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May 24, 2010 - Bako National Park

Bako National Park 24 mei Met de minibus en een bootje komen we na 2 uur aan in het National Park. Dit park ligt direct aan de zee, met het bootje vaar je dan ook danuit de rivier een stukje de zee op. Tijdens de lunch worden we meteen geconfronteerd met de vele (brutale) apen hier, die het eten en de tassen van de bezoekers willen stelen. En we zien een neusaap in de bomen zitten, dat is bijzonder want deze zijn erg verlegen en laten zich niet snel zien. Vervolgens lopen we een van de vele trails in dit park. Het is een prachtige tocht...

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May 22, 2010 - Kuching

22 mei Tijdens de vlucht naar Kuching zat Laurien te praten met iemand die in Kuching woont. Daardoor kwamen we onder andere te weten waarvoor '1 Malaysia' staat. (dat zie je OVERAL staan). Het is een project vanuit de regering dat ervoor zorgt dat, bijvoorbeeld op kantoor of school, mensen van verschillende culturen verplicht samenwerken zodat er geen groepvorming ontstaat. En dat werkt heel goed! Het viel ons al op dat de mensen heel goed met elkaar omgaan, en iedereen respecteert iedereen. En nu weten we dus hoe dat komt. 's Avonds gaan...

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Mar 27, 2010 - MALAYSIA - Kuching, Borneo

For a quick overview of Malaysia by the BBC, click here Arrived in Kuching, the largest city (500,000 people) in Malaysian Borneo. We like Malaysia so far! It might be the most under-rated Asian country (after Laos, which people just don't know about) we've visited. The people are friendly, but not overly so. They are happy to help you if you ask, but otherwise leave you to it. The food is delicious and incredibly cheap. The infrastructure here is much better developed than we expected. Roads are excellent, water clean, electricity...

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Dec 20, 2009 - Caves and Canopy Walk in Mulu

MORE CAVES today - this time we visited them by boat. Cave of WINDS was my personal favourite. it's not as big as the others but is probably the most ornate of them all. There is an incredible display of stalagmites and columns in what they have called the Kings Chamber. CLEARWATER cave.. this is a veritable labyrinth - over 150km of known cave passages. Running water goes through the cave. It's possible to walk back (the hard way) by Moonmilk Walk so we did the 5km and got drenched as the rain came down. Five caves later (6 if you include...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Dec 19, 2009 - Mulu National Park

We flew from Miri straight into Mulu national park. Scary swathes of palm oil plantations really revealed the amount of deforestation On arrival, we all checked into the Mulu accommodation. The Longhouse was surprisingly posh and the restaurant in the place was ok value and reasonable menu... The first afternoon we did various caves. All very civilised as you walk along wooden walkways so no risk of leeches or other yucky things. There are hundreds of caves in the park but only 4-5 open to the public. Limestone formations. LANGS Cave was...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Dec 13, 2009 - Shopping Centres and Swans in Sibu

Caught a taxi to the departure point for Sibu. 4 and half hours over the sea and down river. They clearly believe the tourists are - films included 'Gorillas in the Mist' and Might Joe Young (a bit of an updated King Kong remake) . That said there were only 7 or 8 of us on board. Rest were locals who slept through them all. We arrived windswept and deaf from the engine motor. I had remained on board so everyone else was pretty sun and wind burnt after their 4 hours. Sibu (pop 260k or so) is the largest port and commercial centre on the...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Aug 23, 2009 - Return to Miri

It is late in the evening, and I am writing this entry from the very comfortable common area of the Dillinea Guesthouse in Miri. Upon our return to Miri today, we changed guesthouses from where we had originally stayed here based on the glowing recommendation of one of the other guests at the Nancy & Harriss Guesthouse in Bario. It is a comfortable place with a welcoming owner - Mrs. Lee - , so we definitely made the right decision. We flew standby on a flight from Bario to Miri this morning, and as luck would have it, they had several open...

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Break From the Law

Aug 22, 2009 - Day Trek on the Outskirts of Bario

Having had to abort our plan to do a multi-day jungle trek from Bario over to Long Bewan in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, we are intending to try and fly back to Miri tomorrow morning on standby. The flight today had no available seats. Tomorrow getting seats is questionable, but we have our names on the waiting list. Given that we were essentially stuck here today, we went with our Kelabit guide Richard, who had shown us around Bario and its environs yesterday, on a hike to a salt mine some 10 kilometers away from here....

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Aug 21, 2009 - Trip to the Kelabit Highlands

It is evening and pouring rain outside of the Nancy & Harriss Guesthouse, our homestay in Bario, the main town in the Kelabit Highlands. Vikki and I, along with a German student and a French couple, are the only guests here at the guesthouse. So like most of our evenings here in Malaysia, it has been a pretty laid back one. The Kelabit Highlands rank as one of the more remote regions of Sarawak, accessible only by prop plane, a dirt road from Miri - some 8 hours away - or by trails through the jungle. Tribal peoples populate the Kelabit...

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Aug 20, 2009 - Visit to Niah Caves in Niah National Park

We are flying to the Kelabit Highlands in Sarawak's interior tomorrow morning, so we filled our day today with a visit to the Niah Caves in Niah National Park, some 115 kilometers south of Miri. Some of the Niah Caves number among the largest caves in the world, and a 5½ kilometer walk leads hikers through some of the caves open to the public. There is also at the national park headquarters an archeology museum built in the Malay architectural style. Our visit to the Niah Caves lasted around 9 hours, including our return trip back to Miri....

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Break From the Law

Aug 19, 2009 - Musings from Miri, Sarawak

“Welcome to Sarawak!” read the sign shortly after we passed through the immigration controls in Sarawak after disembarking from our AirAsia flight from KK. Because there are no direct flights between Tawau and Miri, today we flew first to KK and from there caught a connecting flight to Miri. Sarawak may be a state within Malaysia, but entering Sarawak from Sabah at Miri’s sleek modern international airport seemed indistinguishable from entering an entirely different country. Upon landing at the airport, each passenger must pass through...

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Jul 9, 2009 - Kuching

Kuching ist meine einzige Destination in Sarawak und bietet vor allem kulturellen Einblick in den Vielvoelkerstaat. Neben dem ueblichen Mix von Malaien, Chinesen und Indern kommen hier noch eine unglaubliche Anzahl Volksstaemme hinzu. Diese stammen aus dem Dschungel, sind teilweise Nomaden oder leben in sogenannten Langhaeusern, wo eine ganze Grossfamilie unter einem Dach wohnt. Wegen diesen Staemmen wird Sarawak auch das Land der Kopfjaeger genannt - denn frueher musste jedes maennliche Familienmitglied einen Kopf eines Feindes erbeuten,...

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Nina in Malaysia

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