Sarawak Cultural Village

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Sunset view from my hotel room

 It was nice to wake up late,  lie in bed, and look out over Kuching and the distant mountains. After an enormous buffet breakfast...every bit as good a spread as last nights dinner buffet, I went to the travel office in the Hilton hotel near the foyer and looked into other possible tours.

 I found out that if you go on any tour by yourself you pay the full amount...but if others join the same tour the price decreases according to how many are on the tour...eg: Was going to cost 120 MR to go to the Orangutang Park...and only 60 MR if there was one aother person...I told the lovely helpful English speaking lady that I wanted to go to the Cultural Village and the Semenggoh Orangutang Sanctuary . A liitle later whilst in my room she rang and said that there were others going out to the Cultural village and did I want to go that afternoon.

one of my favourite movies of all times.
..of course I gave the go ahead and also told her I would go to see Orangutangs the next day other takers or not.

The tour was great...Really just a pick up and drop off in an air-conditioned mini bus at the relevent places, other passengers were Malays from K.L. We had time to check out the "world famous" Cat museum....Hmmmm I finished it in about 15 minutes flat..the most kitch museum I have ever been to as it was just a cat collection..albeit a huge one...the funny thing was there were cat posters of cats and kittens, and movie posters of cat movies including my all time favourite "Cat People" (had to take a photo of that!) and a lovely cabinet display of cat food...and another of cat grooming utensils!!!??!!  I was amazed to have to walk through a giant cat head to enter the museum itself!!!???? Anyway while waiting to be picked back up.

Traditional Longhouse.
..I had a good wander around outside in the lovely gardens with excellent view down the hill accross Kuching. The Malay tourists had not appeared...apparently they must've gotten more out of the "museum" than I did so off I was taken to the Cultural village another 30 or so minute drive out of town along pretty good roads, past modern suburbs and shopping centres, and stunning jungle /mountain views.

Got dropped off and entrance fee paid and issued a Cultural Village Passport...(does anyone remember the passports for Expo 88 in Brisbane? - just like that!) to get stamped at each tribal longhouse...a lovely momento!?! Really enjoyed my lwalk around the lake visiting all the replica tribal houses and seeing the locals dressed in traditional costumes doing everyday actiities in their "homes".

Also a very "high" house...built for protection and coolness.
It was HOT and HUMID of course but there was a bit of a breeze happening now and again and it was alright when sitting in the shade of a longhouse or under the jungle trees watching the activities or dances.  The village was well set up, maybe a little tired looking, but in the most beautiful setting backed by the rugged mountains. Very green and well landscaped. I was also impressed by the sculptures scattered around the gardens made by international sculptors a few years ago. They were all labelled and most interesting.  The staff were extremly friendly and eager to share their skills and customs.

I found out that Sarawak Cultural Village hosts an annual international music festival...This is something I would be really keen to experience...maybe next year as I just missed 2007's held in October. I would like to go before it becomes to well known and big.

Arrived back at hotel Hilton and spent the rest of the evening quietly enjoying the airconditioning and luxury.

 

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Sunset view from my hotel room
Sunset view from my hotel room
one of my favourite movies of all …
one of my favourite movies of all…
Traditional Longhouse.
Traditional Longhouse.
Also a very high house...built f…
Also a very "high" house...built …
Quite common to see two wooden car…
Quite common to see two wooden ca…
Would you trust this bamboo bridge…
Would you trust this bamboo bridg…
Traditional round house attatched …
Traditional round house attatched…
close up of traditional musical go…
close up of traditional musical g…
Traditional dance of on of the t…
Traditional "dance" of on of the …
Using the tradtional blow pipe as …
Using the tradtional blow pipe as…
Cute Malay dance
Cute Malay dance
anyone remember doing this sort of…
anyone remember doing this sort o…
Traditional weaving...VERY intrica…
Traditional weaving...VERY intric…
Blowpipe... Many of the young men …
Blowpipe... Many of the young men…
Traditional bamboo zylaphone. The …
Traditional bamboo zylaphone. The…
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