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Sarawak a very interesting place to visit, but enjoyed Sabah much more. The resort is a little out the way but local tours are available. The trip was worth it just for the Orangutans and the long house. Be advised to stay away from here in the monsoon season it really is horrid, but im sure pleasant in the dry season.
Sarawak Cultural Village very close, climbed up Mt. Santubong (very tiring but rewarding once you get to the top!). The Dutong seafood restaurant near the hotel is very nice. Visited Bako National Park which was amazing and spent the whole day visiting Kuching, very laid back and peaceful city.
The travel agent located in the hotel building can arrange all sort of tours including visiting the Orang Utan, a day trip to the reserved forrest, offer to the nearby cultural villages, dolphin watch etc etc. The price is reasonable and the staff attitude is very friendly. Recommended seafood restaurant - SeaView Seafood Restaurant.
The quick walk to the nearby Sarawak Cultural Village was a real highlight, as were the clean beach and affordable leisure facilities for families. For those wanting a real jungle walk experience, there are both a 2 and 4-7 hour trail within 10 minutes of the hotel.
Getting to the airport from Damai Lagoon was expensive, 60 RM per trip. I went to Bako on 17/7/2004 on a tour by CPH travel. The jungle trail was fantastic and taxing, see many species of plants and animals, blue color crabs, orange color crabs, green color snakes, proboscis monkey, wild boar. Rehman was a good guide.<br> <br> Saw the Sea-Stack (Rock) by boat in the afternoon, sea was rough. Saw small fishes jumping out of the water. The mangrove-swamp trees were covered by the sea up to the tree-trunks, a great sight!!I will come back again.
I had only two days, so tried to get rest after two days spent in KL. I visited Semenggoh Wildlife Reserve (took a cab from the city, RM45 for 3 hours visit and drive) and saw an orangutan family coming from the jungle to the centre for feeding. Sarawak Cultural Village visit was also very good, organized, although maybe bit overpriced (RM45). Also made sunset cruise on the river (6.30pm-8.00pm) for only RM30, bookings directly at the waterfront.
Very close to the cultural village which is a must, the Rainforest Festival of Music held at the Cultural Village. A stone''s throw away from the Damai hotels made it a good choice.
Extended my stay in Kuching City in a different hotel. All in all, the city is an excellent holiday destination. Lots of places to visit within and away from the city area (parks, museums, short river cruise). Plenty of shops within the vicinity of hotels that sells souvenirs and local handicrafts. Excellent customer service and workmanship, good prices offered. Could still bargain for better deal. Also lots of eating places (esp. if you love seafoods). Easy to move around town or to the outskirts: worth taking the public transports (any kind!).
Very nice area. Good hiking trails nearby. Good restaurants in Buntal. Unfortunately no public transports available.
Really enjoyed Kuching and the national parks but go with a guide you will see more animals.