Marvel at Kuching’s storied past by visiting attractions as diverse as its revered Cat Monument, colorful Chinese temples, legendary Sarawak Museum and Heritage Walk.
Depart from the pier and begin an enlightening drive through Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia. Blanketing the banks of the meandering Sarawak River, the city exudes a wonderful Old World charm.
The name Kuching derives from the Malay word for “cat,” and in honor of felines there is a cat museum, and cat statues are prominently displayed throughout the city. Your first stop is the famed Cat Monument, a depiction of several oversized cats playing and posing regally.
Chinese temples also dot Kuching’s urban landscape, the oldest dating to 1876. You’ll stop at one of the most colorful temples for pictures and a tour of its elaborate interior, before departing for the Sarawak Museum. The museum is a repository of treasures that express Malaysia’s past through ethnographic and archaeological exhibits. Browsing through the galleries offers great insight into this fascinating region of the world.
Next, you will drive to the starting point of the Heritage Walk, a trail through town that presents many of Kuching’s marquee attractions. You will pass historical buildings, walk down narrow covered passages lined with shops, and perhaps see Fort Magherita in the distance. Although comparatively small, the whitewashed fortress once guarded the city against pirates. Your guided walking tour lasts approximately 30-minutes, after which you will re-board your coach and transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.