Primates, Dance-offs and Jazzy Cake!
Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, the southern state of Malaysian Borneo. We were so glad that we cut our losses in Sabah and spent a few extra days here because it's a very friendly, pretty and interesting city. Although the main draw is the surrounding areas.
We used Kuching as a base to visit the Semengoh Wildlife Center to see the orang utangs. We were lucky and saw two adult males on the feeding platform and even luckier a bit later to see a mother and baby along with a young orang utang ransacking the public toilet!
We also visited Bako National Park to see the rare proboscis monkeys. Our friends decided to do a long 5hr hike and saw one but we did two very short walks and saw about 25 along with many other wild creatures like purple-blue crabs, newts and lizzards. It just goes to show that sometimes laziness pays off!
We visited two of the local caves, Wind and Fairy. The Wind cave was very dark and full of bats and really got my heart rate up but Fairy cave was the complete opposite. It's full of light and growing plants giving it a real fairy wonderland feel.
We spent the rest of the time here exploring the city, visiting museums, forts, mosques and temples, checking out the markets, chilling out in the gardens and enjoying the local delicacies of sweetcorn juice (it really tasted of sweetcorn and was absolutely disguisting as a refreshing drink), toung satay (tasted good but the texture wasn't great) and jazzy cake (moist and delicious multi-coloured and multi-flavoured cake)!
One of the highlights though was stumbling accross a dance competition. We saw three groups of 10-16 year old boys strutting their stuff - running man style - to terrible dance music. It was mystifyingly hilarious!