This is a post on my latest Kuching trip during mid-Aug 2017, my third time visiting and still lovin’it. Continue reading to see my suggested 3 Days 2 Nights itinerary for Kuching.
Our flight was around 9 am in the morning. We drove and park our car at Putrajaya Sentral Car Park and took ERL Transit to KLIA2, which is RM9.40 per person per trip. If you pay using your Maybank credit card (there was this promo), the ticket fee was only RM8.50, it took us 20 minutes to reach the airport.
Fast forward to Kuching International Airport, it was about 12 noon, we picked up our rented car and headed to our first place for Kolo Mee, at Swee Sen Cafe. We stopped at this cafe for lunch as it was on the way to Semenggoh Nature Reserve.
Satisfaction level : ♦♦♦
The Kolo Mee here is okay as I think it is abit dry. It tasted better when I eat it with the soup.
SWEE SEN CAFE (Google Map)
Address : 33, Jalan Penrissen, Kota Padawan, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
After lunch, we have about an hour to spare as the Orang Utan feeding time is everyday 9am and 3pm. Therefore, we decided to pay a visit to the local university campus UNIMAS which is about 25 minutes away.
Yup, we rented a Viva car to move around Kuching town. The campus is so spacious and still constructing a few new buildings. The time we visited was a summer holiday, hence no students spotted.
Then we headed to Semenggoh Nature Reserve to witness wild Orang Utans for the very first time.. haha.. so excited. The entrance fee for Malaysian citizen is RM5 while for foreigners is RM10. As this is my second trip to Kuching, this time around we were not so lucky to witness as many Orang Utans as before. Probably they had too much for breakfast? Hahaha…
In there, we were asked to keep our voice down low so there is less disturbance to the Orang Utans, as they are left to wander freely in this area. After watching the endangered species feeding session, we headed to our hotel to freshen up.
SEMENGGOH NATURE RESERVE (Google Map)
We booked the Grand Margherita Hotel for our stay via booking.com and it was fantastic! Our room is a view to the Sarawak river where, if we wake early, we would be able to witness the sunrise! (haha..but we didn’t, too comfy to sleep in)
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GRAND MARGHERITA HOTEL (Google Map)
Then, later in the evening we head to the in-famous TOP SPOT for seafood dinner. Yum Yum. We ordered our dishes from stall no. 25. All we have to do is to look for a table that is not reserved, walk to this stall and choose your seafood & vege – squid, crab, prawns, fish, clams, etc. Then tell them how you want them to be cooked and you are done!
Here are some items that we had. It’s a little dark at our place, so the food pictures are not as tempting, but just to show you what we ordered.
This is a high-frequent ordered item, the Wok-shaped Oyster Egg (O-Jien) – definitely a specialty here.
Cereal coated Fried Prawn
Salty Egg-Yolk fried Calimaris
And this, is stir-fried Sambal Bidin or Midin (a type of edible fern), a definite must try in Kuching
For the two of us, all these dishes only cost about RM55.00 and we could not finish them..haha..lesson learned from this was to ask for recommendation of the cooking method from the seller and be more adventurous to try other seafood.
After dinner, we took a walk around town (we drove actually), and so happen it was Kuching Festival Week where they celebrate the anniversary of Kuching declared as a township in 1988 with FOOOD!! They set up hundred of eatery stalls, entertaining units and hundreds of promoting booths. Since we were too full from dinner, we just strolling around inside watching everyone else eating all the food.. T.T
And that we ended our first day of Kuching trip. Be sure to check out my Part II – Kuching Trip in the next post.