QUAINT KUCHING

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Published on July 04, 2019 with No Comments

This small city can easily transport you to colonial times, romantic charm and wild Borneo all in a day.

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SEE Krawak River to see how Kuching has developed. Spot historical landmarks such as the Astana built in 1870, Brooke Dockyard (1912), Kuching State Mosque (1847), the Old Court House (1874), Square Tower (1879), Main Bazaar (1864), Chinese Museum (1912), Fort Margherita (1879) and the Malay villages of Kampung Boyan and Kampung Surabaya (1860). You’ll have plenty to share with the folks back home.

DO Make a day trip to Bako National Park to see the Proboscis monkeys. The national park is both the oldest and one of the smallest in Sarawak. Hike along 16 colour-coded trails through the jungle, visit the nearby outlaying islands for the unusual rock formations, and spot other wildlife tham the pot-bellied residents. Or, head over to Sarawak Cultural Village, a living museum featuring traditional longhouses and dwellings of various ethnic groups. In July, the traditional ethnic houses turn venues to host events and workshops for the annual Rainforest World Music Festival.

SHOP The Main Bazaar near the Waterfront is the street in the heart of Old Kuching. It stretches along the southern banks of the Sarawak River. Here, traditional Chinese shophouses dating back almost a century line the street. Some retain their original trades; others sell handicrafts. Shopping here is for all things traditional, arty and crafty.

STAY The Ranee is a romantic, 24-suite boutique hotel that makes the perfect base to discover the historic and multicultural charms of Kuching. Named after a wife of a Rajah, interiors take on period theme, with vintage suitcases, antiques and other vintage finds.

 

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kuching 4x weekly. Discover things to do in Kuching in www.muhibah.com.bn

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