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Days 29-33: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

In a pretty cool hostel. Ropes and ladders. Kayaking in the rain. Lotsa dolphins and bats. And a 16 hour bus ride...

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Well, Malaysia seems pretty different from Indonesia already. Much more modern, but the people still seem friendly. We took a tiny boat across the Sungai Sarawak River and walked through some little villages. I saw a monitor that was about .5m, some cool moths and butterflies, some bats, and a giant praying mantis.

Oh, and we got picked up from the bus station. Awesome! And we have wi-fi! And showers! Crazy!
Riverside Kampung Villages: 1

We hiked up this mountain that was less than 1km high, but it was a very vertical ascent. Lotsa ropes and ladders. We hiked through the jungle for about 8 hours. Saw a white cicada?, some sweet butterflies, a lizard a little like a frilled lizard about .3m long, and an earthworm that was about .15m. We went through a few waterfalls. Then we sat and drank beers by the ocean.
Mount Santubong: 9.5

We're at a nice hostel. I'd definitely reco it. We hung out yesterday and today with the owner's family. Today we went to an orang-utan reserve, but it couldn't compare to what we'd seen already in Indonesia. We kayaked down the river for a few hours. Not a lot of white-water, but it was cool. We explored the villages along the river, too.
Semenggoh Nature Reserve: 1
Kayaking: 9

We took a cruise on the wetlands, and we were sitting in the middle of a pod of Irrawaddy fresh water dolphins for about half an hour. We also saw a couple crocs 2 or 3 m long. There were a bunch of mudskippers and blue crabs and proboscis monkeys. We checked out one of the little villages, too.

We went to some epic caves after that. One had 1000s of bats everywhere and some swift nests with eggies, too. Saw some cool lizards and big-ass cave spiders. The other cave we saw was giant, and we took some scary tunnels.
Fairy Cave and Wind Cave: 9.5

Posted by ErnieLG 06:41 Archived in Malaysia

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