Shopping at Main Bazaar
Opposite the Kuching Waterfront and facing the Sarawak River, the Main Bazaar is mecca for souvenir shoppers and bargain hunters. Comprising of a row of two-storey shop houses, it is one of the oldest streets in Kuching. Antique brassware, ceramics, tribal and ethnic arts and crafts, furniture, woodcarvings can be found here. It is also an ideal place to make tour arrangement as there are several tour operators located at this area.
Plants and animals
If you visit Kuching, unlike many cold countries they have natural plants like jungle orchids, wild orchids that grow on the stem of the trees or hanging from the trees.
Well flowers in tropical areas maybe quite different
Some flowers are seasonal and most of the jungle orchids love the cool air and there are other flowers that love more sunlight
Here you will see some of those lovely flowers/ plants
We have rare species of bearded pig, the hornbill, etc..
Fire crackers is named after the fire crackers for Chinese, nad they will display in the house during the Chinese New Year , it is a lovely flower and lasts long even without water. ORANG UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE
The rehabilitation centre is under protection from the Forestry Deparment here in Kuching and govenrment provide them a very big surroundings to have their freedom to swing around in the jungle and independent to find food themselves.
Fondest memory are the orang utans and its behaviour. The name orang utan is Malaysian language as in "Man of the forest". There are few kind of species called pygmaeus and abelli. Orang-utans live among the trees but are too heavy to perform the acrobatics and antics of monkeys and lighter apes. 60% of their diet consists of tropical fruits, such as mangoes, lychees, durians, figs, and other kind of fruits .In fact, they eat more than 300 different types of food, including leaves, barks, ants, termites, fungi, honey, bird eggs and handfuls of soil. They have voracious appetites.They can use a leaf as a means to quenching their thirst.
Life span for orang utan is 30 to 40 years, and brain works like a three year old human being.Orang-utans are highly intelligent, resourceful animals, capable of amazing feats of
memory and learning. In the wild, they can remember with accuracy the exact locations and fruiting seasons of a whole range of trees.
Be sure to visit the rehabilitation centre if you visit Sarawak or Sabah
Many countries outlaw cockfighting, but the allure of the gambling results in illegal bouts being staged around the world, often in rural areas. To many foreigners, Philippine cockfighting is shockingly brutal -- far more bloody than cockfights in other countries, where the birds battle with sharpened natural leg spurs or ice pick-like steel gaffs attached to their legs. Filipino roosters fight only one or two matches because of injuries or death. Despite this twist, the Filipino national betting pastime is becoming internationalized. Here it is common too and use the same technique but illegal in Malaysia
But most of all, a place full of exotism
Malaysia is modernising itself at a vertiginous pace. In this process, they risk losing a significant part of their identity. Fortunately, there is still much more to Kuching than McDonalds and Holiday Inn. You do not even have to search for exotism. It is at the turn of every corner, like this coarching wall in great contrast with the bright red of Chinese street lamps.
Magnificent Mosque Overlooking River & City
Of all the buildings I saw in Kuching this golden mosque was the most outstanding. You only have to walk along the riverside promenade and you will obtain a good view across the Sarawak River.
I cannot find the name of this mosque. Our time in Kuching was limited to 2 days and we could not find time to take a sampan boat ride across the Sarawak River to visit the mosque.
Should you cross the river you can also visit the grounds of the Astana Palace which is located near the mosque.
A pair of good shoes is a must!!
Backpack will more convenient as you may need to walk a lot. A pair of good shoes is a must!!! Not many buses and taxis for you in Kuching. Wear something casual and light. Bring the basic toiletries if you are going to stay in budgeted hotel/hostel. Mosquito Repellent is a must if you are going to Long House.