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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching January 2nd 2014

After the mandatory visit to Malaysia's capital, it was off to neighbouring Borneo (or put simply the east island of Malaysia). We chose Kuching (a 90 minute flight from KL) in the largest Malaysian state of Sarawak as the reviews of all of the Orang Utan sanctuaries seemed to be more focused on keeping the animals wild and away from humans, rather than kept in cages as a tourist venture. You can only imagine my delight when Matt told me Kuching meant 'cat' in the Malay dialect - and what's more, there was cat statues all across the city (even the world's only Cat Museum). After seeing hardly any ACTUAL cats in the city (and mentioning it to our lovely taxi driver Hamitaf) we actually found out the city was more likely named from the Chinese ... read more
Cat Statues
Top Spot
Ling Loon at Top Spot

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching December 29th 2013

Another yummy breakfast with something to please each of us. Eggs to order for Wayne, traditional Vietnamese for me, pancakes for Nic and lots of fresh fruit for Tash including a little lime salads in shot glasses. A city walk to replenish Tasha's Choki Choki supplies (tubes of chocolate goop that she apparently first discovered back home but can't get any more - she was very excited to find some yesterday in one of the supermarkets). We got some giant pretzels, booked a sunset cruise then after Starbucks Nic headed back to the hotel while Wayne Tasha and I went to the museums. The private museum that charges for entry is not worth the time or money to see a few chunks of petrified wood in mouldy rooms. The museum of Natural History and the Cultural/Ethnological ... read more
Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruise

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching December 28th 2013

We planned to head out to Bako National Park today but injuries combined with poor weather conditions for the boat crossing to the park mean I will get time to update the blog and maybe even book flights home.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching December 28th 2013

Taking it easy was the plan considering the damaged toes. Wayne suggested a quick walk to get some lunch and take photos of some of the cat statues around the city and the kids were pretty agreeable to the idea. After a wander around we ended up down at the waterfront where Wayne's notorious bargaining skills got us a trip across the river that divides the city for MYR8 (usually 40 sens each). The revised plan was to visit Fort Margarita although we had been fairly clearly told the fort was closed for some restoration work. Not surprisingly when we reached the fort the site was closed. Rather than returning to the jetty and heading back to the hotel to continue the promised rest day Wayne led us a 'better way'. After roaming around what appeared ... read more
Kuching = cat
Meow!
Don't pay the ferry man

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching December 27th 2013

Delicious breakfast at Lime Tree then collected by Rainforest Trekking for a visit to Semongoh Orangutan Conservation Centre. It was a bit rainy and as there is loads of fruit around at this time of year we only saw 2 orangutans - the Matriach of the group, a 44 year old grandmother and her newest offspring. They were enjoying some fruit and mum decided to make a hat out of a few handy leaves. Bub tried to follow mum's lead but with limited success. So cute and we felt happy to see these and even happier that the others in the program must be doing well enough in the jungle not to have any need for the prepared fruit provided. We saw some groovy pitcher plants and headed to a local village to embark on the ... read more
Seduku with her youngest
Hanging around in Semonggoh Rehabilitation Centre
Rainforest Kayaking

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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park September 20th 2013

Sarah and I had decided we wanted to go to Bako National Park together for some trek time. After visiting the orangutans yesterday, we were supposed to go and enquire about booking accommodation to stay there but the office was closed. So in the morning, we went with fingers crossed there was space for us. Joined by Jimmy from New Zealand, we managed to grab the last chalet with 3 beds. Lucky for us! We all had to get some last minute things before catching the local bus, including a towel, mozzie spray and the use of an ATM. Sarah and I lost Jimmy in the mall, so we thought rather than searching for him, we would meet him at the bus stop. Logical thought right? However, only having 5 minutes to go and catch the ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching September 19th 2013

Salia left early this morning to head for Bako National Park. I met up with Sarah who I had met in Singapore and we got a local bus to Semenggoh Nature Reserve to see the Orang-utans in their natural habitat being fed. This was a pretty awesome experience as there were so many. We saw the main man himself, the rather large male king of the jungle. He had to cross the road from one side of the jungle to the other and we had to stay far back due to the fact he 'likes' people. Sarah, myself and a group of others from her hostel got a small boat over to the other side of the river for dinner in a large food court. Salia left us early after dinner as she wanted to do ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching September 18th 2013

Salia and I made our way to Singapore airport where to head for Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. On the train platform I almost got fined for taking a swig from my water bottle, but luckily just got a warning. Very strict rules in Singapore! We arrived in Kuching at 13.15. Having no place booked to stay, I opened my lonely planet guide and picked the cheapest and best sounding accommodation there was. Most of the the places were all in the same area anyway so we could check out a few if needed. But I chose Nomad Borneo B&B. it was a dorm with 2 bunk beds so not too crowded and there was only one other person in there. We took a stroll into town to find some lunch as both of us were very hungry, ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Gunung Mulu National Park August 21st 2013

After 2 days of jungle trekking along the headhunter trail we got to Mulu national park, and the infamous Deer cave, both the 2nd largest cave in the world and home to millions of bats. When we walked into the cave we could see small black patches on the ceiling which were actually thousands of bats. The cave is very impressive in itself aside from the bats, but the bats add a new dimension of awe. Deep in the cave were areas where the floor was deep in bat poo, an amazing fertiliser apparently but it can't be removed due to the cave's heritage status. This leads to a smelly cockroach infested floor. Luckily a raised pathway has been installed. The cave is also very fragrant the further you go in, due to the high volume ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching July 20th 2013

Wow, we haven't written through the whole of Borneo! You must have missed us! I'll try to keep this brief but there are four weeks to fill you in on!Dates and times are mostly irrelevant but as a rough guide we started in the west; Kuching, and moved slowly east... read more
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