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Mar 14, 2009 - Belaga and the longhouse adventure.

Belaga has been our destination since we took the first of the boat trips into inner Borneo and now we've finally arrived. The final leg of the boat trip had its memorable moments including the Pelagus Rapids where the water was fortunately high enough to allow us to pass, and of course there were many longhouses on the riverside en route that wetted our appetite for adventures ahead. One of the more depressing sights is the extent of the logging, of course economic realities mean that logging will always take place but in Borneo corruption...

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Mar 13, 2009 - Kapit

Its another boat trip up the Rejang River as we continue our journey inland. Kapit for most travellers is another town in which to spend the night on the way to more remote destinations upriver. We arrived about midday and so spent the afternoon exploring about town. There's not much to see apart from the fort but the people seem friendly enough.

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Mar 12, 2009 - Sibu

We took the ferry to Sibu which took a memorable 4 1/2 hours, memorable for the first glimpses many longhouses we were to see in this island, and for the sunburn I managed to catch whilst sitting on the roof! To be honest there isn't really much to see in Sibu for most is a transit point for further trips into the heart of Borneo, unless you're in the market for pirated DVD's which every other shop seems to be selling.

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Mar 11, 2009 - A day trip to Bako National Park.

Bako National Park is about 40 minutes bus ride from Kuching and is the first of what will no doubt be many wildlife parks that I visit in Borneo. Its 27 sq km of unspoilt forest and shoreline and well worth a visit. After the bus ride there was a memorable boat ride upriver, the tide was low so we ran aground as expected and had to paddle knee deep in water on the mud flats maybe 200m to the shoreline and then walk a kilometer or two to the park entrance. The sun was up and the day was getting hotter so we decided on walking the circular...

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Mar 8, 2009 - Kuching

Kuching, the capital city of Malaysian Borneo, is a very relaxed city, in fact is doesn't feel like a capital city at all. Apparently Kuching means 'cat' in Malay and the absence of dogs wandering the streets in favour of cats makes a change. I've flown in on Islamic New Year so all the shops and most of the sights are closed. I spend the first day looking at the Sarawak Museum which had its interesting moments and follow that up by a walk along the riverfront and a look about town, which it must be said is rather small. Eventually bump...

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Jul 5, 2008 - Kuching - Iban Longhouse

We're sitting in the airport waiting for our flight to Penang - yet another ride on Air Asia! It has been a few days since we last wrote and since then there have been some adventures. Let's put it this way, I am so proud of Christine. With KL behind us and my freak out sessions under control, we arrived in Kuching in the Malaysian province of Sarawak on the Island of Borneo (you may remember this from Survivor, and oh boy did we relive the experiences). We found a very basic hostel called the B&B Inn which every trip advisor said was great...

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Jun 24, 2008 - Bako National Park, Malaysia (Borneo)

First of all - weather - since we have been in Malaysia, it has rained every day about 2:00pm for a couple of hours. No big deal. So we went to Bako NP and had two great days of complete sun! Our first day we did a 9-hour jungle trek - We got our first glimpse of the rare Proboscis monkeys. They are so cool! Long noses and very playful. This was the first time we had seen monkeys in the wild (not like Kathmandu, Nepal and the monkey temple). We were pretty wiped out and had a quick dinner and went to bed. We got up early the next day...

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Jun 22, 2008 - Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo)

Hello everyone! We are getting into the GROOVE! We flew to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia in search of lots of wildlife! We sure got what we wanted. We first went to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center near Kuching. Really cool! Saw about seven or eight Orangutans up close (about 3 feet and of course no cages). That same day we toured the Sunday Market and went back to our hostel/guesthouse in order to rest for our trip to Bako National Park.

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Mar 4, 2008 - Feb. 26 - March 4/08 - Kuching on the island of Borneo

Ok here we are, going from one island to another. But a really big one in that. The island of Borneo. Arriving at Kuching international airport the morning of Feb. 26. Well we got in touch with my mom's cousin Ann and a dinner date was set, now getting from the airport to the city was a little bit harder then we expected. Since we are both cheap and on a budget we waited for the bus to come but after about an hour to an hour and a half and still no bus, a nice man offered to give us a ride, problem solved. (Oh and it was free!) In Kuching...

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Jul 19, 2007 - Gunung Mulu National Park

We have just got back from a week at Gunung Mulu National Park. Gunung Mulu is situated in the middle of Borneo, just behind Brunei, there are no roads there (well not whatyou would call a road) and it takes 2 days to get there by boat, so we chose to fly! The main reason we went to Gunung Mulu National Park was to do a hike to a place called the Pinnicles, which are limestone rock formations, and to see the caves and maybe do some adventure caving. In our last blog we wrote about how we got soaking wet out at Bako National Park and then...

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Jul 9, 2007 - Borneo

Borneo, just as you imagine, jungles and brown swollen rivers. Little villages and exotic wildlife, but also modern cities and roads better maintained than those at home! We have spent 10 days in Kuching, due to flight connections, but we have done lots, met lots of people and its been nice to take things slowly. We were lucky again to have the chance to see the 'worlds biggest flower' the rafflessia, in bloom. We caught the bus to a town 2 hours from Kuching called Lundu and walked 30mins to the national park. The route to the national...

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Jul 1, 2007 - Its a Long Long Walk to Golden Beach! (Matt)

We arrive at the Bintulu bus station in air-conditioned comfort. Each Malaysian bus depot seems identical to the rest. Strange snacks are spread out on the tile floors (shrimp puffs, grass jelly drinks, flavoured Soya milk in tetra boxes, and dried salty sour red fruit-like things with Chinese labels) while an adjacent strip mall offers noodles, coffee, steamed buns, and rice. This mall is particularly large and, in retrospect, we should have stopped for lunch. We don't. Instead, we buy our onward ticket, load our bags into a taxi and...

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