We left the rainforest of Mulu and flew to Kuching on the west coast of Sarawak. If we thought it hot in Mulu, it was even hotter in Kuching. The name means "cat" and you see sculptures of them all over town. The first thing we noticed coming out of the airport were the beautifully manicured boulevards. Kuching is a very pretty, colourful city with lots of character. The river divides it north and south, the north being Malay and the south mostly Chinese. Each has its own city hall and mayor. There are three Chinatown areas in the south near the waterfront, where we stayed at the Ranee, a converted storehouse. A funky, elegant hotel with a nice mix of modern, antique and zen. High ceilings and and old elevator that you had to walk up ten steps to get to! The elevator then takes you to the first or second floor. Good food here
Love the door handle!
Steps looking down to dining area
Along the waterfront
The Malay city hall
Miri cakes. They were everywhere
The city at night
We opted for a city tour next day instead of trekking around Bako national park. I'm trying to rest my knees a bit after all the steps at Mulu. After a pleasant boat ride along the river We visited a two hundred year old Chinese temple, the Sarawak museum, the Chinese cultural museum and the Chinese city hall with its gorgeous gardens. We also stopped by the mosque cemetery. We were joined by a couple of nice Swedish guys for the second part.
Dinner was the best food we've had yet. James Brooke bistro on the river
Next day we shopped at the great market stalls along the street our hotel is on. Needed to find a cat to add to my collection. We also went to India street and Chinatown and had awesome ices on the waterfront, lychee and passion fruit.
In the afternoon we took another boat with a nice Belgian couple down the river to the South China Sea in search of Proboscus monkeys. They are on saylak island. We had some excellent sightings as they were in the lower trees right along the water and not way up in the treetops. We also saw a Malay Muslim village on the same island. Lots of pet cats there! Apparently no dogs allowed. We caught sight of a couple of crocodiles in the mangroves. Definitely do not want to go swimming there! After a beautiful sunset we went looking for fireflies and did see a few although not as spectacular as they were in KK. On the way back our guide caught sight of a whole flock of egrets sleeping in the trees. A great day