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Kuching, the capital of the state of Sarawak in East Malaysia, is the largest city on Borneo Island and a popular base from which to explore the surrounding region. Here are some of the best day tours from Kuching, ranging from ecological explorations to cultural adventures.
Bako National Park — 12 miles (20 km) away
Known for its variety of wildlife and lush vegetation, Bako National Park houses seven different ecosystems, including rocky coastline, sandy beaches, and dense jungle. Keep your eyes peeled for the large-nosed proboscis monkey, a species that can often be seen foraging for food among the mangrove trees.
Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre — 15 miles (24 km) away
Orangutan conservation sits front and center on Sarawak’s ecotourism stage, and you shouldn’t leave Borneo without visiting one of the island’s wildlife rehabilitation centers or nature reserves to see these animals up close. Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, located just south of Kuching, provides a sanctuary for injured or captured primates, and you can visit it in just half a day.
Sarawak Cultural Village — 17 miles (28 km) away
Known as Kuching’s Living Museum, the Sarawak Cultural Village brings to life the customs and cultures of Malaysia’s various ethnic groups. Some 150 people live in the village and perform traditional daily tasks, like sago-making and bamboo carving. Several longhouse replicas exemplify the differences between the traditional dwellings of each tribe.
Annah Rais — 40 miles (64 km) away
Annah Rais, a village within an hour’s drive of Kuching, is home to the largest Bidayuh longhouse in Sarawak. A half-day visit to the traditional village offers a fascinating insight into the daily way of life for Bidayuh families.
Gunung Gading National Park — 61 miles (98 km) away
Anyone with an interest in botany should make time for a day trip to Gunung Gading National Park, home to the world’s largest flower: the Rafflesia. The park encompasses four peaks, dense rain forests, and several waterfalls. Besides the giant flower, you might also spot giant squirrels, monkeys, wild boar, or civet cats roaming through the park.
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Cruise across the South China Sea from the Bako fishing village to Bako National Park on a 8-hour nature tour. Your professional guide points out the wildlife, including macaques and proboscis monkeys, during a jungle walk. Admire the picturesque rock formations during a boat ride to a beautiful beach where you’ll have time for a swim. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport from Kuching are included on this small-group tour, limited to seven people.
Visit Gunung Gading National Park on a full-day nature tour from Kuching city, with a jungle trek to search for the parasitic rafflesia, among the world's largest flowers. You’ll hike past scenic waterfalls, following trails lined with thick foliage, with time to swim in a chilly forest pool. This full-day national park tour includes pickup and drop-off at Kuching city hotels and entrance fees, and it’s the perfect way to explore Borneo’s spectacular wilderness.
A tour of Kuching will take you from the era of the White Rajahs to the present day. Visit the world renowned Sarawak Museum and the Brooke Legacy (White Rajahs) - Square Tower, Astana and the Court House. There is also the Cat Monument, Tua Pek Kong - Chinese Temple, the old State Mosque and one of the hottest leisure spots in the City, the Kuching Waterfront Esplanade. 24KM from Kuching City marks the Sarawak Cultural Village, an award winning ‘living’ museum spreading over a 17 acre site at the foothills of Mount Santubong. The cultural village showcases the tribal lifestyles lived by the many ethnic groups that lace the beautiful Land of Hornbills, Sarawak. There are about 150 people living in the village, demonstrating traditional daily activities for you to experience the arts, crafts, games and delicacies of the 7 major ethnic groups.
Explore the primary forest of Bako National Park on a day trip from Kuching to the Muara Tebas Peninsula, where you’ll find diverse plants, wildlife, and ecosystems. Travel by coach and boat to Bako National Park, watch for monkeys, lemurs, slow loris, and many more animals as you enter the forest, then enjoy a local-style lunch at the park’s canteen. With park entrance fees, transport, and lunch included, pickup and drop-off is available in Kuching and the Damai Peninsula, for a fascinating look at Sarawak’s wild side.
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