Feline fine in Borneo
Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
129Trip End Apr 29, 2007
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Hotels in Kuching seem to range from the cheap and very nasty at 4 quid a room, to air con, tv, en suite options from about 6 quid a room, no in betweeners.... We ended up in one of the 6 quidders. Bit naughty, but it was clean!!
Went out on the lash.... Bit lordy again, had trouble finding cheap eateries, ended up in a muslim restaurant (fantastic food at about a pound)with no beer... But We made up for it later!
When you walk around loads of people say hello, how are you, welcome to Sarawak etc. It's really nice, cos they dont want anything, they're just lovely people!
Rat decided air con is like a drug - You want it, but its bad, and then when you no longer have it, things are even worse.... Our trip to the National Park prooved this. He was a sweaty steward!
But back to Kuching,.. Walked around a bit to the numerous free museums, natural history, chinese, borneo history, islam etc etc
Time to see the countryside - off to Ainee rais region, where the Bidayah tribe live. They're no longer still in totally traditional longhouses, but we got the idea. Can't blame them for modernising, especially as they live pretty near the city. They did seem keen to marry us off to their women though - said they would be proud!! Got to sample the local honey/rice wine - very tasty!
Went to cinema again that evening, saw Sliver - reminded me of my leech issues in Thailand!
Then, off to Bako national park....
Bit weird, back to tourist ghetto ville, but only about 8 bungalows and one restaurant, but still far more touristy than anywhere else in Malaysia we'd been (bar Perhentaians) - and not what I expected of Borneo...
Still managed to get away from the crowds on the treks though. We opted for a 12 km walk that should take about 7 hours, but we did in 5 - Extreme!!! (and exhausted) Didn't see many animals, but the landscape was fantastic, so varied... Lunarscape, sparse woodland, dense rainforest, cliffs, estuaries, beaches, mangrove swamps, peat bogs, dried up river beds,......... We went out again at night which was a bit eerie, still saw nothing except fireflies (which we both like though)
Next day we went for a quick 3 hour walk before catching our boat - managed to spot a proboscis monkey, great to see one just before we left... Success!