Kuching and Bako - Orangutravel
Culture and nature of Sarawak in a three days and two nights itinerary to discover the history of Kuching through a walking tour with a local and the vegetation and fauna of Bako National Park
Highlights
  • Exclusive walking tour of Kuching town with a local person
  • Guided visit to Bako National Park
What's included
  • Round trip from Kuching airport to Hotel
  • Transportation to Bako National Park by vehicle and boat
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Meals and basic beverages
  • Entrance fees and permits
Kuching and Bako
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      The city of Kuching is located next to Sarawak river which splits the town in two halves and has been in history the most important dock in Sarawak state for boats inbound from India and China. It’s not far from the sea but at the same found itself to be well protected being sheltered between rivers. Kuching was occupied by the British family of the Brooke – Charles Brooke obtained the title of Rajah, king, for helping fighting invading tribes. Sarawak has been under the Brooke rule for over a century, after being part of the British colonies for a short period before Malaysia’s independence from the United Kingdom. The colonial heritage is still very visible in Kuching and the city hosts the┬álarge majority of historical buildings in Borneo.

      This itinerary includes on the first day a visit in Kuching town with a guided tour that will let you discover the history of Kuching through its buildings, museums temples, food and all that makes Kuching such an unique place in Borneo. The city tour is entirely done by walking (Kuching is flat and not a big city), so you can get a very authentic experience of the town as if you were in Brooke’s time. The tour of Kuching is conducted by a local individual that will share many anecdotes and facts with you along the way.

      On day two the experience continues with another tour outside of Kuching, towards Bako National Park. You will go from culture and history to a full immersion into nature. The path to Bako is covered by tropical rainforest, mangroves and rivers. Eventually you might get lucky to see some proboscis monkeys, silver leaves, lizards, wild boars, spectacular insects and more fauna. Once reached Bako, you can choose different trails according to your level of fitness and preference. Alongside the coastal area of the park there are some beaches and bays to stop by and relax if you want.

      The excursion in Kuching town is private (you and your group only), but since Bako is a protected area, the daily trips there are organised in groups locally and tours are lead by a nature guide “on a collective basis”. City tour and trip Bako depart from your hotel. The itinerary to reach Bako requires you to take some small boats across rivers. Therefore we recommend you have adequate footwear and outfit, a light waterproof backpack (leave excess baggage at your hotel), mosquito/insects repellent, a hat for the sun and a raincoat for any rain (a disposable one will do). Bring also a towel and a canteen to have water with you.

      This itinerary includes accommodation and transfers from airport to Kuching town and back (if requested). On the last day you have the option to continue to another destination from Kuching or leave to airport (transfer included).

      Schedule

      1 Kuching town walking tour
      Meet your driver at Kuching airport accordingly to your estimated time arrival. Transfer to your accommodation. During the journey ask your driver if you need few general information. Check in in your accommodation. At 14:30 meet your guide and start the walk trough the city.
      20150223 14:00Check in time at your hotel.
      20150223 14:30Meet you guide at your hotel lobby.
      20150223 15:00Visit Tua Pek Kong and Hong San chinese temples.
      20150223 16:00Stop at Sarawak Museum.
      20150223 16:45Walk through the local little India, visit the main bazaar and then go to waterfront street.
      20150223 17:00Reach the colonial square with the old court of justice and Fort Margherita on the other side of the river.
      20150223 18:00Coffee or tea time with your local guide.
      20150223 18:30Estimated time back at your hotel.
      2 Bako National Park
      Meet your local guide at your hotel lobby and proceed to Bako national park.
      20150223 07:30Breakfast at your hotel.
      20150223 08:30Pick up time at your hotel lobby.
      20150223 09:15Transfer by boat to the national park.
      20150223 09:45Estimated arrival time in Bako.
      20150223 10:00Trek through the forest.
      20150223 13:30Lunch.
      20150223 15:30Return back to Kuching.
      20150223 16:30Estimated time of arrival at your hotel in town.
      3 End of itinerary in Kuching
      On the 3rd day morning you may choose to proceed back to Kuching airport or to another destination in Sarawak according to scheduled plans. If you choose to go to airport, after breakfast or according to your flight schedule a driver will send you back to airport (take note that the journey from town to airport takes usually 45 minutes with a little traffic and that you should get there two hours before flight departure).
      20150223 08:00Breakfast.
      20150223 12:00Check Out time.
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