In Thailand, we went for jogs in the park with many monitor lizards. In Laos, we explored pitch-black caves in Vang Vieng – the only company being each other, cave crickets and giant huntsman spiders. The search for reptiles continued as we explored the beautiful mazes of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom, where rainbow-coloured skinks lurked in the crumbling ruins.
We celebrated Christmas and New Year in Vietnam, exploring Cuc Phuong National Park where we found a tarantula patiently waiting for food to venture into her lair. Malaysia took us back to basics when we stayed at Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp for four days with no electricity or running water.
The search for Komodo Dragons in Indonesia unfortunately didn’t go to plan – needless to say we still had a very enjoyable time and we were rewarded after all of our bad luck with orangutans.
Whilst visiting my Dad in a rural part of the Philippines we admired the beautiful landscape, enjoyed hearing his stories of the many cobras he had encountered whilst living there and found a whip scorpion – something that I have always wanted to see.