When you are visiting Sarawak and Borneo, it’s a must to experience Kuching tourism as Kuching is one of Malaysia’s major food and cultural destinations.
Branching out from Sarawak tourism, Kuching presents you with thorough and memorable experiences with its rich culture. Here are some activities to include in your itinerary whilst in Kuching:
1. FEAST AT CHONG CHOON CAFÉ
The variety of food plays a major role in Sarawak tourism. One of the must-try dishes is the iconic Sarawak Laksa. Many foodies and food bloggers recommend Chong Choon Café as the place to have the famous dish. If you’re not in the mood for laksa, try the kopitiam’s roti bakar. Make sure to dip the kaya and butter filled toast into kopi-o (black coffee with sugar) for an added taste!
2. EXPLORE SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE
Also known as the ‘Living Museum’, Sarawak’s cultures and traditions are showcased here. Arrive before 11:30am to catch an eye-opening cultural performance. Upon purchasing tickets (RM60 for adults; RM30 for children aged 6-12; free entry for children below 6), you will be handed a ‘passport’. Apart from a map and summarized info, there’s a page whereby you can collect stamps for each of the 7 ethnic houses you explore – Chinese Farm House, Malay’s Stilted House, Melanau Tall House, Penan Hut, Iban Longhouse, Bidayuh Longhouse, and the Orang Ulu Longhouse. The Sarawak Cultural Village is about 40 minutes away from Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching. It’s a place you have to explore!
3. WATCH ORANGUTANS EAT
Semenggoh Nature Reserve & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a nature reserve which is home to some rare flora and fauna like kingfishers, pygmy squirrels, all of which you can observe on the wildlife tour. Semenggoh Nature Reserve & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is also famous for its Orangutan rehabilitation programme. You can even witness the feeding of semi-wild Orangutans at the feeding platform at 9:00am or 3:00pm. The fee to enter the natural reserve wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket either at RM3 for adults and RM1.50 for children.
4. EMBRACE NATURE AT BAKO NATIONAL PARK
Although it’s the oldest and smallest national park in Kuching, it’s reputable for its profound wildlife experiences. You can spot wildlife like pangolins, mouse deers, wild boars, and Proboscis monkeys on the national park’s many trails. Before dusk and right after dawn are when the animals come out to play, so catch them at the right time to observe their amusing behaviors!
5. THE CAT FAMILY MONUMENT
One of the most iconic scenes in Kuching. The Cat Family, also known as “The Family of Cats”. This famous monument has been featured in various blogs, websites and even books. People from all over the world come to Kuching to get photographed with The Cat Family.