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    Bird Nest Soup!

    by Robin922 Written Mar 20, 2008

    The eating of bird's nests. A very unique and expensive dinning experience. I'm told some of the best nest's are from here.

    If you don't have time to take the big tour, there is one place in the city that you can tour and see the nests be cleaned and sample the soup. A film is also shown, showing how the nests are harvested, and explains the rules of harvest (to protect the birds)
    Will add name and location later, I'm on the other side of the planet right now and forgot to bring the info. However your hotel, tour driver or even a taxi driver should know about this place.

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    Bako National Park

    by Robin922 Written Mar 19, 2008

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    Adult Male Proboscis Monkey
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    You can spend the day or even rent a cabin for the night. Which ever, bring good walking shoes and your camera and plan to get wet.
    From Kuching you can take a cab, but I would suggest booking a private tour. The whole day was less than $100, and the guide made all the difference.

    After a short drive to the pier, we boarded a boat that took us to the park. After arriving, I was given a choice of any hiking trail(s) I wanted to do... I took the short one. With in the first few minutes we came across a troop of Proboscis monkeys. At the end of trail, I was hot and tired, so we hopped a water taxi. The owner of the little boat was great, and gave us a wonderful tour of the park from the water. This is where you get wet, you have to walk out into the water (about 2 feet deep) to get in and out of the boat. No one warned me... I was in leather shoes and jeans!

    After hours of walking and riding, you can enjoy a nice meal at the little cafe and watch nature go by. Warning keep an eye out on your food the Silver Leaf monkeys will steal it right off the table!

    One last warning, this is not a city park, it is nature almost in pure form. There are snakes out there and the animals are wild. Just keep an eye out, and use some common sense and you should have a wonderful experience.

    I've included 5 photos here to give you an idea of what you might see.

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  • The Biggest Single Flower in the world

    by apenan Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    Rafflesia tuan mudae
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    Rafflesia is a genus of flowering plants that is made up of 16 known species, the 16th species being discovered as recently as 1988! The scientific name of rafflesia is Rafflesia spp. and the Malay name is Bunga Padma. The best known of these species is Rafflesia arnoldii, which has the distinction of being the world’s largest flower, reaching a diameter of about three feet. The genus Rafflesia gets its name from Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of the British colony of Singapore. He first discovered it in Sumatra with his friend Dr. Joseph Arnold, after whom the largest of the species, R. arnoldii, is named

    The 16 known species of Rafflesia are found in the jungles of Southeast Asia. To date, the Rafflesia flowers have been found only in Indonesia - on the islands of Sumatra and Java - and Malaysia, in particular in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak..

    Rafflesia, dubted as "Queen of the Parasites" is totally dependant upon a vine called Tetrastigma, which is related to the grapevine. Lacking roots, leaves and stems, the Rafflesia are parasitic upon their host vines, draining nourishment from them.

    The Rafflesia can be seen only when it is ready to reproduce, when the parasitic growths on the vine form a lump that develop into a structure somewhat resembling a cabbage. This cabbage-like bud bursts through the host’s bark, and after about 9 months will open to reveal the massive 5-petaled flower, with stamens and pistils, which develops into a fruit with seeds.

    All of the known species of Rafflesia are threatened or endangered. It is a "Totally Protected Plant" by law in Sarawak, but elsewhere in Malaysia it is only safeguarded by laws when found in protected areas like National or State Parks.

    Please contact Gunung Gading National Park for any Rafflesia in bloom.

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    King of Fruits - Durians

    by MaryannPteo Updated Sep 12, 2007

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    It is somehow rare these fruits can only be found in certain countries. It is a fruit oval in shape and with spikey skins. Many foreign tourists do not like the smell as it has rather strong smell but tastes good. It is seasonal, twice a year mostly middle or end of the year.
    In Kuching many of durian trees grow wildly in the forest.
    This fruit has high cholestrol but can filled your tummy and you can skip lunch or dinner if you take it. Avoid liquor after taking these fruits.
    In picture no. 2 , those tourists went for a longhouse trip and on the way back we saw some durians on the way back at the roadside. As a tourguide, I asked them to try, some liked it but not all.

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    Sarawak Cultural Village

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    Situated at the foot of Mt Santubong, the Sarawak Cultural Village exhibits 7 traditional houses representing 7 cultures of Sarawak from the Chinese, Malaysia & 5 ethnic groups on 17 acres in Santubong (35km from Kuching).

    Each house has people "living & working" to show the day-to-day activities in their lives. There is also a 45-min cultural show held twice a day

    To get here, it takes approximately 30-45 min from the capital city on a dual carriage road. Entrance to the Sarawak Cultural Village costs RM60 ($17) for adults, but it will cost less for those from Sarawak

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    Semenggoh Nature Reserve

    by bumpychick Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    About half an hour's drive from Kuching, Semenggoh offers the opportunity to see orangutans that have been rehabilitated and trained how to survive in the wild. We visited the centre in December, and only when we were on-route were we told what a great job they are doing with the rehabilitation ie, in the fruiting season, the orangutans quite often do not return to be fed atall, due to the abundance of food in the forest. Of course this is a really good thing, for the orangutans, but not so good for the tourists. We visited twice, and on each occasion stood in the forest for an hour watching an empty feeding platform whilst one of the staff stood and called out for the orangutans to come and feed. Oh well......

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    Friendship Park

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Mar 30, 2006

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    This charming little park deserves an entry on my page simply because of the imposing statue of Admiral Zheng He (Cheng Ho). To me there was an aura about this statue - an aura of power, of dominance...maybe it's the size and posture of the statue that give it that effect.
    The brand new park is located in an upper middle class residential area within the Tabuan Jaya district. Only a year old, the park's construction was paid for by the Chinese govt to commemorate 30 years of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. That's why it's named as "Taman Sahabat" or "Friendship Park". There's not much to do here other than to rest and relax. However there's a restaurant in Chinese architectural style that serves "dim sum" - just the thing to have after your "tai chi" routines

    For those who don't know, Zheng He was a Chinese Muslim admiral from the Ming dynasty and a eunuch too. He made 7 voyages in the 15th Century to other Asian countries, including India and as far as to the west coast of Africa. Zheng He was recently made more famous with the publication of Gavin Menzies "1421: The year the Chinese discovered the world" where the author postulates that Zheng He discovered America before Columbus.

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  • Gunung Gading National Park

    by evertonrthebest Updated Mar 3, 2006

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    Raflessia
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    Gunung Gading National Park is located about 2 hours drive from Kuching. You can either hire a taxi for the day or get a bus to Lundu, and then a van to the park. When we got there we organised a guide to take us to the Raflessia flower, the biggest in the world. It took about 1.5 hours of walking through rainforest to get there. There was one flower that had been in bloom for 4 days and another close by, which was moulding. We were very lucky to see the Raflessia, let alone two of them. There was a waterfall close by to the flowers.

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    Close encounter with the Orang Utan!

    by rite_of_spring Updated Jan 11, 2006

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    Orang Utan

    It is possible to watch the Orang Utan moving freely at Semenggok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. However, one has to take precaution as the Orang Utan is not as docile one think of, especially the female who has a baby with her.

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    Bako National Park

    by susanpingu Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    Monkeys making their way to the other side of Paku
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    If you only have time for one trail, I would recommend the Paku Trail past the jetty. There we saw a family of proboscis monkeys feeding overhead in the trees. Also saw lots of macaque monkeys, a monitor lizard and the bearded pigs.

    Bako is definitely worth the trip, esp. if you like jungle trails. Bring Deet, or other mosquito repellant, you will need it!

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    Batang Ai - the BIG dam

    by Janemei Written Sep 12, 2005
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    About 3-3.5 hrs drive from City of Kuching, you'll find this Batang Ai. Batang meaning 'Big River'. You'll find lots of information on the internet about the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse where to give the guests a feel of living in a native longhouse but with the luxuries associated with the Hilton brand. As I only made it as far as the jetty where the guests will be transported to the Hilton, can't really provide a review on this hotel.
    The Batang Ai has a few jetties surrounding it so if you are driving there yourself, make sure you go to the right one. To go to the Batang Ai National Park, you have to take a boat, I got a quote for RM200 per boat (seating 4 people) return.
    The picture attached was taken at one of the jetties.

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    Drive the countryside

    by kphstar Updated Aug 6, 2005

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    Buntal, an hours drive away from Kuching and you'll find the sea and another world.

    Entering there dusty roads, with stilts houses lining both side, and villagers walking around without a care about our world.

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    Drive the countryside.

    by kphstar Written Aug 6, 2005

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    Rent a car, take a drive outside Kuching and discover the rivers and mountains that surroounds the city.

    Becareful because unless you know your way around, you may get quite lost. Trust me. Been there done that. Hoe else do you thing I score these pictures. :-)

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    Damai

    by kphstar Written Aug 6, 2005

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    If you're not keen on travelling all the way up to Kota, then about an hour and a half north of Kuching is a little peace of paradise called Damai.

    All you need there are your swimmers and an appetite for relaxation.

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    Damai's Cultural Village

    by kphstar Updated Aug 6, 2005

    Thought this might interest you a bit more. Everyday at the Cultural Village they have 2 showings demonstrating the traditional dancings of the indigenous people. Also, they'll bring the blow pipe experts so you can see what aiming is all about.

    Entry for the performance is inclusive with the entrance fee to the Village.

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