Journey back in time to Kuching’s past

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Journey back in time to Kuching’s past

Filled with sagas of a bygone era and as a key gateway to Sarawak’s lush countryside, exploration of Kuching never disappoints.

The stylish state capital can now be discovered on a new Asian Trails’ river excursion that gives an insight into how the city evolved into a major trading post when merchants from afar made it their home. When roads were non-existent, the river was the state’s sole trade link. Consequently, sleepy Siniawan, 27-km from Kuching, quickly become a prosperous trading area. Its strategic location meant boats travelling from Kuching to Bau stopped to barter and refuel. At its peak in the 1820s, the settlement had hundreds of Chinese traders and miners attracted by a local gold rush.

Our fascinating river cruise to Siniawan replicates the journey taken by these early pioneers.

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