Cat City .... looks purrrrfect!
Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
39Trip End Sep 17, 2009
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The Tune hotel has a great location on the waterfront next to the much swishier Hilton. The waterfront area is really nice, it has a European feel as you wander beside riverside cafes and it’s all so clean & tidy! – ahh, well that might
We did a day of museums because it was raining! The Sarawak museum has some interesting exhibits including a watch that had been cut out of a crocodile’s stomoch (after it had eaten the arm it was attached to) and a penis piercing vice (Martyn cringed), which was used by local tribes (and occasionally still is used!!) in order to imitate the Sumatran Rhino??
The wildlife centre has 24 Orang-utans who have freedom to roam in the park, are semi wild but can come to take fruit from the feeding stations twice a day. We had great views of a mother and baby, a youngster and an older male.
Not sure of the effectiveness of this project, although they say they release back to the wild, 13 of the Urangs were born in the park and they didn’t seem to be moving on very quickly. Still, they are dependent for a long time.
The park must make quite a lot of money from the visitors, so hopefully the money’s put to good use. At least they don’t allow touching and holding of the Urangs and none of them were caged, so that was good!
It was just a morning visit so later that afternoon we went across the river in one of the old Tambang river taxis.
In the evening we tried a local speciality for a treat Ayam Pansoh, chicken cooked with lots of spices (lemon grass being most predominant) steamed and served in a bamboo tube – nice but not as good as the local Laksa (noodle soup with coconut milk) or Midin (fronds from a jungle fern).
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