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  • Exploring Kuching with a Scooter
    Exploring Kuching with a Scooter
    by l_joo
  • another one of the thousand churches in Kuching
    another one of the thousand churches in...
    by l_joo
  • Kuching city
    Kuching city
    by balhannah

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    Exploring Kuching with a Scooter

    by l_joo Written Dec 29, 2011
    Exploring Kuching with a Scooter

    Favorite thing: AH HUI Motorcycles Shop in downtown Kuching rents 2 types of bikes, scooter and kapcai, RM40 & RM30 per day. Anybody with motorcycle license can rent, with super easy precedures by showing your passport and license. Local Malaysian only need to show license.

    Pay RM100 as deposit, they give you 2 helmets, lock, roadtax, and keys.

    You need to fill the tank by yourself, returning the bike 12pm the next day, etc.

    You might need a wind-shield for helmet and a raincoat.

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    WEBSITE FOR BAKO NATIONAL PARK

    by balhannah Written Dec 25, 2009

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    Secluded Beach at Bako

    Favorite thing: Interested in visiting Bako National Park?
    I went, had a good time and would like to return and do a lot more of the treks or even stay overnight.

    To find out what there is to see and do, and what treks there are, check out there website that I have listed.................

    http://www.sarawakforestry.com/htm/snp-np-bako.html

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    • National/State Park
    • Beaches

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    Dragon Boat Racing On The Sarawak River

    by Mikebb Written Jun 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Both times we went to the river we sighted the Dragon Boats in training for the challenge to be held during the forthcoming festival.

    When we took the late afternoon river cruise we saw 4 or 5 crews training, and it looked very hard work.

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    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Water Sports

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    Kuching History Walk

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 5, 2009
    History Walk 5 Marker

    Favorite thing: When I was walking on the Waterfront, I noticed a brass marker labeled "History Walk 5." I only saw this one marker at the time and decided to find out more about it later. It turns out that Roseline Tchee has a web page with pictures of all 12 markers.

    In searching for information on the History Walk, I found a really good website on a Kuching Heritage Walk with nice pictures too. LOL, I should have known all this BEFORE I was in Kuching. Guess that means I'll have to go back.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Kuching Visitors' Information Center

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 5, 2009

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    Kuching Visitors' Center
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    Favorite thing: The Visitors' Information Center is located at the corner of Main Bazaar and Jalan Tun Haji Openg in Kuching's Courthouse Complex. The Complex was built in 1871 as the seat of Sarawak’s government and was used as such until 1973. The Courthouse Complex contains some of Kuching’s more impressive architecture. The colonial-baroque Clock Tower was added in 1883 and the Charles Brooke Memorial in 1924. The Complex also includes the Japan Building, the Round Tower, and the Pavilion Building. The latter was once the General Hospital and is now transformed into the Sarawak Textile Museum. The Visitors' Center has free tourist maps of downtown Kuching. They were out of printed maps the day I was there but did have Xerox copies. The City's website has pdf copies of maps for both the city and region. They also had a couple of people at the desk to answer questions.

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    • Architecture

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    Sunset at Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort

    by MaryannPteo Updated Sep 12, 2007

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    Sunset at Batang Ai
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    Favorite thing: One of the nicest of all is the sunset in Batang Ai, which is a distance from Kuching City but gain a good experience in the five hours journey and with a good accommodation owned by Hilton Hotel call the Batang Ai Hilton Resort. Peaceful and clean air makes you feel so relaxing. Set on the edge of spectacular rainforest, the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort is Hilton’s only jungle property.the national park is a 2-hour boat ride away, but rainforest surrounds the hotel waiting to be discovered.
    The Fairy Cave and a nearby Wind Caves are located near Bau Town which is famous for its gold mining in the past. The Wind Caves – are a collection of small passageways with some amazing stalagmites formation.

    Fondest memory: The fondest of all would be the friendly people of Kuching, the good food, the clean City and its unique colonial buildings which were maintained throughout the years.
    Mount Santubong has its historical stories and is located on the Damai Peninsula, 35km north of Kuching. From sea level, it's rainforest-covered peaks rise steeply to 810m. There are several versions of local legends about Gunung Santubong, one of the version saying the mountain was formed when mythical Princess Santubong was speared by her jealous sister, Princess Sejinjang. and gave the mountain its distinctive profile, like a pregnant belly , if you were to observe the shape of the mountain

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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    The golden Sarawak river

    by DanielF Updated Aug 4, 2006

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    Twilight over the Sarawak river
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    Favorite thing: The Sarawak river is the main feature in the city of Kuching. This mighty river is one of the longest in Borneo and provides a lot of photo opportunities, especially at dusk, when the golden lights reflect on the water.

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    Plants and animals

    by MaryannPteo Written Feb 22, 2006

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    Wild orchids
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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: 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

    COCK FIGHT

    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

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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    Strolling Kuching Waterfront

    by rite_of_spring Written Jan 2, 2006

    Favorite thing: A visit to Kuching is not complete without visiting its charming Waterfront. The Waterfront was an important place in the founding of Kuching. During the past, its location on the Sarawak River was chosen for its strategic and commercial importance, as well as its natural beauty.

    The Waterfront has undergone several transformations since 19th century. Today it is home to modern sculpture, local food, and open-air theatre.

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    Shopping at Main Bazaar

    by rite_of_spring Written Jan 2, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Visitor's Information Center

    by iNorv9 Written Dec 24, 2005

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    Sarawak Tourism Complex

    Favorite thing: Be sure to visit the Visitor's Information Ceter. Here you can get all types of maps and brochures, as well as valuable local tips on what to do in Sarawak. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and spoke excellent English.

    Located in the Sarawak Tourism Complex, near the waterfront on Jalan Gambier, just east of the India Street Pedestrian Mall.

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    Sarawak Regatta

    by Janemei Written Sep 7, 2005

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    Failed attempt at Regatta

    Favorite thing: I was here in Kuching when the Sarawak Regatta was held on the Sarawak River. They invited participants from oversea to compete here in Kuching. The invited competitors included an all female team from Dubai (where none of the paddlers are actually from Dubai but from UK, Australians etc). This group had competed against the male rowers and came third overall if I read correctly. The Kuching Waterfront was packed with people especially the finishing line. It's a sight in itself to watch all the villagers from the kampung across the river lining up outside their wooden houses. I also witnessed a sinking boat (pictured). Safe to say they didn't come near the finishing line on this boat.

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    Kuching City Fair

    by Janemei Written Sep 7, 2005

    Favorite thing: I was here when Kuching held their Kuching City Celebrations, Merdeka (National) Day as well as the Sarawak Regatta. The Kuching City Celebrations was a month long celebration that included a food fair (absolutely delicious where all the restaurants and part time chefs come out with their special dishes), an expo and performances. This is an annual event that occurs in August. The Food fair is held in Padungan.

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  • Chopsticks and those Plastic Spoons

    by LostEurasian Updated Jun 4, 2004

    Favorite thing: When eating out in most of the coffeeshops aka kopitiams in Kuching, you will find that most of the dishes are noodle based and served in small bowls. Local favorites like Laksa, Goo Bak Mee, Kolo Mee and so forth are eaten with chopsticks and a small plastic spoon. Chopsticks are used with your favoured hand and the spoon goes into the other. Most locals will use the chopsticks to bring the noodles to the mouth but you can also place the noodles on the spoon instead. One thing you must realise that you can ask for a spoon and fork from the hawker. Only thing is your food seems to taste so much more nicer with chopsticks!?

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  • Public Holidays in Sarawak

    by LostEurasian Updated Jun 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: There is nothing more irritating than getting ready for a days walk about to get something officially done in a foreign country and suddenly finding out that its a Public Holiday? Take a look at the list below but its from June onwards only. Hope it helps.

    Tue. June 1 Gawai Dayak
    Wed. June 2 Gawai Dayak
    Sat. June 5 King's Birthday
    Tue. August 31 National Day
    Sat. September 11 Governor's Birthday
    Mon. November 15 Aidil Fitri
    Sat. December 25 Christmas Day

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