Overnight stay in Kuching

Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 22, 2011

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Mr D's Guest House

Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Thursday, June 10, 2010

10th June 2010


Our flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching took one hour twenty mins with Air Asia, arriving at 8am in the morning which meant we had been up since 3.30am. We booked into a nasty little backpacker's called Mr D’s (the name say it all) Gary thought was ok but I was glad it was only for one night.  Our chores for the day were to have a mooch round town and hunt down the Silk Air office to confirm we were on the flights the next day.  Most of our flights haven’t been too hard to move we usually found a Singapore airlines or Silk Air office and asked them to make the adjustments.  This was the first time we had made the changes over the phone and what a nightmare it was.  We had to go via Virgin as they owned our round the world ticket and our first call to them was for 45 mins and ended with the guy on the other end telling me he couldn’t make any changes as the Airlines office wasn’t open.  So we called back the next day at a later time and spent an hour of the phone while the girl went round and round asking us stupid questions and saying she would just provisionally book the flights.... even though we told her four times to book the flight s and confirm.  So this is why we are hunting down the Silk Air Office so they can confirm our booking for us in person.

The Silk Air Office was on the 7th floor and we found it easily.  The girl behind the counter couldn’t be more helpful but they still were having problems confirming our flights.  The manager came over and fiddled a bit more but still couldn’t see our tickets.  He asked us to come back and we pointed out that our flight was tomorrow.  He then checked another list and found our booking on the manifest for next day’s flights.  We left confused but happy that we were booked on for the next day.  The manager said goodbye and see you tomorrow.

There wasn’t a lot to Kuching, the Sarawak river takes up most of the town, there is a large promenade with little shops or food hawkers scattered along it.   It has a China Town that wasn’t very Chinese and a Little India that had Jewellery shops down and not a curry house in sight.  The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building lords over the whole town and you can see it from most roads.  It looked more like a temple but our very informative taxi driver told us otherwise. 

We had a delicious meal in a hawker’s food court, the chef spoke excellent English and just asked us what we wanted.  Starting with, 'Do you like chicken or pork? Lemons? Chilly? Vegetables? Rice? Ok I make dinner'.....and the result was scrumptious.

Not too early a start the next day, a taxi (another informative driver) picked us up at 8am and we got to the airport in time to have a spot of breakfast before checking in.   At the Silk Air Desk our helpful manager from the day before was overseeing the checking in desk.  It was a relief to see him and know that there wasn’t going to be any problems with these flights.  He bid us a good morning and we felt like VIP’s as he sorted out our boarding passes and waved us off.

I have mentioned before that all our flights have to go via Singapore Airport, and this one was no different.  We had a three hour wait in the Airport until our next flight, so we hit the Sushi restaurant and spent our remaining Malaysian Ringgit (having changed it to Singapore Dollars) on pick and mix sushi.

Our Second flight to Lombok was full of surprises, firstly booze.  They came round with beer or Orange Juice, Gary confused the Stewardess and ended up with two beers and one OJ.... not that he was complaining.  After a few top ups another hour had gone by and it looked like we weren’t getting any food ..... Gary was happy he had beer.  Then the food finally came round and with it the white wine....Fantastic!!!   The meal was the best both of us had ever had on a flight and the wine ok but not as good as the last flight we had to Singapore.  Still free is free.
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