Meet on arrival at Kuching International Airport then transfer to Kuching City for breakfast.
Then continues for Kuching City Tour.
This is a comprehensive tour where you can see all the places of attraction around this historical city. The tour begins with a drive to see South City Hall and a visit to the photos gallery about the historical and modern city of Kuching, the gigantic Cat Status (mascot of the city)at Padungan before cruising through Chinatown and a stop at the Sarawak Museum, which is acknowledged as one of the finest in the world. It is a treasure house of artifacts and exhibits which possess great archaeological and cultural significance. The route passes through the Syariah (muslim) Court, Satok Market and traditional Malay houses built on stilts, passing through the magnificent looking Mosque built along the river bank continue passing through the old town to waterfront / main bazaar - look out for the old Colonial Law Court - Across the river, is a good view of the majestic Astana (1870) - former palace of White Rajahs and the imposing State Assemble Building.
After lunch transfer to hotel for check in.
5.15 pm. Sarawak River Cruise. (90 minutes). The sunset river cruise on the Sarawak River. This is a wonderful way of observing Kuching City from a different angle and will give you a feel of how transportation to and from the city was in the olden days before the introduction of modern road vehicles. On most days you will be able to enjoy a scenic sunset from the deck of the cruise ship. On board you will be entertain with our local cultural performance and you can take photo with the dancers and refreshment are provided.
Then transfer to hotel for overnight.
8.00 AM Meet at the lobby, transfer to Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre. It is the only one of its kind in Sarawak. These orang utan spend most of the time foraging for food in the shelter of trees, some come out of hiding during the park regular feeding times, creating your best chance to catch a glimpse. From here you will have the opportunity to observe these primates and their behavior, emotions and interactions.
Then the journey continues to Jong’s Crocodile Farm.
The farm is one of the largest crocodile breeding farms in the country with population well over 1000. In this farm, you’ll get to see over a thousand crocodiles that range in size from tiny babies to behemoth saltwater monsters and also photos of the crocodile attach humans. Besides crocodile, there is also the local and exotic species of these leathery beasts, other wildlife such as birds, monkeys, cats, sun bears, deer, lizards and also breeds numerous rare species of birds found in Borneo. Don’t miss the crocodile feeding which is at 11.00 am.
Then proceed for lunch. After lunch proceed to Anah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse.
Anah Rais Longhouse is the oldest settlement in Sarawak as it has existed more than 200 years ago. Tour the longhouse to see the unique architectural design and also the cultural factures which has been preserved until today. The head house (Baruk) is the most unique and important structure. It acts as a fort to protect the whole village from being attack by enemy. Inside the Baruk you will be able to view the human skulls hanging around the fire place right in the centre of the head house. At the end of the longhouse cross the bamboo bridge and jungle walk back to the longhouse.
Then proceed to Hot Spring. The cool flowing river besides the steaming rock pools were an exciting and stimulating contrast. The alternating hot with cold temperatures could assist to dilate and constrict blood vessels, thereby improving blood circulation. Additionally, a good soak in hot or warm water would go a long way to help relax tense muscles, soothe the body and in turn reduce stress. Doctors had acknowledged that immersing in hot water could speed up the healing process or relieve pain caused by arthritis or minor injuries. It was believed to be therapeutic for insomnia and psoriasis too.
On the way back to Kuching City, will make a stop at one of the local pottery factory. This pottery has been operated from generation to generation. Then proceed to our local souvenir, handicraft, pepper and also our local delicacy food.
Then proceed for dinner before returning back to the hotel.
9.00 am Meet at hotel lobby and then proceed to Bau Town was formerly a gold mining town. Before proceed to Wind & Fairy Cave.
The cave takes its name from a stalagmite structure at the entrance that is said to resemble a Chinese deity, Kuan Yin. The cave's outer appearance is unassuming, but the view once you are inside this impressive cave is definitely worth the visit. The contrast between the light entering the cave and the shadowy darkness, along with hues of brown and grey of the rocks highlighted by the rich green of the moss offers many opportunities for the avid photographer.
Then proceed to Wind Cave, named after the constant cool breeze that blows throughout the cavern. Take the chance to observe the many swiftlets and bats that dwell within this large cave and relax besides a subterranean stream that runs through the cave. Then proceed to the stream to dip yourself in the cool crystal clear water for relaxation.
Then proceed to Bau Chinese Temple before going for lunch.
Then proceed to Sarawak Pottery Factory to see how the local making the vases using the local clay.
Then continues to the Local Souvenirs, Handicrafts and also the local produces and products.
9.00am. Pick up from hotel and proceed to Sarawak Cultural Village.
Sarawak Cultural Village is also known as a Living museum, the village. Upon arrival you will explore the 7 authentic replicas of ethnic houses. Chinese Farm House, Malay’s Stilted House, Melanau Tall House, Sago processing Hut, Penan Hut as well as the Iban Longhouse, Bidayuh Longhouse and also the Orang Ulu Longhouse. Displayed in each of the houses are the many artifacts made by the individual dwellers. You will also be entertained by the traditional dances by the various ethnic tribes of Sarawak at the village theatre. (11.30 am in the morning and 4.00pm in the afternoon)
Lunch at Damai Centre Restaurant. After lunch, proceed to Cat Museum.
Cats Museum is a much more interesting museum. This is said to be the World’s first Cat Museum and it contains more than 2,000 cat artefacts and memorabilia from all over the world. The Cat Museum itself holds many interesting history about cats. There are even real stuffed cats here and you’ll be meeting famous cats such as Garfield, Felix, Hello Kitty and many more.
Then the journey continues to Orchid Garden. Orchid Garden serves as one of the city’s major tourist attraction offering both horticultural and botanical interests. The orchid garden boasts a magnificent collection of 79,000 mother plants comprising 112 species and hybrids of orchid. Most of the collections here are an exquisite variety of Borneo species consisting of epiphytic and terrestrial orchids, planted in the open, shaded or semi -shaded areas.
Then proceed to Kek Lapis Cottage which is very famous for the local and tourist. Kek Lapis was introduced to the people of Sarawak from Indonesia officially around 1988. By introducing modern design and traditional layer, coupled with new flavours which inspired from home-made inspiration, each layer is tastefully interlaced with various natural flavours in between the original recipe, modern taste and knowledge from their ancestor.
You are welcome to try various types of flavours of the kek before transfer back to hotel.
Check out from hotel and proceed to Spring Mall (biggest in Kuching), then transfer to Airport for departure.
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