Meet on arrival at Kuching International Airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Free day to explore the city at your own pace. Nestled on the banks of the Sarawak River, Kuching retains much of the old-world charm of its romantic past. Stroll along the European-style esplanade – The Kuching Waterfront – with views across to the majestic Astana (the palace) and Fort Margherita. Discover hidden treasures as you wander the narrow, bustling streets crammed with ornate temples, markets, historic buildings and traditional Chinese shop houses selling local handicrafts and local delicacies.
Day 2 Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre/ Sarawak Cultural Village (B)
Morning, depart for Semonggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Located some 22km from Kuching, the center was set up in 1975. This 740 hectare virgin forest is home to orang utans, honey bears, hornbills, porcupines, storks, eagles, barking deer and monkeys. Most of these animals were rescued from captivity and are being rehabilitated here in their natural surroundings.
Trek through a 1.6km (20 minutes) nature trail through lush tropical rainforest to the feeding station. Observe how the orang utans are being rehabilitated and trained to fend for themselves before being released into the wild. Visitors are allowed to study and observe the orang utans at a distance.
Afternoon depart for the award winning Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV). Located some 34km from the city, SCV is a refreshing and unique “living museum” set on a sprawling 17-acre site at the foothills of the legendary Mount Santubong. The cultural village showcases seven representative ethnic houses - Bidayuh Longhouse, Iban Longhouse, the Penan Hut, the Orang Ulu Longhouse, the Melanau House, the Malay House and Chinese Farm House. These houses are built according to authentic styles and replete with real, traditional artifacts. SCV is known as a “living museum” because natives live in its houses and make handicrafts. A trip here will enable you to gain a comprehensive insight into colorful traditions and cultures of the various races in Sarawak. Watch how the womenfolk make intricate bead-necklaces and baskets and observe their traditional cooking methods. Admire the refined skills of their male counterpart in handling the deadly blowpipe, making the Parang ilang (ceremonial sword) or casting their fishing nets into the man-made lake. Watch daily live performances highlighting the many vibrant dances of the people of Sarawak from an air-conditioned theater. After tour, transfer to your hotel.