BAKO NATIONAL PARK
This small peninsular is only accessible by boat. It is home to seven distinct ecosystems, giving rise to a remarkable diversity of animals and plant life. Bako’s most famous residents are the unusual looking proboscis monkeys. It is also home to the silvery langurs (silvered leaf monkeys), long-tailed macaque monkeys, bearded pigs, flying lemurs, monitor lizards as well as many different bird species.
Fascinating plant life includes the mangroves, an ecosystem onto itself. There are also the strangling fig trees, carnivorous pitcher plants and symbiotic insect-plant relationships. Unique geological features mark the coastline, whilst well-marked trails lead to rugged jungle-covered hilltops and secluded beaches.
BAU FAIRY AND WIND CAVE
Bau town is about 30km from Kuching. It is a former gold mining centre and was the primary scene of the Chinese Rebellion of 1857. Nowadays, its most popular attractions are its two unusual limestone caves. The Fairy Cave is so-called because of a stalagmite at its entrance, which is said to resemble Kuan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. The Wind Cave is named for the constant cooling breeze blowing through it.
After breakfast, depart for Kampong Bengoh – the launch point for this morning’s kayak tour along the Semadang River and its tributaries. Having been briefed in the ways of handling your kayak and general safety, slide off along the river towards Danu Village, with ample chance to soak up the sounds of undisturbed jungle life as you paddle.
Danu is home to around 50 Bidayuh families. Access to the village is by a narrow pedestrian suspension bridge.
On reaching Danu, enjoy a traditional Bidayuh lunch before continuing along the river to Kampong Semadang, another Bidayuh village in the Sarawak river basin. Disembark and dry off before transferring back to Kuching, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
KUCHING CITY TOUR
The perfect introduction to Sarawak’s historic capital, this tour includes Kuching’s Chinatown, the Cat Statue (Kuching means “Cat” in Malay), the colourful Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, and the world famous Sarawak Museum. Return via the golden-domed City Mosque and through Old Kuching, passing through Gambier Street with its spice dealers and textile shops. Pass by the heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, the Pavilion, the Square Tower, the Court House, the Charles Brooke Monument and the Post Office.
SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE
This award winning Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) is located about 34km. from the city, at the foothills of Mount Santubong. It consists of representative ethnic houses – the Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu longhouses, a Penan jungle settlement, a Melanau tallhouse, a Malay house and a Chinese farmhouse. These houses are built according to authentic styles replete with real, traditional artifacts. SCV is known as a “living Museum” because they have people living in them and carrying out traditional activities.
A trip here will enable you to gain a insight into the colourful traditional and cultures of the various races in Sarawak. Watch how the womenfolk make intricate bead-necklaces and baskets, observe their traditional cooking methods, admire the refined skills of their male counterparts in handling the deadly blowpipe, making the Parang ilang (ceremonial sword) or casting their fishing nets into the man-made lake.
After touring the village, enjoy a multi-cultural performance at the village’s air-conditioned theatre.
MANGROVE, FIREFLY AND DOLPHIN WATCHING CRUISE
This tour starts in the late afternoon with a 45 minute drive and then board a motorized boat to cruise through the mangrove forest to observe the flora and fauna. Somewhere near the mouth of the Santubong river, the Irrawaddy dolphins are quite easily spotted, then on to the Kuching Wetland National Park to look for probocsis monkeys and other wildlife. After nightfall, cruise along the river to watch for crocodiles and witness the mystery of fireflies lighting up the night. Tour ends and transfer by van to Kuching.
SEMENGGOH ORANG UTAN
The Semonggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is located about 22km. from Kuching. It is the only one of its kind in Sarawak. It was set up in 1975 with this 740 hectare of virgin forest. Here is the home to orang utan, honey bears, hornbills, porcupines, storks, eagles, barking deer and monkeys. Most of these animals were rescued from captivity and rehabilitated here in their natural surroundings.
The Center is about 30 minutes drive from the city and another 1.6km. walk (20minutes) through lush tropical rainforest. Here you get to observe how the orang utan are being rehabilitated and trained to fend for themselves before being released into the wild. Visitors are only allowed to observe the orang utan from a distance.
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