Explore the perfect half-day trip experience to encounter one of Borneo’s endangered species – Orangutans. Just 20 kilometres south of Kuching, Semenggoh Nature Reserve is home to a colony of semi-wild orangutans that are trained and used to human encounters. Besides orangutans, Semenggoh Nature Reserve is also a habitat for rare flora and fauna including the giant squirrel, pigmy squirrel, gibbons, and splendid variety of birds.
Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suite’s central location offers guests easy access to attractions just within minutes’ walk away such as Padang Merdeka, Museums, Old Court House and many more. Another must visit is The Astana, a palace in Kuching on the north bank of the Sarawak River, opposite the Kuching Waterfront. Darul Hana Bridge, a modern design bridge provides pedestrian access to The Astana, Orchid Garden and Fort Margherita and its Brooke Gallery.
Kuching has a wide variety of great food, and food items that can only be found exclusively in Sarawak. Your Kuching eating itinerary would be incomplete if it did not include Sarawak Laksa, Kolo Mee, Indigenous Cuisine, Ayam Pansuh, Umai, Midin, Seafood, Kek Lapis, Beehoon Belacan, and many more. The perfect destination for a short gastronomic getaway.
Bako National Park Malaysia is the oldest national park but the smallest one in Sarawak. It is situated only about 37 kilometres from Kuching so the tourists can reach the national park easily. You can see proboscis monkeys as the highlight of the national park. There are also complete ecosystems such as beach vegetation, heath forest, cliff vegetation, mangrove forest, grasslands vegetation, mixed forest as well as the peat swamp forest. The headquarters of the park can only be reached by boat sailing on Santubong River with its beautiful scenery.
Kuching Waterfront, which lines the south bank of Sarawak River, is the place to sample the city’s cosmopolitan vibes. During the daytime, it offers scenic views of the Astana, Fort Margherita, and the Malay kampungs across the river; but night-time is when it really comes alive! It seems like half of the city is out meeting friends, watching a show, or just shooting the breeze. For something different, why not try jetty-hopping along the river on the local Penambang boats, and savour the different sights, sounds and delicacies between the two riverbanks.
Walking distance from Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites, explore main attractions such as the Chinatown, the Malay Houses on stilts, Old State Mosque, Main Bazaar, India Street, Gambier Road, Wet Market, Colonial Centre, Textile Museum, Chinese Museum, Sarawak Museum, Kuching Waterfront to view the new ultramodern State Legislative Assembly building, alongside the historical Astana and Fort Margherita.
Built by Charles Brooke in 1879 and named after his wife, Ranee Margaret, this compact hilltop fortress long protected Kuching against surprise attack by pirates. Inside, the Brooke Gallery illustrates the remarkable story of the white Rajah of Sarawak with fascinating artefacts and story boards. You can also explore the ramparts for excellent views of the Kuching waterfront.
The Kuching General Post Office is a majestic building along the same road as Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites. It was constructed in 1931 by order of Rajah Charles Brooke, white Rajah ruler of Sarawak. This building has relatively a short history but considering its architectural style, the Corinthian columns, it plays an important role of indicating the state’s colonial period.
The Old Court House was built in the late 1800s to serve as the city’s administrative centre. It now houses a cafe and bar, the excellent Ranee Museum and several venues for art and performance. There is usually something happening, but if not, just wander around and enjoy the peaceful verandahs. Kuching's main tourist information centre is also located here. Out front, across the street from the Square Tower, stands the Brooke Memorial, erected in 1924 to honour Charles Brooke.