James Brooke's Kuching - Orangutravel
  • Duration: Half day (about 4 hours)
  • Starts in: Kuching
  • Ends in: Kuching
Learn the history of Kuching through a local guide that will take you around historical buildings and landmarks of the old town once ruled by the British Rajah of the Brooke dynasty - stop by the Sarawak museum and learn about the original people of the land
  • Complete guided visit of Kuching with insights from a local
  • Learn about Kuching history and its people
  • Visit Sarawak museum and learn more about Sarawak history and its tribes
What's included
  • Private vehicle with local guide
  • Entrance fees & permits
James Brooke's Kuching
Any amount of people can join.

      Since 1838, Kuching had as its governor ┬áthe famous “white rajah” James Brooke, who set up a dynasty of “white kings” (as they were called locally) in the Sarawak region of Borneo. The British rule lasted until Malaysia independence, after the two states of Borneo joined the Malaysian Federation. Since then, Kuching has not lost its multi ethnic and diverse character, and most of the buildings and the road planning left by the British are still there.

      The city of Kuching lies on the bank of Sarawak river, and it was an important dock for the goods coming from India or China. Today the traces left by these trades are still visible in the historical buildings of the city center, where palaces from the Brooke period are, together with churches, buddhist and taoist ┬átemples and architectural elements from different cultures merging together in a melting-pot unique in Asia. The highlight of this day excursion is the visit to the Sarawak State Museum, a cultural and historical travel through the different ethnic groups living in Borneo, such as the infamous head-hunters Iban or the Orang Ulu, known as “the long-eared women”.

      The private tour takes half a day and includes a local person from Kuching introducing you to his or her city. It’s a by car excursion on your own private vehicle – but we recommend to have with you water, sunscreen and an umbrella (or raincoat) in case of rain, nevertheless. Tour can be scheduled for the morning or the afternoon, as per your preference.


      1 Kuching
      Meet your driver and your local Kuching guide at your hotel lobby and proceed for your half day excursion in town. This tour can be scheduled in the afternoon - if you want to book this experience in the afternoon the pick up time is at 2.00 pm (h 14.00).
      20150223 09:00Pick up from your hotel lobby.
      20150223 09:15Visit Tua Pek Kong and Hong San Temple.
      20150223 10:00Walk through little India, the main bazaar and reach the Waterfront.
      20150223 11:00Visit the Sarawak Museum.
      20150223 12:00Visit the colonial square with the old court of justice, the jail tower and catch the view of Fort Margherita located on the other side of the river.
      20150223 12:30Drive through Kuching and cross the river to visit the Malay area and the Sarawak Parliament building.
      20150223 13:00Get back to hotel.
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