If you are planning to pack up and head off to the city of Kuching, the capital of the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, you are likely to find your list of things to do and places to see far longer than the time you have available to see it all. Certainly, this unique city has something for everyone. Whether you love food, nature, history, culture or adventure, Kuching seems to have it all.
Once you have arrived and settled into your hotel in Kuching, there is no time to waste at all. Here are five things to do in Kuching that you simply must not miss…
Visit a Traditional Sarawak Village
Learn more about the Sarawak culture first-hand with a visit to a traditional village. Take a glimpse at Sarawak life by meeting local families, watching the village residents go about their day to day business or experience it for yourself by trying your hand at the local bamboo or straw weaving crafts.
Discover Wildlife at the Semenggoh Nature Reserve
The Semenggoh Nature Reserve at Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg is a centre created to help endangered species, many of whom were once held in captivity, to learn the skills needed to fend for themselves before being released into the forest. Orang utans, giant squirrels, pygmy squirrels and howling gibbons all roam within the reserve’s rare flaura and fauna.
Take a Magical Trip to The Fairy Caves
A visit to the Fairy Caves within Bau Town, D/A Dewan Masyarakat Krokong are well worth a visit but beware, there are a lot of steps to climb! Sturdy shoes are recommended, it is hot and humid but magical enough to warrant the effort.
Immerse Yourself in History at the Sarawak Museum
Escape the heat and learn about the history of Sarawak through the museum’s collection of religious, cultural and historical artefacts and displays. You can find out more about the ancient tribes, traditions, longhouses and more. Great if you want to find out more about Sarawak’s history and what is even better is that it is free to visit too!
See the Best of Nature at Bako National Park
Lucky visitors are fortunate enough to not just have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning scenery and fabulous wildlife at the Bako National Park but to have the experience of a lifetime during an overnight stay in one of its comfortable chalets. However long you choose to take during your visit, you will have the opportunity to discover a variety of monkeys including the proboscis, long-tailed macaques and silver leaf monkeys, as well as other wildlife including lizards, bearded pigs and lemurs too.
Go Cat Spotting in Kuching
Cat lovers will enjoy the challenge of seeing how many of their feline friends in statue form they can find around the city of Kuching. Why cats? The word ‘kuching’ is thought to derive from the Malay word for cat. So there you go! The question now is, how many can you find?
Take a Trek on Mount Santubong
If you fancy a physical challenge how about taking a jungle trek of Mount Santubong? There are two well-marked paths that you can choose from. The easier one does not take you to the summit 810 metres (2,657ft) up, but the tougher one is, well, tough! Make sure you wear appropriate footwear and clothing and leave plenty of time if you plan to reach the peak as you will need it. You will also need a good level of physical fitness to take on the challenge as you will need to undertake some steep inclines as well as rope ladders, but the sense of achievement – and the views – are incredible!
So what are you waiting for? Book your journey with Traveloka Malaysia and experience it for yourself!