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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2013
transport to kuching city , and vegetarian restaurant  (5 Answers)

i will travel to kuching this nov , may i know got any transport from tune hotel waterfront to kuching city and got any vegetarian stall or vegetarian restaurant near tune hotel waterfront , thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2012
Loagan Bunut National Park

I am really interested in visiting Loagan Bunut National Park, but information about it is very limited.
Does anyone know how to get there, or better, which agencies can organise a trip?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2012
Birdwatching in Mulu National Park?

Hello fellow travellers!
Any idea if there's any chance of birdwatching in Mulu National Park? We are going there for the caves, but I am particularily interested in photographing kingfishers.
Most of the birdwatching places seem to be located in eastern Sabah, but I don't really have time to go there, plus I am not that interested in primates and elephants most of the people go there to see, just the birds.. there must be something closer?
So, what are the chances of stalking some birds in Sarawak?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2012
Sarawak national holidays

Hi there

I am planning a visit to Sarawak at the beginning of June, have realised there is a public holiday on the 1st and 2nd June, does anyone know if this means everything shuts down - will we still be able to visit national parks, visit restaurants etc

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2011
Direction to Similajau National Park

I'll be going to Bintulu end of this month. If I want to go to Similajau National Park from Bintulu town, what is the bus to take? How many bus stations are there in Bintulu town?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2011
diving Borneo  (10 Answers)


I have never been to malaysia. Really keen on checking out Borneo for some diving and rainforest treks. Can anyone suggest the best spot around Dec/Jan?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2010
what are the different?

what are the different of the express boat from it first operation with nowadays?
what are the stages of changes it have?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2010
Sarawak stop off, short break  (2 Answers)

My wife & I & our 2 children are going to Australia in September. We are planning on stopping off in KL for 3 nights & also considering an Air Asia flight for a few days to Kuching in Sarawak. We would like to hear from anyone who has been to Sarawak or may have any other suggestions for a shortbreak for us with our 2 children aged 3 & 4 years.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2010
gunung mulu national park


I m staying 5 days in the gunung mulu national park with my girlfriend in may.
Do you have any great itinary to recommand?
what are the great places to go to in the park?
I heard we needed a guide, do you have any idea of the price for 5days/4nights?
Do i need to bring a tent and matrass?

thanks in advance for your answers!!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2009
4WD out of Belaga


I am planning on going up river to Belaga on our trip to Sarawak. I've read that you can get a 4WD from Belaga to Bintulu to save the long trip back down the Rejang River to Sibu

Are these 4WD's available on a daily basis as not wanting to get stranded in Belaga waiting to get out? We will need to get straight on a bus from Bintulu to Miri, on the same day we leave Belaga, as flying to Mulu NP the following day


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2009
What not to miss?  (2 Answers)


We are planning to be in the Sarawak region at the end of December.
What should we see and how long will we need?
Is it best to stay near the beach?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2009
what should i not miss in borneo?  (4 Answers)

im off to borneo on sat 27th and was wondering if anyone has any recomendations for me? im backpacking around and like to do pretty much anything but i also have a budget. any tips would be greatly appreciated!1
thanks all :))

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2009
Leech socks and leech repellent  (1 Answer)

Anyone can explain how the leech socks like and where to get it?

Also what is the best leech repellent and where to get it. Tks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2009
Romantic or special activities/place recommendations  (2 Answers)

I'm taking my fiancee to Borneo for her 30th birthday. We have guidebooks of course, but I'd really appreciate any tips about what to do on her actual birthday. I'd like a really cool day/overnight trip with somewhere romantic to drink champagne or as near as possible in the evening. Do you have any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2009
Sarawak - particular places to see  (5 Answers)

Hi everybody out there!
I'm going to Sarawak for 2 weeks in March.
It's my first time there and i'll try to visit (some of) the most well known must-see spots the guidebooks mention.
But can somebody propose sth different/special/strange I can visit and photograph?
Preferably with easy access- i will be on public means of transport.
Could be a special project, or a comunity situation or... I can't really tell what it could be, I'm mostly thinking about relating with people or nature.
I understand that it's a kind of too wide a subject, but any ideas would be great!

Many many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 15, 2009
Mulu accomodation  (3 Answers)

I've been trying to contact Mulu National Park about their accommodation but to no avail. Does anyone know of any agent that will book a room at the National Park without being charged over the odds? There'll be 3 of us wanting one chalet.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2008
Boats to Sibu from Kuching


Does anyone know about boats that go up the Batang Rejang? We want to take the boat trip from Kuching to Sibu and have heard there are two that leave at 8.30 and 12.30 each day from suburb called Pending, not far from city centre. Is this easy to get to? Can you book the boats or do you just pay when you get to wharf? Is there any trouble getting a ride? We have accommodation booked further on and don't want to miss the boat. Also if we went to Bako Nat Park the day before and returned that morning and went straight to wharf, is this possible to catch the 12.30 boat or would it be rushing it too much?

Thanks for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2008
must see in Sarawak?  (3 Answers)

I am going in Sarawak for two weeks in july.

Going at Kuching @ the rainforest music festival, then Kota Kinabalu, Pulau Sapi, Selingan “Turtle” Island.

Any tips on these places? Good plans? Must see places?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2008
Trip to Mulu National Park  (4 Answers)

Hi guys, I'm planning to make my way there from Penang, but have no idea where to start planning. I'm wondering if anybody could offer a suggestion/idea... Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2008
vacation in july

Hi to all

We are group of five and we are coming to Borneo in July. we are thinking of spending cca 12 day there. we are renting a car in Kota Kinabalu and drivin to Sepilok and than back to KK and through Brunei to Miri (5-6 days enough??)
From Miri we are heading to Mulu NP where we wanna see and do as much as possible in 6-7 days? You suggestions will very helpfull: we wanna see the caves, do the Head Hunters trail (is it doable in 4 days?), stay at the long house and do some canopy walking (demanding, huh:). so if you know any local agency that you can recommend we would very pleased.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2008
What to see, Sarawak  (1 Answer)

I will be coming to Borneo in February and stay there around 4, 5 days. Therefore I would really like to know, what to see there. I am deciding between Gunung Mulu Park (Headhunter's trail, Iban longhouse) and Lemanak river safari near Kuching also to visit Iban longhouse. Where is it a better experirence to see them living and their customs?
Thank you,
Miha from Slovenia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2008
Boats between Belaga and Kapit in dry season  (4 Answers)

Hi, I need some clarification on the issue of boat transport between Kapit and Belaga when water in the Rejang river is low. I would generally like to come down the river from Belaga to Kapit around August 10. My guidebook (LP) sais that "When the river is low you will need to take speedboat instead" (of usual boat). But I have now found some information that nowadays, when the river is low, the boats simply stop running and all transport to Belaga goes overland. Please, could any knowledgeable person clarify this issue.

Also, if there are indeed no boats, is there any possibility to charter a small private boat from Belaga down to Kapit or from Kapit to Belaga and back (the guidebook text seems to suggest that there is always possible to pass). What would be the approximate cost of these options?

Thanks very much in advance for the replys.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 15, 2008
University students of Indigenous background  (1 Answer)

Are there any of the above studying in UNIMAS or graduates even those now in the Peninsular! Would like to get your opinion please!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2007
sarawak tour package.. RM320.. expensive?? what do you think?  (6 Answers)

Me and my friend will be visit Kuching, Sarawak next month. We are low budget begpackers. A travel agent offer us RM320 for a tour package for 3 day. The place that they cover are Gunung Gading, sarawak cultural villedge and bidayuh long house. Anyway, me and my friend still feel expensive.. What do you think? can you give us some comment on that? Thanks! your advise is much appreciated!!

nice day!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2007
Kuching Local Tours and Hotel Advice  (1 Answer)

Hello folks,

I have two questions and would be gratefuk if you could help me to answer:

1) Do you know any tours in Kuching and how much do they cost? Such as to national parks, adventures etc. I read CPH is one of the travel agencies does this type of stuff, and I would hope to hear your advice/suggestion.

2) We are spending 4 days in Kuching and plan to stay at two hotels, both Holiday Inn. We are deciding between Crown Plaza Riverside, Holiday Inn Kuching, Holiday Inn Damai Beach and Lagoon resort. I do not know which ones are better for value? Also we want to spend three nights in one hotel and one night in another. So whether, 3 nights in Crown Plaza/Centre or 3 nights in the beach side? Which arrangement would be better for exploring Sarawak?

Many thanks for all of your help in advance!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2007
Pulong Tau National Park, Sarawak

Do anyone know about the Pulong Tau National Park in Sarawak? I know that the highest peak in Sarawak (Gunung Murud) in in that park. Its near Bario (kelabit highland) and etc. There are Kelabit, Lun Bawang and Penan settlement in close visinity of the park.

Have anyone visited that place and can give some insight on the areas to visit and how long the whole trip might take, the cost and etc. It there any guide that you can recommand.

Thank you.


Kuok Sum

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2007
Rainforest Music Festival 2007  (2 Answers)

hi guys...

this will be my first visit to Kuching, happen to know of this Music Festive 2007 will be held and wish to go...

I've checked out at Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort but all rooms are fully booked. I may need to look for other option nearby or in the city, any recommendation?

i will be travelling alone this time, hope to meet up some local/outstation VT members if any...??

thx n rgds,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2007
Going to Rainforest Music Festiva 2007!  (4 Answers)

I just got myself tickets to the Rainforest Music Festival this July 2007. Need recomendation on any good budget accomodation to stay during that time? Are there any accomodation nearby the Cultural Village? Tks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 09, 2007
Mulu National Park

I will be going to Mulu National Park on the 14th July 2007 to 28th July 2007. I understand that it is a long duration (14 days). I am looking for anyone that might be at Mulu National Park at the same time as I do and interested in joining some of the activities that I am will participate in so that we can split the cost as the price I was quoted for are for a tour group instead of a person. I do not expect you to join my through out all the activities but maybe an activity or two if the dates are suitable for you.

This is my proposed itinerary at Mulu National Park. I have already made the reservations for it.

Day 1 (14th July 2007) - Arrive at 1230 hours and visit deer and Lang caves (Show Caves) in the afternoon. Prepare for summit trail (provisions and etc.) (Stay at park HQ - Hostel).

Day 2 (15th July 2007) - Set out for Mulu Summit Trail.

Day 3 (16th July 2007) - Mulu Summit Trail.

Day 4 (17th July 2007) - Mulu Summit Trail.

Day 5 (18th July 2007) - Return for Summit trail and rest. (Stay at park HQ - Hostel).

Day 6 (19th July 2007) - Activities around the park HQ - Canopy sky walk (during the day) & insect of the walk (night).

Day 7 (20th July 2007) - Garden of eden (in the afternoon). (Stay at park HQ - Hostel).
Note:- I understand that one would get wet during the trip and extra clothing is needed.

Day 8 (21st July 2007) - Adventure caving - easy or intermediate Racer Cave or Lagangs Cave - . (Stay at park HQ - Hostel).
Note:- I do not have any previous caving experience.

Day 9 (22nd July 2007) - Adventure Caving - Sarawak Chamber. (Stay at park HQ - Hostel).
Note:- I understand that one would get wet during the trip and extra clothing is needed.

Day 10 (23rd July 2007) - Rest and prepare for HHT(provisions and etc). (Stay at park HQ - Hostel).

Day 11 (24th July 2007) - Clearwater and Wind cave (show cave) and proceed onto Camp 5 (Staying overnight at Camp 5).

Day 12 (25th July 2007) - Climb pinnacles and stay at Camp 5.

Day 11 (26th July 2007) - Walk the Melinau Gorge and stay at Camp 5.

Day 13 (27th July 2007) - Walk the Head Hunters Trail to Kuala Litut - Stay at Iban long House.

Day 14 (28th July 2007) - Long boat and Van to Limbang.

The more expensive activities are Mulu Summit Trail, Head hunter trail and the adventure caving.

I would be really glad if anyone can split the cost with me.


Kuok Sum

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2007
Best Season to Visit  (10 Answers)

I am currently thinking about possible destinations for my 2007 holiday. Would someone tell me when is the best time to visit Sarawak?

Also, I am aware this is a Muslim state, should I expect much hostility towards a British traveller?



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