Lovely Locals and Merry Miri
Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
54Trip End Aug 19, 2008
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On the nature front there is some exciting news. I saw a hornbill. Only very briefly, so I hope I will get another opportunity, but it was very exciting none the less. Another exciting discovery in the sky were two brilliantly black eagles. They where absolutely massive and we loved them. Various other small birds and tons of stray dogs, but other than that, fairly uneventful. I imagine the next few days will bring new and wonderful natural delights. We are going to Gulung Mulu National park. It is very remote so we have to fly there (a return ticket is only 45 pounds). We are staying in a lodge in the park for two nights. The lonely planet describes this national park as 'the single most impressive destination in all of Borneo' so we are very excited about this.
While we where traveling to Sibu we met a very friendly and helpful Malaysian. After a brief stop at a cafe he came back on the coach with a can of coke for each of us. He told us that we are all brothers and sisters, and drove us to our accommodation in Sibu (once we arrived). Our initial plan had been to get a ferry, and the tourist information desk in Kuching told us that there was one at 12:45. We got there only to find out from a helpful local that there wasn't another ferry and that we had been misinformed. The helpful local's name was Chong and he drove us to the bus terminal where we bussed instead of boated our way to Sibu.
We are very much enjoying our time in Malaysia. Everything is so easy because the prices are cheap and the locals are so helpful and kind. Borneo is a very lovely place.