Top 10 Kuching Travel Destinations You Must Not Miss

Travel to Kuching on your own is not as difficult as you may think. Here I’m going to list down the top 10 places or attractions that you should not miss when traveling in Kuching.

1. Kuching Weekend Market

The locals simply call it “Sunday Market”. It really more than a Sunday’s market, because the market start operating from Saturday’s afternoon around 2pm. The crowd is forming from 3pm onwards, 99% are local shoppers & traders, and you will be that remaining 1%. At this weekend market, you get to see all kind of stuffs people are selling & buying there. Goods been traded ranging from cloths, home accessories & supplies, local produces, meat & fresh vegetables, foods, so on and so forth. Basically everything you can think of that can be found at Kuching, but definitely not the branded merchandise of course. This is the most traditional market that you will ever find in Kuching, which remain never change since some 20 years ago, or longer. You can easily hire a taxi from your hotel and will never cost you more than a RM15, unless you are staying somewhere off the Kuching city.

2. Sarawak Museum

Your Kuching travel will never be completed if you miss the Sarawak Museum. It’s free entrance anyway, & it has so much to tell you about Kuching and also the story of entire Sarawak. Some says that by just visiting Sarawak Museum alone and spend an hour walk through the entire museum is as good as travel ling to the whole of Sarawak for a week. It’s located next to Merdeka Palace Hotel in Kuching.

3. Malay Village across the Sarawak River

Another highly recommended place to visit and the best part is, it won’t cost you much to get there too, perhaps around RM2 per person only for the boat transfer. The small boat (called Tambang) transfer you from Kuching Waterfront across the Sarawak river already half of the fun. In the village itself, you won’t get to see a lot of tourist there, and I also must say this is not a place for tourist, but an authentic local Malay village. Take short walk around the village, you will find that it’s so much different from the Kuching city centre right just across the river. Try their local “Kampung” (mean village in Malay) Malay’s food, cheap and delicious, but be caution, almost all of them are spicy, just in case you have problem a taking spicy food. Just my 2 cents, do not leave Kuching if you haven’t visit this village yet.

4. Main Bazaar

This is where most tourists like shop for local souvenirs. At Main Bazaar, not only souvenir shops you can find there, but also lots of other shops selling other stuffs, just like a carpenter shop selling traditional handmade goods. Just stroll along the conservation old shop lots you will discover lots of interesting things, so I will leave it to you to explore them. Trust me, there are lots of interesting stuffs can be found there, such as tribal handicrafts, antiques & etc. Please bargain the price right, or shop around first before making your purchases.

5. Annah Rais Longhouse

If you really don’t have time and budget to travel inland to places like Rejang river’s Iban longhouse, then Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse is your best choice. This is a very real authentic Bidayuh longhouse located at some 90km away from Kuching city. It is patronised by the tourists daily and many say that it has become a tourist place. Nevertheless, the local people still carried on with their traditional life there, despite lots of tourist visiting the longhouse everyday. Rest assured that you will not see the local people are trying to sell you the tourist piece stuffs. Although the longhouse itself has already equipped with satellite or antenna, the main longhouse structure still remain pretty much original. They are working very hard to preserve the way it should be. If you prefer to stay back and to experience yourself the local way of living there, you can opt to stay with one of the local villager there who run a homestay program called Annah Rais Longhouse Adventure.

6. Semenggoh Orangutan Wildlife Centre

This is one of the most important “Must Go” place among all places in your Kuching travel destinations plan. You get to see the Orangutan in the wild and not caged. They roam freely in the surrounding jungle & will appear at the Park headquarter during the feeding time. Interestingly, they know the timing better then you do. So remember the feeding time, 9am & 3pm daily, if you miss it, you got to find them in the jungle then. The entrance fee cost you RM3 per person, a fraction of cost compare to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sabah that cost you RM30 per person, and you get to see pretty much the same thing, but only with the better facility.

7. Sarawak Cultural Village

This is a very well-built and well-maintained Sarawak various ethnic house’s model. They were built in a real human’s size (not a mini size model), and the best thing is they even employ the real people to live there in a traditional way of living. This is a very good concept of living museum, which you will get to see how various ethnic in Sarawak live the traditional way. They have lots to offer to visitors, even a very interesting cultural dances show.

8. Bako National Park

I can’t stretch enough that this is the only place that will get you excited every moment when you are in the park. The journey on the boat transfer alone already part of the adventurous trip, because you will get a chance to see the wild crocodiles when you are on the boat, however, this is not a guaranteed sighting though. When arrive at the park, you will most likely be greeted by the long-tailed macaque or the wild bearded pig. The wildlife is almost everywhere. This is also a good place for jungle trekking too. You will find a lot of trails, some offering you a good chance to see the endangered species of flora & fauna, such as proboscis monkey. Opt for the night jungle trekking too, the ranger can arrange for you and you will get to see the different creatures at night. Remember to bring mosquito repellent, lots of mosquito in the park though and they are simply, wild too!

9. Jong’s Crocodile Farm

Lots of people like the idea that the crocodiles are kept in the huge piece of land that form pretty much like a swampland, the crocodile natural habitat. The crocodiles are not caged, but you do! What a good idea right. This crocodile farm is well worth your visit, as you get to see thousands of crocodiles that are kept pretty much like they are in the wild. Moreover the entrance is barely RM8 per person, highly recommended!

10. Jalan Song Eatery Place (Must Go)

Again I need to mention, this is another non-tourist place, but it is very important for you to know that this is the most popular eatery place in Kuching for the local Kuching people. If you are a good food lover, this is the place for you to sample all kind of Kuching’s local dishes, such as Kolo Mee, Sarawak Laksa, and etc. Only visit this place for your dinner, because during the day, it’s just like a ghost town, but it gets very happening when the day turns dark. Since you are travel ling in Kuching and you got to try the local dishes, this place have put everything together for you. I would say it’s a “Must Visit” place in your Kuching travel destinations plan.

Top Europe Adventure Travel Destinations

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Europe is widely recognized as the continent of culture, humanism and modernism. Nevertheless, on the last few years, it has become the home to many adventure travel destinations, which are being visited by more and more tourists each day. On the other hand, adventure travelling is becoming highly important to many people who like to have new, unforgettable experiences for the rest of their lives.

European adventure travel destinations are mostly located in East Europe, including here Russia, the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia), Ukraine, Belarus and the Balkans as well. Russia, for instance, is the perfect place to visit for the people who want to visit small villages where it gets too cold in the winter. Many of these villages resemble much to the villages of the Soviet Union era, and actually, it’s quite interesting to visit such places. In Russia, there is also Siberia which can be considered as one of the best place in earth to have an adventure on!

On the other hand, the Baltic countries, which are full of historic cities, can be considered as adventure travel destinations because they are a mixture of western and eastern culture, and there are many monuments that need to be seen! The Balkans tourism is incredibly on the rise, and this might be due to the large number of adventure travel destinations that not many people have thought of visiting. And of course, backpacking in West Europe’s best destinations of adventure will create you remarkable, fantastic memories of your time there, and so, you should definitely visit them as well!

Make the Oregon Coast Your Next Travel Destination

If you’re looking for a place to unwind, relax, and simply have fun, the Oregon Coast should be on the top of your list! In previous years, it’s become another travelling favorite spot for foreigners and vacationers alike. Its emergence among the list of top places to visit has made the coastal area of Oregon a popular place for people looking for a whole new kind of fun.

Here are the reasons that will make you want to travel to this amazing place:

1. Picturesque and scenic views

Rest assured, there will be no water shortage on the Oregon Coast and certainly it will not lack water-based activities as well. This is all thanks to the seemingly never-ending lakes, creeks, rivers, and ponds extending from the ever popular Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re up for whale watching, crabbing, parasailing, jet skiing, tubing, water skiing, or boat riding, you’ll certainly find pleasure in those activities when they’re done on the Oregon Coast.

Not to mention the large portion of the shoreline being covered by the exquisite-looking Oregon Dunes Recreational Area that reaches over 40 miles at the center of the area. It’s also a host to various land activities like dirt biking and ATV (all terrain vehicle) sports. Indeed its beauty is no less than epic!

2. Tons of activities

The coasts of Oregon also houses black bears, deer, birds, fishes, and elks; so sight-seeing is a good choice of activity. Not only that, it boasts proximity to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, parks, dunes, lighthouses, and forests. As a matter of fact, there are tons of activities that can be done here.

The area, in itself, is a paradise. Hike, bike, fish, collect shells, canoe, beach comb, sight-see, camp, boat, ride horses, fly kits, swim, and scuba dive are only a fraction of the vast array of activities you can choose to do while staying at the Oregon Coast. The list of activities just keeps going on and on.

3. Environment and community

Say goodbye to air and water pollution thanks to the winds blowing from the Pacific. Amongst all the cities and states in the US, the coasts of Oregon boast one of the best qualities of water and air. Aside from that, the Oregon Coastal community houses some of excellent libraries, event centers, cinemas, and churches to add up to the list of places you can visit and make fond memories of.

4. Inexpensive yet comfortable type of living

What’s more to like about the Oregon Coast? Its inexpensive living costs. If you love to shop then you’ll surely enjoy shopping to your heart’s content because sales taxes don’t exist here.

With so many things you can do in the coastal areas of Oregon, it’s definitely a great idea to put it on top of your next travel destination. And who knows, maybe you’ll love to live here in the future as well.

Top 10 Destinations

There are many destinations in the world that are believed to provide the ultimate travel journey. Lately, even fewer can claim the astonishing rise in the tourist flank. Here we look at the world’s top 10 destinations that have seen a strong revival and a constant upsurge in tourism:

Bangkok

Bangkok is a testament to the revival of a great city. A decade ago, it was nearly forgotten. Now, the city has awakened again as the major financial hub of South East Asia. Travelers from all around the world venture here to experience true colors of Asia. From its floating fruit market, snake farms to a jaunt across the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, everything is termed as superlative.

Cape Town

Cape Town offers such a combination of easy lifestyle and natural beauty that is unsurpassed in the modern world. Tucked away from the world, the city is steeped in history of freedom struggle and a distinct English Aurora. Table mountain stands guard to the truly one of a kind natural splendor. This is the only place on earth where you can see the Big Seven.

Sydney

Take a stroll around the Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge and you will understand why it is consistently ranked among the best places in the world to live in. The city offers a unique escape to enjoy the ever blissful weather. It has everything from a historical inner city lane to an outer grand sea pier. Sydney is known for its sports and leisure lifestyle. You can play rugby, kick a soccer ball or try to figure out the difference between a Googly and a Doosra.

Venice

Everything ever written about the city seems so superficial for the words are not enough to describe its beauty. The city of Water is even highlighted in the ancient Roman and Greek texts. It sits on a conglomeration of 118 islands. Visitors enjoy a Gondola ride on the Grand Canal which passes through such landmarks as the Bridge of Sighs and the famous Rialto Bridge. It’s not only the water but also the stark beauty of Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Contarini that attracts visitors to this dream world.

Beijing

Beijing is one of the greatest historical icons of the world. Since, the awakening of the Asian Dragon, the city has experienced a tremendous growth in tourism. Due to its proximity to the Great Wall and heritage such as its classical gardens and imperial palace, the city is now considered a Mecca for history buffs.

Istanbul

It is the only metropolitan in the world that is situated in two continents. Istanbul has long been a favorite among many Muslim and Christian crusaders. Its historical significance and present day mystical splendor is unmatched in the world. The Topkapi Palace along with the Hagia Sophia dominates the cityscape. Every corner of the city hides a secret. Several church and mosque can be found in every quarter of the city. Street hawkers and craftsman reminds visitor of its grand past, which is still very much intact.

Buenos Aires

Situated across the banks of Rio de la plata, the Argentinean capital stands the testament of time with grace and splendor. Visitors are amazed to learn of its history and the relics of the 20th century. Florida street is a museum in itself which envelopes many Art-Deco and modern buildings that speaks of a city with an eternal bliss.

Cairo

A city synonymous with the Pyramid is a journey of a lifetime. Cairo has everything to offer to a visitor who wants a stroll back in the history. It has narrow streets with bustling bazaars where silver and gold antiques provide a glimpse into a time that can never be artificially created. It truly offers an Indiana Jones style adventure.

New York

Big Apple is arguably the most fascinating city in the world. Visitors are fascinated by the skyline that is characteristically the most important landmark of the city. Behemoths such as the Empire State and Chrysler buildings reminds the traveler of a bygone golden age of the skyscrapers. Grand Central Terminal and Saint Peters Cathedral are the most exquisite architectural highlights anywhere in the world. The city beams with educational, financial and historical institutions. It is a true melting pot of the world’s populations which lives and dies under the auspicious and ever watching eye of the Lady liberty.

Fez

It is the most impressive among the four imperial cities of Morocco. Such is its importance that the whole city was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. The city still has a medina encompassed by the original wall. Once inside, visitors are confronted with snake charmers, carpet merchants and musicians. The typical Riads and guesthouses are still the highest symbol of hospitality.

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