Kuching is the laid back coastal capital of Sarawak and lies on the Sarawak River. It is said that the name ‘Kuching’ is derived from the Malay word for cat and the cat is a symbol of the city. With an attractive waterfront and close to Sarawak’s pristine jungle, Kuching is a very charming city.
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Explore historic Kuching
Set along the banks of the Sarawak river, Kuching has a fascinating history, once held under the sway of the Empire of Brunei and, later, the reign of the White Rajahs of Kuching. It was the second rajah, Charles Brooke, who built Fort Marguerita, built in 1879 and named after his wife Margaret. Further along the waterfront is the Astana, or palace, also built by Charles Brooke, this time as a gift to his wife. The waterfront also has a wide range of shops, restaurants and a Chinese temple, and is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon people-watching and taking in the sights and sounds of this busy Malaysian riverside city.
Jungle walks in Bako National Park
The Bako is the oldest national park in Sarawak, covering approximately 30 sq km at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching rivers, and is a wonderful place to explore on foot. Escorted by an expert local guide, walk along forest trails looking for exotic wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs, long-tailed macaques, Bornean bearded pigs and monitor lizards. The park is also home to more than a hundred species of birds, and an amazing array of plants including wild orchids and carnivorous plant species such as sundew, bladderwort and pitcher plants. At the end of the jungle trail, the guide will show you to a beautiful secluded beach - the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch.
Spot orang utans in the rainforest
Enjoy a rare chance to spot semi-wild orang utans in the jungle surrounding the Semonggok Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. These animals have been rescued from captivity and are being rehabituated to survive in the surrounding forest reserve. The animals roam freely in the rainforest, and often return to the centre at feeding time, making viewings possible. Thanks to the successful breeding programme at Semonggok, there is also a good possibility of experiencing one of the most heart-warming sights in Borneo: an orang utan mother with a young baby.
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