Top 10 things to do in Kuching, Sarawak

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#1 Visit Top Spot Hawker Centre
If I could, I would have eaten there every day. But then I’ll miss eating at the Chinese restaurant Toh Yuen, which is also fabulous.

Oyster omelette UFO style

Oyster omelette UFO style

2. Stroll along the Waterfront

Local hand-woven bags as sourvenirs

Local hand-woven bags as sourvenirs

Kuching is safe to walk at night

Kuching is safe to walk at night

Just opposite the Hilton Hotel. Most tourists seem to congregate around the waterfront which is the colonial administration centre during the days of the White Rajahs.

3. Have coffee along the Waterfront.

James Brooke

James Brooke

4. Visit the Bako National Park and take a boat-ride

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5. Try the local indigenous food

Bamboo lamang rice

Bamboo lamang rice

Especially the lamang rice which is not sold commercially. Planted by the locals, it is only enough for own consumption.

6. Visit the local Sunday market.

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Sarawak is home to indigenous flora and fauna.

Stir-fry jungle ferns

Stir-fry jungle ferns

7. Buy the local black and white peppercorn

White is spicier and for soup. Black for black pepper steak

White is spicier and for soup.
Black for black pepper steak

8. Visit a longhouse such as the Annah Rais, which is the longest long-house and still inhabited by the locals. You can still spot some trophy skulls from the headhunter days in the chieftain’s hut. I didn’t take photos out of respect. Catch a cultural performance if you’ve the time. Its extremely well choreographed and not touristy as the aim is also to share with the local Malaysians about the rich heritage.

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9.Try the local food such as the Sarawak laksa.
Unlike the Singapore version which uses thick white noodles and thick gravy, this uses vermicelli and is more soupy.

Sarawak mee siam

Sarawak mee siam

10. Catch the Rafflesia.

Largest flower in the world. It was flowering when we were there, but unfortunately was in the opposite direction. For a small fee, you could pay a guide to help you trek to the site.  We went to Semonggoh Wildlife and Nature Reserve to see the  rehabilitation of the orang utans instead, which to me, is a pity, because I don’t like to see animals kept too close to human contact. Although I applaud the authorities who are moving in the right direction and preventing illegal poaching.

Orang utan at Semonggoh

Orang utan at Semonggoh

Its not difficult to see why the White Rajahas of old fell in love with Sarawak. Sarawak and Brunei were part of Borneo.  Its a land rich with flora and fauna, national parks and cultural heritage.

11. For the Chinese, do get the birds’ nest, but only if you know a local who can bring you to the right place as there’re fakes.

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