5D/4N Sarawak Cultural Package

Kuching Iban Longhouse - Sarawak

Highlights: English speaking guide Sarawak Cultural Village & Iban Settlement See Orang Utan in Semenggoh Overnight at guesthouse

  from RM 1,210/
  What you get
  • Stay: 3*-5* Hotels (2 nts), Guesthouse (2 nts)
  • Meals: 4 Breakfast, 2 Lunches & 1 Dinner
  • Transport: Return airport transfers and sightseeing on seat-in-coach (SIC)

Kuching is a perfect destination for a traveller to start exploring Sarawak in Borneo, especially if you travel with children and are aware of responsible travel.

Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, which stretches across a strip along the north and east coasts of Borneo, Kuching means "cat" in Malay and the city bills itself “the Cat City.” Kuching’s identity, superficially anyway, is tied up in a cat obsession. There are a number of large cat sculptures in the city center, and there’s even a museum dedicated entirely to the common house cat.

From the Brooke dynasty (failed trader and adventurer James Brooke and his descendents ruled the state as white Rajahs from the 1840s until 1946), the tribal populations, and the historically recent influx of Chinese immigrants, the state of Sarawak actually has a pretty rich and bizarre history.

Kuching is a nice town offering a wide range of good museums – maybe among the best in Malaysia - start with the Sarawak State Museum. It’s housed in a nice 19th-century colonial building and has a good selection of cultural artifacts from the Melanau and Dayak tribes, and some good natural history displays. Across the road, the Islamic Art Museum is a little musty, but the former madrasa (school) that contains it is interesting and there are some beautiful pieces. Further afield, the Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai (about 45 minutes from downtown Kuching) is a kind of living tribal museum. You can walk through actual re-sited long and tall houses and see how various Melanau and Dayak crafts and foodstuffs were made.

An exploratory walk through Kuching’s old downtown won’t furnish you with facts, but it’s a nice way to get a feel for life among the city’s large Chinese population. A good route takes you west across the nicely landscaped waterfront, down to diminutive Fort Margherita. Past the fort, where the esplanade ends, there is a strikingly decrepit old wet market with rows of tiled counters stretching toward corners covered over in vines and roots that have grown up through the floor. Just a bit further on is what appears to be a vacant storehouse with a fully grown tree bursting through a hole in its roof. Across the street is a stretch of wonderfully old Chinese shop houses that used to comprise downtown Kuching. Circling back toward the new city center through the streets behind the waterfront road, you’ll find more charming architecture and a pleasant neighborhood atmosphere. Closer to the new downtown is the historic Hong San Si temple, which was built in 1848 but has seen substantial renovations since.

Nature and wilderness – proboscis monkeys, orang-utans, turtles,birds, big spiders..- are easily accessible at less than one hour, as well as nice and quiet beaches.

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Day 1

ARRIVE KUCHING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at Kuching International Airport.
After that, we proceed to a city sightseeing tour.
Visit places such as Sarawak Museum & Garden, Heroes Memorial Monument, Kuching Waterfront, Esplanade to view Astana & Fort Margherita, Prosperity Cat Statue, City South Council, Civic Centre Tower, and pass by China town, Pavilion, Square Tower, General Post Office, Merdeka Padang, Old Court House, Kuching Mosque, a local Pottery Factory & Souvenirs Outlet and Kek Lapis Outlet with bonus stop at Satok “Open-Air” Market – Pasar Tamu (available on weekends only) before being transferred to your hotel.
After check in, free at own leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2

KUCHING – SEMENGGOH & SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE (B)
After breakfast, we proceed to Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center where Orang Utan, can be found. In the sanctuary, young orang utans which are either orphaned or rescued from captivity, are trained to survived in the wilderness. Take this opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures up close especially during their feeding time.
Feeding time: Morning 9am & Afternoon 3pm
Next we will stop at the pottery outlet before returning to Kuching for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will visit Sarawak Cultural Village which is situated at the foot of Mount Santubong. A museum showcasing the lifestyle, traditions and cultures of different tribes can be found. You will also get to witness the beautiful cultural dance performance at the Village Theater. This tour will leave you with a wonderful memory of Kuching.
After returning from the village, free at own leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 3

KUCHING - LEMANAK LONGHOUSE (B,L,D)
After breakfast check out from hotel before proceeding to Serian Town. Shop for local produce in the native fruits and vegetable market. Next visit a pepper farm and view wild orchids and pitcher plants (insect eating plants) along the way.
After lunch at Lachau (a small chinese village), we will take a boat ride to Iban Longhouse by longboat via Lemanak Jetty. Take a tour around the longhouse and meet and interact with the natives and their families upon arrival.
Dinner at the guesthouse. After dinner, proceed to the longhouse to witness the traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia performance.
Overnight at the guesthouse with toilet and shower facilities.

Day 4

LEMANAK LONGHOUSE - KUCHING (B,L)
After breakfast, watch a blowpipe demonstration by the Iban people and followed by a longboat down river and a short trek through the rainforest up to a pepper plantation and the old Iban cemetery.
A native lunch will be served at the riverbank.
Return to Kuching. En route, stopover in Lachau for refreshments at your own expense.
Check in to hotel and free at own leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 5

DEPART KUCHING (B)
After breakfast, free at leisure until your transfer to the airport.

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Valid from Mar - Oct 2012

Hotel Room Type Twin Triple Child + bed Child no bed
Telang Usan (3*) Standard 1210 1180 820 750
Abell Boutique Hotel (4*) Standard 1270 1240 910 770
Four Point Hotel (4*) Comfort 1320 1300 950 790
Grand Margherita (4*) Superior 1450 1420 1070 800
Riverside Majestic (5*) Superior 1470 1430 1070 800
Pullman Hotel (5*) Superior 1510 1470 1070 800

Not valid during closed our date from 12 - 16 July 2012.

Peak season and public holiday surcharge may apply for certain dates.

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 Travel by planeJohor, Senai Air Asia

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