My friends had I needed somewhere affordable to spend a week of our time to break away from the mundane cycle of life. We settled on Kuching as it seemed there was quite a bit to do and flights from Singapore were incredibly worth it, minus the fact that daily flights are at a ridiculously late timing!
8D7N in Kuching, Malaysia
Technically it was 7D7N cause we arrived at 10++pm on the first day.
Places we stayed during our time:
- Day 1 – 3: Koptel Hotel
- Day 3 – 5: Bako National Park
- Day 5 – 7: Damai Beach Resort
- Day 7 – 8: Riverside Majestic Hotel
Activities we did:
- Semadang Discovery Kayaking
- Treks at Bako National Park (click to read more)
- Chilling at Damai Beach / River Cruise
- Traditional hand-tapped tattoo (click to read more)
Day 1: Arrival late at night + sleep
Day 2: Kayaking + Seafood Dinner
Booked a Semandang Discovery Kayaking package online at their website which was a total of 5 – 7 hours experience (including transportation + kayaking + lunch). Priced at RM198/pax, it also includes pictures which they will email you at the end of the trip. More details can be found on their website.
We ended around 3++pm, washed up and headed to the more touristy parts of the town to explore and have seafood for dinner.
Day 3: Onward to Bako National Park
Checked out of the hotel, headed to The Spring Shopping Mall for breakfast and to load up on snacks and water before embarking on our 3D2N journey to Bako National Park.
Day 5: Damai Beach Resort + Seafood Dinner
After a fulfilling experience in Bako National Park, this leg of our trip was all about relaxing and taking it easy. We decided to pamper ourselves a little and stayed near the coastline. The resort was so secluded that no Grab cars were available. The only way out was either by your own car or hiring a private transport from the resort.
We wanted to have seafood for dinner again and where better to get fresh food when you’re so near the sea? We booked a private van with the resort for RM42 and headed to Buntal 88 Seafood Centre.
Day 6: Pool Time + River Cruise
There weren’t much activities for us to do so we made full use of the resort’s amenities. Taught our friend how to swim, had lunch at the restaurant, explored the surrounding area and decided to book a river cruise before boredom would be the death of us. By going on the river cruise, there was a chance we could see crocodiles, Proboscis monkeys and even Irrawaddy dolphins! Cost was RM175/pax – a bit on the higher side but it’ll be well worth your money if you manage to spot all the wildlife.
We were lucky to be the only ones on the tour so we had the whole boat and guide to ourselves. Our guide was really experienced and though we didn’t spot a whole dolphin, we did see a couple briefly break the surface of the water. Our cruise lasted around 1.5 hours with dinner on board. No crocodiles but we did spot many monkeys.
I couldn’t really capture much with the GoPro but if you head on over to my Instagram Highlights on Kuching ’18, you can catch a bit more action there.
Day 7: Back to the City
Stayed in a different part of the city this time round – nearer the waterfront area. Explored the vicinity and ended off the day with our all-time favourite seafood dinner.
Day 8: Traditional Hand-Tapped Tattoo
My friends and I live in the moment and many things are done impromptu so on our final day we decided to get a tattoo hours before our flight back home.
Kuching has been a great getaway for us. Not only is it affordable but it’s filled with a variety of activities for one to do.
If you love nature, you can head to Bako National Park.
If you love the beach, you can head to the coastal area.
If you love seafood, Tip Top Food Court is the local haunt to visit.
If you love shopping, there are malls and bazaars for you to see.
I’m sure there are loads more things to see and do that we didn’t discover but all in all it was a fulfilling trip. Oh, minus the fact that I suffered from multiple sandfly bites since the second day and an ear infection from pool water stuck in my ear for days. All’s good. I’m still alive and well.
Check out my other experiences in Kuching that wasn’t elaborated here:
Till the next adventure!