Sarawak-East or Borneo Malaysia
STATE OF SARAWAK
Sarawak is the second of the two states located in the Borneo part or East Malaysia(the first one is Sabah).Located in northwestern coast of Borneo, Sarawak is bordered by the Malaysian state of Sabah to the northeast, Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, to the south, and the independent country of Brunei in the north. The capital city, Kuching or ‘The Cat’ as known in Malay is the economic centre of the state and seat of the Sarawak state government. Other cities and towns in Sarawak include Miri, Sibu, and Bintulu. The capital, Kuching, is a bustling city set on the Sarawak River. Its nineteenth (19th) century landmarks include the Astana, former palace of the White Rajahs, and Fort Margherita, built to thwart pirates.
Just like any part of Malaysia, Sarawak has an equatorial climate. Its temperature is rather constant in the range of 23°C to 32°C the whole year round. However, it is during the months from March to September, the weather is on the dry and warm side. The humidity level in Sarawak is constantly high in the lowlands where you can expect at least 85% to 95% humidity per year. The rainfall each year is around 3300 mm and 4600 mm depending on the location. The wettest months in Sarawak are during the periods of November to February.Sarawak is dominated by both lowland and highland deep dense rugged interior forestation and because the coastal regions are mainly swamp land, the major ports like Kuching-the state capital and Sibu have been built inland on major rivers away from the coast.Also known as the ‘Land of the Hornbills’,Sarawak is replete with thick jungles,swelling rivers,lush greenery and abundance of wildlife,Sarawak literally offers the nature in its true colours to its visitors with renowned National parks and a large number of activities like snorkelling,scuba diving,kayaking,hiking and trekking.
Gunung Mulu National Park : Gunung Mulu National Park or Mulu Caves National Park is located near Miri, the second largest city in Sarawak. Situated at a distance of around a hundred (100) Kilometers away from Miri,this national park has earned the distinction of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Three mountains-Gunung Mulu with the height of 2377 metres,Gunung Api with the height of 1750 metres and Gunung Benarat with the height of 1585 metres form the dominant part of this national park spread over an area of 52,865 hectares of primary rainforest. The Mulu national park is distributed with fast flowing rivers,steep cliffs and thick dense jungles.Approximately a three hundred (300) Kilometers expanse of narrow,twisting and winding snake like passages lie underneath the forested mountains and find their way through them. Mulu Caves National Park is home to one of the longest network of caves in the world.The world largest cave chamber the Sarawak Cave Chamber lies here and its size so huge-2,300 feet long,1,299 feet wide and at least 230 feet high that it could accommodate about forty (40) Boeing 747’s without overlapping their wings.The nearby Deer cave which holds the record for largest traversable cave passage-two (2) Kilometer-long, one hundred and seventy-four (174) metre-high passage takes approximately an hour to navigate through are home to countless bats that cling to the ceiling.A 60 metres high ‘shower’ continuously pouring from the roof onto its so called ‘Garden of Eden’ is one of many spectacular views in this cave.Another key attraction is Clear Water Cave, the longest cave in Southeast Asia. The Pinnacles are a forty-five (45) metre-high, razor sharp limestone bleached white spikes that jut out midway from the slopes of Gunung Api. Mulu Canopy Skywalk is a four hundred and eighty (480) metres long walkway is the longest tree based walk way in the entire world.Even with so much to boast of Mulu is still relatively unexplored with only 30-40% of its underground passages having been surveyed. The park has an exotic collection of Borneo animals and plant species. The surrounding tropical forests has an exotic array of flora and fauna.Gibbons, orangutans, rhinoceros hornbills, Sumatran rhinoceroses, sun bears,bearded pigs are the variety of wildlife found here.Over 3500 species of plants and around 1500 species of flowers around in the park namely nepenthes pitcher plants, strangler figs.There are many activities in Mulu including animal spotting, bird watching, bat watching, jungle trekking, a longhouse tour, leisure caving, adventure caving.
Bako National Park : It has the distinction of being Sarawak’s oldest national park-Bako National Park established in 1957 is located about thirty-seven (37) Kms away from Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. It covers the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula at the mouth of Kuching River and Bako. Bako is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak. Continuous years of erosion of the sandstone have created a coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands and stretches of white, sandy bays. However the wave erosion at the base of the cliffs has carved many of the rocky headlands into fantastically shaped sea arches and seastacks with colored patterns formed by iron deposition.The most famous of them is shaped like a cobra’s head which can be spotted on a boat ride. Bako features rainforest, abundant wildlife, jungle streams and waterfalls, secluded beaches, and trekking trails.Inside the rainforest, a large variety of plants and flowers grow, including the largest flower in the world, the Rafflesia. Bako is home to approximately one hundred and fifty (150) endangered proboscis monkeys,which are endemic to Borneo, and has been called “the best place to see proboscis monkeys in Sarawak”.Other animals include the long-tailed macaque, silvered langur, plantain squirrel, Bornean bearded pig, monitor lizards, and otters. All of these are present in the forest as well as near camp headquarters on Telok Assam beach. Bako is also home to a number of lizards and snakes, most of which are harmless. Bako is a fascinating place for bird watching, with over one hundred and fifty (150) species recorded. Bako’s nocturnal creatures include the colugo, pangolin, mousedeer, various species of fruit-eating and insect-eating bats, tarsier, slow loris and palm civet.
Sarawak Cultural Village : Home to a large populace comprising of many ethnic groups-Bidayuh, Iban,Orang Ulu,Malays,Chinese and many more which live in complete harmony among themselves even to this day.Situated at the foothills of the legendary Mount Santubong,this unique award winning Sarawak Cultural Village is a living museum that introduces you to the culture and heritage of Sarawak.It is located only thirty-five (35) Kilometres from Kuching and the village houses one hundred and fifty (150) indigenous people amidst its fourteen (14) acres of tropical vegetation.There are replica buildings representing every major ethnic group in Sarawak-Bidayuh, Iban and Orang Ulu longhouses, a Penan jungle settlement, a Melanau tall-house, a Malay town house with adjacent top-spinning court, a Chinese farm House and a Chinese pagoda. All the buildings are staffed with members of the various ethnic groups, in traditional costume, carrying out traditional activities. Each building has a “storyteller” who is an expert in describing and interpreting traditional cultures and lifestyles. There are fascinating forty-five (45) minute song and dance multi cultural performances and the folk here are happy to be photographed. The Sarawak Cultural Village is also home to the successful and internationally acclaimed festival-Rainforest World Music Festival that attracts musicians from Malaysia and the rest of the world.
Gunung Gading National Park : Located in the district of Lundu, in the southwest of Sarawak,and at a distance of about two (2) hours drive from Kuching,this national park consists of rugged and multiple mounted peaks as a scenic backdrop. They are Gunung Gading, Gunung Perigi, Gunung Sebuluh and Gunung Lundu. The highest among these is Gunung Gading after which the Park is named.Gazetted as a national park in 1983 and opened to the public in 1993,the main attraction of the park is the largest and strangest flower in the world-Rafflesia flower.It is undeniably the largest you can find in the world as it weighs up to twenty-two (22) pounds and the looks quite alien-like.The flower is actually a parasite which can be hosted by only one vine in the world.The rafflesia has no specific season but the rainy season provides better blooming frequencies. It takes nine months to mature and flowering lasts only four (4 )or five (5) days before dying.The flower smells like rotting meat near the end of its life cycle to attract flies and other insects. Gunung Gading also has some enjoyable walks and challenging jungle treks.Beautiful beaches of Pandan and Siar can be seen and viewed from the summit of Gunung Gading which can be reached through one of the trails.The Waterfall’ trail offers the shortest walk, winding its way up through the forest past a series of waterfalls
Niah National Park : One of the main attractions in the town of Miri,this is a smaller park located on Sungai Niah or Niah river,about three (3) Kilometres from the small town of Batu Niah,and about one hundred and ten (110) Kilometres south-west of Miri. More known for its caves which are spread over an area of 3,140 hectares,the park consists of one main cave called the ‘Great Cave’ and several other smaller caves including the popular Painted Cave and The Large Chamber or Padang. This park has an interesting history dating back to almost forty-thousand (40,000) years,when this area was occupied by human settlements.This is known from the fact that the park features one of the world’s largest cave entrances and a large number of Palaeolithic and Neolithic burial sites and iron-age cave paintings.The Great cave is easily accessible because of the plank walks built for people to walk on.If you are at this park around sunset,then do observe this feature.Two great black clouds crossing each other–aptly can be described as the ‘changing of the guard’ in the night.Hundreds of thousands of swiftlets return home to their nests at the start of sunset, and at the same time almost an equal number of bats fly out to find fodder in the forest. A variety of plant life can be clearly seen from the plank walk at night.The surrounding dense rain forest is home to many species of plant and animal species.Fig plants thrive in the lowlands and long-tailed macaques,hornbills,patridges and swiftlets are in plenty.The nearby Painted Cave houses wall-paintings depicting the boat journey of the dead into the afterlife, along with remnants of ‘death-ships’ on the cave floor.The ‘death ship’ is the boat – like coffins that were used to house the bodies of the dead back then.The contents of the boat-shaped coffins have since been transferred to the Sarawak Museum.Around August to December and January to March, one can experience the locals collecting birds’ nest and guano.To this day this activity provides a means of employment for the locals
Kubah National Park : Located about twenty (20) Kilometres from Kuching,this is another famous park in the series of parks in Sarawak.Spread over an area of 2,230 hectares,it is situated on a small sandstone plateau encompassing three mountains including Mount Serapi, Mount Selang and Mount Sendok. The Kubah park boasts of crystal clear streams and tiny waterfalls and bathing pools.While it is covered by mixed dipterocarp forest, it also has one of the wide choice of palms and orchids in Borneo. Upto hundred (100) different species of palms found in the park.The park is home to five main vegetation types and acts as a natural habitat to a wide range of wild life.Mainly seen wildlife in the park are bearded pigs, hornbills, mouse deer, and other species of reptiles, amphibians and insects.Around forty (40) varieties of birds are found in this park There are a number of treks and trails offered by Kubah National Park. The park has six jungle trails, the famous trails include the Waterfall Trail, Rayu Trail, Selang Trail and Palmetum Trail, just of name a few.Wooden shelters are located along the various trails.While one of the trail paths lead to the summit of Gunung Serapi,the Waterfall Trail is the most popular trail among these. It passes through mixed dipterocarp forest and incorporates a number of plank walk sections that cross streams and swampy land.The Selang Trail leads to a view point about forty-five (45) minutes walk from the park headquarters. The Palmetum trail, is the most scenic with various kinds of palm trees.The Rayu Trail will lead you from the park headquarters to the Matang Wildlife Centre.
The Matang Wildlife Centre is located at the western corner of the Kubah National Park.Situated in Damai Beach,it houses endangered wildlife in large enclosed and spacious areas of rainforest. The centre acts as a shelter house for endangered wild animals including Orang Utans, Sambar Deer, Hornbills, Sun Bears,crocodiles,civets and bear cats,Three large aviaries featuring hornbills, eagles, kites, storks and a host of other birds native to Sarawak are housed here.The main feature besides being a natural home to protect all these endangered species,is the Orang Utan adoption programme where young Orang Utans who were either orphaned or were rescued from captivity are taught ways to survive in the wild. There are nature trails, multiple waterfalls, rock pools, swimming area, picnic spots and viewing points.Pitcher trail,which follows a circular path and has various species pitcher plants around the sides of the trail,Rayu trail which leads to the Kubah National Park headquarters and the Sungai Buluh Trail leads to two secluded waterfalls.Each trek takes about two-three (2-3) hours on an average.
Before this programme was transferred to the Matang Wildlife Centre,the wardens and volunteers of the Semenggoh Nature Reserve looked after and cared for the abandoned or orphaned orang-utans and those rescued from captivity.Under their expert guidance and training, the orang-utans learnt to survive in the wild habitat.This resulted in the thriving population of healthy and young adult orang-utans now living freely in the wild.It is this training and caring that still brings back these young adult animals and their babies to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve even after the programme was handed over to the Matang Wildlife Centre. They freely roam the forest most of the day but duly come back to the reserve for a free meal.The best time to visit Semenggoh is during the morning and afternoon feeding sessions when there is a good chance of seeing semi-wild orang utan returning to the Centre for a free meal. Feeding takes place between 9.00-10.00 am and between 3.00-3.30 pm.
Similajau National Park : One of the many national parks located thirty (30) Kilometres north of Bintulu showcasing the unique geographical features of the Sarawak coastline of Bintulu. The national park was gazetted in the year 1976 and was then thrown open to public in 1978.This park is a chain of golden sandy beaches, interspersed by small rocky headlands and jungle streams, and bordered by dense green forest. covering an area of 8,996 hectares,the park is at its best during the dry season that is around February to October when the emerald green waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming. The waterfront is bordered with kerangas (or heath forest) and mixed dipterocarp forest which provide a variety of diverse habitats for a wide range of enthralling animal species. In amongst its pitcher plants, mangroves and giant dipterocarp trees, Similajau is home to about twenty four (24) species of mammals, including long-tailed macaques, gibbons, banded langurs, shrews, mouse deer, barking deer, squirrels, wild boar, porcupine, and civet cats. It is also home to about 185 species of birds having been recorded within the park’s boundaries.thus becoming a haven for animal and bird lovers.Two crocodile species are found here. First is the estuarine or saltwater crocodile which lives near the river mouths of the larger rivers in the park and feeds on small mammals, lizards, turtles, fish and water birds.Second is the harmless variety-false gharial which feeds exclusively on fish.Though there is no history of crocodiles attacking humans,please be careful to use the bridges instead of wading across the larger streams in the park.Old horseshoe crabs can often be found on the beaches or in the shallows, and green turtles frequently come ashore to lay their eggs at Golden Beach and the two Turtle Beaches closer to the park headquarters. There are also occasional landings also by Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles. All marine turtles are Totally Protected Animals in Sarawak.Also occasionally seen are dolphins too between March and September.Then there are many trekking trails for the adventurous which follows the coastline of the park and covers the plankwalk over the mangroves ,small bays and beaches.
Lambir Hills National Park : Lambir is about thirty-two (32) Kilometers south of Miri town.The park headquarters is located close to the Miri-Niah road. Lambir Hills National Park was gazetted and opened to the public in the year 1975. Lambir Hills National Park is described to be the world’s most complex and diverse forest ecosystem. Spread over an area of 6,952 hectares of lowland dipterocarp and heath forests rise to a height of four hundred and fifty (450) metres and produce the greatest known level of plant biodiversity on the planet. This provides a home for two hundred and thirty seven (237) different species of birds, flying squirrels, wild pigs, gibbons, many different types of monkeys, various species of deer, and untold insects and other invertebrates. Lambir also offers captivating trekking trails leading to sparkling waterfalls and bathing pools scattered about the rainforest, all within forty (40) minutes drive of downtown Miri. There are multiple interconnected trails to choose from, the Latak waterfall is the shortest,easiest and the most popular one.The Pantu, Bukit Pantu and Pantu Waterfall Trails are all branches of the same trail system.
Batang Ai National Park : Located in Lubok Antu, Sri Aman Division,some two hundred and fifty (250) Kilometers east of Kuching,this park is another in the series of parks in Sarawak. Spread over an area of twenty-four (24) Kilometres,this park adjoins the Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Malaysia and the Bentuang-Karimun National Park in Indonesia.Thus Batang Ai National Park becomes a part of the region’s largest trans-national protected area for tropical rainforest conservation. The extensive tropical rainforest houses a number of rare and protected animals surrounding an artificial lake of twenty four (24) square kilometres created by the Batang Ai hydroelectric reservoir.The dense lush forests are home to a sizeable population of the orang-utans. The gibbons, and hornbills are also found here. Batang Ai is the Iban heartland.The The Iban community settled here some 300-400 years ago and gradually spread to other parts of Sarawak.Their houses are called the longhouse-‘a village under one roof usually built adjacent to the rivers that pour into reservoir’.The Iban community have a vibrant culture and the traditional charm which is still preserved due to the remoteness of this area.The natural features of clear rivers,tranquil and peaceful lake,lust green dipterocarp forests and exemplary wildlife have made it a must visit for nature based tourism
Loagan Bunut National Park : This national park is approximately one hundred and twenty (120) Kilometres and atleast three (3) hours drive from Miri town. Loagan Bunut features a unique ecosystem.Sarawak’s largest natural lake measures sixty-five (65) hectares.Between February and late May or early June/July,this shallow lake usually drains completely when the water in the nearby Tinjar river is low. As the water level subsides, huge flocks of wading birds gorge themselves on fish and other aquatic creatures trapped in the mud. When the lake is dry, plants sprout from the mud and are eaten by insect larvae. When the rains come and the lake fills up, returning fish feed on the larvae, breed in the lake,starting the entire cycle again.Fishermen from the local Berawan tribe have developed a unique method only found at Loagan Bunut, known as Selambau. They use huge scoop nets mounted on large rafts to catch the migrating fish, which are kept alive in submerged bamboo cages until they can be transported to the market.The surrounding territory features a vivid variety of forest types, ranging from the mixed peatswamp forest with huge stilt-rooted trees at the water’s edge, to towering Alam forest with a canopy height of over sixty (60) metres. This adds to help make Loagan Bunut a birdwatcher’s paradise. Permanent resident birds include eagles, swallows, malkohas, stork-billed kingfishers, magpies, robins, doves, bulbuls, racket-tailed drongos, pied hornbills and kites, while darters, egrets, herons, bitterns, storks and broadbill arrive during dry spells to feed on the trapped fish. Other animals found in the park include barking deer, bearded pigs, sambar deer, long-tail macaques, black banded langurs, lesser mouse deer, small-tooth palm civets, giant squirrels, provost squirrels, Bornean gibbons, many species of frogs and small lizards, dog-headed water snakes and a variety of tree snakes with an infrequent appearing of Estuarine crocodiles.Jungle trails,boat rides are available here too.One can stroll and walk along the dry river and lake beds during dry spells,but with a guide for safety reasons.
Tanjung Datu National Park : Located at the south-western tip of Sarawak on the Datu Peninsula, Tanjung Datu is one of Sarawak’s smallest national parks-measuring just under fourteen (14) Kilometres. The park is blessed with narrow ridges of rough and rugged forest covered hills and bordered by clean white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and patches of coral reef.However this park is less accessible, but this remoteness is one of its main assets rather than a liability.Two most diverse natural communities-the lush mixed dipterocarp forests extends almost to the edge of the waters in some places and the presence of coral reefs close to each other makes Tanjung Datu a very important storehouse of biodiversity.Virgin beaches,untouched corals and unexplored forest trails have only helped to preserve unheard of plant species like Putat Tree,Umbrella Palms,Strangling Figs and the purple coloured Sea Morning Glory which borders the beaches.It is equally supported by the rich and varied animal life.You can find a variety of birds including Hornbills and Peacocks.The Primates gang comprise of Bornean Gibbons, Pig-Tailed Macaques, Long-Tailed (or Crab-Eating) Macaques, and Silvered and Banded Langurs (or Leaf Monkeys). Bearded Pigs, Sambar Deer, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Bearcats, Civet Cats and different species of squirrels may be occasionally seen here.The reptile world is represented by a variety of ground and tree lizards, as well as Pit Vipers and Tree Snakes.Highly endangered Green Turtles and Olive Ridley Turtles regularly lay their eggs on the park’s beaches. Therefore a turtle hatchery has been set up close to the beach but sealed off to protect and monitor the laid eggs from the nests from the predators,snakes and other animals. Tanjung Datu plays an important role as a protective as a marine turtle nesting site. A mix of clear unpolluted waters with a rich marine life and a lush coral growth makes Tanjung Datu a good location for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Talang-Satang National Parks : Spread over an area of 19,414 hectares,it was gazetted in 1999 to improve marine turtle conservation in Sarawak and thus this park became the first marine protected park in Sarawak.Out of the four species of Turtles known to nest in Sarawak,the Green Turtle accounts for ninety (90)% of the turtle landings recorded.Enclosed are the coastline and waters of the surrounding four islands-Pulau Talang-Talang Besar and Pulau Talang-Talang Kecil which is located off Sematan, and Pulau Satang Besar and Pulau Satang Kecil which is located off Santubong. These small islands are encompassed by patches of shallow coral reef which provide shelter and resting grounds for sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs. Three of the islands in the park-Talang Talang Besar, Talang Talang Kecil and Satang Besar have earned the distinction of being known as Sarawak’s “Turtle Islands.”The park’s Turtle Islands account for ninety-five (95)% of all recorded turtle landings in Sarawak,which is a clear indicator as to why Talang-Satang plays an important role for marine turtle conservation.The marine turtles encounter a number of hurdles and threats due to weather conditions,attacks by predators and many other factors.Hence conservation programmes are carried out from time to time. Today, Sarawak Forestry manages the national park and has set up a number of hatcheries. During the peak turtle nesting season from May to September, park staff and authorities monitor the beaches for turtle landings. They remove the eggs from the nests and place them safely in the hatcheries away from threats and attacks.The hatchlings are released into the sea after the incubation between forty (40) to sixty (60) days.
Kuching Waterfront : Situated along the south bank of Sarawak river,this place introduces you to the cosmopolitan page of Sarawak.It is situated in Main Bazaar, along the Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. What was once just warehouses and godowns have now been replaced by the souvenir and craft shops along the waterfront which is almost a one (1) Kilometer long esplanade beautifully landscaped.Punctuated by wooden benches,food courts,shopping malls,restaurants and good entertainment facilities,the Kuching Waterfront has become the main meeting place you can find in Kuching. The waterfront offers a totally serene picture during the day.On the other side of the river are Fort Margherita and the Astana along with the Sarawak State Legislative Building displaying the contemporary Sarawak which has the picturesque charm and its blend of colonial architecture.At Sunset you see the city come alive with the locals,residents and visitors come to enjoy themselves meeting each other and enjoying the food and entertainment along the riverfront.Jetty-hopping along the river on the local Penambang boats,and savouring the different sights, sounds,food delicacies between the two riverbanks will give you the exact feel of the happening place.Chinese History Museum, the Sarawak Steamship Building, an open-air theatre and the Square Tower are the older colonial buildings which have been preserved.The green and red coloured Tua Pek Kong Temple which is the oldest temple in Kuching and is located at the end of the street.There are a few new additions in modern times to the Waterfront.A restored Chinese pavilion, colourful musical fountains, and a number of modern sculptures adorn the esplanade today.
Mount Murud or Gunung Murud is the sandstone mountain located in Limbang Division of Sarawak. The summit is at 7,950 feet and it is the highest mountain in Sarawak.The tropical pitcher plant species Nepenthes Murudensis is named after the mountain and is thought to be endemic to its summit area. Also Murud black slender toad Ansonia vidua is only known from this mountain.Mount Murud is included within Pulong Tau National Park.Batu Lawi is a twin-peaked and another one of the highest mountain in Sarawak.One of the peak is known as the ‘Male Peak’ at 2046 metres and the other is the ‘Female Peak’ is at 1850 metres. Both these highest mountains are located within the Kelabit Highlands area.Please remember that Mount Murud is a Holy Mountain hence alcoholic drinks and smoking is prohibited.However, expeditions to both of them is not a very smooth one.You will require to hire guides and porters in Bario or Bakelalan for the tedious climb. For Batu Lawi, mountaineering equipment and experience is also necessary.
Jong’s Crocodile Farm : Situated eighteen (18) miles from Kuching/ Serian Highway,which is a twenty(20) minute leisure drive from Kuching Town,is one of the largest and the only crocodile breeding farm in Malaysia.The unique farm houses over a thousand (1000) crocodiles which are kept and bred in safe captivity.Visitors are in for an unique experience-the tapering and snapping jaws, the chill and intimidatory eyes, sharp canines and powerful large tails of these creatures,all within a short distance from the animal but safe because they are housed behind the metal fence.The area surrounding the farm is of tall tropical trees, lush vegetation and local fruit trees.The farm provides a perfect sanctuary for the reptiles, saving the species from extinction. There are huge and deep concrete ponds and natural breeding grounds for the crocodiles to mate and multiply.The farm also houses numerous rare species of birds and animals found only in the Borneo Island. There are also monkeys, leopard-cats, sunbears, bearcats, pheasants, civets, barking deers, sambar deers, turtles, fruit bats, monitor lizards, pythons and even hornbills apart for the monstrous crocodiles.
SHOPPING OPTIONS IN SARAWAK
SHOPPING OPTIONS IN KUCHING
Plaza Merdeka at 88 Jalan Pearl is located directly opposite Padang Merdeka. This modern, state-of-the-art Shopping Mall is nestled within a classical building facade that is adding life, vibrancy and excitement to Kuching City.The impressive and inspiring shopping complex offers a mix of shops ranging from acclaimed local brands to iconic international labels, a host of designer outlets, a Parkson department store, a well-stocked supermarket, dozens of dining outlets (including all the fast food favourites) and a popular food court catering to diverse tastes of individual shoppers.It is the first mall in Kuching that has the largest video wall that comprises of thirty-seven (37) screens.Nearby, are the quaint and archival Carpenter Street and India Street while the scenic Kuching Waterfront and the Museum are within walking distances.
The Spring Shopping Mall : The Spring Mall which became the largest shopping mall in Sarawak is located in Kuching. The Spring Mall is the first lifestyle shopping mall in Kuching and has become a glimmer of hope for the fashionistas in search of high-fashion designer labels, entertainment and gourmet food under one roof.The Spring Mall is architecturally and systematically designed so traffic can arrive and leave from all the four (4) directions, it has over 1,500 car parking bays and the two (2) storey mall has about one hundred and fifty (150) retail outlets with the incredible statistic that 50% of these outlets have never opened a store in Sarawak before This shopping experience has certainly raised the bar high for this Sarawak shopping paradise of international standards.
Tun Jugah Shopping Complex : Tun Jugah is strategically located within the Golden Triangle of Kuching. Surrounded by corporate offices and a stone’s throw away from leading financial and banking institutions, international hotels and tourism attractions such as Kuching Waterfront and China Town it is naturally blessed with a large catchment of shoppers.Built in memory of Tun Jugah, a patriot and national hero involved in the independence and formation of Malaysia,it is spread over a gross built-up area of 200,000 square feet,this twelve (12) storey mall houses three (3) levels of indulgence, boasting the most exciting stores in Kuching, entire two (2) levels of basement parking while the other nine (9) levels form the office tower with Level 4 as Tun Jugah Foundation, a foundation to preserve and promote Iban culture, arts and language and other local and international corporate offices.
Riverside Shopping Centre : Located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman,Riverside Shopping Complex (RSC) is annexed to its sister property, Riverside Majestic Hotel in Kuching’s central business district. The complex includes a twenty-four (24) lane bowling alley and cineplex. Another major hotel and sister property is the Grand Margherita Hotel which is just across the road from Riverside Majestic. Other important establishments located in the area are major banks, shopping malls, service apartments and offices.The famous award winning esplanade, Kuching Waterfront, along the Sarawak River is also situated within walking distance just two (2) minutes from this prime area. An interesting destination is the TopSpot Foodcourt which is located on the top floor of Taman Kereta car park (5 minutes walk across the road). This foodcourt is famous for its delicious seafood,departmental stores,a pharmacy store,food and beverage outlets,fashion boutiques,hair and beauty salon and stores selling communication devices.
Vivacity Megamall : A great shopping experience.Vivacity have their own Jazz Suite apartments for families looking to settle down in the neighbourhood. The shopping mall consists of four levels of shopping space filled with individual retailers, a departmental store and a supermarket, eight (8)-screen Cineplex, more than twelve (12) anchor large retail branches and at least three hundred (300) international, regional and local brands. Vivacity also has a hotel to cater to visitors and tourists. This unique and original concept has yielded an experience that is an unique and refreshing.
Kuching Market : The Kuching Sunday Market is located just off Jalan Satok actually starts on Saturday afternoon and finally winds up on Sunday afternoon.It is a great place to get a taste of authentic Sarawak, selling local fresh food of all descriptions together with the mouth watering odours emanating from its many varying stalls it is a great Kuching Sunday market experience.
Another colourful local market takes place every day on the pedestrianised Jalan India (India Street) which makes this a great place to wander aimlessly from store to store getting a feel of a real Borneo shopping experience.
Bintang Megamall City Centre : Located off Jalan Merbau,this mall offers over one hundred and forty (140) shops and food outlets, plus a bowling alley, a food court, a cineplex and an indoor archery range
Boulevard Shopping Complex at Jalan Miri-Pujut, has over eighty (80) retail outlets, a hypermarket, department store, rooftop food court, children’s playground and video arcade.
The Imperial Mall : This mall is a part of the Imperial Hotel complex on Jalan Yu Seng Utara/Jalan Pos) has over one hundred and twenty (120) retail outlets and restaurants spread over four (4) floors.
Miri Plaza at Pelita Commercial Centre, next to Grand Palace Hotel features the Servay supermarket and department store and a good selection of small clothing outlets