If you go to Kuching, famously known as the Cat City for a weekend gateway or short holiday, here are 5 things that you must do or experience in this Cat City.
You may want to start off your morning by taking a stroll along the waterfront riverbank. Watch the sun rises in the morning as folks go about their morning rituals going off to work or jogging along the waterfront.
Secondly, you may want to walk over to Ban Hock road to this little Hainanese coffee shop just beside Grand Continental Hotel. The moment you walked into the coffee shop, your nosetril will be aroused by the aroma of coffee and bread toasted over charcoal. You may want to order half boiled eggs, a set of toasted bread with coffee.
Third, if you are up for spicy food early in the morning, you may want to order Sarawak Laksa which is vermicelli cooked in special spicy laksa gravy and served with chicken, prawns, sliced fried eggs, and coriander leaves garnished over it. A bowl of this famous Sarawak Laksa will definitely warm up your stomach for the day.
Kuching city has its history traced back to the Brunei Sultanate during the 17th and 18th century and later during the White Rajah’s times when the first white Rajah landed in this land of the hornbill and headhunters.
After your hearty breakfast, you may want to take a stroll along Waterfront area and the Main Bazaar to experience times long gone.
Kuching city’s heritage is a mix of multi culture between western and eastern influences. Most of the attraction sites in the city are within walking distance of each other. Some of the architectural sites that still remain today include the old post office, the court house, archaic Chinese temple known as Tua Pek Gong which was built when Chinese traders landed here to trade their ware, shophouses that are centuries old and would fetch premium prices if the owner should decide to sell their property. Some of these old shophouses have been turned into hip restaurants like “The Junk” or one was even called “Little Havana!”. These restaurants are a tad similar to the ones in Luwan district, Shanghai or shophouses at Bukit Bintang area, Kuala Lumpur where very old shophouses are turned into hip restaurants.
Lastly, you are recommended to visit the Malay village across the Sarawak river. Pay only around usd40 cents per ride, and you could get a ride across the river with a tambang, which is a small sampan (boat) operated by local boatman. Once at the Malay village, you would want to visit the several home industry shops there selling Sarawak Layer cakes which they are so famous for and buy some to bring back as gifts for your friends.
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Richard is a travel specialist and runs a local travel agency, Tropical Adventure Tours & Travel in Sarawak. He has over 20 years experience in the travel industry providing logistic support for science research expeditions and adventure for those adrenaline junkie traveller seeking adventure in Borneo especially in Mulu. The company provides top quality excursions into the interior of Borneo, with all the advantages of a properly managed tour operator. He may be reached at richardhii[a]borneotropicaladventures.com (www.BorneoTropicalAdventures.com)
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