Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
17Trip End Oct 19, 2012
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Anyway breakfast was pretty tasty today- chicken nuggets and sweet chilli sauce (so i had a few to remind me of Hayley), 2 variations on rice, noodles with a concoction of veg and some strips of something – maybe tofu , chicken in a sort of sweet and sour coating, fried egg, and i’m sure something else but can’t remember
We were surprised to find Kota Bharu airport was a well organised little airport and we whistled through with no problems and soon found ourselves settled in our comfy leather seats ready for take off. We were heading for Kuala Lumpur for our transfer to Borneo (Kuching). Air Asia definitely came up trumps in terms of service and facilities etc. LCCT airport (Low cost carrier terminal – where all the Ryan air equivalents fly into) in Kuala Lumpur was also a big surprise. Again there were lots of facilities there and it was by no means the poor relation to the international airport as some of the low cost airports tend to be
We landed in Kuching in Borneo to a humid 33 degrees. It felt much hotter after a slighter cooler couple of days in the North east of Malaysia. Fortunately we had negotiated an airport transfer with our homestay before arrival so we were collected by a very nice little man, who took us to our little house.
The difference between Kota Bharu and Kuching can best be illustrated by comparing Chelmsley wood with Solihull for those of you familiar with Birmingham . The houses are suddenly bigger and more palatial , and roads wider but more orderly. There are still smaller houses in the kampongs which look like they are difficult to keep clean if you get my drift, but they all exist side by side.
We are staying in a homestay in one of the kampongs (aka village) about 30 minutes from the jetty where the sampans take you across the river to the city. When we arrived here we were met by Raji (henceforth – but only between us, known as Thompson) who owns the homestay . He was a bit like one of those tenacious Thompsons reps who seem hell bent on selling you trips as soon as you arrive and before you have had chance to come round from the jet lag, or the night before
Anyway i’d better sign off so i can post this and then get some sleep. The bullfrogs in the pond outside seem to have finally stopped singing- oh thump spoke to soon- J
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