Just under a two hour flight from KL is South East Asia’s cleanest city, and one of our favourite foodie cities in the world. It’s Kuching, and it’s the capitol of Sarawak. The city is so pleasant you could easily spend your holiday just based in this beautiful river city, but opportunities abound for those who want to get off the beaten track as well.
Below we have itinerary suggestions for 48 hours, 4 days, and one week in Sarawak.
48 Hours in Sarawak
The capitol of Sarawak is Kuching, and if you only have 48 hours in Sarawak then Kuching will be your base. If you have limited time, then we recommend booking a couple tours so you ensure your time is put towards the best use.
The first tour we would recommend is the half day city tour and Semenggoh experience. This tour will take you to some of the main sights of the city, including the well presented Ethnology museum. In the afternoon you head 40 minutes from the city to the Orangutan Conservation centre in Semenggoh. This centre is a rehabilitation centre for a semi wild population of Orangutans. After a safety briefing you will be led to the viewing platform where you will wait for the Orangutans to appear. Sighting are not guaranteed, as these are semi-wild animals, but when they do show up it is absolutely spectacular.
On your second day in Sarawak we recommend visiting one of the near by National Parks. We visited at the end of the rainy season which meant that some parks were inaccessible. But that was OK, because a Rafflesia was blooming in Gunung Gading National Park. The Rafflesia is the world’s largest flower and you have to be pretty lucky to see one in bloom. But even if one is not in full bloom, you will still be able to see most of the other life stages at Gunung Gading National Park. Having a guide here is essential, which is why we recommend a tour over visiting independently. We had a guide and we saw every stage of the flowers life cycle including a flower in full bloom. Some Japanese tourists who were visiting independently saw nothing.
4 days in Sarawak
If you follow our itinerary for 48 hours in Kuching, then you will already have seen two of the highlights of the region. If you have a few extra days then we recommend spending at least another full day just in the city of Kuching. Kuching has been voted South East Asia’s cleanest city, and we can testify that it is an extremely pleasant place to spend a day or two.
Kuching is also one of our favourite foodie cities in South East Asia. We ate so well during our four days in Kuching that we wrote an entire post about the experience along with details of some of our favourite restaurants. You could spent a whole day just touring some of the incredible restaurants in the city.
1 week in Sarawak
If you have a week or more to spend in Sarawak then we would recommend getting away from the capitol and experiencing some local tribal culture. Longhouse tours are very popular in Sarawak, and if we had longer than four days then we would have joined one without a doubt. Lots of companies offer tours, and they can greatly differ in quality. Read plenty of reviews before booking so you can ensure that the tour you book is one that will meet your expectations.
Another great place to spend a day or two is Bako National Park. Because we visited during the rainy season, we were not able to visit, but it is definitely something we would like to return to do.