Getting There

Flying to Kuching, Sarawak

Kuching is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Kuching International Airport (IATA: KCH) is Sarawak's main gateway. There are near-hourly connections to Kuala Lumpur as well as frequent flights to Singapore, Johor Bahru, Labuan, Kota Kinabalu and other cities in Sarawak like Sibu, Bintulu and Miri. MASwings links Kuching with Mukah. International connections are rather limited, although there are a few weekly services to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Pontianak. Flights to Kuching are also operated by Air Asia. International airlines operating in Kuching includes SilkAir, Royal Brunei, Tiger Airways, and Batavia Ai .Scoot links Kuching with Singapore.

There are few direct flights to Kuching from beyond Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei - however, there are very frequent flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur. This journey takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.





Accommodation

The venue of the Sympsium is Hotel Pullman Kuching located along Jalan Mathies.
It is within walking distance to the famed Kuching Waterfront.
Other hotels within walking distance to the symposium venue are:

1) Hilton Kuching Hotel
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2) Riverside Majestic Hotel
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3) Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching
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4) Grand Margherita Hotel
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** We will be uploading corporate booking rates as we confirm tie-ups with the abovementioned hotels.

Kuching in a Nutshell

Once the capital of the White Rajahs of Sarawak, now with a population of some 600,000, Kuching is small enough to walk around but interesting enough to keep you there for several days, and a good base for exploring Sarawak. It's safe and relatively clean. The name of the city, Kuching, is thought to derive from the Malay word kucing, meaning cat. Many of the locals refer to Kuching as the "Cat City" but it more likely comes from the Chinese word for port ("cochin") coupled with the Malay name mata kucing (cat's-eye) for the longan fruit, a popular trade item. From verbal local history sources: "There was a small tributary of the Sarawak river called Sungei Kuching. It was from this stream that Kuching got its name. However, the stream has since been filled in and built over." The people of Kuching take pride in being the cleanest city in Malaysia and their diverse cultures, so be prepared for a totally different experience from that of West Malaysia.

History

Sarawak was a part of the Sultanate of Brunei 200 years ago but as a reward for help in putting down a rebellion, it was ceded to the British adventurer James Brooke who ruled it as his personal kingdom. Kuching was made his capital and headquarters. The Brooke Administration was given the status of Protectorate under Rajah Charles Brooke's rule and was placed behind the Indian Rajs and Princes. The Brooke family ruled Sarawak until the Japanese occupation in December 1941.

Kuching was surrendered to the Japanese forces on 24 December 1941, and Sarawak was part of the Japanese Empire for three years and eight months, until the official Japanese surrender on 11 September 1945 on board the Australian naval vessel HMAS Kapunda at Kuching. From March 1942 the Japanese operated a POW and civilian internee camp at Batu Lintang, 5 km (3 ml) outside Kuching.

After the end of World War II the third the last Rajah, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke ceded Sarawak to the British Crown in 1946. Sarawak and the British Commonwealth fought an "Undeclared War" with Indonesia to keep Sarawak from being absorbed into Sukarno's Indonesia. The British gave Sarawak independence in 1963 and together with North Borneo, Sabah and Singapore, helped form Malaysia on 16 September 1963. Singapore became an independent nation in 1965.

Holidays

Kuching, and Sarawak as a whole celebrate all Federal holidays except Deepavali. Sarawak has also declared holiday for Good Friday (1 day) and Gawai Day (2 days). Unlike other states in Malaysia, not all Islamic events are declared as a holiday other than; Hari Raya Aidilfitri (2 days), Hari Raya Aidiladha (1 day), Maulud Nabi (1 day) and Awal Muharram (1 day).

Avoid touring to the Santubong area during first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri as heavy traffic occurs at Petra Jaya. Tourists can expect a large local celebration for major holidays such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Day . Gawai is a local ritualistic celebration similar to a harvest celebration with proceedings commencing around sunset on the evening of 31 May. It is an officially recognised holiday only in Sarawak and the subsequent celebrations may last for several days.

People

Kuching prides itself on being one of the most multi-racial cities in Malaysia. The Chinese speak Hokkien, Hakka and Foochow. Other notable "dialect" groups among the Chinese include the Cantonese, Teochew, Hainanese and Heng Hua. The Malays, who are comprised of Kuching's original inhabitants as well as migrants from neighboring Indonesia, form only slightly less of the population than the Chinese, while Ibans form about 5% of the population. There are also original Indian migrants who have lived in Kuching for many decades. The Indians are divided evenly between Tamils, Sikhs and Punjabis. The remainder are other indigenous races, most notably the Bidayuhs, Melanaus, Javanese and Orang Ulu settlers. What makes Kuching city unique from other towns in Sarawak is, Kuching city population does not reflect the true demography of the whole Sarawak.

Most people of Chinese descent live in South Kuching area, like Padungan and Pending. The Malay mostly live at North Kuching area, and are spread evenly throughout South Kuching area. Other races like Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau and Orang Ulu are spread evenly throughout Padawan and some at South and North Kuching. Indian communities of Tamil descent mostly live at Batu Lintang and Gita area, while Javanese communities mostly live at Mile 20 Kuching-Serian Road, Rantau Panjang (Batu Kawa) and Kg. Kolong at Matang.

Climate

Kuching enjoys sunshine throughout the year as any other tropical cities. Rains and heavy showers occur occasionally which always due to precipitation and monsoon season. Hail might sometimes happen in Kuching. However, strong winds, tremors and heavy thunderstorms are very unlikely to occur. It is recommended to visit Kuching during hot season which is from March to October every year. Monsoon season normally occur between November to February. However, the monsoon does not hinder too much of the tourists' activities.

Orientation

Kuching city can be divided into a few areas:
  • Padawan - It's a small town at the outskirt of Kuching city. It's popular with its traditional Bidayuh kampungs and longhouses. This area is home for multiracial communities such as Bidayuhs, Javanese, Malay, Chinese and Iban & Orang Ulu settlers.
  • Kota Sentosa - Before being named Kota Sentosa, Kota Sentosa was called (now colloquially) 'Batu Tujuh' or 7th Mile. This area is a commercial hub for people from Batu Kitang, Kg. Haji Baki and surrounding areas. Sarawak Mental Hospital is also located here. Kota Sentosa has also grown its importance due to it's vicinity of Army Camps.
  • BDC - BDC was long time ago a remote housing area. However, today it has grown importance as a commercial hub for Stutong and Tabuan Heights area and also a growing elite housing areas.
  • Tabuan Jaya - Tabuan Jaya, like BDC, was long time ago a remote housing area. Today, it has emerged into Kuching satellite city. It is also well connected to other important areas in Kuching such as Pending, BDC, Muara Tabuan Industrial Estate and Demak Jaya Industrial Estate.
  • Pending - Pending is an industrial area with connecting wharf, ports & harbour. It is a mostly Chinese majority populated area of the white & blue collar middle working class, living in sub-areas of Kenyalang Park & Bintawa. Major industrial players here with their factory setup, among them are Komag, CMS Concrete, Taiyo-Yuden, Kuching Plywood, Gold Coin Fertilizer and Sarawak Clinker Plant. Pending is connected to Kuching city centre via Padungan.
  • Batu Kawa - Batu Kawa got its name from volcano crater found at Gunung Serapi. It has now emerged into important satellite city of Kuching, which consist of MJC Commercial Area (with condominium housing, elite housing areas and shoplots), Sg. Maong and Pekan Rantau Panjang.
  • Matang - Matang is another emerging town under Kuching. Among its prominent attraction is Matang Jaya and Gita.
  • 3rd Mile - An emerging commercial area once the home to Sunny Hill School, Sarawak's first private school, and also an old-fashioned cinema, Capitol Cinema. 3rd Mile was once an important train route in Kuching.
  • Padungan - Padungan is the oldest commercial & shopping hub in Kuching. Chinatown is located here. It's also an important area for nightlife and clubbing, 4-5 star hotels such as Crowne Plaza, Grand Margherita (formerly Holiday Inn), Hilton, Pullman, Somerset Gateway and Novotel, popular tourist spots such as Kuching Waterfront and Cat statues.
  • Simpang Tiga - Simpang Tiga is famous with its federal government complex, Swinburne University and newly opened "The Spring" shopping mall.
  • Satok - Satok is the most widely spoken place among tourists for its weekend market. It is also the smallest DUN (State Legislative) area in Sarawak.
  • Petra Jaya - Petra Jaya is home for majority of Malay population in Kuching, and most probably in Sarawak. It has a lot of Malay kampungs, low-cost housing schemes, housing estates and it is also a headquarters for Sarawak state government, which is an idea later copied by Federal Government for their Putrajaya. Petra Jaya consist of area from Kg. Tupong to Semariang to Demak Laut Industrial Estate.
  • Santubong - Santubong is located 30 km away from Kuching. It is a tourist spot for beach and annual international events such as the World Rainforest Music Festival.Great place for a weekend getaway.
  • Talk

    Kuching is a very multicultural place, and most locals speak at least Malay and their ethnic tongue, with quite a number able to speak a decent level of English as well. This is due to the fact all Kuchingnites take English as a second or third language. The ability to speak either Malay, English or Mandarin is usually enough for someone in Kuching to get by.

    While standard Malay is well understood, the local dialect, known as "Bahasa Melayu Sarawak", is different enough to be officially categorized as its own language. Malays from coastal part of Sarawak, especially the one from Sebuyau, Kabong, Saratok, Betong, Sri Aman and the surrounding areas speak different dialect called "Bahasa Orang Laut". Malays from Sibu and Miri speak similar language with Kuchingites Malay, but they have some terms unique to their dialect, for example "Pia" in Sibu (in Kuching, they called it "Sia", which means "there"), "Cali" in Miri (in Kuching, they called it "Jenaka", which means "funny"). However, Bahasa Melayu spoken in Limbang and Lawas is a distant difference from Bahasa Melayu Sarawak spoken throughout Kuching-Miri.

    Most Chinese in Kuching speak Hokkien (Minnan) as their native tongue, but Mandarin is the standard language of education and spoken by nearly all Chinese in Kuching. The Iban language is spoken by some Iban people in Kuching, but almost all of them also understand Malay. You may also encounter speakers of other tribal languages like Bidayuh, Melanau and Orang Ulu.

    The lack of homogeneous language used by the peoples is also clearly reflected around the city. Signs such as road names are written in Malay and Chinese. Street signs are in Malay. Shop names and other private signs are usually written in Malay, English or/and Chinese.



    Speaking Malay in Kuching

    Please notice some basic communication terms in Bahasa Melayu Sarawak.
    Kamek - I
    Kita - We
    Kitak - You
    Auk - Yes
    Sik - No
    Kamek Mauk Pergi Jamban Dolok - I Would Like To Go To The Toilet
    Kitak Dari Siney? - Where Are You From?
    Nyaman Juak Makanan Tok - This Food Is Quite Tasty
    Kamek Ngupok/Mupok Dolok - I'd Like To Make A Move
    Nama-Name
    Maok-Want
    Jamban-Toilet
    Duit-Money

     

     

    Getting Around

    By Taxi

    Taxis are somewhat reasonable in Kuching. Although taxis are metered, the drivers seldom use it and sometimes will slightly overcharge. They may also hide the meter behind a rudimentary cover and claim to have no meter. The Red/Yellow taxis are budget cabs at lower prices, while the Blue taxis are 'executive' level and are more expensive. Take your time an appraise the honesty of the driver before proceeding. A reasonable taxi fare from Kuching city centre to Santubong/Damai (45 km/50 mins) is RM60 and from kuching city to the airport is about RM26. Taxis can also be hired by hourly basis upon request and is normally charged at a rate of RM40 per hour. Some hotels provide their own shuttle vans or buses to designated tourism spots and city centre. Check with your hotel should they provide this kind of service.

    By Car

    All major roads in Kuching city and suburban areas are well tarred and fairly maintained. Driving orientation is on the left and is generally slow-paced. Speed limits on dual-carriageway roads can reach a maximum of 90 km/h and can be reduced to 80km/h or 70 km/h during festival seasons.

    Tourists from cosmopolitan cities may not appreciate the driving attitude of local road users. Some drivers tend to make a turn or overtake without using indicators, and others drive beyond the speed limit. You may also find a handful of road hoggers (cars, lorries and even motorcycles alike). Honk car horns and flash high beams with careful discretion. Self-driving in and around Kuching can be challengingly fun. Directional signs in Kuching are so inadequate and it takes a good road map and a good sense of direction to get you around.

    Car Rental


  • Tanwee Car Rental Kuching, Kuching Sarawak best car rental company,, +60 16 5757 312 (tsheauwee@yahoo.com.my). Mon-Sun , 8AM-9PM, call or whatsapp for booking and enquiry. Daily, monthly and yearly basic.Budget cars, family cars , mpv and van available.For faster reply please call or sms. From RM60/day cash only, Services provided including homestay, hotel reservation and Tour with driver.

  • Fairuz Car Rental Kuching, online car rental company, visit http://fairuzcarrental.kitak.org, +60 13 884 9441 (peruszi at g mail dot com), [7]. M-Su, 8AM-9PM, Book online at http://fairuzcarrental.kitak.org or contact by email or SMS. From RM70/day, cash only

  • '''Kuching Car Rental''', Jalan Lapangan Terbang, Kuching, Sarawak., +6016 8507192 / +6014 6888575 (myborneomesra@gmail.com). From RM60/day, cash & Credit Card accepted, Tour with driver also provided.

  • Car Rental Kuching (Car Rental Kuching), (Opposite of the domestic hall exit area), +60 16 8621613 (kelvin@carrentalkuching.com), [8]. From RM95/day, accept visa/master card.

  • Sime Darby Rent A Car (Hertz Malaysia Licensee), GL20, Ground Floor, Terminal Building, Kuching International Airport (Booth is after you claim your luggage at the airport), +60 82 450740 (kch@hertz.simedarby.com, fax: +60 82 450741). M-Sa 8AM-6PM, Sun and public holidays meet confirmed reservations. From RM150/day, credit/charge cards only.

  • Kuching Car Rental (Kereta Sewa Kuching), AJ 205, 1st Floor, MJC Batu Kawah New Township, Jl. Batu Kawa, +60 82 376 030, +60 82 455 022, +60 16 888 4020 (reservation@kuchingcarrental.com, fax: +60 82 455 422), [9]. M-Su, 8AM-9PM, Call to confirm reservation or book online. From RM98/day, credit/charge cards only.


  • What to See

    Kuching is a heaven for tourists. It is one of the main tourist destinations in Sarawak.

    In Kuching, you can enjoy various sightseeing activities. Among them are visiting museums, sightseeing of Kuching city and sightseeing for nature lovers. Kuching is quite the sunset spot, often regarded as "one of the most memorable". Take your shots, and enjoy the sunsets from the Waterfront, Santubong Peninsular or Bako Peninsular.

  • Tua Pek Kong Temple, Jl. Padungan (East end of Main Bazaar). This temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Kuching and located strategically at the heart of Kuching. It was just at the opposite of Chinese Museum. It was built in 1843. Various festivals are held here for example The Wang Kang Festival (to commomerate the dead) and Ghost Festival.
  • Sultan Iskandar Planetarium. This first planetarium ever built in Malaysia is in the Kuching Civic Centre complex. This planetarium shows videos of astronomic adventures of every planets in the solar system.

  • One can enjoy sightseeing of Kuching City at various locations. What is unique of Kuching city in sightseers' eyes is how the skycrapers built in the vicinity of lush green jungles.


  • Kuching Civic Centre, located at Jl. Taman Budaya. This is a 3-building complex, landmarked by its tower with an umbrella-shaped roof (under renovation as of May 2014. No access). This is the best place to get a 360° aerial view of Kuching City. Take a beautiful snapshot of Kuching concrete buildings in the assembly of lush green trees. The viewing platform is available for public access only during daytime, served mainly by two bubble lifts. Also at the top you can find a souvenir shop and the highest public toilet in Kuching. Just one level below, there's a restaurant called Link. Oe, on the ground, there's the Sultan Iskandar Planetarium, some hawker stalls, a sports gym (which used to be a public library) and a multi-function hall.
  • Kuching City Mosque, located near the open air market. It was previously the main mosque for Kuchingites and known as the Sarawak State Mosque, later it was re-designated as the Kuching Divisional Mosque. It was built in 1968 on a site originally used for a wooden mosque as early as 1852. It has a striking design, featuring a combination of mid-western and Italian architecture. It is still now a perfect place for Muslims visiting Kuching to stop by for prayers.
  • Masjid Jamek, or "Jamek Mosque" is located at Petra Jaya. It was adjacent to the State Library and housed Dewan Hikmah, a multi-purpose hall, usually for Muslim wedding receptions. It has also some quarters for the Hafizs and the Ustazs. It was the most crowded Mosque in Sarawak due to the location nearby and area where majority of Kuching Muslims reside. It is still a most favourite place for Friday prayers due to the mosque being comfortable and air-conditioned.
  • Medan Raya Complex, located at Petra Jaya. Originally planned as the State Government Administrative Centre with a dual-carriageway boulevard linking the Kuching North City Hall and Wisma Bapa Malaysia, currently just having one building on the site called Baitul Makmur, which houses four state ministries. This area is perfect for jogging, walking and sightseeing of romantic (sometimes erotic) couples. A man-made lake lies in the centre of the complex, where locals usually race their RC speed boats after office hours, much to the annoyance of anyone living within the radius of a kilometre. At night, the fine stretch of road crossing the lake often becomes an illegal dragstrip. Come at the wrong time and the long arm of the law awaits you. Be warned.
  • Kuching Waterfront. Any visit to Kuching is incomplete without taking a brisk walk at the RM1 milion per 10 m strip of Kuching Waterfront. It is the most popular meeting (and mating) place in Kuching. It was once a line of old warehouses. During the daytime, the Waterfront is the best place to view the Astana, Fort Margherita, adjacent Malay kampungs of Kampung Sinjan and Kampung Lintang or even the newly constructed DUN complex. At night, it is the best place to see nightlife of lovers, youngsters and love-makers. Some food kiosks are also present here but mind the high charges on food. My Kampong have a small kiosk that serve mee mamak. If you do order traditional Malay food such as grilled fish, be sure to ask them to warm it up.
  • Main Bazaar. A very long row of shophouses for you to shop for Sarawak souvenirs and handicrafts.
  • Kuching Reservoir Park (Taman Budaya), located at Jl. Reservoir/Jl. Taman Budaya. Literally meaning 'cultural garden' although the cultural aspect of it remains questionable. Once a reservoir for water storage and hence forever named the Kuching Reservoir, it is a perfect place for jogging, walking and sightseeing and has a big pond. The Kuching Central Prison is just next to this garden, just so you know. Be aware of the mosquitoes.
  • Sunday Market (Pasar Minggu), Jl. Matang Jaya in Tamang Foong Joon. The Sunday Market (at the new location called "Medan Niaga Satok") comes alive beginning Saturday afternoon and runs until Sunday afternoon. The market is so huge that it might break your legs to walk to every corner of this market. It is divided into many sections such as food, fruits, vegetables, fishes (salted terubok fish is sold here), potted plants, jungle produce, including wild honey, pets, bundle clothing, magazines and even toys. The market is like a huge hypermarket, without air-conditioning. Some word of advice, wear shoes when you are entering fish and chicken areas. Those areas are wet in nature and the traders might not be ashamed to splash some water to your feet. It is open almost every weekend. However, during big celebrations like Gawai, Chinese New Year or Hari Raya, some stalls at Pasar Minggu are closed. The Pasar Tamu however, which is part of the market with a permanent roofed structure, operates on a daily basis.
  • The Astana. Or the Palace in English, resides the current Yang di-Pertua Negeri or the Head of State of Sarawak. The palace is situated on the north bank of the river, just across the river from Kuching Waterfront. It was built in 1870 by Charles Brooke as a bridal gift to his wife Margaret. Next to it is Orchid Garden and beautifully decorated garden with observation tower. A sampan deck, which is named Pengkalan Sapi is also situated within the Astana vicinity.
  • Friendship Garden, located at Tabuan Heights. The garden is developed to mark the symbol of friendship between China and Malaysia. The garden is beautifully crafted with small ponds and gardens. Perfect place for sightseeing, feeding the koi fishes and trying your luck at the two wishing wells.
  • Sarawak State Library (Pustaka Negeri), Petra Jaya, near to Masjid Jamek. For sightseeing purpose, visitors can opt for aerobic sessions hosted every afternoon at the library compound. The lake in front of the library is the most suitable place for aquatic lovers. A lot of fishes from different species are bred here. They normally get foods from the visitors, so bring your fish food or breads here.
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    What to Do

    Kuching is a great home-base for jungle trekking and exploring Borneo.

  • Bidayuh Longhouse Adventure. Located at Annah Rais village near to Borneo Highland Resort. They offer overnight packages for you to experience the traditional Bidayuh longhouse communal life. You get to try out all sort of local dishes, home-brewed rice wine, and also lots of activities to keep you occupied, such as tropical rainforest jungle trekking, bamboo rafting, visit to natural hotspring & etc.
  • Bike Tour & Adventure: Paradesa Borneo. An adventure tour company that pioneered bike tours in Kuching. Located near the Kuching waterfront, the operation offers popular bike tours both inside the city and the more adventure biking in the surrounding rainforest. Travel Globally, Cycle Locally. www.paradesaborneo.com
  • Kuching Kayaking. You can choose to kayak in the Sarawak river (in the city) for a leisurely and unique perspective of Kuching; or you can choose to kayak in the sea where you may bump into dolphins; or you may choose to kayak through the rainforest and experience the sights and sounds of the jungles of Borneo. Whichever you choose, its an experience you won't soon forget.
  • Borneo Headhunter Tattoos. Tattoo designs inspired by Sarawak's indigenous tribes. There are a handful of parlours in Kuching that specialise in indigenous designs and are very clean and hygenic.
  • Kuching Tattoo Friendly couple and very professional. Situated same row as Kiosk 2 Cafe. A few doors away from The Junk Cafe. (Upstairs)
  • Bumbu Cooking Class, 57 Carpenter St., +60 19 8791050 (bumbucookingclas@hotmail.com). In an old traditional shophouse and almost resembles a typical indigenous kitchen but it is more modern and hygienic. The class includes a visit to the market where you will learn to choose and buy the best natural ingredients. Bookings are essential. The price is MYR150 with the market tour or MYR120 without.  
  • Scuba Diving,Dive at Talang-Talang Island to see turtles, or visit the World War II Japaneses ship wreck.
  • Fish Feeding. If you love feeding fish, try bring those fish food at the lake of Sarawak State Library, also at the Friendship Garden.
  • Pusat Kemahiran Seni, Sarawak Cultural Village,. A traditional Sarawakian dancing class is available at the centre, also lessons in playing traditional musical instruments like Sape and craft lesson for beginners.
  • Traditional Batik-Making, Located at Jl. Stadium. Hands-on experience with making traditional batik. You can learn how to apply batik motives based on Sarawak culture. The operators of Perbadanan Kraftangan (Handicrafts body) are also expert in pua kumbu. Contact them to arrange for a lesson.
  • Bidayuh Spa and Massage. At Borneo Highlands resort. Traditional spa and massage of Bidayuh.
  • Jogging and brisk walking. If you love jogging and brisk walking. There are plenty of places to do so. Among the popular places are Kuching Reservoir, Masja and Kampung Haji Baki Garden.
  • Sarawak Layer Cake Making. At Kampung Lintang and go to any Malay houses there to savour the making of famous Sarawak layer cakes. Among the layer cakes you can choose from are Sabok (or Sampin in standard Malay) Tun Razak cake, Dangdut cake, Retak Seribu cake and Hati Pari cake. Local guides required to look for the housewives who make the layer cakes for sale and provide teaching lesson. Other places include Rabiah Amit's house in Petra Jaya RPR Fasa II (not far from Kampung Lintang) and Dayang Salhah's in Kampung Gersik.
  • Tringgus Tribal Experience, (1 hr from Kuching city), +60 12 8094730,+60 10 5267669. 8 hours. The original 'Tringgus tribe of Borneo' were a feared sub-group of the Bidayuh (Land Dayaks), warrior headhunters of the Borneo interior, living a predominantly hunter-gatherers lifestlye. They knew how to utilise the medicinal and poison plants, edible plants and roots. Explore ancient rainforest and it's flora and fauna. Nature activities include jungle and river trekking, climbing and exploring the nearby mountains, camping and traditional white water fishing, visiting ancient remnants and relics of Tringgus tribal villages and sites. Overnight in homestays available. The park has many norctunal sights. from rm100.
  • 71st Skin Slavery Tattoo Studio, 1st floor, No. 75 Jl. Padungan (Opposite Everise Supermarket), +60 13 8177227, [ Specialise in custom tattoo, cover up, colour, black and grey work. All needle and material is in single use and well sterilized. Visit for consultation.
  • Qhumang-Balai Ringin Wild Adventure, (Approximately 60 km from Kuching City), +60 12 809 4730 (email:qhumang@gmail.com), River cruising and wild fishing adventure, jungle trekking and natural adventure as well as homestay and wild camping experiences.
  • MG ATV Extreme Park, KM26 Batu Kawa-Bau Road. 2.4 km ATV (all-terrain-vehicle) circuit, and facilities for motocross, pit motorbikes, 4-wheel drive, mountain bikes & camp site including Night Ride & Camping with a camp site adjacent to the Sarawak River. Virgin rainforest surrounds the park.
  • Mirage Spa, Jalan Padungan Lama, Kuching, 082-424022. Foot & Body massage , SPA & yoga - Pamper yourself with a massage session in our hideaway for body, mind and soul.
  • Kuching Caving, KuchingCaving@gmail.com (Call or email), 0128862347,. 0900-2000. Easy, intermediate and technical day trips through fabulous, deserted caves. The company supplies you with all equipment and protective clothing. From 199.
  • Semadang Kayaking & Bamboo Rafting, Upper Sarawak River, Borneo Highland, +6013 804 2118 (info@semadangkayak.com). 0900 - 1500.This is a great experience for nature lovers and the adventurous. You can kayak down the river in the Borneo Highlands, Padawan region and enjoy the breathtaking rainforest scenery. The company provides One-stop adventure trip - Kayaking, Bamboo Rafting, Caving, and Semenggoh Orang Utan tour. Guided by professional kayaking & rafting guide. The tour package includes lunch, return transfer to hotel, safety equipment and photo CD. Suitable for children and beginners. Price from MYR 188.
  • Beauty Basics, Lot 1273, 1st Floor, Block 17, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Baru (Airport Road), 082-452121, 1-3 Hrs. 2 minutes drive to airport. Rejuvenate, relax and pamper yourself to a soothing spa or beauty treatment at Beauty Basics. Beauty Basics offers a selection of professional facial and body treatments as well as pampering service using the best quality products from Cosmocell. Meridien massage is a must try. RM48 & above.
  • Backyard Tour Local Experiences, +60165371128, 0830 - 1600. If you are looking for an authentic experience in Borneo jungle without having to go far from Kuching city, check this out! The company work closely with the locals in Padawan region to share about their natural backyards, culture and tradition straight to you. Price from MYR165.
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