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Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Orang Utan

Just outside the municipality of Padungan, some 25 kilometres from Kuching. The best way to get here and return back to Kuching is by private-hire local cabs. But if you wish to ask the taxi driver to wait at the entrance while you are watching the orang utans, the waiting time will be an added cost.

I used the Kuching local bus to get here. The best place to look for the Sarawak Transport Company (STC) bus #6 is on the main bus stop along Jalan Barrack. Here you can find most of the STC buses waiting for passengers before proceeding with their scheduled journey. The exact schedule is undetermined, so please ask the STC staff at the nearby bus counter. I suspect bus #6 runs less frequently on weekends. As you board the correct STC bus #6, tell the bus driver to stop you at Semenggoh.

As for the return trip, I flagged down a local mini van (some sort of the bemo service synonymous with Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, and even Indonesia) by the roadside, often seen heading to the city centre. If the van is not full, the driver will stop for you. The journey takes about 30 minutes (much faster than the bus) and cost only RM3 per trip.

As you arrive at the main entrance at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, you will need to walk for about 20 minutes before you get to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.


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