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When your feet become too sore to shop, it's time to leave Singapore. A new airlines, Air Asia, offers incredible deals for regional flights. For example, Bangkok to Singapore costs $25. So does a flight to Borneo. We take one of these bargain hops over the South China Sea and land in Kuching, capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Malaysia is divided into two distinct parts: Peninsular Malaysia and North Borneo. The two regions lie 650km (403mi) apart. We're curious to find out if Malaysian Borneo is that much different than the 'mainland' of Peninsular Malaysia.
Kuching used to be a small city surrounded by jungle. In the last fifty years, with rampant logging and population growth, the jungle has been overrun by Kuching.
Fishing for shrimps. Food prices in Malaysia are unbeatable. Even Western restaurants like McDonald's, KFC, and Pizza Hut offer cheaper prices to compete with high quality, cheap food served at Malaysian eateries.