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May 11, 2005 - Niah caves

Caves. This seems to be the great pride of Sarawak (among many others) and the area had the biggest caves in the world. I liked Niah Caves the most, since it proved human inhabitation during time, beginning with the impressive discovery of the so-called 'Deep Skull' dated to 40.000 BC.: The skull hereby getting the status of the oldest human discovery in Borneo. Beautiful red painting on the walls of the caves was another good reason for my preference over the caves, even though these paintings are not yet to be dated (however :ooooooold;...

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May 10, 2005 - Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia

One reason I wanted to go to Borneo was because it just sounds good - it evokes images for me of wild jungle and tribes people, etc. However, I knew from the guidebook not to expect that from Kuching. It's actually a pretty big city with normal city stuff like big buildings and traffic. It's also pretty though, too, with a nice riverfront and lush vegitation that reminded me of Hawaii. Like the rest of Malaysia, there's a big Chinese population here, in addition to Indians and some Muslims (a lot less than on the mainland). We stayed at a...

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May 8, 2005 - Miri

Miri... the city of Shell.... The - soon to get the status of a - city state.... But most importantly: The town of cousin Claude, who let us stay in his house, use his kitchen, drive around in his car, who invited us to dinner every night, took us to a birthday party for one of his best friends, showed us the best places of Miri, who told us to start planning ahead (lol), and just in general showed us a great hospitality.

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Mar 15, 2005 - Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

JG 5 star hotel --it was all they had left (honest!!!)...fab tikme, loads of wildlife at Bako National park, monkeys, bearded pigs and a SNAKE! TS: Probably could have found a cheaper hotel but Jane quite keen on 5 star option, so didn't argue. Great day today at Bako National Park. More proboscis monkeys but a lot closer this time. Watched them for over an hour. Also saw silver leaf monkeys for the first time, with a mum with a brown baby (all the adults are black/silver). Bearded pigs huge, and saw a pit viper again. Just had hair cut on...

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Mar 12, 2005 - Mulu, Sarawak, Malaysia

JG: visted a few caves, very nice. Nearly stood on yet another snake, as Terry was asking me "what are you scared of most slopes or snakes" I shouted "SNAKE!" and he thoght I was answering his question! It was only small but raised up, ready to attack, Terry just got out the camera! We watched millions of bats fly out of a cave at sunset, v cool. Stayed in a lovely resort so had a lovely birthday chilling out by the pool, massage and lovely dinner where Tez had ordered me a chocolate b'day cake. We fed the whole restaurant with it. Then we...

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Dec 1, 2004 - Relaxing in Kuching

I think I left off with our having arrived in Kuching, Sarawak, the Eastern province of Borneo. The city was quaint and catered to tourists, and we decided to take it easy and relax a little (riiight, I know, this is our vacation and we should be relaxing the whole time!) What I mean is we didn't leave the city right-away. We enjoyed several museums (probably the best being the Islamic one) and walked along the waterfront, when it wasn't raining. Our third day in the city had us adventuring to a national park named Bako NP, where we walked...

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Aug 6, 2004 - D: Jungle adventures in Gunung Mulu National Park, northern Sarawak

Hello from the jungle of Borneo, We were looking for some adventure and it seems we found it. No more pounding the pavement of European cities, we're now tromping through the mud, picking off leeches before they can latch on to our skin, and wading across rivers in Borneo. And loving every minute of it. My part of the story starts in Miri, a seaside town in northern Sarawak close to the border of Brunei. It's a sleepy little town with few tourist attractions. We enjoyed just wandering the streets, trying the local restaurants, and browsing...

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Aug 5, 2004 - S: Kuching, Malaysia and the Longhouse Visit

Dear Friends, En Route to Malaysia After bouncing around eastern and southern Europe, it was time to head east. Way east. To Malaysia. Believe it or not, Italy actually had me saying things like, "I don't feel like pizza and wine tonight." Before being sent straight to the funny farm in an Armani straightjacket, I quickly recovered after a few of Southeast Asia's 'all seafood, all the time' menus and am now back to my usual self saying, "Maybe if we ask, they have pizza hidden behind that display of 'all things noodley'." Our flight on...

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Apr 2, 2004 - Kuching Borneo

We are now in Borneo. We have only been here two days so we have not got to the jungle yet but we will shortly. We are in the town ofKuching. Kuching means cat and there are lots of cat things here including the most extensive and bizzare cat museum I could imagin. Well you can imagine it... just think of every cat knick-knack, every cute cat motivational poster, every Garfieldposter you have ever seen and put it under glass. Serious, I am not saying it was like these things I am saying they were really there...the cat on the planter poster...

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