Last day in Kuching. We both just had breakfast at Batik Boutique Hotel's restaurant - Bites. The fried Beehoon was wonderful. It is vermicelli noodles fried with prawns, chicken slices, bean sprout and green vegetables with great spices. Truly the taste of Kuching!
Just returned from a visit to Matong Wildlife Rehabilitation centre about 45 minutes out of the city centre in the jungle. Run by Sarawak Forestry it is primarily to house and rehabilitate sick and injured animals of the jungle. They had for instance an adult male Orang-utan who had eye surgery as he was blind, a couple of seized juvenile’s people had been keeping as pets. It is underfunded and relies on paying volunteers from overseas. Animals there included Sun Bears, Binturongs, Civet cats and Porcupines. There were also 3 species of Hornbills including the Black Hornbill.
The highlight of our visit was not the animals (as we once owned a Zoo) but the dense natural Borneo Jungle through which we traversed on raised wooden walkways. It was steamy after last night’s storms but we enjoyed every moment in the jungle. For Orang-utans in Kuching area we would recommend Semenggok.
Our Taxi driver is a Dayak Tribe Malay and is married to Iban Tribe Malay. They were both brought up in Longhouses and we learnt a lot from him about the lifestyle. Up to 3 families can be living in one room in a Longhouse (a bit sqeezy!) and up to 70 rooms in a row are in the longest ones. He still visits his one 130 Km from Kuching on the Indonesian border once a month. He welcomes the Chinese coming to Sarawak, as prior to that there were no roads or shops near him.
Went for a 5km walk to areas of Kuching we had not seen including the Heroes Memorial monument from when they were fighting Indonesia and the Reservoir Lake and the White Rajahs Pavilion where they used to take tea and listen to bands. Not a bad life!
5.30 am start in the morning to get early flight to Penang. The fare was cheap!