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Malaysian Borneo:Sarawak Highlights and Departing Thoughts

Exploring Kuching and Baco National Park

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Kuching is a gorgeous riverfront city, with a warm, friendly, laid-back atmosphere.
I arrived in time for the Moon Cake festival, so there were many Chinese festivities, and lots of yummy street food to be had.
I stayed at Beds Hostel, and definitely recommend it to any backpackers going to Kuching. It was recommended to me back in Kota Kinabalu by fellow travelers.
Imo and David at Beds made my stay totally awesome. We went out on two occasions drinking around town and singing karaoke. On my last night in Kuching, David, myself and Marion and Karine from France had a few too many shots of Tuak - felt it the next day.
Going back to the hostel - the facilities were excellent, I actually had a dorm to myself with air-con.

Kuching at Night:

Baco National Park

Baco National Park is roughly a 1 hour bus ride plus 20 mins on the boat from Kuching.
It is a massive jungle on the coast with beaches and wildlife - and when I saw wildlife I mean wild promiscus monkeys swinging in the trees!
I took a maps from the registration office and hiked two of the major routes, covered about 8 kms of jungle all together. At the end of each track you reach the coast, and the juxtaposition of jungle and beach makes for a truly spectacular scene.
Map of tracks:

View from the coast:

Bye Bye Borneo

Sadly, I ran out of time and couldn't do any more of Sarawak, as my flights out were not changeable. It would have been nice to stay longer, but I had the best time in Borneo.
I write a further few weeks on from departing Kuching and still say it's been my favourite part of the trip so far.
I met a lot more intrepid travellers there, and really got to know the local people. It's a really wonderful place that hasn't been spoiled by tourism yet, so if you like trekking, diving, amazing wildlife, down to earth quality hospitality and vibrant culture definitely get yourself to Sabah and Sarawak!!!

Posted by SkinnyFists 05:28 Archived in Malaysia Tagged borneo kuching jungles baco malyasia Comments (0)

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