Sunset Kampong Heritage and Hawker Food Tour
Sunset Kampong Heritage
and Hawker Food Tour
Witness the life of Malay villagers with a visit to a stilt house in a traditional
kampong (village). Watch the sunset from a sampan on the Sarawak
River and feast on delicious hawker food on the waterfront.
WHY THIS TOUR?
There are many authentic Malay villages, called kampongs, located along the bank of the Sarawak River. Many of these villages are relatively untouched and rarely visited by tourists. They usually consist of houses built from wood and thatch that are raised on stilts to avoid flooding and unwelcome animals creeping in!
Some of the homes showcase beautiful examples of traditional and modern Malay architecture. Witness first-hand the authentic way of Malay life with a visit to a traditional kampong. Another important part of Kuching daily life is the traditional sampan. These wooden boats provide an important means of transport for the locals and are a proud part of their heritage.
16:00 - 19:00
After meeting your local guide at a central meeting point in downtown Kuching, we set off to visit a traditional Malay kampong. Wander through the village to see children playing in the country pathways, stall owners selling traditional snacks and adults playing sepak takraw. In this skillful game, the players must keep a rattan ball in the air using only their feet, knees, chest and head – any body part except their hands. Visit a traditional wooden house by the jetty and chat with some of the villagers to learn about life in a kampong.
Board a traditional sampan for a cruise back to the other side of the river just as the sun is beginning to set. From the river you will get the best views of some of the striking buildings located on the riverbank. Photograph the Astana, the last residence of the Brooke Rajahs; the New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (Dun), a unique building featuring a nine-pointed roof; and the golden-domed City Mosque.
Back on land, head to the waterfront to sample authentic hawker food. Street food in Kuching is tasty, cheap and plentiful. Your local guide will take you to the best place to try local favourites such as nasi lemak – fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk served with spicy sambol and often chicken or salted fish.
At the end of the tour, return to your hotel.