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Tour Operators in Kuching City

Kuching has many good  licensed tour operators. Some  offer a wide choice of tours and excursions. Prices from each operator are competitive. You may find the operator's offer  is cheaper than organizing the trip yourself.

Bus Services

Bas Limbang Sykt S/B - Stesen Bas Limbang, Limbang, Sarawak.
Tel : 085-21892

Borneo Amalgamated Transport Co Bhd-Stesen Bas, Jalan Court, Bintangor, Sarawak. Tel : 084-693284

Chin Lian Long Motor Vehicle Co Bhd-Pejabat Jalan Pending, Kuching, Sarawak. Tel : 082-332 766

Henry Pang Transport Co Bhd-Depo Bas Pejabat, 54 Jalan Pisang, Kuching, Sarawak. Tel : 082-255 335

Sarawak Transport Co Bhd-2-1/2 Mile, Jalan Rock, Kuching, Sarawak.
Tel : 082-242 579

Sungei Merah Bus Bhd-16, Jalan Khoo Peng Loong, Sibu, Sarawak.
Tel : 084-330 759




Kuching City is spending RM3.6 million per year to ensure the city stays beautiful in terms of landscaping making Kuching worthy to be called a garden city.

As a garden city, Kuching’s landscape should be vibrant . Canna Lily is official flower of the city.


This exotic plant indigenous to South America as having eye-catching flowers and large green foliage and when they bloom, the vibrant colour strikes the eyes.

Other flowering plants decorating the city’s landscape are the kopsia, hibiscus and spider lily.

Altogether the city planted 24 species of shrubs, eight species of ground cover, 13 palm trees and 45 types of trees.

Kuching city within 61 square kilometers had been transformed with this landscape.
Some trees that had provided shade for 20 to 30 years had to go to make way for infrastructure development and ensure safety for motorists.
Over 500 mature trees along the green belt before replacing them with some 10,000 to 20,000 trees and shrubs.

To ensure eco-balance with nature, the council wisely refrained from planting in the city centre trees that would attract birds in order to avoid having to deal with their droppings.

Whatever the council does, it wants to ensure that the 91 plus hectares of land to be cultivated with trees and plants produce scenic landscape worthy for the capital to be called a garden city.


Sematan is a picturesque fishing port located about approximately 110 km from Kuching. 2 1/2 hours drive from Kuching. The long stretch of beach north of the town is a popular weekend getaway and picnic spot for residents of Kuching.

Due to low sloping sand, swimmer have to walk out a fair distance for a swim. There are several chalet developments at Sematan beach.

Sematan Palm Beach Resort. Rates between RM 130-390, including breakfast and dinner. Telephone  712388

Sematan is famous for its beautiful beaches that attract visitors including foreign tourists on weekends and public holidays.

The sub-district is also famous for its silk-farming, wood processing and oil palm industries. These industries depend on the basic amenities available such as water supply.

Supply of treated water in Sematan sub-district increased to double its present capacity after the new pump starts operating in March 2001

The plant at km 22 Lundu/Sematan Road can treat about 6,000 gallons per hour of water from Sebat River. The people of Sematan consume about 50,000 gallons of treated water each day.

More on  Sematan Palm Beach Resort


Telok Melano: This picturesque Malay fishing village is situated at the western tip of Sarawak, about an hour's boat ride from Sematan. A home stay programme offers visitors the chance to experience village life and enjoy the natural attractions of the area. Activities include snorkeling, diving, fishing, jungle trekking and trips to nearby Tanjung Datu National Park. For further details contact the Sarawak Tourism Federation information centre on the Kuching Waterfront. Tel: 240620.
 

Kampung Telok Melano Home stay Programme
En. Abang Ahmad Zulkipli
D/a Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia, Cawangan Sarawak
Tingkat 2, Bangunan Bank Negara
Jalan Satok, Peti Surat 2201
93744 Kuching
Phone: 082-245 481
Fax: 082-256 871


 


Longhouse Resorts
2 longhouse resorts in Sarawak


These type of Longhouse Resorts allow visitors to stay in remote upriver areas whilst enjoying all the comforts of a modern resort hotel. There are currently two longhouse resorts in Sarawak, each serving a traditional Iban area and offering longhouse visits, jungle treks etc.
 

Regency Pelagus Resort, on the banks of the Rejang River, one hour's boat ride from Kapit, overlooks the Pelagus Rapids. The Pelagus Rapids is the highlight for visiting Pelagus Resort.  Longhouse visits, nature treks and river safaris. Tel: 084-799050/1. E-mail: rihresv@tm.net.my. 40 rooms. Full board, RM 200-220 per person (twin sharing). No road link to the resort, the only means to get there is by speedboat or longboat from Kapit Town.
 

Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, situated on the banks of the Batang Ai Hydro Lake near Lubok Antu, is roughly 4 hours from Kuching on the fringes of Batang Ai National Park, and provides jungle adventures with all the usual Hilton comforts. The resort offers visits to some of the most traditional Iban longhouses in Sarawak, jungle treks, and boating and fishing in the lake and its tributaries, etc. Tel: 083-584388, Fax: 083-584399, or contact the reservations office in Hilton Kuching, 082-248200 extn 4035. 100 rooms built in traditional longhouse style. Standard room rate RM 250 (nett), suites RM 350 (nett). Includes restaurant serving authentic Iban Cuisine, bar/lounge, pool table, swimming pool, conference facilities and even a resident naturalist! All rooms fully equipped with a/c, IDD phone, hot & cold water and satellite TV.


Radawan Pitcher Plant and Orchid Garden showcases lowland pitcher plants and orchids from around Borneo. Open from 9 am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. Entrance fee: foreign visitors RM 2 (adult or child), Malaysians RM 1 (adults) and RM 0.50 Children, Located on the way to Semenggoh at Kota Padawan, 10th Mile Penrissen Road. When you reach the Bazaar follow the signposts. Tel: 615566 for further details.


Serian: A small market town about 1 hour from Kuching. Tour groups heading for the Skrang, Lemanak and Batang Ai areas often stop here. The main attraction is an excellent farmers' market selling all manner of fruit, vegetables and forest produce and a thriving fish market. If you are lucky you will also see sago worms, a favorite local delicacy, offered for sale. The Serian District Council has a number of chalets at nearby Ranchan Pools, a local beauty spot. Chalets RM 50-100, Dormitory RM 100 10 beds). Tel: 876681 Fax: 874799.

Bau: A 19th century gold rush put Bau on the map. Small-scale mining continues, but nowadays Bau is a market town and administrative centre, about 60 km from Kuching. There are some interesting caves around Bau. The Wind Cave - a collection of small passageways - is a popular local picnic spot. The Fairy Cave is larger and more impressive - there is a small Chinese shrine in the main chamber and varied vegetation at the entrance. A flashlight is essential to explore the rock formations within. Travel agents can arrange trips, or there are frequent buses to Bau. From the town, take a taxi or hitch-hike (usually quite easy).

If you are in Sarawak during June, it is well worth traveling to the Bau area to witness Gawai Padi, the culmination of a remarkable shamanistic ritual when the Bidayuh community give thanks to the Rice Goddess for an abundant haivest. Each village has its own ritual, complete with shamen, priestesses, trance dancers, musicians, and of course an all-night street party. Contact community insider Mr. Diweng Bakir at the Sarawak Craft Council, Tel: 019-8565498, E-mail: diweng_bakir@yahoo.com, for further details.

More about Bau...

Borneo Highlands Resort & Hornbill Golf & Jungle Club: Located 70km from Kuching, this hill resort is situated at the Sarawak-Kalimantan border, at an altitude of 600 to 1,000 meters. The challenging 18-hole golf course winds its way around the natural features of the highland plateau whilst the Jungle Spa offers herbal treatments and traditional massages. The resort's Clubhouse offers 62 rooms and suites. Phone 234266, fax 258166 or visit www.hornbillgolf.com for further details of golf and spa packages.



Matang Family Park: A popular recreation and picnic spot situated at the foothills of Mount Serapi about 25 km from Kuching (Matang Transport Bus No. 11). There are picnic areas, a children's playground, jungle tracks and a crystal clear mountain stream which is ideal for swimming. Entrance fee RM 3.


Malesiana Tropicals specialises in the artificial propagation of rare tropical plants such as pitcher plants and orchids. Their nursery is located 45 minutes from Kuching and includes a pitcher plant display garden. The nursery is open to visitors but only by prior arrangement. Phone 082-419290 to arrange a visit. Further information can be found at www.malesiana.com


LONGHOUSE  TOURS

Iban hospitality is legendary, and visitors are guaranteed a good time. A longhouse is basically a terraced street of separate dwellings covered by one roof, under the authority of a headman, or tuai rumah. Each family lives in its separate apartment, or bilik, and communal activities take place outside on the verandah, or ruai. This is also where male visitors spend the night. Female visitors will be invited to stay inside the bilik with the family.

Most longhouses are busy, modern farming communities, and people wear practical clothes like jeans and T-shirts when they are at work. Traditional costumes and head-dresses are usually only worn for special festivals like Gawai Dayak (the Iban harvest festival, 1st June), gawai antu (the ancestor festival, very rare) and weddings. If you want to see traditional rituals, customs and dances, then unless you are very lucky it is best to go with an organized tour group.

Tour groups are usually greeted with a glass of tuak (rice wine) and a welcome dance. They are then shown around and treated to various cultural performances, including dancing and drumming. You will usually be invited to attempt the ngajat dance. Do not try to refuse as guests are expected to contribute to the entertainment just like the hosts. If you know any dances, folk songs or poems from your own country, you will make some lifelong friends, no matter how badly you perform. Normally you will be able to stay in the longhouse overnight, but if you prefer some privacy, many tour operators have their own guest houses near the longhouse.

The majority of longhouses that accept guests are in the Skrang, Lemanak, Batang Ai and Rejang River areas. These all involve at least one overnight stop and a longboat trip on the river, but some longhouse safaris can last for a week or more. The Visitors' Information Centre in Kuching has a list of approved tour operators. If you are short of time, there are also a number of Bidayuh longhouses near Kuching that can be visited as a day trip.

Note: Visitors are very welcome at most longhouses, but only if they are expected. If you receive an invitation to a longhouse (quite common when traveling upriver), take up the offer - you are sure to have an interesting and enjoyable trip. If you do not have an invitation it is best to go with a tour group, as you will not only be expected but warmly welcomed.


INDEX of Kuching City  September 24, 2017 11:15:08 PM

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