We are travelling to Kuching for 2 weeks as part of a longer trip before heading up to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand next May (2007) and were wondering if it was worth catching a flight to Manila as always wanted to see the Philippines. Can't really extend stay in Borneo, so will 2 weeks be enough time to see important stuff or can we spare 3 days to check out Manila? Any ideas of cool things to do in Sarawak/Manilla gratefully received!
2 weeks for Sarawak is not very much. Actualy it's not enough.
There are a lot of things to do around Kuching & Miri.
Kuching by itself is a very nice town, and is a nice to be explored.
Near Kuching is a OrangUtan Rehabilitation camp. There are also several river jungle tours offered to the Longhouses 3 days / 2 nights.
Pontianak is a border town to Indonesia, and it's the place where the equator goes through, so you might want to jump between the 2 hemisphere's.
Miri is a must and Mulu and the Mulu caves (via Miri)shouldn't be missed. It's the biggest cave system in the world, and only 20 - 30 % of this caves are discovered. Fantastic flora & fauna there.
Manila I can't say to much about it. On my first and last visit I decided to leave Manila after 2 days. Couldn't stand it. But there are many beautiful islands on the Philippines, but not in 3 days. Would be another holiday.
If it was my choise, I would stay in Borneo, it is very nice there and there are loads of things you can do and see. The Philippines is a lovely country and the people are very nice. I think everybody should go there to experience it. It is on my top 3 list of country's to see. But Manilla is one of the worst cities I ever saw. It is grey, busy and smogey. Except for the spanish fort, there is not much to see. I would stay in Borneo and save the Philippines for an other time.
Thanks guys, will give Philippines a miss this time until we can give it proper attention.
Mazdev - starting to regret not having longer there now! Is it expensive doing the jungle tours to the longhouses? Heard loads of good stuff about them though, so def interested if within the budget.
Caves sound fantastic, are they accessible via public transport?
I'm quite sure that there are also cheaper tour operators doing the longhouse tours. Check with your Guesthouse or Hotel.
Mulu and the Caves can be reached by public transport, but that takes about 12 - 14 hours by Bus. Check with air asia http://www.airasia.comif they have any cheap flights to Miri, from there you could go by public Bus.
For the caves you need a guide, I'm quite sure that the ranger station at Mulu can help you out.