We got up early at 5am to take the boat back to the Abai Jungle Lodge. The sky was so dark and there were few people awake. The experienced boat drivers operated without much light. They communicated with flashlight through the pouring rain. After arriving the wharf, we took the bus to the Sandakan Airport. It does not take a lot of time and we arrived at the airport around 7:30a.m.
We had the breakfast at the airport. I ate the noodles and juice. Some restaurants here try to imitate western food, but the authentic maylasian food tastes best.
Around 8:30a.m. We flew to the Kuching (connecting in kota kinabalu). For this part Imod the journey took 2 flights and arrived in Kuching in the early afternoon.
We went to the hotel and beought our luggage to the room. Then we gathered in the lobby of the Lime Tree Hotel. We left the bright green decorations and took a walk around the park in kuching and also took the small ships around the park. In the meantime, we enjoyed the views and had barbecued meats in the park. We also walked around the vast orchid garden and saw many beautiful plants!!
Around 6pm, we went to have dinner. The food was really nice and all of us were very happy! After dinner, we walked along the river past tents selling colorful goods. Some stalls sold sweet drinks and snacks. We also shopped in the night market. There were mountains of people and it was very busy.
We went back to the hotel around 10:00 p.m.
We lived in the hotel for one night and we will go to the longhouse tomorrow!!! We are looking forward to living in the longhouse with the local people!!
~Weiting (Rachel) Zhang