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I stayed in a family’s home for a week in a village in Sarawak, which gave me an opportunity to really find out what life is like.
It’s strange, the family had laptops and Internet, but very little running water and only had electricity for a few hours a day.
Most of the men work away (~5 hours) and most of the children go to boarding schools. A village of 2000 can easily only have 200 people there at any one time. They were also incredibly religious.
The people themselves are lovely once you get to know them. In cities like Bintulu, people pointed, laughed and stared because I was white and had a rucksack. They asked for photos and poked me. They touched my hair and were fascinated by the fact that it’s blonde.
In other more “touristy” cities, the people were welcoming and incredibly helpful. One of our hosts in Kuching showed us round the city, arranged transfers, took us to see one of her friends, cooked for us, all for free.
The culture, nature and architecture is amazing. In the village we were shown traditional war dances, we sang traditional songs and learnt some of the local language (Kayan). We visited Bako Natonal Park and the Kenong Rimba National Park, and saw wild boar, long tailed macaques, Probiscis monkeys, hornbills, green vipers, stick insects, praying mantises and more.
In KL, life is busy, it can feel like a bit of a rush. The taxi drivers are out to make money from tourists, the food can be dodgy, authentic markets are hard to find. But it’s an amazing city, the buildings are amazing, the people are friendly, the food can be incredible
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