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Nov 11, 2005 - Malaka to Kuching

From K.L. we took a flight over to Kuching in Borneo Malaysia. we stayed in a place run by our new friend, Eric! he took us out on a few trips through t he week which were pretty impressive. we visited the orangutan sanctory first where we saw about 5! there pretty amazing, a little clumsy when there going through the trees but, still amazing! we saw a little one too who was showing off, dangling upside down with his feet. We then went onto stay in a longhouse. Stayed with a family for the night who were so welcoming. They cooked us tea and...

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Oct 26, 2005 - Bako National Park

Wow, yet another amazing national park, this one based around the coves, beaches and jungle of the Bako peninsular. Sorry about the photo overload but there was just so much to take pictures of, I've had to restrict myself to only a few monkey pictures. I can't be bothered to write too much about this one, nothing out of the ordinary happened other than my usual thunderstorm miles away from home.

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Oct 19, 2005 - Niah Caves National Park

I've just spent a great couple of days in the raucous tranquillity of Niah National Park (wearing leech proof underwear). The main attraction of the park is supposed to be the caves in the limestone hills but for me the forest surrounding the park was the highlight. I had good feelings about the place as soon as I arrived, I'd never heard of the place until I met a couple in Brunei who had just been here. They had told me that they charge you for the whole room in the dormitories so I paid RM42 instead of the RM10 per bed that it should be....

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Oct 17, 2005 - Miri - Sarawak

Happy Birthday to me! The LP said that the journey to Miri involved 4 buses and made it sound like a nightmare, it turned out to be 5 buses and a ferry but for all that the trip was a breeze all of the bus and bus-station staff were helpfull, at every change someone told me where to go and which bus to get. There was a fantastic customs sign on the Malay side of the border which has so many funnies that I had to photograph it and will post it on the site. I think that I may be the first person to export whisky out of Brunei but there was a...

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Jul 11, 2005 - Sarawak: Rainforest Music Festival

I've just spent 3 days enjoying the most eclectic mix of music I've ever seen assembled in one place. One minute you're watching a snare drum, ukelele and one-string bass trio knocking out a hysterical rendition of Prince's "Kiss". The next minute you are rocking to the beats of a West African drumming ensemble. Just when you think things can't get any crazier, a Polish band in kilts takes the stage for some Celtic favorites and bagpipes. I was in my element when the Afro-Carribbean band from Colombia hit the stage - I just wish the rest of...

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Jul 3, 2005 - Kuching (Malaysian Borneo)

Hello everybody, I greet you now from Borneo. Not that it really feels like I'm in Borneo coz I've not had the chance to head out into the Jungle. Managed to fit quite a lot into the last few days though. I arrived on Friday and spent the morning in the city and the afternoon at Sarawak Cultural village. Sarawak is the area of Borneo I'm in and it's very diverse, at keast 7 main cultural groups including Chinese an Malay as well as those scarey head-hunting tribes!! The Village was very touristy but did give an insight into how all the...

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May 25, 2005 - Lalang

4 days living with a tribe in the jungle, what an experience! Borneo comprises a unique mix of cultures - indiginous tribes still make up a large percentage of the population. Around 40 different tribes are spread throughout the jungle, living traditional ways and beliefs. We managed to spend some time with one of the least developed of these, an Iban tribe well off the tourist trail. Ibans live in "longhouses" where many families live together under one roof, sharing communal areas as well as a great community spirit. In this house, 23...

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May 22, 2005 - Bako

We've been to several national parks now and done quite a bit of trekking in the jungle. Bako National Park was different because it's a jungle full of wildlife which is bordered by the sea. A boat took us up the Sarawak estuary and across the coastline to park headquarters. It was set just back from a huge sandy beach, backed by sandstone, covered in lush rainforest - it really was a beautiful setting. Through multiple landscapes of jungle, volcanic rock, mangrove swamps and beaches, we trekked for 9 hours over 2 days, always looking for...

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May 18, 2005 - Kubah National Park

Our first trip into the surrounding jungle was to Kubah National Park. It said in the guide book that it's half an hour away. Presumably this doesn't account for 1.5 hours waiting for the bus that never turns up? Eventually we made it and were rewarded with a rainforest all to ourselves - we were the only ones in the huge park. We had heard that the parks over exaggerate trail times so that unfit people don't get disillusioned. Either these people are lying or we are really unfit. It took us about 20% longer than expected and we were almost...

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May 17, 2005 - Semenggoh

Orang-utans (literally man of the forest) are only found in the wild in Borneo and Indonesia. Rapidly declining in number, Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is one of the few places to see them in the wild. Orang-utans here are trained to live back in the wild if they have been orphaned or illegally caged etc. When ready, they are set free into the local rainforest but often return for food. Good job they are nearly always hungry as we were lucky enough to see about 6, some with babies in tow, emerge from the surrounding jungle to...

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May 16, 2005 - Kuching

3 months in and we were knackered! So we came to Kuching, "The City of Cats" for some chill time. Greg's Dad lived here for a while, 30 years ago, so it was of particular interest to us, seeing stories of the city and surrounding jungle come to life. It may not be a small village with a muddy runway any more but it's still got loads of character and charm, adopted from the local tribes and its colonial past. Running along the Sarawak River, there are some stunning scenes, with a small range of mountains, rising on the horizon, as if from...

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May 12, 2005 - Bako National Park, Borneo, Malaysia

Bako is more like what you might expect Borneo to look like: wild looking jungle, deserted beaches, monkeys and other animals running wild. It also has some of the amenities you might expect from a well run national park - an information room with, you guessed it, information and pictures about the plants and animals in the park, etc., well marked trails and boardwalks through swampy areas, cabins and a cafeteria. It also has the nice touch of being located at the tip of a peninsula with no roads leading to the park. This means the only way...

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