Introduction Kuching's popular beach area is about 40 minutes drive or 35 km north of the city. Among the attractions in the area include the Sarawak Cultural Village, Mount Santubong trekking (810m), superb Seafood Restaurants, 18-holes Golf Course (legendary Arnold Palmer design) and luxury Beach & Jungle Resorts. Tours or excursions to nearby Satang island, wildlife resorts. Tours are operated by travel agents based at the resorts.
Sarawak Cultral Village
Described as a unique living museum, Sarawak Cultural Village offers the culture, arts and crafts of the State's many ethnic groups in a 7 hectare site tucked on the foothills of the legendary mount Santubong.
There are 7 authentic replicas of the ethnic houses of the major tribes in Sarawark ie. The Longhouses of the Bidayuh, iban and the Orang Ulu, the Melanau Tall House, the chinese Farm House, the Malay Stilted House and Penan Hut. Visitors will be invited to take part in the various activities at each of the houses. Those who love traditional crafts will enjoy works from the craftsmen on display in each houses such as Pua kumbu (iban textiles), Kain Songket (Malay cloth with gold inner lay), Melanau Terendak (sunhat), Bidayuh Tambok (basket), iban Parang (swords), Orang Ulu wood carving and chinese ceramics. Guests will also be entertained with 45-minute daily cultural performances of songs and dances.
The village also offers a homestay experience called 'berambeh' for those who like to experience moreof the Sarawakian hospitality and its traditions. Please contact their Heritage Resource Centre for arrangement.
Open Daily : 9:00am-5:15pm
Cultural Shows: 11.30am-12.15pm (morning show)
4pm-4:45pm (afternoon show)
Entrance Fees : RM45 (Adult), RM22.50 (Children aged 6-12)
Getting there : Shuttle bus leaves at regular intervals from Holiday inn Kuching, Crowne Plaze Riverside & other major hotels (check with hotel receptions)
Shuttle Bus Fare: RM10 one way
Contact No : Tel: 082-846411 Fax: 082-846988
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
URL : www.scv.com.my
Santubong Jungle Trek The Santubong Jungle Trek is a circular trekking trail located at the foothills of Santubong Mountain. There are few starting point for the mountain trek around the area, but suggested starting point is the one near Damai roundabout. The small shelter marks the starting point and also a pleasant place to dine. The clearly marked trail winds its way through the rainforest and passes jungle streams, dip pools and waterfalls. The trail is approximately 2 km long and the trek takes between 2-3 hours depending on fitness level and stopping times.
BBQ areas and resting benches are located along the trail. The trail is open to the public. It is free of charge but at their own risk.
As there are a number of unmarked tracks in the area, trekkers are advised to follow the signs carefully.
For a guide, contact Recreational Counters:
Holiday inn Resort Damai Beach Tel: 082-846999 or
Holiday inn Resort Damai Lagoon Tel: 082-846900
River Cruise This is a great way to experience sights, sounds and wildlife of the santubong Peninsula. Salak River provides a perfect introduction to the mangrove forests Eco-Systems.
Small group of Proboscis Monkeys often seen at the treetops in this area. At dusk, salt water crocodile comonly found on the mud banks and continued further upriver to watch the fireflies lit up the night.
For a cruise tours, please contact the Tour Operator desk at the resort in Damai beach.