Kuching (Borneo Malaysia)

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Kuching cruise port

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Kuching is a Sarawak River cruise port on Borneo Island, and the capital city of Malaysia's Sarawak state, with population around 325,000. Kuching is a major food travel destination and one of Borneo's main gateways.

Among the city's best-known tourist attractions are:

  • Kuching Wetlands National Park (former Sarawak Mangrove Forest Reserve) is located some 30 km (19 mi) from the city and covers an area of around 170 km2.
  • Bako National Park covers an area of around 27 km2.
  • Semenggoh Wildlife Centre
  • Rainforest World Music Festival is an annual 3-day long festival celebrating the world's musical diversity.
  • The Astana palace (1870-built) is located on the Sarawak River's north bank (opposite the Kuching Waterfront).
  • Fort Margherita (1879-built) is an English castle designed to protect the port from pirates.
  • Kuching Cat Museum (1993-founded) is the world's first of its kind. It has all 4 galleries with over 4000 artifacts and paintings related to cats. Among those is a mummified cat from ancient Egypt.
  • Sarawak State Museum (1891-built) is Borneo's oldest museum. It displays indigenous arts and crafts, as well as collections of local animals.

Other Malaysian Borneo ports are Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Bintulu. Among the many riverboats cruising on Sarawak River is Pandaw Cruises' ship RV Tonle Pandaw leaving roundtrip from Kuching. The following table shows an exemplary itinerary with the sequence of visited ports of call on Borneo Island.

Date / TimePort
20 AugDeparting from Kuching (bus transfer to Lanjak)
21-22-23 AugDanau Sentarum National Park
23 Aug - 24 AugSelimbau (overnight)
24-25 AugSintang
25 AugKapuas River cruising
26 AugSekadau
26 AugSekayam River cruising
26 Aug - 27 AugSanggau (overnight)
27 AugTayan Kapuas Bridge
27 AugArriving in Kuching (bus transfer)

This 7-day cruisetour itinerary is themed "Into the True Heart of Borneo" / "Pandaw Kapuas Cruise"), with prices starting from around USD 2700 pp. Cruise rates are inclusive of airport transfers, 2-night hotel (Pullman Kuching / bed and breakfast) and guided city tour.

The Kapuas River system is Borneo Island's largest, flowing over 1100 km (700 mi) through Western Kalimantan (island's Indonesian part). The river basin is surrounded by mountains and filled with rainforest teeming with wildlife.

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