02/11/2014 06:39 pm ET Updated Apr 13, 2014

Orangutans and the World's Coolest Treehouse

There's only one thing cooler than hiking three hours into the jungles of Borneo and happening upon the treehouse of your childhood dreams. And that's hiking three more and happening upon a family of wild orangutans.

Of course, I'm exaggerating that last part a little. It took me nearly three days of rather intense trekking through the hills of Gunung Palung National Park, located in the western part of Indonesian Borneo (locally known as Kalimantan) before I saw my first orangutan.

Even then, if it hadn't been for the amazing eye of my guide Muslianto, a 30-something man who's lived his whole life in the vicinity of the park, I never would've noticed them. Wild orangutans hang out high in the treetops, often more than a hundred feet off the ground below, amid thick leaves and fog. Even with a professional DSLR and a rockin' zoom lens, catching them on camera can be as difficult as seeing them in the first place.

I've spent a good chunk of the past five years traveling around the world, and can definitely say the time I spent in Gunung Palung was among my most unique travel experiences ever. Take a look at my photos, featured in the slideshow below, to get a feel for what you can expect if you decide to travel here too.

NOTE: Entrance to Gunung Palung National Park is strictly regulated by the Indonesian government. If you wish to visit, you must book through Nasalis Travel and Tour, a private-public company that manages park visits for foreigners. Click here to learn more about available packages.

Orangutans and the World's Coolest Treehouse