A town called cat

Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
Trip End Sep 20, 2012

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Borneo is amazing. After only three days we have decided that it is our favourite place in Asia - and even the flu that is annoying me at the moment can't change my mind. Here are some reasons why we love it so much:
1. The locals are very, very friendly. You get smiles and greetings wherever you go.
2. There is soooo much to do. The jungle takes up 75% of the country,  there are many National parks for all kinds of adventurous activities.
3. Sooo much wildlife in it's natural habitats. It is so much more enjoyable to see than when all the creatures are behind bars.
4. Easy going, slow pace lifestyle. Borneo is not (yet) too corrupted by tourism.
5. It has original tribes in the jungles which can be visited. I really hope that we get to do that. 
So we have picked a perfect place for our last Southeast Asian destination. It is the first time that we will be staying in one and the same city (rather town) for an extended time, probably two weeks. Kuching has become our base camp from where we can perfectly explore the South of Borneo before we will fly north in ten days. Kuching is a charming town with a long river front, lots of little shops and cat statues everywhere (cause Kuching in English means cat). It is a  great place to take it easy for day in between strenuous days of hiking.
Our first hike was in Bako National park and took about 4 hours. It was only a 7km hike, but climbing up and down the big roots of the rainforest trees just can't be done any faster. We were pretty much alone in the jungle following the colour coded route. All kinds of wildlife crossed our paths from the biggest ants we had ever seen to tortoises, monitor lizards and monkeys. It was a fantastic day.
Yesterday the hostel owner took us and two other guys to a local village, hot springs and a crocodile farm. Apart from the last we enjoyed that trip a lot. In the evening my flu got the better of me so I need to take it easy for a bit before we finally go to see the orangutans.

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