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.................
Fondest memory: Ahhh...you really want to know??? Well, one of my fondest memory was when I had heaps and heaps of fun, partying the whole nite thru together with my friends, both local and ex-pats at Tribes, a fun pub at Holiday Inn Kuching with real cool bands (Headwinds from KL) performing. That was the time I simply can't get enough sleep from all those parties...hehe ;-)
You do not have to worry about getting hungry at wee hours!
You can find many 24 hours eating outlets offering delicious food...tantalising your taste bud! It's simply delicious! Not only that...it's reasonably cheap, too!
What a great place to pamper your tummy...hehe Your tummy will love you when you get back home! ;-)
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.
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.
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.
Don't get me wrong that State of Sarawak is not a nature heaven because I didn't feature much of the 4-wheeling & camping stuffs.
In fact, Sarawak is much better outdoor heaven than Pahang State (as featured in my Negeri Pahang page).
Hope to include more National Parks such as Mulu & others in near future.
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
Hotels located near Kuching River Front are mostly Wireless Internet Hotspot (WI-FI). The WI-FI Service is solely provided by TMNET (one of the premier ISP in Malaysia).
You can buy one month access if you're not currently TMNET WI-FI user at RM19 at hotel reception counter.
List of HotSpot Hotels in Kuching.
- Crowne Plaza Riverside
- Holiday Inn Kuching
- Kuching Hilton
- Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suite
Other WI-FI HotSpot:
- The Sarawak Club
- Tun Jugah Shopping Mall
- Wisma Sugar Bun, Kuching
- IBMS College, Kuching
- INTI College, Kuching
P/s: In fact, this tip is created using TMNET access at one of the cafes, Holiday Inn, Kuching.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Favorite thing: First thing head down to the waterfront. It is busy, clean and entertaining. All along the waterfront there are restaurants, food centers, shops and old colonial buildings. To cross the river to visit Fort Margherita take a tambang (ferry).
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.