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Fishing villages

We will spend five or six nights in Kuching in August and are keen to see some of the nearby fishing villages. Can anyone tell me which are the most accessible and picturesque? We may hire a car for a couple of days.

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1. Re: Fishing villages

What have you heard of them?

It depends what you consider 'picturesque'

Telaga air is interesting and Kampong Bako also with its traditional houses on stilts which you would see on a trip to Bako NP as you whizz past by boat.

Sematan further up the coast also worth a look (probably the quaintest)

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2. Re: Fishing villages

Thanks a lot for this information. "Picturesque" was probably a poor choice of word on my part - sounds patronising which I didn't intend at all. I'm interested in the traditional houses on stilts in particular.

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3. Re: Fishing villages

Mura Tebas (also know as Greenhill Temple) is an old fishing village with a large Chinese Temple (and houses on stils).

It is on the way towards Bako. Go past the Bako turn off On your left) and take the next right (sign posted).

There are a couple of very good seafood restaurants - half the price of Kuching seafood restaurants.

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Mura Tebas sounds interesting - will definitely try to get there. Thanks!

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5. Re: Fishing villages

esorlegin is correct on saying licensed guides are of the majority not worth your time and money. But you must know that these guides tend to be attached to tour companies.

In the case of places like Bako NP if you take a guide you need one which is licensed for that park. There are only 3 guides there worth their salt in working hard and being honest.

In the other NP's there is no need for a guide except for maybe Gading. Most times the rafflesia is off the track so hard to explain to you. These guides charge RM30.00 a pop for 1 - 5 persons so still cheap if you average it out between a few persons.

For general tours you can stick to esorlegin's suggestion.

p/s the guiding fee for Bako goes to the guide directly. the fee for gading goes to the park. the guides there work for the park on a fixed salary so tipping them however little is always appreciated.

Edited: 10:59 pm, March 02, 2013
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6. Re: Fishing villages

If you go on a mangrove cruise at the Kuching Wetlands NP you can check with the operator if they can drop in to Salak Village. The village has no road access. It is worth at least 30 minutes exploring.

This is a muslim village and they are a friendly lot. But please make sure you respect them enough at least to make sure all your wobbly bits are tucked in out of clear sight.

Another village although remote is Telok Melano. It's like 2 hours drive from Kuching then a boat ride to the village which is also situated on Tanjung Datu NP. It will be worth at least 2 nights there with one of the villagers. From this village you can visit the NP and most times you will have the park to yourself.

The boat ride is either on Friday afternoons when the school kids go back for the weekend. This is cheap paying from 30-40 ringgits one way. Be warned the boat is open top and the pace can be very slow. It gets very very hot and uncomfortable. You can opt to get a fast boat but it can be expensive. Most reliable and reasonable is the fat chinaman who sell's beef noodles at the one and only food market opposite the fuel dump. Expect to pay up to 350 ringgit for up to 4 persons.

Edited: 11:06 pm, March 02, 2013
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