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May 23

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Kuching – part 1

Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is a city steeped in history and lots of places to visit. I spent 3 days with my wife and son visiting as many of Kuching’s sights as we could. The stories of how clean the city is turned out to be very true and I was told it was awarded as one of the cleanest and healthiest cities in the world by both the UN and WHO.

Satok Sunday market

Arriving early on Sunday morning, we made our way to Jalan Satok to visit the Sunday market there. Apart from the usual produce and groceries, you’ll also see all kinds of jungle produce. From the hotels on the waterfront, a taxi costs RM12. Alternatively, you can walk the 1.5km distance (which we did, but won’t do again if we have a 5 year old with us!).  While not very different from a pasar tani here in the peninsula, I certainly would’ve liked to have spent more time there as there were alot of colourful and interesting things and people to photograph. According to the locals, the market starts early and ends by about 11am every Sunday.

Sarawak River

The Sarawak River and waterfront are one of the main features of the city. There are numerous stalls lining the waterfront which normally cater to the evening crowd. There are also historical tid bits dotted along it. The river itself is clean! Being used to confluence of Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang in KL, we were more than a little surprised at how clean the river is! The waterfront is ideal for a stroll and has a quite a few historical sites along it. If you want more, you can take the river cruise which cost RM50 for adults and RM25 for children if booked from a hotel. We actually got on the boat and were ready to ship off but Caylen started feeling feverish so we thought it best to retire to our hotel room for him to get some rest. So we didn’t take the cruise.. :(

More to come!

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