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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Gunung Mulu National Park February 7th 2020

As we begin to wind down another trip, I thought i would post some pics from our last National Park in Borneo - Gunung Mulu in Sarawak. What has been most impressive with all of the parks we visited, besides all the natural beauty is the amazing infrastructure, that has attempted to preserve the beauty without destroying it - the extensive boardwalks, tree canopies, accommodations and guide services were fantastic! Mulu is known for their caves, and bats. Watching 2-3 million bats do their orchestrated dance as they exit the cave for their evening feeding was truly an amazing site to see. The display lasted at least 30 minutes and included seeing some of the bat hawks waiting for their dinner. Deer cave where the bats exit is one of largest caves in the world and ... read more
World's longest Treetop canopy
Colorful boats in Mulu
Sarawak Long houses

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak January 24th 2020

While Kuching was a bit of a bust when it came to wildlife, it was also full of pleasant surprises. It is the capital city of Sarawak which in turn is a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. The city is built beside the Sarawak River and has a wide walkway along the river which provides great views of the distinctive state legislative building (Dewan Undangan Negeri aka DUN) as well as the Astana (built in 1870 by the white rajah and now home to the Governor of Sarawak). There are many colonial buildings in Kuching - remnants from the rule of Sarawak from 1841 to 1946 by the Brooks family of Britain - they were known as the White Rajahs. In the evening, the waterfront is lined with restaurants and street food stalls as ... read more
Kuching light show
layer cake samples

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Gunung Mulu National Park August 21st 2019

Thirty percent of Sarawak's population belong to various indigenous groups known collectively as 'Orang Asli' (meaning 'Upriver People'). Customs, traditions, spiritual beliefs, language and way of life vary from one group to the next, though there are common threads that connect some (or all) of them to each other in different ways. The people who have traditionally lived a nomadic existence in the vicinity of what is now Gunung Mulu National Park identify themselves as the Penan. Interestingly, while the Penan have words for every kind of animal or plant that occurs within the rainforest, they have no specific word for the forest itself: they refer to it simply as 'Tongtana', which roughly translates as 'the world in which we live'. This makes sense given that traditionally the Penan spent their entire lives here, finding everything ... read more
Scenic Journey
Heading into uncharted territory... for us at least
Under the forest canopy

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Gunung Mulu National Park August 16th 2019

With just ten days left in our month-long Malaysian holiday – and having fully immersed ourselves in the country's cultural offerings during the first three weeks – Linda and I decided it was time to heed the call of the wild and discover some of the country's natural assets. And when it comes to natural attractions in this part of the world, nothing we'd read about came close to matching the aura and mystique of Gunung Mulu National Park. Located in the heavily-forested interior of Borneo, the 500sq km park packs in mountains that rise up to 2300m high, featuring extraordinary geological formations such as the razor-sharp limestone spires of the Pinnacles, riddled with caves of truly epic proportions, and cloaked in some of the densest old-growth rainforest to be found anywhere on Earth – which ... read more
National Park entry point
Wok Frog
A Splash of Colour

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching August 12th 2019

After two weeks on the 'mainland' of the Malay Peninsula, Linda and I took a flight two hours east from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching – the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, and, if the guidebooks were to be believed, the most cosmopolitan city on the world's third-largest island: Borneo. With Linda still putting her insides back together after suffering some serious anxiety during the flight (and in particular the descent) we hopped in a taxi and headed into town, where thankfully our hostel was not only located smack bang in the centre of the city, just one block from the Sarawak River; but also a significant step up in comfort from our two previous hostels in Penang and Melaka. (It took the air conditioner in our room mere minutes to cool the room down ... read more
A City Icon
Riverside scenery, Sarawakian-style
The city's oldest surviving temple

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching August 11th 2019

Sunday, 11th August 2019 After breakfast, we headed to the Sunday Market (Medan Niaga Satok) for some shopping opportunities. Since it was a holiday when we visited, closed to 70 percent of the stalls were not opened for business. Nevertheless, we found ways to entertain ourselves by posing plenty of wacky shots by the Sarawak River. We were back in the city centre by lunchtime. Starting from the atmospheric Old Courthouse building, we made our way to the Carpenter Street where there is a popular satay stall within the airy Lau Ya Keng Foodcourt. There were also other Sarawak staples - Kolo Mee and Laksa to fill our hungry stomachs. After lunch, the group of us headed for drinks at the Granary Cafe to cool down from the heat. It was free and easy for the ... read more
The duel behind Sunday Market
Sunday Market, Kuching
Sweet Sarawak pineapples anyone?

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching August 10th 2019

Saturday, 10th August 2019 The highlight of the day was not the visit to the Bako National Park even though I did enjoy the speedboat ride (without our life vests on) and the steep hiking trail that came with it. The weather was humid today and some of us were getting a bit restless during the guided walk. Thankfully, we were back to Kuching sometime after lunch. It was free and easy until dinner at Topspot Foodcourt, a congregation of seafood restaurants in the city centre. Prior to dinner, a few of them headed to the Kuching Waterfront for some nice sunset views while I headed for a much-needed body massage to soothe the nerves from the climb in the morning. I remembered that I had went to Topspot too during my last trip to the ... read more
Great choice

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching August 9th 2019

Friday, 9th August 2019 And so here we are on our annual MC retreat to the state capital of Sarawak with some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life. About 40 of us assembled at the airport on National Day 2019 for our flight to Kuching. In fact, some of us had met earlier for an exclusive tour of Jewel Changi Airport as well as complimentary admission to the Canopy Park. Our plane departed from Terminal 4 and it was already quite late by the time we reached our accommodation at M Hotels in the city. After checking-in and feeling a little bit peckish, a group of us decided to walk to the nearby ICOM Square for some bubble tea and supper before heading to bed. It was quite late by the ... read more
Welcome to Kuching

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Miri May 21st 2019

Tuesday, 21st May 2019 Breakfast was spot on as the eating place that we were planning to go was closed this morning. The Grab driver was kind enough to bring us to a private house instead which operated as a daytime eatery within the neighborhood. We probably tasted the best roasted Char Siew, Kolo Mee and Sarawak Laksa at this unassuming place. And it seemed that only the locals knew about this hidden gem. Sitting on top of Canada Hill overlooking the city is the Petroleum Museum which is a short ride away from our hotel. Next to it is the Grand Old Lady where the first oil well was drilled in Malaysia in August 1910. The near-empty indoor gallery contained a lot of information related to the Oil and Gas Industry which we took our ... read more
Kampung Style
Yummy breakfast
Petroleum Museum Sarawak

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching May 20th 2019

Ranajky si robim opat tie iste, toasty s dzemom. Okolo 8.15 objednava ind grab a ide sa na turistiku. Vodic zhovorcivy. Vyskakujeme pri hlavnom vchode. Tu domcek kde byvaju rangeri. Zapisujeme sa do knihy, fasujeme mapu. Este upozornenie aby sme zacali zostup o 1500, i ked by sme dovtedy nedosiahli vrchol. Okolo 1900 totiz rangeri kontroluju registracnu knihu a ak niekto neni odpisany udajne zacina po nom patranie. Minuly rok patrali po jednom turistovy, ktory sa stratil. No ale podla mna to je len historka. Spustam endomondo a ide sa. Podla knihy je na trase 6ludi, ti vsak vyrazili uz okolo 7.00 Znacenie je vynikajuce ale ono neni kde sa stratit. Su tu dva okruhy, modry kratis loop k vodopadu a cervena trasa k vrcholu. Cervena je nasa. Spaniel vyzera v dobrej kondicii, to sa vsak ... read more




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