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Day 8

Turtle Island's to Miri & Cruising Down The Sarawak Coast

We got up early this morning to catch our flights from Sandakan to Miri, we took a speed boat ride back to main land Sabah. Miri is a city in northern Sarawak, Malaysia, and is the second largest city in Sarawak. After 36 minutes in the air we arrived into Miri’s International Airport, we headed straight to pick up our car rental because we were starting our road trip to Kuching in southern Sarawalk.
First on our stop was the much anticipated Crocodile Farm in Miri! It is the first and the largest crocodile sanctuary in the northern region of Sarawak and there are more than 1,000 salt and fresh water crocodiles in 22 acres of a landscaped setting with natural breeding enclosures sanctuary ponds. We watched crocodile feedings and even scarier, a crocodile trainer kissed crocodiles and even stuck his head in the crocodile’s mouth, he was demonstrating the bond they have made, but you could definitely tell the crowd was still extremely fearful that the crocodile would bite his head off!

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After a few hours of hanging with the crocodiles we decided it was time to hit the road again. Our next stop was in Niah, about an hour and half drive south from Miri. We headed to the Niah National Park and paid an entrance fee of 10.00RM per adult, we explored the Great Caves that are known all around the world for having some of the oldest human remains found in South East Asia; they date back to over 40,000 years ago. Niah National Park is a combination of nature, history and living culture. The caves are located within a mixture of peat forest, marshland, kerangas and lowland dipterocarp forest of Sarawak. It is home to a variety of insects, bats, bird, macaques, mouse dears, hornbills, flying lizards and other reptiles.

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After the Niah National Park we packed up and continued on driving south along the coast stopping at various stops to take pictures and stretch our legs. A few hours later we arrived into the city of Bintulu, which is about half way between Miri and Kuching. We decided to save money by camping out on the Tanjung Batu Beach Campground for the night. This is where we at the campground. We walked around the beach, snapped some beautiful sunset pictures and went to bed!

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Posted by Malaysia12 12:13

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The crocodile farm looks awesome! Was it free to go in? was it possible to touch them at all?

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