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Walking Tour of Kuching by Wild_Orchid

Wild_Orchid's recommended Walking Tour-
(tour begins at the Holiday Inn Hotel)

Your tour begins with a short stroll to the Choon Choon Cafe for a quick breakfast of delicious Sarawak Laksa washed down with a cup of robust and fragrant local Malaysian Coffee. Fortified, you are now ready for a brisk walk to the nearby Sarawak Museum. Here you may spend one to two hours to find out about the interesting history & culture of the people of Sarawak.

Next you may want to capture the sparkling beauty of the Mosque on the Old Quarter on film. On the next street you will find India Street where money lenders and traditional businesses continue to flourish.

Continue your walking tour all the way to the Kuching Waterfront. Now it is time to let your tired feet have a rest. Why not have a drink at a cafe or at the stalls, before hopping on a tambang across the Sarawak river to take in the sights of the beautiful Astana Palace (current residence of the Yang Di Pertua Negeri) and Fort Margherita. If you have more time, you might want to visit the Orchid Gardens. After that, take the tambang back across the river and take a short stroll to the nearby Old Court House & Brooke Memorial. Feeling peckish? Drop by the Chinese Temple on Carpenter Street for some kolo mee, enroute take in the sight of the Old Post Office.

Your last stop, the Main Bazaar for a spot of antique and curious shopping. On your return journey to the Holiday Inn, you might want to visit the the 150 year old Tua Pek Kong Chinese temple.

FOOTNOTE: VT'er Muddybok said that he got lost, but I assure you that this Orchid Walking Tour is very do-able, but you'd have to walk quite fast. LOL! Of course, if you take more time and do the tour over two days, you will see much more. Of course, for those who are really tired, grab a taxi. (smile) Whatever it is: Just Don't miss it !!

What lies beyond the Cat City?

On my recent trip back to the fabulous cat city, I decided to go further out into the country-side. I found a few nice beaches that I wanted to share with my readers. I have placed these under my Negeri Sarawak tips.

Welcome back to Kuching!

With greenery all around, and a riverside that meanders around the city, Kuching is certainly peaceful, serene and extremely livable.

The pics shows Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman on the left and Jalan Padungan on the right, while the light blue bit on the top left of the pics is the Sarawak River.

As there is hardly any traffic jam, my friends, local Kuching-ites who work in town have the luxury of driving home for a home-cooked meal, if they feel like it.

The mornings begin early with the sunrise at around 6.30 am, and because there is no traffic jam, after leaving work, there is still an hour or two of daylight left for a game of badminton or football with friends. Or perhaps join the kids for a swim at the Sarawak Club! If you want some "life-work balance", this is the city for you!

If you have time, do check out the Satok Weekend Market on Saturday afternoon and Sundays. Specialities include gourmet delicacies such as sago worms, unnamed sticky and weird forest fruits and ferns, robust yellow egg-plants, and of course the more mundane and common mangoes, bananas, rambutans and durians.

I've visited Kuching a number of times over the last few years and it grows and changes, but its core is always the same. Proud of their unique heritage, Kuching's various ethnic groups continue to celebrate their way of life through festivals and dances. Visit http://www.sarawaktourism.com for more information on festivals and events.

With a pleasant combination of the old and the new, and trees and greenery everywhere, Kuching is that perfect place where you can visit and revisit, time and again!

The Kuching Waterfront

The character of Kuching is in its riverside. The Sarawak River was extensively used for transportation in the old days, and is still used to this day. Pay less than RM1.00 (not even USD$0.20) for a ride on the tambang across the river.

Take a joy ride to visit the nearby attractions such as the Astana (the current Governor's Official Residence) or Fort Margarita and the nearby Orchid Gardens (one of my personal favourites-heheh).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:very lovable, livable and pleasant! no traffic jams
  • Cons:could be a bit slow, with lack of nightlife
  • In a nutshell:if you're seeking a stress-free livable city, this is it!
  • Last visit to Kuching: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    definitely a place I hope to get to next month too! thanks for your info and pics here!

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Thanks for the excellent tips on Kuching, W_O. I added several of them to my travel planner. I can hardly wait for the sago worms!

  • THLIN's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Hey, if I can go to Kuching for 24hr, what can I do to maximise my time there?! Thanks~~~

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2007 at 3:53 AM

    I enjoyed reading all your Kuching tips. I hope I get to visit some day. Congratulations.

  • Apr 21, 2007 at 4:09 AM

    Hi Aunty...I will go to Kuching in the middle of May. Please let me explore your page..Wow! Sarawak Laksa seems pretty good. Do you have recomendation about place to go ? or do you have internet site for me to explore before go to Kuching.Thanks!

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2007 at 8:36 PM

    Love your photos! Great tips too!

  • victorcklau's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 2:57 AM

    Really excellent writings, the reading of it makes me "wanna go". I am going there in mid May, and your tips are invaluable.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Mmmm, interesting...a cat city :o) Lovely opening pic matey!! And great shopping tips :o) Cheers, Ann.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2006 at 3:52 PM

    great tips!

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2006 at 11:01 PM

    Interesting that a Unich would have had the 'balls' to captain a ship so far away...excuse the pun!:):) Great tips as always!


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