September 14th, 2007 – by: sissanoel
Demo of sago processing, Garama Wetlands.
As part of our accommodation in KK, we had some tours included and the first ones were today. We were supposed to do a city tour with a trip to the wildlife park, but as our guide called to say he'd be nearly an hour late, we re-scheduled until Monday, because we had to be back for 1pm to take a tour to the Klias Wetlands and otherwise wouldn't have had much time at the wildlife park. We instead walked down to the waterfront and generally around town. Had a look at the Handicraft Market (lots of little alleyways full of the usual tourist stuff) and then through the fruit/veg market. Lots of seafood here, due to the location of the town on the ocean. We also decided to book flights to and from Sandakan
, our next destination, so popped in to the AirAsia office to organise that - they were very helpful, but as usual, the taxes cost more than the tickets.
Fishing village on Garama River.
After lunch, we were collected by the tour company for the 2 hour drive to the Wetlands for a river trip. Upon arrival we were given drinks and some local cakes/biscuits and then hopped in an aluminium dinghy for a good two hour trip up the river, looking for wildlife. We didn't see any crocodiles, but plenty of macaques and proboscis monkeys, along with a monitor lizard which was sitting on the trunk of a tree sticking out of the water. Went through a water village which used to house about 40 families but is now down to 3 - a sign of the times, we guess. The sunset on the way back down the river was beautiful. Had a nice Malay style dinner and then walked about 20 metres down a boardwalk once it was dark to see the fireflies lighting up the trees like Christmas fairy lights.
Sunset, Garama Wetlands.
A few were also flying about across the top of the water and between trees, so quite spectacular. The drive home was quite a bit quicker than when we came - the driver seemed to think flat to the floor was the only way to go, which was a bit scary considering we'd seen lots of major potholes, dogs and goats all over the road on the way to the centre. Got home safely though, and this trip is well worth doing if you can. Like most other tours in KK, however, it is quite expensive - they are definitely going for the foreign dollar and charging accordingly, the place is not a budget backpacker destination as far as the attractions go, although cheap food and accommodation can be found.