Kuching is also known as the ‘Cat City' and even though you don’t see them walking around that much, there are some statues in and around the city that will remind you of this. There is even a cat museum.. Next to that, the city itself isn’t that much special. It is said to be the cleanest city of Malaysia. But it is mostly visited by people who use this town as a gateway for Semenggoh and the Bako National Park.
Coming from Mabul Island, we had to take 2 flights. We first flew from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu and from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching. Because we arrived around midnight, we weren’t sure if it was (still) possible to get a bus to the centre, so we just took a taxi. It costed 39 Ringgit and took about 15 minutes.
If you are into seafood, there is a nice foodcourt called Top Spot. It’s a nice place where locals and tourists mingle and where you can try all sorts of seafood.
If you want some Western food and are looking for a nice restaurant, Chinatown is where you need to go. It is a nice street to pass through and you’ll find plenty of nice little restaurants.
And of course there are lots of small and cheap restaurants on every street corner. And that's what we did mostly.
Because we arrived late from Kota Kinabalu, we already booked a guesthouse online. The name of the guesthouse was Marco Polo's and we paid 76 Ringgit including breakfast, with shared bathroom. The price is fair, the room is clean and has aircon, the showers are nice and breakfast is good. The location is quite good as well. So we where happy with our booking and decided to extend and use this as a gateway to visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and the Bako National Park.
** You can find them on booking.com
As said, there isn’t that much to do in this town, so that’s what we did. We spent some days relaxing, walking around town, we spent a day at the pool of the Damai Beach Resort (costs 5 Ringgit) and visited the Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. We also went to the Bako National Park, but will tell you more about that in the next travel story.
SEMENGGOH ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE
To get here, you have to take two busses. We took a minibus for 1 Ringgit p.p. to the busterminal at 6.45 am. From there we got on bus K6 to Semenggoh which left around 7 am, was 4 Ringgit p.p. and arrived a little bit after 8 am. Entry to the park will set you back 10 Ringgit p.p. and from there you will have to walk 15 minutes to the feeding platform. Make sure you get here early because feeding time is from 9 am till 10 am and from 3 pm till 3.30 pm. So going early means you have more time to watch these wonderful animals.
The centre is a sanctuary for the injured and orphaned orangutans and their goal is to rehabilitate orangutans and educate visitors at the same time. We had to wait for some time but after a while we saw one of the caregivers walking towards us followed by a orangutan. Awesome!
We were told that this was grandma. After she was guided to the platform, and the bananas and other snacks where left at the platform as well, more orangutans showed up. And even though we’ve seen them a couple of times before, they still amaze us. These animals are so beautiful! After a while we were guided to another platform where we saw a mother with her baby. We loved it! Especially after the big groups left, and we where standing there all alone. It is so great to see newborns, especially because these animals are endangered.
After an hour, we had to leave again and let the orangutans get back to business. Another great experience!