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1. Posted by hhalosg (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

I will be travel to kuching in oct for 6 days. Total 4 pax. Would like to visit to Damai, Bako National park, Longhouse, etc. Can anyone pls advise how can I go abt to plan for my trip. It would be budget trip, so, hope can travel around by ourself instead of join the tour organised by travel agency. Thanks.

2. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Spend one day in Bako as one will find lots of species there. Damai...it's up to individual...longhouses in Cultural Village...emmm..about half day as one has to take minivan to get there. Cat Museum and Sarawak Museum are worth to visit. From the city there's a platform where you can view the city and also get the sight of the Cat Museum. Get the map of Kuching and find out "5 Cat Statues" around the town - I played that before

One nice thing to do is to stroll along the old market where you'll find cheap local rice which smells good and dont buy pepper. The cheapest pepper is to get in Sibu, not Kuching. But to note that Bird's nest is the cheapest in Kuching. I remember there's a couple of sole-distributors around the biggest shopping centre there where those chinese sells really cheap birds' nests!!! And do not forget to walk along the river front in Kuching especially the sunset! It is warm and comfortable. Get a boat to across the river and you'll find the palace over there.

In addition: Kuching or Sarawak is the most tourism-friendly place throughout Malaysia. In other state in Malaysia people will find the signboards along the road in Malay and English but in Kuching, do not get surprised when you see the Chinese is listed before other languages!!!

Pm me if you go to other places in Sabah and Sarawak or Brunei or Pulau Labuan! I highly recommend all of them! (Brunei is dull however)

3. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Although its difficult to put an exact figure on daily expenditure for backpacking in Sarawak,a budget of RM 50 per day should be okay...Of course you can get by on less, and you can most definitely spend more. The RM 50 should include cost of basic `A to B' travelling on public buses or express boats...If you confine yourself to the Kuching area you should be able to get by on RM 40 a day.

Try this:

Damai...about 40 minutes from Kuching by bus or drive. If you choose to take the bus, you can go straight to Buntal, on the eastern side of the peninsular. Take the Bus No.26 from the Petra Jaya terminal. Buses depart every 40 minutes throughout the day. From here, buses continue to Santubong, winding through the foothills.

Bako National Park ...It can be a day trip but that's a rush!A bed in the hostel block costs about RM11.00 and the canteen serves simple rice and noodle dishes for RM 2-4. Petra Jaya Bus No. 6 (about RM 2) takes you to Kampung Bako jetty where a boat to the park HQ costs about RM 30 (per boat). If you are not in hurry, wait around at the jetty until other travellers arrive and share the boat fare. The larger boats can take up to 10 people but most boatman prefer to take 4-6 passengers ( So for your group of 4, you maybe in for luck!)

Rejang River & Longhouse visit: On the Rejang River, express boats can get you to most places. Only when you want to go beyond Belaga, or travel on some of the smaller tributaries, will you need to look at other options.For budget travellers a trip up the Rejang can be a bit of a hit or miss affair. Some travellers are lucky and get invited to a longhouse...some end up hanging around and don't get the opportunity to visit a longhouse and have to be content with the river journey itself. Sibu as the jumping off point for the Rejang...express boats from Sibu to Kapit cost RM 15 whilst the fare from Kapit to Belaga is RM 20. Budget hotels in Kapit and Belaga offer rooms for RM 20-40. The Baram River also offers an interesting river and longhouse experience. If you have the time, patience, an ability to drink huge volumes of rice wine, and the desire for a mad one, the Baram could be for you.

budget accommodation (kuching)..B&B Inn on Tabuan Road(Rates: RM 15 (Dorm bed) RM 23 (Single)RM 31 (Double) RM 29-39 (a/c)including a light breakfast. The Anglican Guest House in the grounds of the St Thomas Cathedral (near post office)...with rooms from RM 18. Along Jalan Green Hill you will also find budget hotels and lodging houses where rooms cost RM 25-45. As for what to see, well, Lee has mentioned them...fun to walk around , esp waterfront area..ever heard of gambir ?

Please note that the prices mentioned are what I paid and may vary, depending on circumstances, timing,etc.

have fun.
dana

4. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Try this out:

http://goasia.about.com/library/weekly/aa012100b.htm?terms=Sumatra+Tourism

Actually there's one more informative website: sarawaktourism.com but it is currently under construction and just do your best to catch on the site.

5. Posted by hhalosg (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

cikusang, dana - thank you so much for the reply. The tips is really helpful. After I have come out with my itenerary, I will pm u guys again.

Do u guys think that a visit to Gunung Gading is a wise choice? Is the rafflesia blooming in Oct?

6. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Quoting hhalosg

cikusang, dana - thank you so much for the reply. The tips is really helpful. After I have come out with my itenerary, I will pm u guys again.

Do u guys think that a visit to Gunung Gading is a wise choice? Is the rafflesia blooming in Oct?

I like Gunung Gading persoanlly. Rafflesia is really unpredictable, mate. People probably will flood to Kudat in Sabah to see those big flowers. Found some Rafflesia in Kinabalu Park during my first visit and after that no in any parts in Borneo...

7. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Quoting hhalosg

cikusang, dana - thank you so much for the reply. The tips is really helpful. After I have come out with my itenerary, I will pm u guys again.

Do u guys think that a visit to Gunung Gading is a wise choice? Is the rafflesia blooming in Oct?

I like Gading personally. Got to see some Rafflesia during my first visit to Kinabalu Park and the weirdest past was we found it during the rainy day. Many people told me it's good to see those giant flowers in Kudat.