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Read what a traveller has to say about Borneo!

After receiving many enthusiastic post cards from my friends recommending that my next overseas trip should be spent in Kutching (the capital city of Sarawak, Borneo), I arrived there after booking the same trip as they did through HomeAway to discover that this city seems to have a cat obsession!

After being titled as "The City of Cats" there are various cat monument statues scattered about the city. I went off to explore in a large market area and it was there that I noticed that a cat seemed to be following me! On closer inspection his orange fur with black markings seemed to come to life from a postcard that I had just purchased of the main statue!

Being Gawai Harvest celebration day seafood stalls were busy. The cat was still walking beside me when suddenly he leapt up and stole a large fish that had just been cooked for my lunch. The stall owner just chuckled and said "That was Jinx, the smartest and quickest cat in Kutching." Over the coming days I took many action photos of this Jinx who was still pilfering many fishes from the market. They are now a lovely reminder of a very special Kutching kitty cat!

See what another traveller has to say about Malaysia!

Malaysia is a great destination for families and we had the best time holidaying there! We could have just stayed at the holiday rental, swimming, bowling, eating and yachting on the South China Sea.

But we ventured out and saw Orangutans and Proboscis monkeys, beautiful flowers, mountains and waterfalls - so many wonderful sights. Great food, lovely people and fantastic accommodation.

We took our two sons on this great adventure because our youngest son was keen to see Orangutans in the wild. He had read about the wildlife sanctuaries in Borneo, where the Orangutans are protected, and wanted to visit such a sanctuary. It was certainly a fantastic experience for all of us. We were also lucky enough to see quite a few of the endangered proboscis monkeys during a river trek.

One afternoon we were checking out the yachts moored at the local yacht club when we met a group of sailors about to head out for a race. We stopped to chat and they invited our elder son (a keen sailor in Australia) to join them. They lent him a boat and he not only had the best time ever, he won the race.

We sat by the pool sipping cocktails and watching the race as the sun set, magnificent. We have had many family adventures but this one will stand out for all of us forever.

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                                                                                                      My husband and I had a delightful experience at Garden D'Art recently. We stayed for one month, and

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                                                                                                      My husband and I had a delightful experience at Garden D'Art recently. We stayed for one month, and thoroughly enjoyed the beautifully-landscaped gardens, lovely traditional wooden house and quiet location away from the bustle of Melaka city. However, our hosts, the Gan family, were the best "feature" of all. We were warmly welcomed, and well-cared for like no other home rental or homestay we have experienced, and we have traveled for many years all over the world. Kim Poh is the owner, house- and furniture-builder and gardener extraordinaire. On a number of occasions, he took us to off-the-beaten-track places that were incredible. Other times, we were invited to eat dinner with the family in their lovely gazebo, delicious meals prepared by their wonderful housemaid, Atun (Atun also tempted us many mornings with local breakfast items!). Kim Poh's daughter RuiFang (also known as Vicky) and I communicated via email to make our booking, and she did everything possible to make sure we were enjoying our stay. Upon our arrival, she took us in her car on a tour of Melaka, pointing out her favorite eateries, and to a hypermarket to buy groceries. RuiFang offered many recommendations about things to see and do in the area, including night markets (for delicious local foods), travel to Singapore (only 3 hours away) and car rental. Although the family has several bicycles for guests to use, given distances to Melaka (a 20 minute car ride) and other sites, and the midday heat, we opted to rent a car for the month, which we highly recommend for anyone staying at Garden D'Art. As mentioned above, the traditional wooden house we stayed in was beautiful and well kept. Much care and thought went into its construction. There are 2 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom/shower. A large verandah with table/chairs and several wooden lounge chairs was the main living space, and was quite comfortable. The downstairs bedroom has an additional back porch with sink, refrigerator, table and counter space. In addition, the main kitchen we used was in another building 20 meters away, with sink, cooktop, toaster/convection oven, countertop space and cupboard for food storage. Garden D'Art is a stunning property and, along with the warm hospitality of our hosts, was a fantastic introduction to Malaysia. We can't wait to return!
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      We were two couples that stayed for two weeks in Apartment 20-09. The view was fantastic. Our host

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                                                                                                      We were two couples that stayed for two weeks in Apartment 20-09. The view was fantastic. Our host Mr Teh was very helpful. We asked for a toaster and some more cutlery and Mr Teh brought them to us promptly. There was a couple of light globes that needed replacing and this was attended to quickly. On the down side both shower cubicles really need a good clean with bleach and the shower screens need cleaning. We had to be careful of the bed bases in both bedrooms as they protrude from the mattress and the corners are very sharp. Overall we enjoyed our stay in this apartment.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22/03/2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                                                      Cheri and her assistant Chow did everything possible to give us a pleasant stay. We enjoyed our stay

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                                                                                                      Cheri and her assistant Chow did everything possible to give us a pleasant stay. We enjoyed our stay and will consider a visit next year.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19/03/2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017