Kuching and orchid garden

Trip Start Feb 07, 2014
Trip End Jun 19, 2014

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

We arrived to Borneo - one of my husband's biggest travelling dreams. After check-in we went to tourist information office where we found out that almost everywhere we are able to get on our own by public bus – a very cheap option - and we can pay entrance fees on the spot. Fantastic, they gave us lot of useful info with bus numbers, schedules and everything. Malaysia is perfect country for independent travellers who do not like group tours.

On the first day we went to book accommodation at the Bako National Park (more in next blog) and we also wanted to see the orchid garden. We took the small river taxi from the jetty to the other side of the river, however we went to the wrong stop and we were only walking around with no luck of finding the garden. We also met some British tourists who were doing the same without any success. As we did not find the orchid garden we decided to visit the Margherita fort, however this was closed due to some maintance.

After walking alongside the river we went to the top spot seafood court (it is the most famous eating place in Kuching and you can find here a lot of local specialities and obviously fresh seafood) Lot of local people are eating there, as well. There are lot of stalls over there and very and the whole place has a lively atmosphere. Well, my expectations were very high and for me it was quite overwhelming and despite of what was online I do not think it is the cheapest place at all. We decided to try sea cucumber soup and midin (local fern plant that grows only in Borneo) and of course prawns. After a tasty dinner we went back to the hotel with big plans for tomorrow - to visit the orang-utan rehabilitation centre and to find the orchid garden.

I was lazy to wake up early in the morning so we decided to visit orang-utans in the afternoon as there are 2 feeding times at 9am and 3pm. My husband was able to figure out to which jetty we have to go to see the orchids and we did find it this time. The admission is free and this place is a paradise for flower lovers and especially for orchid lovers. I felt like in heaven and I was smiling and running from flower to flower like a little kid. Really an amazing place. After lovely time in the garden, we went back to the hotel, to pack our stuff for the visit to the wildlife centre however we missed the bus. There were supposed to be 2 buses leaving the station but apparently one was cancelled. Never mind, we will do this next time.

Next – trekking in Bako National Park with hope to find proboscis monkeys
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