Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
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Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Sarawak is a state of Malaysia. It adjoins the Kingdom of Brunei. The other Malaysian state is Sabah...the other side of Brunei.... So now we have cleared that up! On with the blog. .........
Having booked my short stay in Sarawak as a package of flights and accomodation back in October I was really looking forward to this part of my trip. I guess Borneo is as far removed from Morocco as one could get and that was part of the appeal. I wanted a week stop-over in Singapore before returning home on my Etihad flight.....but felt Singapore was too expensive so after thinking about and rejecting Thailand and Kuala Lumpar I settled on Sarawak for a few days.
I flew Malaysian airlines from Changi airport,Singapore...only 1.45 hour flight arriving in Kuching at 3.30 p.m....easy....and caught a taxi (20 minutes...17 Malaysian Ringett/$5.00AUD) to my luxery Hilton Hotel accomodation! Impressed from the moment I arrived in the country. Very lush vegetation, nice houses and buildings, good traffic flow, english widely spoken, Very friendly greeting at hotel and EXCELLENT air-con large room on 7th floor overlooking the Sarawk River and city!!!! May I add that the bed was huge and the most comfortable hotel bed I have EVER slept in!. The room and whole hotel was clean, modern, and well maintained.
The first thing I did was head down to the river walk and go for a wander. It was Hot and VERY HUMID but i strolled along casually taking in the sights. Checked out the little food stalls, market stalls and bought a hamburger for $3AUD....cheap as chips! and found myself at the wharf exactly on time to get on the Sunset River Cruise boat.
I enjoyed the cruise as the main commentary was given interspersed with electric keyboard live music. Saw some great sights as moving along the river at a leisurely pace. (see images- I bought a new Panasonic Lumix camera 12x optical zoom at Changi!). Was suprised to view the show of cultural dances on board on the return trip back down the river. Beautiful costumes, dancers and music...I even was invited up to dance at the end...I am never shy about joining in...and after a phot one of the dancers gave me an authentic Sarawakian braclet as a gift. ( As far as I know no-one else was given one- how special is that!). Feeling very happy to be in Borneo i walked back to my hotel.
Found the "free for 15 minute" internet in the lobby and sat and enjoyed a red wine in the zere modern bar before going back upstairs...tired but happy.
Little did I know what was to lie ahead over the next few days.