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Tuesday 23 July 2013

Ben Fogle's Sarawak Adventure - A longhouse experience at Annah Rais

In this three minute video we see adventurer and explorer Ben Fogle spend some time at an authentic longhouse about 40-min drive from Kuching.

Escorted by his amazingly knowledgeable guide, Rose, he savours the local brew -- a rice wine called 'Tuak' which is particularly potent, enjoys a delicious chicken meal cooked for him in 20 minutes in bamboo, tries his hand at being a blacksmith's apprentice, discovers the secrets to the blowpipes and how to make the arrows and also listens to some local musicians.They play him some music using bamboo instruments that have been used for hundreds of years, having been passed down through the generations and played by striking, plucking and drumming. Its called 'pratuokng' (pra-tua-k-ng)

Overall it is clear,  as Ben points out at the end, that Longhouse living is a wonderfully communal existence where all the families live together in peaceful harmony.

Ben sampling the 'tuak', rice wine usually served to welcome visitors
Ben sampling the 'tuak', rice wine usually served to welcome visitors

Sarawak... where adventure lives

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Logos Hope returns to Kuching Sarawak

An international crew of 400 will make Kuching their home base from 12 July to 1st August 2013. Interacting with the international crew is part of the MV Logos Hope experience.

MV Logos Hope sailing into Kuching Sarawak

We at Sarawak Tourism Board are pleased to welcome the crew members who come from forty-five countries to Sarawak. We believe the crew will take in the sights and sounds of Kuching that the city is renowned for; the historical quarters of downtown Kuching, the longhouse of Annah Rais, the national parks outside the city, the Semenggoh Orang Utan Nature Reserve, Sarawak Cultural Village and not forgetting the food

A little bit about the ship... MV Logos Hope is the world's largest floating book fair with over 5,000 titles which cover a range of subjects including science, sports,cookery, children titles and much more.

MV Logos Hope will open to the public at Sim Kheng Kong Port, Pending from 12 July till 1st August 2013. Opening hours are from 10 am – 9:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 pm – 9:30 pm on Sundays and 2 pm – 9:30 pm Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets cost RM1; children under 12 enter for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.