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Visit Borneo to see the wild Orang Utan

Visit Borneo to see the wild Orang Utan

orangutan1We have only 4 rehabiltation centre for Orang Utan in the world, and Semengoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is one of them. Here, they are working on the preservation of Orang Utans that have lost / become separated from their mothers, or that have been ilegally kept, and taking care of them in order to return them to the wild.

セメンゴ・ワイルドライフ・リハビリテーションセンターは世界に4つしかないオランウータン保護施設の一つです。ここでは、母親とはぐれたり、違法に飼われたりしていたオランウータンの子供を保護し、育てて森へ返す活動を行っています。

I thought they were like a family of human when I saw them taking care of their own children.

A lot of countries, there is few opportunities to see animals which live in the rain forest, so I would like you to go on local fields.

子供を世話している彼らは本当に人間の家族のようでした。

多くの国では、あまりこうした熱帯森林にすむ動物を見る機会はほとんどないので、実際に現地に行き見てほしいです!

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Now you can meet the newly born babies ☺

The feeding time is 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning, and 15:00 to 15:30 in the afternoon so we recommend you to come around these periods.

※Keep your food or drink in your bag otherwise Orang Utans will take them!

今ならこの一か月の間に生まれて間もない赤ちゃんの姿も見ることができますよ☺朝9時~10時、午後15時~15時30分の餌付けタイムに訪れることをおススメします。

※オランウータンに盗られてしまわないように、食べ物・飲み物はカバンの中に!

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Mitsumasa
Japanese Intern in Sarawak Tourism Board

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4 Amazing Bars To Check Out In Kuching

4 Amazing Bars To Check Out In Kuching

Imagine the following scenario:   You booked your city-escape weekend to Kuching.  During the day, you will probably relax at the pool or seaside and have delicious mouth-watering food.  At around seven in the evening, you plan to get dinner.  You’re already done with a satisfying dinner and the clock is ticking towards 8:30pm. What now?  All you’ve prepared in advance was just the list of hotels and restaurants. Worry not, friend! Here’s a list of 4 amazing bars you can visit in Kuching, either to savour some beers in a nice atmosphere or for a good night out.

  1. Monkeebar

Monkeebar KuchingHaving an evening out in this bar will not only brighten up your mood with its very cheap beer but you can also help in conserving the welfare of Borneo’s protected wildlife.  That is because Monkeebar promises one third of its profit to be donated to the Orangutan Project.  Not convinced yet?  Maybe Tripadvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and number 1 spot on ‘Nightlife in Kuching’ is more reason for you to visit.  Pretty neat!

Contact
Monkeebar
12 Padungan Road
Japan Song Thian Cheok,
Kuching 93100, Malaysia
+60 17 896 069

  1. Jambu Restaurant Lounge

If you’re not satisfied with your dinner that was fancy, expensive and not filling, there’s no worries because Jambu’s Restaurant Lounge is ready to serve you Sarawak’s best tapas along with your favourite choice of drink. People on Tripadvisor go crazy about this bar’s tapas and choice of drinks and cocktails. Definitely your destination for a combination of good food and drinks.

Contact:
Jambu Restaurant Lounge
No. 32 Jalan Crookshank,
Kuching 93100, Malaysia
+60 82 235 292

  1. The Library

The LibraryBeing in Sarawak can be very exhausting as you are inundated with many day activities. A great way and time to relax after such hectic schedule would be to relish in one of the comfy seats of The Library. Indulge yourself with their extensive menu of alcoholic beverages and foods that you won’t find easily at other bars in Sarawak. Blackened fish fillet and lamb shanks are just some of their specialties. Hop into The Library and enjoy the flair this bar has to offer!

Contact:
The Library
Parcel G1 – G7, Ground Floor, ST3 Shopping Mall,
Kuching 93350, Malaysia
+60 19 633 8866

  1. Drunk Monkey Old Street

As Monkeebar’s follow up on Tripadvisor’s list of ‘Nightlife in Kuching’ and also crowned with the ‘Certificate of Excellence’, the Drunk Money Old Street definitely deserves its spot in this listing. The very old school styled bar boasts a wide variety of international beers and ciders. Visit the Drunk Monkey Old Street and let the evening atmosphere charm you as it did with many reviews on Tripadvisor and Foursquare.

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Drunk Money Old Street
68 Carpenter Street,
Kuching 93000, Malaysia
+60 12 842 8188

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Jade Huang from Consider Digital

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50 Shades of green

BACK TO BASICS

We’ve had a pretty busy schedule exploring Sarawak, attending the highly anticipated annual #RWMF and hunting on a kitty trail in Kuching. Next, we wanted to do what we initially came to Borneo for, immerse ourselves in the beauty of the Bornean Jungle. What better way to do that than to actually get in bed with the wild?

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When was the last time you camped? Lambir Hills, Sarawak

We decided to pitch our tent in another enchanting forest of Sarawak, Lambir Hills National Park. Like the other national parks here, Lambir has one of the most complex ecosystems in the world, providing a cozy home for more than 237 species of tropical birds, flying squirrels, gibbons, monkey and other exotic Bornean creatures.

Spending a night or two there means we got to trek some 12 trekking trails in the park; which lead us to some amazing sights, magnificent waterfalls and bathing pools scattered throughout the Bornean rainforest. But we’ve got to say, the sound of the jungle comes to life at night as we slept under the stars!

If it sounds tiring to you, it really isn’t. It was a very relaxing trip and really sets different chilled pace from the rat-race city life. Remember when we told you about our Wanderlust Fever? This experience probably helped cure 30% of it on its own.

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Just what the doctor ordered! Lambir Hills, Sarawak

But really, you have to watch our video series to try to catch a feel of our nights at Lambir.

BASIC CAMPING GEAR FOR DUMMIES

Let’s be real, assuming most of you reading this was born in the 90s, camping is probably a rare activity we do every now and then. Truth be told, we were a bit out of touch with the gear we were supposed to bring. Us urbanites could’ve been more prepared for our camping trip.

We’ve compiled a list, of 10 things you need to have in your camping bag when you go camping in the Rainforest, just so you don’t repeat the same mistakes we did.

A torch light/ A head torch

These are useful especially if you wish to go caving in the area. But in general, you’re in the jungle, it’s mostly going to be almost pitch-black at night under the stars, so these are also handy when you want to do late night toilet runs. don’t forget to bring extra bulbs and batteries.

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Blacker than black! Niah Caves

A small backpack

For your hiking trips, you’re not going to be needing to carry all your camping gear on the trail, so a small backpack that would fit all your important personal items, trekking essentials and snacks of course, is recommended.

A water bottle

You’d be surprise how many people (including us) forgets to bring a water bottle when going camping. Especially useful when you go on long hiking trails. We’d recommend a size for a bottle, but that really depends on how much weight you’re willing to carry.

Zip Lock bags

You’re in the tropical rainforest, so expect it to rain unexpectedly at times. Ziplock bags are your technology’s best friend in the jungle, especially on boat trips.

Solar charger/Powerbank
It’s important to have at least one fully charged spare phone on standby for your camping trip. In the jungle, accidents happen and you wouldn’t want your phone to run out of battery. Also, we know most us rely on our smartphone to catch pictures, enough said.

*Sidenote: When in the jungle, we recommend to forget all your social media and live off the grid for a few days.

Drybag

To keep your clothes dry (most importantly, your socks and underwear)

Salves, creams and powder

We have to admit, we were foolish not to bring adequate insect repellent on our trip and had to franticly search for one there. Trust us, you’re going to need them a lot, there’s a gajillion mosquitoes there. We also recommend taking along some prickly heat powder. This cooling powder can help with the sweat and heat rashes.

Sunscreen

The tropical sun isn’t too forgiving on the skin. Returning home with a bad sunburn is the last thing we’d want to happen, so we’d recommend applying sunscreen at all times.

Essentials kit

Pack a basic first aid kit, some matches or a lighter, and perhaps heat packs if it’s going to get cold at night.

Small knife/Army knife

This last essential always comes in handy wherever you are, let alone in the middle of the Bornean Jungle.

If you have more questions regarding our Taming Borneo adventure, please do leave a comment in the comment section below, or start a discussion; tell us your personal Taming Borneo experience!

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Malaysia’s best kept secret: Gunung Mulu National Park

By Vishnu Krishnan
Gunung Mulu National Park can only be described as pure magic. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has a plethora of animal and plant species that dwell within the confines of its lush primary forests, dozens of caves and Mulu Mountain.

One of the most unique features of this national park is its vast cave system that is centuries old.

The Wind Cave system, as its name suggests, is famous for the strong winds that gust through its chamber. The crowning glory of Wind Cave is the cathedral-like cluster of stalagmite and stalactite formations in the King’s Chamber.

A chamber for Kings (Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/visitmalaysia/4677581017)

A chamber for Kings
(Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/visitmalaysia/4677581017)

Take a 400 metre suspended plank walk to Clearwater Cave. Here you’ll get to see the mighty Clearwater River gushing through the cavernous expanse that leads to a clear pool at the end. The locals believe that swimming in the pool will rejuvenate your youth.

Clear Water is an emerald dream! (Source: http://mulupark.com/tours-activities/advance-level-adventure-caving/clearwater-connection/)

Clear Water is an emerald dream!
(Source: http://mulupark.com/tours-activities/advance-level-adventure-caving/clearwater-connection/)

To get to the next cave system, you need to cross the world’s longest suspension bridge between trees. The Canopy Skywalk stands 30 metres high and is 480 metres long.

On the other end, you’ll come across an ancient Penan tribal burial ground. Beyond that is one of the greatest caves in the world, Deer Cave. The cave dimensions are hard to fathom until you step into the 122 metre tall gaping hole.

In the middle of the cave, is perhaps the most gorgeous sight in the world, the Garden of Eden. Imagine a pristine patch of forest illuminated by the evening sun, shining brilliantly like emeralds. It’s a slice of paradise!

You don’t get much closer to heaven then at the Garden of Eden (Source: http://www.wondermondo.com/Countries/As/Malaysia/Sarawak/GardenOfEden.htm)

You don’t get much closer to heaven then at the Garden of Eden
(Source: http://www.wondermondo.com/Countries/As/Malaysia/Sarawak/GardenOfEden.htm)

Once you exit Deer Cave, don’t rush off yet. Stay until 6pm to see billions of bats streaming out of the cave to feed. If you have a pair of binoculars, watch the cunning owl hawks swoop on their prey.

Sarawak Chamber is one of the largest known cave chambers in the world by area and the second largest by volume after the Miao Room in China. Its surface area is a whopping 162,700 square metres with a volume of 9,579,205 cubic metres.

Experts say it is so large you can fly a jumbo jet through the middle of the cave without touching the walls. Crazy! The trail to the chamber takes about three hours before reaching the mouth of Gua Nasib Bagus or Good Luck Cave.

The Sarawak Chamber is basically the gaping mouth of the world! (Source: http://afwan.blogspot.my/2006/03/sarawak-chamber.html)

The Sarawak Chamber is basically the gaping mouth of the world!
(Source: http://afwan.blogspot.my/2006/03/sarawak-chamber.html)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The primary forests of Mulu are among the best places in Malaysia to observe local flora and fauna. The primordial serenity of these jungles are so tranquil and vast. If you are lucky, you can spot bearded pigs, hornbills, clouded leopards, vipers, tarsiers and even tigers.

The trees are extremely tall and beautifully buttressed. If you trek deep enough, you’ll be able to see pitcher plants and many other exotic species.

Finally, for the more adventurous trekkers, Gunung Mulu Mountain is a tough but exciting climb. The rock pinnacles of Gunung Api and Benarat are unique jagged rock formations that tower above the landscape and add to the mystical feel of the park.

The Pinnacles of Mulu Mountain (Source: https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/borneo/exp/gunung-mulu-national-park)

The Pinnacles of Mulu Mountain
(Source: https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/borneo/exp/gunung-mulu-national-park)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Gunung Mulu National Park, including where to stay and how to get there, head to their website: http://mulupark.com/

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