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12 Best places to visit in Kuching

 
  • 01Sarawak Cultural Village

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    Stretched over an area of 17 acres of land at the foot hills of Mount Santubong around 40 mins outside Kuching, this is a living museum and a fascinating cultural display, the charismatic Sarawak cultural village. The place is a display of the multiple cultural styles of the region along with a showcase of their houses and living style and conditions. One can experience the essence of each culture and explore the style of the interiors at own leisure. There s a varied collection of handicrafts available here ranging from Kain Songket (cloth of Malay with gold inlay), Iban parang (swords), Bidayuh tambok (basket), Melanau Terendak (sunhat), Pua Kumbu (housewives textiles), Orang Ulu wood carving and others.

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    Highlights: The cultural dance programs by various races showcasing their talents and giving a glimpse of their rich heritage.

    Timings: 9:00 am to 5:15pm and open on all days

    Location: Pantai Damai Price: 60RM for adults and 30RM for children
  • 02Visit the Cat Museum

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    One of the fun oriented exciting places to visit is the Cat Museum which is the first one of its kind in the whole world. Kuching in Malay means Cat and that is one can find quite a few cat statues at prominent places within the city. But what attracts more is the elaborate museum in Petra Jaya in North city hall of Kuching. For the cat lovers this is a complete whole new world with more than 4000 pictures and souvenirs, feline art of various types cats found. Covering an area of 1035 sq meter it is a one of the entertaining destinations especially for the kids.

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    Location: North City Hall on the top of hill called “Bukit Siol”, Kuching

    Timings: 9 am to 5 pm daily (close Public Holiday)

    Price: Entry is free for all visitors however there is a charge of RM3 for Camera and RM5 for video camera
  • 03Bako National Park

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    Covering an area of 2727 hecters, Bako National Park is the oldest national in Sarawak. The destination is almost around 37km away from Kuching with stunning natural beauty and wide collection of wildlife. The destination can be reached by travelling through Petra Jaya Bus No 6 to Kampung Bako from where it’s a boat ride of 20 minutes to Boko National Park. The park holds seven distinctive rainforests eco system. Then it’s a lovely jungle trek exploring the remarkable diversity of wildlife based here and reaching a secluded beach.

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    From this beach one can hire a local boat to watch sea stacks. Langurs (leaf monkeys), wild boar, flying squirrels long-tailed macaque monkeys, and monitor lizards as well as hundreds of different bird species all are available here. There is a cafeteria serving snacks and camping area within the park for overnight stay. Location: banks of Tabo River Price: 10RM per person. Timings: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • 04KUCHING WATERFRONT

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    One of the most peaceful yet refreshing zones in Kuching is the fascinating Waterfront. This waterfront previously was just a riverbank with old warehouses and dilapidated buildings but later with the decision of city council it was beautified with a paved pathway of 1km to facilitate leisure walking and making it so popular for both locals and tourists. With innumerable light bulbs, cool refreshing air and some refreshments café this is transformed into one of the preferred romantic destination in Kuching. The nighttime is especially attractive in this place. Apart from scenic beauty the gigantic heritage buildings like The Sarawak Steamship Company and the Square tower also add up to the charm of the location

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    Highlights: Boat or cruise ride to capture some photos of the beautiful place

    Location: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching
  • 05Kuching Wetlands National Park

    Covering an area of 6610 hectares, the Kuching Wetlands National Park is approximately 15 km away from Kuching. Mostly filled with saline mangrove system, the greatest benefit of the park is its rich marine network with creeks and waterways connecting the major Sibu Laut and Salak rivers bordering the park. The best way to explore the park is by arranging a river cruise through the park where one can enjoy the dense vegetation and luscious greenery. The cruise usually takes half a day tour through the Salak River and entering the smaller creeks thus passing through Malay fishing village, coming up close with wild animals like money , crocodiles etc. All through it’s a fabulous and entertaining experience

    Highlights: spotting Irrawaddy dolphins

    Timings: Best during low tide, as crocodiles come to bask in sunlight.
  • 06THE GREAT ORANGUTAN PROJECT

    Image Credit : Smithsonian's National Zoo
    The Great Orangutan Project is a initiative where people can work as volunteers and spend 2 to 4 weeks time aiding in the conservation project of Orangutan in the beautiful Kubah National Park. It is a pleasant experience where one can extend a helpful hand under the guidance of an expert volunteer. It is also a experience to cherish taking care of the beautiful animals and learning about ways on how they are fed, bathed and taken care of. The volunteers in the project are extremely friendly and it is for them that the project becomes more comfortable, knowledgeable and much interesting. For the travelers it is an excellent chance to be up close to nature and photograph some of the best actions of the native birds and animals.

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    Highlights: feeding the orangutans

    Location:
    Jalan- Landu Sampadi, 20km west of Kuching
  • 07Mount Santubong

    Mount Santubong offers a breathtaking view to the visitors with its natural attractions. The green rainforest touches the aquamarine water of the sea, to offer the most magnificent sites. The mangrove forests are excellent place to experience a range of wildlife from close. The Santubong area also provides an opportunity to experience the exotic sea life, where you can spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, humpback dolphins and porpoises. It is a must place to visit if you love being close to nature.

    Highlights: A 2-hours trek will take you to the magnificent waterfall, which is an ideal place for picnic.A more difficult trek will take you to the peak of Mount Santubong and you will be rewarded with the beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding peninsular area.

    Location: Mount Santubong is located in the state of Sarwak, around 35 Km from Kuching, the capital city.

    Timing: N/A

     Price: N/A
  • 08Sarawak Orchid Garden

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    A major tourist attraction, Sarawak Orchid Garden is home to around eighty two species of orchids including the Sarawak state’s flower Normah Orchid. The garden was open for visit since 2009, and is a place of visual delight to the visitors. Apart from the native species, it also contains a wide assortment of epiphytic orchids from worldwide. There are two parts of the garden, a nursery and a display area where the vibrant flowers blooming throughout the year are put on display for the visitors.



    Highlights: A fun way to reach the park is on a 5 minutes jetty ride across the Sarawak River. Reach early in the morning as soon as the park opens and enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant.  
     
    Location: The garden is located next to Astana, opposite the Sarawak River in Kuching.

    Timing: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday

    Price: N/A
  • 09Fairy Caves

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    The Fairy Cave in Kuching is a massive cavern located about thirty meters above the ground, adorned with abundant plant life mainly ferns and moss covered rock formations, which gives it a mystical aura. To reach the cave you need to climb a five story concrete staircase. Outside the cave you can see huge trees jutting out of the rocks in different angles. Inside the huge and wide chamber you will find crisscross stairways and beautiful rock formations.

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     Highlights: One of the stalactites here resembles Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, which have drawn many local Chinese people to come here to offer prayers. For rock climbers, the cliffs near Fairy   Caves, offer you an excellent rock climbing opportunity with difficulty range of 5-8 as per the French Grading.

    Location: The cave is located 50 Km from Kuching and 8 km from Bau.

    Timing: 8.30 am – 4:00 pm

     Price: N/A
  • 10Wind Caves

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    Wind Cave is a major tourist attraction in Kuching. The cave is just a few minutes’ drive from the Fairy Cave. The cave consists of three tubes like passages which are completely enveloped in dark, and therefore, bringing a torch is a must. There are millions of bats living inside the cave. A number of notice boards can inform you about the different species of bats. There are many underground streams running inside the cave and for this reason, the caves are usually closed during the rainy months.

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     Highlights: At the end of the cave passage, a passageway leads down to a small sandy beach next to the bank of Sungai Sarawak Kanan, where you can swim and enjoy snacks and drinks, after visiting   to  the cave.

     Location: Located about 5 Km from Bau.

     Timing: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm
     
     Price: RM 5 for Adults and RM 2 for children.
  • 11Fort Margherita

    Standing atop a hill and overlooking the Sarawak River, the imposing three story structure of Fort Margherita, with medieval European architecture and white washed walls, is a magnificent reminder of times gone by. The fort was built in 1879 by Sir Charles Brooke and was christened after his wife Margaret Alice Lili de Windt. For long, the fort protected the city from the attacks by pirates. Brooke was the second Rajah of Sarawak, and during his time, the castle functioned as a defensive building, a prison, a weapon store and a place for central control. For some time, the castle also functioned as a Police Museum.

    Highlights: The journey to the fort becomes more interesting if you take a Tambang to cross the river Sarawak.

    Location: The Fort is located across the Sarawak River near The Astana in Kuching.

    Timing: 9:00 am – 4:45 pm.

     Price: Free Admission.
  • 12KUCHING MAIN BAZAAR

    Located at the heart of Kuching, the Kuching Main Bazaar is the best place in Kuching to shop for antiques, handicrafts and souvenirs of your trip to this city, which is a perfect blend of nature, culture, craft, tradition and cuisine. The market is full of shops selling ethnic handicrafts and antiques. The area is an excellent example of the shop house culture of China where the two storey shop houses sit in a long row. It is best to shop around a bit and explore the shops before buying.



     Highlights: Parallel to Main Bazaar is Jalan Carpenter, a similar row of shop houses. Both the areas are excellent for handicraft shopping, enjoying drinks and meals at old fashioned cafes and enjoy the   view of Sarawak River.

     Location: The Main Baazar is located opposite to the Kuching Waterfront near the Sarawak Tourism Complex.

     Timing: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

     Price: N/A