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About Kuching

 

Shore excursions in Kuching

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Highlights of Kuching

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the charm of Kuching on this tour of the city’s highlights.

The city of Kuching, which means ‘cat’ in Malay, was once the seat of the White Rajah Dynasty. It was here that Malay, Chinese, Indian and British worked side by side to create a unique community.

Begin your tour with a scenic drive into the city, passing by Putih. This giant white cat statue stands tall at the entrance of the city to welcome visitors, and is the city’s emblem.

Pause for a photo stop at the Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, Kuching's oldest temple, before continuing to the Chinese Museum, where you’ll learn about the origins of Chinese migration to Borneo.

A highlight of your tour will be a visit to the famous Sarawak Museum which is housed in a colonial building reminiscent of a French chateau. This is the oldest museum in Borneo and was built to display local native arts and craft and collections of local animals.

Round off your tour with some free time at Kuching's riverfront. Have your camera ready to capture views of the Astana Palace; the former residence of the 2nd White Rajah, Charles Brooke and the new Sarawak State Legislative Assembly building on the opposite side of the river. You may also choose to take a stroll down Kuching’s oldest street; Main Bazaar, which is famous for its antiques and handicraft shops.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour and around 36 steps at the Sarawak Museum. Passengers are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat.

Jungle and Longhouse

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6¼ hours

Visit a traditional longhouse and take a walk through the rainforest to try and catch a glimpse of an Orang Utan.

A scenic journey takes you to a Longhouse, which is home to the Bidayuh ethnic group, also known as the Land Dayaks who were former head hunters! During your visit pause at the ‘pangah’ or head house to view the remains of their headhunting. You’ll also be able to walk along the communal bamboo veranda to gain an insight into their lifestyle.

Afterwards, you’ll visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Established to care for wild animals that have been found injured or orphaned, the centre is now famous for its Orang Utan rehabilitation programme. Embark on a guided walk through the rain forest and learn about the indigenous plant life. You may be lucky enough to see the antics of the forests residents; the Orang Utan, as they often make an appearance at the ‘halfway house’ feeding station when they’re hungry. Don’t be disheartened if you fail to spot one however as this is a good sign that they are adapting well to their new surroundings.

A boxed snack will be served onboard the coach.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over uneven ground. There are approximately 50 steps to negotiate at the nature reserve and a further 25 at the Longhouse. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed especially between October and March. The private living quarters at the longhouse are not open for private viewing. The Longhouse is quiet during weekdays as most of the residents are out working, and the children at school. Please ask permission from the residents before taking photos at the longhouse. Passengers are recommended to bring a bottle of water on the tour.

Sarawak Cultural Village

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Catch a glimpse of Sarawak’s ethnic diversity and enjoy a wonderful cultural show.

Nestled in the foothills of Mt Santubong, next to a scenic man-made lake is the Sarawak Cultural Village. This real life museum portrays the heritage of the major ethnic groups found in Sarawak; namely the Bidayuh, the Ibans, Orang Ulu, Melanau and Penans.

In this authentic re-creation of a traditional village, you’ll discover how the different tribal groups live and work in Borneo. Take the opportunity to browse around the village, visit the various houses, and observe traditional handicraft demonstrations such as pua weaving and bamboo carving. You’ll also be able to view the cooking styles of the past and learn how the Penans created blow-pipes and other hunting instruments.

To round off your tour, you’ll be treated to a colourful cultural performance of songs, dances and entertainment.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 2 hours walking therefore comfortable shoes are recommended. There are around 20 steps to negotiate to enter each of the houses, and a further 15 steps leading to the venue of the cultural show. The journey to the cultural village is approximately 45 minutes. The houses undergo regular maintenance, which could occur during your visit. The activities at the cultural village can vary. Passengers are recommended to bring a bottle of water on the tour.

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