18th April 2019 – Singapore to Kuching

Our day started with another flight! After breakfast at the hotel we had a taxi back to the airport for a 90 minute hop to Borneo.

First sight of Borneo

Our destination was Kuching (which means cat in Malay.). We arrived at around 2.30pm and after another efficient immigration we met our transfer driver for the 20 minute ride to our hotel. After checking in and a quick catnap, we wandered down to the waterfront. There are plenty of statues to cats!

It’s really warm and humid in Kuching with 33 degrees and 85%+ humidity. Kuching is on the river Sarawak, in the Sarawak part of Borneo.

The legislative building
Meeting the locals!
Islam is the major religion in Borneo
The view along the river

We managed to find a cash point to get some money and then walked back towards the hotel, stopping at a bar for a refreshing beer in the way! Our first beer in Borneo and Malaysia!

By the time we got back to the hotel it was almost time for the welcome meeting and so we headed to the rooftop bar for introductions. Turns out our guesses were not correct and the group consists of 12 people, with 4 British, 3 Australians, one Swiss and 4 Americans.

After inductions and a brief explanation of the itinerary, we all met up for food and walked to an outdoor market area where here was a choice of seafood. On the recommendation of Nazim, our guide for the first part of the trip, we shared a number of dishes including sea bass, a mountain of prawns, squid and jungle fern, all washed down with a giant Tiger beer.

We walked back to the hotel for about 9pm and went back to the rooftop bar for a couple of beers. We were joined by Peter, the Swiss traveller and for one drink by two of the Americans.

On returning to our room, we rearranged our bags as we are leaving early tomorrow to go to Bako national park where we only need an overnight bag! By 11.30 we were tucked up in bed!

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  1. Lovely long blog today setting the scene for us. Not fussed on cats and don’t like the “locals” so not jealous at the moment!! Although good and beers look good. What ages are your party? Sleep well ready fur your first adventure tomorrow x

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