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Communing with orangutans

Borneo Part One

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Kuching is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo island. The city itself doesn't have much to offer, but it is located in the middle of some incredible natural attractions. After our flight from KL, Josh and I headed to Semmongah Nature Reserve, home to an successful orang utan rehabilitation and breeding programme. There are 27 semi-wild orang utans, the eldest of which were rehabilitated in the 1990s after their homes were destroyed by logging, whilst the youngest is the grandchild of one of the original residents. In the main they are left to their own devices and the rescue centre is now at another site, but twice a day fruit is left at feeding platforms and we were lucky enough to see four orang utans who fancied an easy snack.

The next day we took the bus to the jetty for Bako National Park, situated on an island in the South China Sea. We hiked on some pretty hard-going trails and were rewarded with great views and a beautiful beach.

In the evening we headed to Top Spot, a busy food court on top of a multi-storey car park, famous for its seafood. For a tenner we had curried squid, garlicky fried jungle fern and an incredible barbecued red snapper with sambal. I dread to think what you'd get for a tenner on top of a British multi-storey car park.

Another early start, this time to take a boat trip through the Kuching Wetland National Park where we caught a glimpse of a river crocodile, saw bright blue kingfishers and the ubiquitous macaque (and didn't manage to photograph any of them).

In the afternoon we walked a little along the other side of the river, taking in the impressive Sarawak Assembly building.

Next stop was Sibu, a mildly perilous 5 hour boat journey up the coast and down a river and a stepping stone to the north east of the country. We visited the informative Sibu Heritage Centre and a Chinese temple where we saw the only other white people, two young Mormon missionaries complete with shirts, ties and name badges.

The next leg was via Miri to the remote Gunung Mulu National Park, only accessible by twin prop plane.

Posted by arianemeena 07:51 Archived in Malaysia

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Have asked H to show GG the latest blog installment; you know how she loves a good primate! Do love the fact that immacutely-dressed Mormons are out there in the back of beyond.

by Jane Waran

hi ariane

glad all going to plan. Gran-gran spent a lot of time last night catching up with your recent blogs though she refused to learn how to scroll down etc and i had to be at her side like an old fashioned piano page turner!!and i got yelled at if i was too slow/too fast!!

she was very pleased to catch up with your recent adventures and to see Naomi Sheldon and hubby. I think Naomi was in Amy's year at Maynard,

Good luck with it all. Love Harriet xxxx

by harriet

My mouth is watering – food sounds so good. I guess the London equivalent would be Frank's in Peckham! Let us know how you got on in Gunung Mulu – just google imaged and it looks incredible. Take care x

ps Re. last post – so tanned!

by ali

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