug, and I am excited for my next trip into the jungle.

After flying three-and-a-half hours from Kuala Lumpur over an azure sea freckled with islands, I arrived in Sandakan. Located on Borneo’s eastern coast, in the Malaysian province of Sabah, this small Asian town has a provincial ambiance in direct contrast to Kuala Lumpur’s cosmopolitan vibe. Filled with curiosity and armed with some new camera equipment, I headed into the jungle to start my Bornean adventure.

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