On the day we left we managed to fit in an early river cruise in the hope of seeing the elusive and rare Irrawaddy dolphin, which is quite common in this area. Sightings are, however, not guaranteed and sadly in our case, not forthcoming.

We did however see a scarily large crocodile on the riverbank:-

and a few fisherman:-

We then continued along the Salak River and entered the tributaries at the Kuching Wetlands National Park in order to experience the lush mangrove forest:-

The tide was out so we saw the flippy mudskippers and startlingly blue crabs on the river banks. We saw an amazing Crane Kingfisher (or did she say ‘hummingbird? I’m not very good with my birds). Rose our trusty guide told us loads of facts – showed us the seedpods that Raki our wonderful fisherman/tour guide risked life and limb to get for us without sinking into the mud:-

Edna and Rose our guides:-

I was properly on the lookout for either long-tailed macaques, but mainly for proboscis monkeys who eat the young mangrove leaves – again, sadly I didn’t see any – I would have loved to with their funny noses and webbed feet.

On the way back Rose got VERY excited about this crane in the distance – incredibly rare apparently:-

We then went past Kampong Salak, a small Malay fishing village built on stilts. Just loved all that colour – rainbow washing lines…and those smiles:-


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