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Trip List by happijoy

Kuching Highlights

Apr 29, 2009  Friends in Kuching
3.0 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

Discovering Kuching at your own pace

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Kuching
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • 1. Kuching
    Kuching, Sarawak

    Visited Kuching on 24 - 26 Apr 09. These are my first trip impressions. It's a beautiful and well maintained city with lots of greenery and landscaping. The city is spread out with minimal tall buildings but there's lots of constructions in progress so the landscape will change. The city is divided into North and South by the Sarawak River. Something unique is that it has 2 city councils and 2 mayors divided along racial lines to govern North and South Kuching, but its population lives in harmony. North Kuching is mainly residential areas and government offices. South Kuching is the business centre.

    The city and its surrounds has many attractions for visitors. There are nature, cultural, history, beach, shopping and many more activities to attract visitors. Kuching is placing more emphasis on tourism and if managed wisely will attract many more visitors in future.

    Public buses are virtually non-existent, so the next alternative is to take a taxi. Most hotels and shopping areas are near the Sarawak river. it is easier and more interesting to walk along this area and the Esplanade as you can pop into any shop or stop for photos anytime

  • 2. Somerset Gateway
    Ariva Gateway Kuching, Kuching, Sarawak

    Hotel has mix of rooms and serviced apartments.
    Plus points: Good location, good service, clean towels & sheets. Great aerial views from the rooftop swimming pool.
    Gripes: There is no walking ramp. Travelers with luggage and the elderly need to climb a short flight of stairs before entering the building. Breakfast lounge is too small to accommodate all guest during peak breakfast hours from 7am to 8am. The breakfast spread is also very basic.

  • 3. Local cuisine

    Kuching has many dishes that are unique such as Sarawak Laksa, kolo mee, kang pua, foochow noodles, tomato noodles, lui cha, teh-c peng special, sarsi cincau and many more. A trip to Kuching is not complete without trying a selection of local cuisine.

  • 4. Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

    The centre was set up for the rehabilitation of orang utans and is within a nature reserve. A visit to Semenggoh is a chance to see semi-wild orang hutans in their natural habitats. They forage for food in the forest but may return to the centre during feeding times for a free meal or to supplement their intake. Feeding times are best times to observe orang utan antics up close but their presence is not guaranteed. Two orang utans, Delima & Manap honored us with their presence and it was a joy watching them. Feeding times are 9am-10pm and 3pm-4pm.
    There is a nominal entry fee payable at the main gate. All visitors are required to leave via the main gate by 4.45pm.

  • 5. Sarawak Cultural Village

    This living museum gives visitors an overview of Sarawak major racial groups, their way of life and culture. There are 7 attractions - Bidayuh Longhouse, Iban Longhouse, Penan Hut, Orang Ulu Longhouse, Melanau Tall House, Malay House and Chinese Farmhouse. There is also a twice daily cultural performance showcasing the dances of the major racial groups. This is also the site of the annual Rainforest World Music Festival held in July. Best to visit on weekdays when the crowds are lesser and it's easier to talk to the people in the houses about their culture and way of life.
    Operating hours: 9am-5.15pm daily. The cultural shows are at :11.30am-12.15pm and 4pm-4.45pm. The entrance fee is RM60 (per adult)

  • 6. Sarawak Museum

    Housed in colonial buildings the Museum explores Sarawak's history...natural, ethnic, petroleum, birds nest, seashells, boats, handicraft etc. The grounds are vast and includes an aquarium and garden. The aquarium had various species of aquatic fishes, tortoise and crocodile. The garden was well tended and ideal for evening strolls.
    Operating hours 9am-4.30pm. Entrance is free

  • 7. Kuching Esplanade
    Kuching Esplanade, Kuching, Sarawak

    Kuching Esplanade along Sarawak River is a good stroll with scenic views. Attractions such as Astana and Fort Margerita appear and disappear from view as you stroll along. Across the road, the view is taken up by shop houses, shopping centres and hotels.

    The more adventurous can hop into river taxis (sampan tambang) for a quick ride across the river to see what's on the other side. It only costs RM0.40 per ride and there are many landing points along the river.

  • 8. Cat Museum
    Cat Museum, Kuching, Sarawak

    Kuching = Cat. They have a small museum dedicated to the domestic cat. The museum houses cat figurines in porcelain, wood, glass etc. There are also posters, photographs, jigsaw puzzles , soft toys of famous cats like Garfield & Felix, keychains, plates, bowls, various ornaments featuring cats. Cat lovers will enjoy browsing the various displays. Museum is open 9am-5pm except public holidays. Entrance is free but they charge RM4 for photography.