Trip Start Mar 10, 2007
153Trip End Jan 01, 2007
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Due to being unable to get flights booked on my first night in town, i had to spend another night in town before i was off to Bako ark, so i spent it at the huge weekend market, which to be honest only occupied me because i am now obsessed with buying too much fruit and eating ti i feel ill! So i did that, then i checked out the ethnology museum, which was quite interesting. I was mostly interested by the articles on tattooing by the tribes people and repulsed by the strange article i took a photo of. I couldn't understand exactly what its use was, but by the sound of the writing i got the impression it goes up the penis
Then came the highlight of Kuching. One rumour around town is that Kuchen means cat in Malay, and thats where the town got its name. The towns mascot is a cat, and their emblem is a cat statue of nine cats. So how could you go to Kuching without seeing the Ludicrous cat museum? I wasn't going to make that fatal error, so off i went. The pictures of this crazy, scary place speak for themselves.
Having said Kuching isn't that great, i is an ideal place to base yourself for a visit to Bako national park, my itinerary for the next few days.
BAKO NATIONAL PARK
I've seen a few national parks now, but Bako didn't disappoint. Arriving by boat in sunny weather, we were greeted by a stunning landscape of sea stacks, wave ledges and other rock formations carved out of the beautiful rocky headlands lining the beach. A beach! i hadn't expected that.
The boat pulls up on the beach, and the park headquarters are just behind. Got the room situation sorted, then set off on a trail with Eve, a girl who i met on the bus. Saw nothing of the elusive Proboscis monkey (the park is famous for them) on our way around the 5.6km trail
My time in the ark over the next few days consisted of more trails, notably to the a Tajor waterfall, a beautiful secluded place with several pools suitable for swimming, and to the small yet pretty Paku beach. Saw some of those crabs that you see in nature programs with one tiny claw and one huge one, and they all seemed to be either fighting for females/territory or taking art in some sort of mating display. I found it rather interesting anyway, even though they were only tiny.
Saw several more monkeys throughout my time in the park, amongst other creatures, then went back to Kuching for my flight the next evening
To fill the day me and crazy Dirk went to the Semmengoh Orang Utan wildlife centre, a centre where they have taken in animals rescued from poachers and captivity and they train them to learn to live in the wild before releasing them again
The orang utans were already out when we got there, and it made for a wicked visit, seeing several from reasonably close, including a smaller baby one.
Didn't do much else in Kuching, and flew to KK in the evening