Back to my starting point in Sarawak
Trip Start Feb 01, 2011
20Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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My last leg of the journey to Sarawak - got back to Kuching after an eventful plane ride from Miri! We were due to leave Miri at 2.25 pm - fly to Mulu - drop off most of the plane there - fly on to Kuching and arrive there at 4.20 pm - that was the schedule.
However, the pilot could not land in Mulu due to thick mist - the landing strip is tiny with no lights to show the landing area so, he announced that we were flying back to Miri. When we got back to Miri, all the Mulu people had to go back to their hotels, we had to wait in transit for one hour before we finally got back on the same plane and flew direct to Kuching!! We arrived at about 6 pm to pouring rain. I got a taxi to my B&B and met up with 3 Irish, 2 German and 1 English group, sitting outside having a beer. The upshot was that I joined them for the evening - we all went out for dinner, came back and had a few beers and sat up until midnight putting the world to rights!
My B&B was excellent - the owner, a Swedish lady, was fantastic - nothing too much trouble and she worked tirelessly to ensure everyone was happy. Breakfast was included. There was a lounge, where guests got together and shared experiences of their trips. The location was great, near shops, restaurants and walks.
The next evening there was a big parade for a venerable Chinese God - this went on from 5 pm until 11 pm - all the shops were closed as a mark of reverence as, this God was from the original place in China where these people were born. All the street were closed to cars as the floats took up all the room, as well as the human dragons etc. I got the complete low-down of this tradition from the taxi driver who took me to Kuching airport when I was leaving for Kuala Lumpur - I had information overload so do not expect me to give you a verbatim account of his conversation!! The airport is 45 minutes outside Kuching.
Kuching is a city I really enjoyed - it is safe, friendly, great to walk along the promenade by the river, and the people are so warm and helpful. There is lots to do there - I kept finding more and more things to do. Unfortunately, my friend, Maya, had to go to Sabah as her mother was very ill, so I did not get a chance to see her again before I had to leave for Bangkok. I still keep in touch with her.