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Kuching is a charming colonial town in Sungai Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo. It is a tolerant, multicultural place of good relations and tranquil daily life. During the 1800s, Kuching, the name for felines in the Malay language, was called Sarawak until 1872. From the scenic parks, it's possible to see the distant Bungo mountains during your morning or evening strolls. A visit to Kuching is not complete without encounters with tribal peoples, including the indigenous Orang Ulu, famous for their highly ornamented woodcarving and the haunting melodies of the mandolin-like sape instrument. For an overview of the area, the Sarawak Museum offers a history of Borneo's traditional cultures while the Main Bazaar is a great place to see local color.
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Visit the Sarawak Museum, devoted to the history of Borneo and to the lifestyle and culture of Sarawak's multitude of tribal groups. The museum is one of the best in all of Southeast Asia.
Tour the Main Bazaar, where shops and galleries are stocked with tribal handicrafts and artifacts from across Borneo, including beads, textiles and even spears.
Dinner with locals
Sarawakians are known for their hospitality, and Remote Lands can arrange for you to meet a group of locals, who will introduce you to your first sips of tuak, the potent Iban rice wine. Kuching is known for its excellent local seafood, including regional specialties such as mud crab in pepper sauce.
Noodles & Tea Breakfast
Rise early for a Sarawak-style breakfast. Try famed noodle dishes such as mee goreng (fried rice noodles with egg, tomato, tofu and chilies), and sip on teh tarik, a frothy mixture of tea and condensed milk.
Take in the UNESCO-listed iconic sites of Malaysian Borneo on this insightful 5-day luxury journey. You’ll visit a “living museum,” trek through the stunning Mulu National Park, hike through Asia’s longest cave, relax in hotsprings, and stay in some of Borneo’s must luxury accommodation, like Shangri-La Rasa Ria.
Spend 9 days exploring some of Borneo’s best hidden spots on the sensational luxury journey through Sarawak. You’ll stop by a “living museum,” make friends with a “headhunting” tribe, trek through lush throngs of rainforest keeping your eyes peeled for orangutan, and stay in luxury lodgings like the Miri Marriott.
Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed by Hilton
Resting in the heart of Malaysia’s beautiful rainforest on Borneo Island, the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed by Hilton is a four-star establishment that will cater to almost every travel desire. Guests can choose from 100 accommodating suites, each equipped with stylish wood furnishings, modern décor, in-room movies, high-speed Internet, as well as a refrigerator, and tea and coffee-making facilities. After settling in, patrons can swim in the spacious outdoor pool, play a game of tennis on the asphalt tennis courts, indulge in a massage at the spa and wellness center and take a stroll through the lovely garden. Other services include kids’ club and babysitting services, poolside snack bar, dry cleaning, meeting facilities, and more. After a day of excursions, enjoy a mouthwatering meal at the Nanga Mepi Restaurant. Here, guests will taste authentic Malaysian cuisine and sip exotic cocktails, while overlooking a scenic lake.
With a stunning view of the Sarawak River, Hilton Kuching offers all the luxury and convenience associated with the Hilton brand along with ideal placement on Kuching's waterfront. Each room is designed to promote comfort and relaxation with LCD televisions and high speed internet service provided. Facilities include a gym, pool, florist, and barbershop. In the evening, relax at the Waterfront Cafe or sample local cuisine at Toh Yuen Restaurant before grabbing a drink at Senso Bar. Hilton Kuching is approximately 25 minutes from Kuching International Airport (KCH).
Located at the tope of a hill at Jalan Mathies, Pullman Kuching offers stunning panoramic views of the Sarawak river and surrounding city in each of the hotelâ€™s 389 guest rooms. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the city and within walking distance to local malls and city attractions. Facilities include the largest banquet hall in Sarawak, a fitness center, business center, and spa. Guests can dine at Puzzle for international and intra-Asian cuisine or Nu Er Hong for authentic Chinese dishes and have a drink at Deja Vu or Liquid. Pullman Kuching is located 20 minutes from the international airport.