State of Sarawak Things to Do

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    A tambang or river ferry
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    Semenggoh Wildlife Centre
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State of Sarawak Things to Do

  • Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    The main reason we deiced to come to Kuching was to see the orangutans at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. We booked a week day private tour through our hotel which was MR60 ($20) and left for the centre at 8am. This was so exciting as I have never seen orangutans in the wild before. We walked down a small pathway and were given a short safety briefing...

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  • Sarawak Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    Sarawak Museum – Old Building The Sarawak Museum is spread over a few different buildings, so make sure you visit them all as they are all totally different. The first building we went into is called the Old Building and it was built in 1891 . It was built by Charles Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak, it was copied from a design of the Normandy...

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  • Sarawak River Cruise

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Sarawak River Cruise goes for 1.5 hours and cost RM60 each, we could have booked a cheaper tour but we liked the look of this big boat. There is unlimited free drinks of orange juice and plates of delicious layer cake and you can also purchase alcohol from the bar. The cruise was a bit late leaving and we thought it must be tourists who were...

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  • Sarawak Cultural Village

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    Tucked away on the foothills of legendary Mount Santubong, 35 km away from Kuching is Sarawak's fascinating cultural showcase, the award winning "Sarawak Cultural Village". This living museum depicts the heritage of the major racial groups in Sarawak and conveniently portrays the respective lifestyle amidst 14 acres of equatorial vegetation. Here,...

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  • Bako National Park

    Kuching Things to Do

    We took K1 red bus at the bus stand near to the Riverbank Suite, Waterfront. It took less than 1 hour to the fishing village where we took a boat from there (RM15 for local adult and free for kid under 5 years old).to the Bako National Park. We walked around the beach, saw some monkeys and wild boars. We tried to go to the jungle, but there were...

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  • Cat Statues

    Kuching Things to Do

    Several agencies provide the opportunity of a city tour of Kuching. In the comfort of an air-conditioned bus or mini-van you can see many historical buildings - both the traditional and from colonial times - and learn about Kuching's history from a local guide. Alternatively, you can easily organise a visit to many places of interest on public...

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  • Market

    Kuching Things to Do

    This is the old Kuching Wet Market a.k.a. Cheko Market which was built during the Brooke era for the Malay community to market their jungle and domestic produce. Today the old market continues to bustle with activity, with traders coming in to unload their goods in the early hours of the morning, to prepare for the daily morning rush.

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  • Fort Margherita

    3 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    This fort was built in 1879 by Charles Brooke and named after his wife - Margherita. It is a beautiful building and there are lovely views up and down the River Sarawak from its walls. Its original purpose was to protect Brooke and his family from river pirates. To reach the fort it is necessary to take a tambang or river ferry, which in itself...

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  • Main Bazaar

    Kuching Things to Do

    Part of Kuching heritage that facing the waterfront, the Kuching Main Bazaar is made up of a row of two storey shophouses on one of Kuching's oldest streets dating back to 1864. Gone are the days when traders frequented the street with their trades. Nowadays, the Main Bazar area is considered an 'antique arcade' not only for the row of old...

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  • Tua Pek Kong Temple

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    Tua Pek Kong located right opposite the water front is the oldest Chinese Temple in Kuching. While it has been modernised since it was first built in the 1870's, it still retains 'old-world' charm with its ornate ceiling and walls, vivid paintings, delicate candle-holders and smell of burning incense.

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  • Astana

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    This majestic building was built by Charles Brooke, the second Rajah, in 1870 as a bridal gift for his wife. A spectacular building which stands out on the high ground across the the river from the city. Easily seen when walking the riverside promenade , however these photos were taken whilst enjoying the late afternoon river cruise. The Palace...

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  • Chinese History Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Chinese History Museum is a small museum located near the Kuching Waterfront and is housed in a building that was originally the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, built in 1912. This is where a committee sat to solve disputes arising within the Chinese community. This was the directive from Charles Vyner Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak, that the...

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  • Damai Beach

    Kuching Things to Do

    Take white sand beaches lapped by the South China Sea, add rainforest walks and an imposing jungle -covered mountain and you have Damai. This is Sarawak's main beach resort area. Damai boasts three to five international-class resort hotels - Damai Beach Resort, Damai Puri Resort & Spa and Santubong Kuching Resort. Each has its own secluded beach,...

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  • Carpenter Street

    Kuching Things to Do

    Carpenter Street is an old street that runs from Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, where the General Post Office is located, to Jalan Ewe Hai to the east, immediately behind the Main Bazaar. Due to its location, it is considered the backstreet to the Main Bazaar, which acted as the main thoroughfare fronting the river. In the old days, Carpenter Street...

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  • Waterfront

    Kuching Things to Do

    You can take a small boat 50 sen ( adult) and free for children under 5 to cross the river. We did it at night just near to the Riverbank Suite. We took the boat just to get an experience, but the trip is too quick, only 2 min I guess you will reach the opposite riverbank. I heard the boat fee is RM1.00 after 10 pm.

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  • Mosques

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Old State Mosque of Kuching stands on the site of the first mosque that was built in 1847 by the family of a famous Malay leader, Datuk Patinggi Ali. That first mosque was a simple wooden building with a pitch roof. In 1880, the mosque underwent renovations with the introduction of concrete columns and cement floors. In 1929, a dome was added...

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  • Museums

    Kuching Things to Do

    We took a bus form the bus station near the mosque ( I forgot the number of the bus) to the Cat Museum. The fare is RM1.50. It takes only about 15 minutes to reach there, but you have to walk about 15-20 minutes up to the hill to the museum, under the hot sun, it is very tiring! I wonder if there are buses that drop the tourist right in front of...

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  • Old Courthouse

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Old Courthouse lies behind the Brooke Memorial and was built by Sir Charles Brooke, the second Rajah of Sarawak, in 1883. It was built of ironwood and embellished with Sarawak motifs. At the time of its construction, it was intended as government offices and a venue for state ceremonies. Sarawak state council meetings were held here until 1973....

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  • Square Tower

    3 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Square Tower is located on the Kuching Waterfront and is a white cube-like structure in the shape of a fortress. It is one of those odd looking buildings that is hard to miss. It was built in 1879, the same year Fort Margherita on the opposite bank of the river was erected. Originally, it was used as a prison, and it even had dungeons. Then, it...

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  • The River Walk

    Kuching Things to Do

    Along the Colonial District of Kuching is the Riverwalk. Approximately 10 blocks of long concrete walk along the river filled with food and drink vendors and places to sit. It's a great way to relax in Kuching.

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  • Rainforest World Music Festival

    Kuching Things to Do

    The rainforest music festival is fantastic. Ethnic music from all over the world. Set on the edge of a rainforest with giant trees. We watched a flying squirrel glide over the stage. Generaly the 2nd weekend in July, we book our flights with air asia immediately we know the date. 1 year in advance. Camp permai is a good place to stay but you can...

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  • Textile Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Textile Museum is located in a building called the Pavilion which was built in 1907 as a medical centre. The ground floor housed the consultation room, a laboratory and officers. On the first floor was the "European Hospital" - that is to say, the hospital reserved for Europeans only. The nurses quarters occupied the top floor. The Pavilion was...

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  • India Street

    Kuching Things to Do

    India Street derives its name from the fact that it has always been a street occupied by Indian shops. At first it was called Kling Street in the 1850's but the third White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke, changed the name to India Street in 1928. In 1992 the street was closed to vehicles and converted into a pedestrian mall.

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  • Brooke Memorial

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Brooke Memorial stands outside the Old Courthouse. I remember seeing it on TV for the first time when Michael Palin visited it as part of his Full Circle travel series. Dedicated to one of Sarawak's white rajahs, in this case, Charles Brooke, the second rajah, it stands at 6 metres high and was commissioned in 1924. At each corner is a bronze...

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  • General Post Office

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Kuching General Post Office is a majestic building along Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg. It was constructed by order of Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke, the third and last white ruler of Sarawak. The building was designed by Denis Santry of the architectural firm of Swan & McClaren in Singapore, and was completed in 1932. The facade of the Post Office...

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  • Jalan India

    Kuching Things to Do

    For shopping, we found this a great Mall. It is called India Street, as it was a street until 1992 when it became a Mall. It derives its name from the fact that it has always been a street occupied by the Indian Shops, but now days it is mainly run by Chinese. This street used to be one of the busiest streets of the old Kuching town and was the...

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  • Sarawak Steamship Building

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Sarawak Steamship Company used the Steamship building as their offices and warehouse back in the 1930s. Today it has been converted to the Kuching Waterfront Bazaar where you can find souvenir stalls, a restaurant & an exhibition area. You can also buy some local handicrafts here to bring home with you

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  • Warriors Monument Park

    Kuching Things to Do

    The monument is located in the Park next to the Museum. It honours past ethnic warriors, and at the base of the monument are brass plaques/murals of the warriors. The park is actually build on an old plot of chinese graveyard., The Sarawak Warrior Monument was constructed in November 29, 1990

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  • Round Tower

    Kuching Things to Do

    The Round Tower is a distinctive building, built in 1886 following a devastating inferno that razed much of the structures between Carpenter Street and Main Bazaar. It was used as the town dispensary to complement the medical headquarters housed within The Pavilion next door. It is commonly - and mistakenly - believed that The Round Tower was a...

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  • Islamic Museum

    Kuching Things to Do

    This museum shows the history of Islam in Sarawak and information on the tenets and beliefs of Islam in general. The museum is housed in a restored Colonial building worth seeing on its own. It's a great museum and a must see in Kuching.

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  • Iban Longhouse

    The Iban live in a state of Sarawak Borneo and Malaysia are mainly Christian and animist. They are among the Dayaks and are sometimes called Sea Dayak. In Sarawak, they form the largest population group.They were also known by the locals panjamon called, which means Headhunters. They did therefore with people of other villages that quarrel was...

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  • Blow Pipe demonstrations at Serubah...

    After a fascinating evening of dancing and games, we were able to witness some of the daytime activities of the Iban people. One of these was a blow pipe demonstration and a chance to try our own hand at it. The blow pipes are almost two metres long and fire a small dart. In the jungle, the tips of these darts contain a poison that anaethetises...

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  • Artifacts at Serubah Longhouse

    Besides the human skulls hanging inside hessian bags at the entrance to the family rooms in the longhouse, traditional jewellery and headwear is also put on display for tourists. The heavy, thick earrings must take some time to get accustomed to - replicas of these can be purchased in Kuching. There are some intricate bracelets and neckwear, along...

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  • Cultural performance at Serubah...

    Perhaps the highlight of a visit to Serubah Longhouse is the evening cultural performance. Welcomed with glasses of a highly potent alcoholic drink by the head of the household, we were treated to traditional dancing and singing by the Iban inhabitants of the longhouse and were then invited to join in on some danicing and games. It was both...

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  • Entering the Serubah Longhouse

    After an amazing boat ride passing lush vegetation along the Lemanak River, the Serubah Longhouse comes into view. And its not hard to understand why it is called a longhouse. We were invited to climb the steep entrance steps to see the living quarters in day light. The communal gallery stretches for 100 metres. Off the gallery are the private...

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  • A visit to Serubah Longhouse by boat

    A great tour option from Kuching is an overnight stay at Serubah Longhouse, home to Iban people. The best way to get there is to travel by bus to Lemanak Jetty and then board a longboa for a one hour trip down the Lemanak River before arriving at the doorstep of the longhouse. The trip down the river takes you through some peaceful, picturesque...

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  • Visit a traditionall market at Serian...

    Serian Town is located about 65km from Kuching. There is a daily market selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and chicken, along with freshly made sweet delicacies. The market also sells clothes, jewellery (that you should bargain for) and pharmaceuticals. It is a very clean market. The store holders are happy to explain their wares. Great for a...

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  • Semonggok Orangutan Centre

    Just a short trip from Kuching is the Semonggok Orangutan Reserve. Here you can see semi-wild orangutans who mostly fend for themselves but sometimes come to the specially erected feeding platform if there is a shortage of food in the jungle. The centre is well run in terms of rehabilitating orangutans to live in the wild - most of the funding is...

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  • Visit a pepper farm

    If you are doing a tour from Kuching to one of the Iban longhouses, make sure to stop off at one of the pepper plantations en route. Liew's pepper farm is open to the public. You can walk through the fields and learn the diffference between white and black pepper. You can watch the pepper being seperated and ground, and buy some fresh pepper to...

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  • Caves

    The two limestone caves near the former goldmining town of Bau are worth a visit, you won't find any gold here but in the wind cave you can see bats and various types of swifts.There are also alters where you can light a incense stick and maybe pray for some gold.

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  • Gunung Gading National Park.

    If you like to see some of the amazing things in life you must try to see the Rafflesia flower.Gunung Gading is one of the places you might just manage it, but check with the park office first or the tourist info centre in Kuching to see if any are blooming.If there aren't any you might like to visit anyway it's a nice place to spend a night or two...

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  • Bako National Park

    Bako National park is maybe one of Sarawaks most famous ones it is also one of the most interesting. Best time to go is April to SeptemberYou need to buy a permit if you are staying overnight in the park which really you will need to to take in one of the hikes, you also have to pay for cameras, videos etc.permits can be obtained from the National...

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  • Bako National Park

    We booked an organized trip here through the tour desk at the Damai Beach Resort. We must have looked weak and weedy as the girl at the desk did not seem sure we would be able to cope with it. It turned out to be less strenuous than the jungle walk we had done the day before. Bako National Park was very enjoyable. We were taken by minibus from our...

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  • Jungle Walk

    There was a marked jungle trail nearby the Damai Beach Hotel. It was only a couple of kilometers but was marked as taking 2 hours. We thought there would be no way it could take so long. In the end it took us around two and a half hours as there was a lot of climbing over fallen trees etc. It was great fun but hot and tiring. I'd gladly do it...

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  • Sarawak Cultural Village

    We spent hours here and loved it. The setting is stunning - a lake in the centre, mountains all round. The village has lots of houses in different cultural styles. You can visit them all. Some tribes put on dance shows: others demonstrate traditional crafts, such as making blow pipes; others sell traditional snacks. It's very interesting to have a...

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State of Sarawak Hotels

  • Hilton Kuching

    Perfect. We had interconnecting non-smoking rooms and a fantastic view of the river. Marshall at the...

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  • Marriott Miri Resort & Spa

    We were looking forward to a weekend at the Miri Marriott. The hotel is undergoing a renovation so...

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  • Premier Hotel

    Jalan Kampong Nyabor, Sibu, Sarawak, 96000, Malaysia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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