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“Best day out with James!”

Kuching Offroad - Day Tours
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Owner description: One day offroad adventures in the beautiful landscape of the Bau area 20Km from Kuching. The BAU HISTORY TRAIL visits gold mines, historic villages and caves. On the way you will learn about the local history from prehistoric times onward. The TRINGGUS TRAIL visits remote Bidayuh villages (real heads in the head house!) and a 60 minute jungle trek with knowledgeable local guides introduces you to jungle and farm. Depart Kuching 08:45 return 18:00. Both adventures include a Bidayuh style lunch. Finally, if you are looking for Borneo's famed biodiversity, you can find it on THE NIGHTWALK!
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Had a great time out with James exploring the caves, the forest, the cultural homes and the markets. The best thing about this tour is the amount of detail and history that James shares with you, along with the anecdotes, some of them very crazy (dog's claw chewed from his Achilles heel by a witch doctor!)

James clearly loves what he is doing and lives every day to the fullest. You will learn a lot on this tour and you'll feel very much like you're on tour with the modern day Indiana Jones.

Definitely recommended and not to be missed.

Thank Vn L
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

If one is looking for an exciting and compact inside into Sarawak life, history and today, coupled with exciting exposure to local markets, head hunting villages, the jungle and caves and great interaction with locals, look no more....the tringus trail offers it all.
James and his team exude passion and lend to a very personalised atmosphere with clear commentary as the trip progresses. An excellent lunch in a country house in a village adds to the completeness of this trip.
Tiring? Yes but well worth the experience.

Thank Nippik
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

If you only have a few days in Kuching, take one of the Kuching Offroad tours. You will not be disappointed.

My husband and I did the Tringgus Trail tour and were blown away by James' expertise and his dry British wit. Not only did he know a lot about the history of the area, but he was very knowledgeable about the fauna and flora of the region, from the tiniest insects to the tallest trees and everything in between. His funny anecdotes were priceless.

We visited a farmers market and a birds nest trader in a Chinese settlement, had lunch with his Bidayuh friend Emma, who cooked us the most delicious vegan lunch with ingredients from the rainforest, had a tour of a headhunters' skull house that still contained several skulls and was used for festivals (before most villagers converted to Christianity), took a hike into the jungle to the Indonesian border which included crossing over rickety bamboo bridges and walking on slippery boulders, saw Indonesian traders/smugglers who had trekked 6 hours one way and met Bidayuh villagers. As if all that wasn't interesting enough, we spent hours in the Fairy Cave, where I easily could imagine James as Indiana Jones from the Raiders of the Lost Ark looking for lost treasure. We ended our tour with a visit to the Tringgus villages where we meandered through one of the villages and visited a boarding school for village children and children who live deep in the rainforest. I envy those wonderful and sweet children who are so free and can run and play in the village without constant adult supervision.

I highly recommend this tour to anyone fit enough to walk through slippery jungle and climb many cave stairs. Oh, and wear shoes or sandals with good traction as well as sunblock and insect repellent.

Thank ElleLaJolla
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jameshj, Owner at Kuching Offroad - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

What a great review!
Many many thanks.

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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

The Tringuss trail is the one must do activity in Kuching once you have done (or decide not to do) the opportunity to interact with Orang Utan and Proboscis.

James, the guide provides a superb very full day for you to better understand the history, culture and geology of Sarawak through various visits, interactions with villagers and excellent explanations. It is very good value for the experiences you get.

The tour starts with some superb recorded background on history and key moments in Sarawak history delivered at the appropriate moments by a recording whilst James saves his voice and concentrates on driving to the first stop in Suniawan to visit a Birds nest seller and better understand the birds nest process and supply chain.

Next stop is Bau market, a superb introduction to the fruits, fish & veggies of the region and one of the best laid out markets I've been to, despite living in the region.

We then moved on to see a Baruk, a skull house, few of which remain following conversion of many villages from animism to Christianity. Peter, a retired school teacher from the village explained the rituals

The next activity was a jungle trek to the Indonesian border, and for those less mobile a shorter walk was on offer including the opportunity to talk to Peter about his village and culture.

There then followed one of the best lunches I've had on a tour in Malaysia. It was in a private house in a lovely location at the bottom of the valley and comprised pork rendang, chicken and bamboo, mountain rice & veggie. Delicious! Opportunity was then given to play a local bamboo instrument.

The next highlight was the fairy cave visit. James is a semi-professional spelunker, passionate (and a little obsessed) about caves. One of his other sidelines is caving specific holidays which I'm sure would be great fun for those so inclined....

Our trip involved the inevitable climb up to the cave entrance (there are lots of steps) then helmets and lights on to explore further. The cave and its formations are spectacular. Unlike most tourists who will stay in the naturally well lit cave, James will take you in to the dark to see geological formations, flesh eating centipedes (at a suitable distance) bats, rare lizards and birds nests whilst the sounds of the birds echo sounder punctuate the quiet. A superb visit.

James is very sensitive to individuals abilities however so make clear to him in advance any limitations you might have

Weather intervened for our last major stop resulting in a walk in the rain at a Tringuss village to see a local bridge & local agriculture including a rubber processing plant

We then headed back to Kuching via a gold mine area along an off-road section ending up at the Tasik Baru lake before returning to Kuching at 645 pm ish from an 830 start

James takes a few photos throughout the day which he will send to you the next day so you also have a fun reminder of your trip.

This is pretty well as close to a no brainer must do trip that I've ever done and is excellent value for money. I would certainly do it again next visit. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 7 December 2016

We went on the "Tringgus Trail" and "Big Spaces, Cool Streams". Lots to do, lots to see, lots to experience. Highly recommended.

Thank Johan_SY
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