A Luxury Homestay

Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
Trip End Sep 17, 2009

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Sunday, July 26, 2009

We decided to head over to Santubong mainly because L.P. (our guide book) gave a good recommendation to a homestay accommodation there. So, we found the minivan (typical of local transport for the rural areas) that went out that way and which set off once enough people had arrived to fill it. Arriving at Nanga Damai Homestay we were surprised to find that our hostess was an English lady called Louise, she showed us round their beautiful self built house, 3 stories to get the view out over Santubong Bay. Best of all there was great hospitality from the owners, 2 lovely dogs and a swimming pool!

We met some very nice people at the homestay, other couples staying there and a single guy called "Jas" who it was later revealed was the grandson of Charles Brooke the former white Raja (ruler of Sarawak before WW2).

The Sarawak Cultural village was a short walk down the (hot) road. So, we spent most of a day having a look around the various examples of Longhouses but the best bit was the performance of the traditional dances and the blow pipe demo - luckily they used balloons rather than wildlife or people (the Iban were headhunters)!

Longhouses are still used and I read in the "Borneo Post" (local rag) about a recent longhouse fire and a storm which blew a longhouse roof off!

We did a "jungle walk" nearby and saw no wildlife at all. There was a nice bridge over a waterfall where we looked especially carefully as one of our fellow guests had told us about her having walked into a Golden Orb Weaver (big scary spider) web stretched across it the day before - she was obviously very shaken by the experience, and we didn't want to repeat it.

Ironically, having seen no wildlife in the jungle, as I lay on my sunbed a little green creature just walked up and stared at me with it's eyes that swizzled around independently!

Very hot here and at the end of each day we were extremely glad of a dip in the pool.

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