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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching January 9th 2011

Kuching in Sarawak literally translates into 'Cat City'. Gabrielle adores cats so you can imagine how excited she got when we headed into this feline-loving city. By chance in Sibu, we bumped into Edward who we had met earlier in our trip. So we got on the boat together and admired the scenery as we drifted into Kuching. After we alighted and started to walk to find a bus stop, a family in a pick-up truck pulled up to us and offered us a ride. We climbed onto the back with our rucksacks on and clinged on for our lives as we whizzed around the city. It was great fun as the children in the back seat pulled faces at us. We ended up at the best hostel, Tracks B&B on Greenhill. It was extremely good ... read more
Beautiful Beach
Kuching
Iban Longhouse

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching December 14th 2010

With great anticipation we landed in Kuching on the west side of Borneo, thinking about all the wildlife we were hoping to see. For those that know little about Borneo its a huge island off the coast of Singapore which is part Malaysian and part Indonesian, Kuching being on the Malaysian side. It is the only place where you can find the endangered and amazing orantutans and probiscus monkeys in the wild. Kuching translates to "Cat" in Malay and it seem its a bit of an obsession there as there are cat statues absolutely everywhere. We arrived around lunchtime and headed straight to the hotel 360Xpress, which we booked sometime ago. Trip Advisor gave it rave reviews, so we were already optimistic, and it didn't disappoint. We opened our room to find a plush looking bedroom ... read more
Our Plush hotel room
Kuching river front
Fort Margerita

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching December 12th 2010

I came to Borneo expecting to be greeted by orang u tangs, fighting off hornbills, avoiding the snakes and pulling off leeches. All this I thought would have occured as soon as I stepped off the plane - I was of course to be disappointed and instead of an abundance of tropical creatures I was greeted by your common old garden cat. Now don't get me wrong, I haven't actually seen many living, breathing felines but I have seen cat statues and monuments of every shape, size and description. It seems that the people of Kuching - the capital of Malaysian Borneo's Sarawack region have gone to the point of obsession over the moggy with large 10 foot cats, in the middle of roundabouts, and on pretty much any object that locals feel could benefit for ... read more
long house
seasonal cat
a history of head hunting

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching December 12th 2010

Nach 7 Wochen alleine Reisen traf ich endlich Markus am Flughafen in Kuala Lumpur. Spät abends flogen wir gemeinsam von dort nach Kuching auf Borneo. Kuching heisst auf Deutsch "Katze". So gingen wir dann auch hier auf Katzenjagd. Das ist sehr einfach, denn an jeder Strassenecke gibt es irgendeine Katzenstatue, jeder Souvenirladen ist voller Katzen in sämtlichen Materialien. Ja, auch die wunderschöne ;-) goldene Winkekatze ist hier erhältlich. Wer also noch eine haben möchte..... :-)) Kuching selbst ist eine überraschend aufgeräumte, ordentliche und hübsche Stadt. Die Atmosphäre hier ist sehr entspannt. Wir waren ganz positiv überrascht. Allerdings ist auch die Temperatur verglichen mit dem Festland Malaysias etwas höher und es ist deutlich feuchter (von 85% Luftfeuchtigkeit ging es hier rauf auf über 90%). Wir erkundeten die Stadt und besuchten die Orang Utans im Semenggo... read more
Parlament in Kuching
Markus erster Tag in Asien
Kuching Moschee

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching November 16th 2010

Hello again, time to hit you up with the second helping of backlogged information from my travels, as due to the fact that I am too bone-idle to bother keeping a written record of events, I am liable to forget all this if I don't get it typed up and published quick-smart!! Picking up from where I left the preceding update, I had stationed myself in Pokhara, Nepal, in order to prepare myself for tackling the world famous 'Annapurna Circuit' trek. The first few days that I spent in Pokhara were simply used as recovery time, as in preparation for Annapurna, I took on the Helambu Trek which is shorter at only six days, and this turned out to be a good decision on my part as it absolutely ripped me (more specifically my legs) apart ... read more
Clouds in the way...
Celebrating at the Top...
Heading over Thorung La...

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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching October 6th 2010

Hello Borneo!! Arrived in Kuching after an unnervingly wobbly flight and checked into the Borneo B&B. Found ourselves just across the road from a hawker centre where we got some late night noodles and satay before having a quick wander around town, half-asleep and wondering briefly 'Is that a giant cat statue?'... In fact it was. In the light of day and after a wander down the Main Bazaar with its array of souvenir shops and a brief trip into China town to have the cheapest and most delicious noodles and BBQ pork, we went back into town to discover a giant cat statue bang in the centre. And it wasn't the only one. In fact Kuching means 'cat' in Malay. We went on a lovely sunset boat cruise down the Sarawak River where we were ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching September 1st 2010

It was extremely hard to leave Australia as I have had such an amazing year and met so many lovely people, most importantly I got to meet my partner Benjamin whom I am excited to say is coming over to England in November. But for now, my work visa was running out and I had yet more travel plans arranged so I bid my farewells and boarded a plane to Borneo to fulfill a long time dream. I signed myself up for a 4 week Orangutan Volunteer Program at Matang Wildlife Centre in Kubah National Park. Matang Wildlife Centre (MWC) is one of the very few orangutan rehabilitation centres in the world. The centres aim is to rehabilitate endangered animals with the eventual release back into the wild where they belong. MWC not only holds Orangutans ... read more
August Volunteer Group @ Matang Wildlife Centre
Birds eye view of the centre @ the foot of the rain forest, Kubah National Park
Aug volunteer group infront of our houses

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching August 9th 2010

Die folgenden Bilder stammen aus der Windhöhle, sowie der Feenhöhle, die sich beide etwa 30 Km von Kuching entfernt befinden. Seltsamerweise kostet die Windhöhle Eintritt, während die wesentlich attraktivere Feenhöhle kostenlos ist. ... read more
Windhoehle
Windhoehle -Fledermaus
Windhoehle

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching August 6th 2010

Zum ersten Mal seit fast 11 Monaten habe ich wieder ein Flugzeug von Innen gesehen. Die Insel Borneo ist von der Malaysischen Halbinsel aus nur mit dem Flugzeug erreichbar. Mein Ziel lautet Kuching, Hauptstadt der Provinz Sarawak im malaysischen Teil der Insel Borneo. Sarawak gehörte früher zum Sultanat Brunei. Im 19. Jhd. half der britische Abenteurer James Brook dem Sultan im Kampf gegen einen der Volksstämme in diesem Gebiet. Anschließend übereignete der Sultan Brook das Gebiet des heutigen Sarawak. Brook und seine Nachfahren wurden zu den sogenannten Weißen Rajas. In Kuching (malaiisch für "Katze") übernachtete ich zunächst bei Mosoof und Khan, zwei pakistanische Couchsurfer, die aber seit Jahren in Sarawak leben. In Malaysia gibt es viele pakistanische Gastarbeiter. Mosoof macht allerdings eine Ausbildung hier. Die beiden waren sehr gute Gastgeber und dank Khan, der ei... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching July 16th 2010

We depart from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching by airasia at 8am and arrived earlier so that we can mingle with the city before get to use of it. Hot and humid just like others Asian country. Warm greets from Tracks BnB staff, Igat. The guesthouse look nice with simple decoration and complete with Wifi connection. 1st day, we check out all around town, went to bazaar where all handicraft and souvenir can be found,but most of the shops is already closed. The building architeture look amazing for me . During night we walk down to Satok market that located about 20min from Kuching town, Jodie wanted to buy 'ikan terubok', famous salty fish in Sarawak. By the time we reach, all shop already closed. So we decide to jot down contact number person who can ... read more
read the maps
cats statue
nice scenery




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