Kuching City by Foot

Kuching City by Foot

Kuching City by Foot

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August, 2017

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Kuching City by Foot

Visiting Kuching city in Sarawak Borneo for the first time could never describe how excited I am. One of the cleanest city I have ever been to ( You can realize it if you are visiting Kuching city by foot ) and also the largest city on the island of Borneo. Not forgetting the historic Sarawak River, which is very important for villagers and wildlife for their daily sustenance. Apart from that, Kuching’s architectural heritage and historic Chinatown are well-preserved, making Kuching city a unique place to visit.

So how did Kuching got its name?

1. Some folks said that Kuching city got its name due to miscommunication between Sir James Brooke, the first White Rajah, and a local man. Sir James Brooke was asking the name of the city, and the local man answered “kucing”- which meant cat in the Bahasa Malaysia language, because he mistakenly thought Brooke was referring to a cat which happened to be passing by. 

2. The Kuching city name perhaps derived from the Chinese word for the port (“Cochin”), which is a generic term in China and British India as Harbor place for trading. 

3. Some source also stated that the Kuching city got its name from a fruit called “Mata Kucing” or Cat’s Eye, which was widely grown in Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition, there is a hill in the city, namely Bukit Mata Kuching which is named after the fruit.

4. Another source claim that a letter was written by a British Woman for her son;- Kuching is actually named after the river ( “Sungai Kuching”), a tidal stream that runs from Tua Pek Kong Temple to Chinese History Museum, which is located at the foot of the hill. In the 1950s, the river became very shallow due to heavy drought, in which the river was later made into a road. 

5. There is also source stating that the name of Kuching city actually meant “old well” in Chinese word. During the Brooke administration, there was a water shortage supply and the “Great-Cholera Epidemic” broke out in 1888. Thus, the well was used to provide clean water and overcome the disease.

Whatever the name is, it shows the wonders and uniqueness of the Kuching city to the locals and travelers.

Spending your holiday in Kuching city is enough for you to experience an amazing Borneo holiday experience. There are few attraction and activities that you can explore in Kuching city by foot.

Kuching City by Foot

 

1. Waterfront

Kuching Waterfront is used as a meeting place, with food stalls, restaurant, and open air entertainment theatre. In the earlier days, the waterfront was a busy maritime port where trading would take place and result in the establishment of Indian and Chinese shophouses along the riverbank. Feel free to take a stroll along the Waterfront especially during the evening, because around this time of day, the stalls and small restaurants will open up, the Waterfront will start buzzing with locals and tourists. Don’t forget to witness the beautiful sunset by the Waterfront!

Kuching City by Foot

2. Take the boat to cross the river

While you are walking along the waterfront, you can see there will be few boats waiting for anyone to cross the river. Some of the boats are used as a mode of transportation by the villagers in Kuching North to head for work in downtown Kuching South. This is a good way for the villagers to avoid traffic jams and public buses at the land bridge, to reach to their working place on time. Just less than MYR 1 per person per trip, you can easily go to the other side. Be sure to check out the delicious variety of Sarawak’s layer cake or “Kek Lapis” and salted fish ( “Ikan Terubuk”).

Kuching City by Foot

3. River Cruise

Discover the uniqueness of Kuching City through the enchanting river cruise at the Sarawak river. You can choose to take the larger boats or charter a traditional boat (Tambang) for river cruising along the Sarawak river. This is where you can see some of Kuching City’s major attractions – Traditional Malay Villages, the Sarawak State Assembly, Fort Margherita, etc. As the sun sets, be sure to admire the spectacular view of the Sunset by the Sarawak river as you cruise.

Kuching City by Foot

4. Check out the Cat Statues

Since Kuching was mistakenly thought as Cat in English ( Kucing – Bahasa Malaysia word for cat), it is no surprise when you take a stroll along the Kuching City and spot some cat statues or landmarks around the town. These cat statues not only make Kuching City more unique, it is also fun to pose and capture a photo with it. Don’t miss to take a photo at the cat statues when you walk around Kuching City.

Kuching City by Foot

5. Walking around Kuching’s Chinatown

In the early days, there were many Chinese people from China coming to Kuching for trading purposes, some have chosen Kuching to make their home there. Thus, the Chinese History Museum was built and open for the public to enter, so they can get the insight history of the Chinese in Kuching. In addition, take a visit to the colorful temple of Tua Pek Kong Temple – the oldest Buddhist Temple which is still operational until now. Going through the Chinatown area, you can spot some old shophouses that are surprisingly nice to look at, especially with brightly painted walls and windows. But, the best part of it is, the area is a garbage-free area! Here in Chinatown, you can easily find Chinese coffee shops, hardware stores, antique stores, backpacking place, etc.

Kuching City by Foot

6. Don’t forget to stop by the Indian street too!

Kuching does have it’s own little India. This place is also worth to visit by foot when you are in Kuching. The Indian street got its name during the colonial days when it was fully occupied by Indian shops. However, today it seems there are Malay, Chinese, and Indian shops occupying the street. Walking around the Indian street would definitely fascinate you as the shops there sell all sorts of things such as clothes, jewelry, food, spices, fresh fruits, and lots of other interesting things. The Indian street used to be a vehicular traffic, now there are no vehicles allowed to go through the street as it has been converted into a pedestrian mall lined with shops.

Kuching City by Foot

7. Discover the street arts around the town

When you are walking around Kuching City, be sure to look around you. You might spot some creative drawings on the wall in some buildings in town. Whether it is a street art, mural art, or graffiti, the vibrant drawings are an added value to Kuching City for being so unique.

After reading this, does it make you want to travel to the capital city of the Land of the Hornbill? Well, you should put Kuching in your itinerary for your Borneo trip. Who knows, maybe Kuching can surprise you more when you travel there yourself. Take a look at our other blog post about food and drink that you should taste while traveling to Kuching city, “Kuching Food & Drink – A Taste to Savour”. If you want to travel other than Kuching in Sarawak Borneo, you can check out our page on Sarawak tours for more exciting places for you to visit.

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Kuching Food & Drink – A Taste to Savour

Kuching Food & Drink – A Taste to Savour

Kuching Food & Drink –

A Taste to Savour

7

August, 2017

“Every COUNTRY you will visit, You will SPOT amazing places, You will TASTE different food, You will LEARN a new culture.”

Going to Kuching for the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2017 did not stop me to go for food hunting in Kuching city. Some say that it is hard to go around the Kuching city because most good stalls are scattered around. Luckily, I got the chance to rent a car and go around the town area for food hunting. However, I still do prefer to just walk around the town area. Who knows, you will never realize that there are secret eateries that serve the best food than other famous eateries.

I can say that the food in Kuching are so delicious and the taste of the food is true to savor! Somehow, I miss the food and wish to come back to Kuching just for food hunting. Not only that, did I mention that the food there is way cheaper? So, it’s not a surprise that I think I’ve gained weight since my visit to Kuching. hahaha….

Here, I will provide you some of the Kuching Food (I haven’t explored more to taste other food…) that I have eaten during my Kuching trip. Just keep calm and I hope your tummy would not grumble while reading this 😛

1. Kolok Mee

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

A must try when you are in Kuching, Sarawak! The texture of the dry curly egg noodle was so delicious, and the noodle goes so well tossed together with vinegar, fish sauce, and shallot oil. It is usually served with spring onions, minced meat, and bbq meat. The Kolok Mee is usually served MYR 4.00 per plate!

Don’t worry, there are also other eateries which serves halal Kolok Mee for Muslim diners. Instead of a pork meat, they will use beef as a meat substitution ( Refer picture below).

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

2. Sarawak Laksa

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Sarawak is a home to the famous Laksa, as it is an all-time favorite for Sarawakians and it is considered a must-try for visitors in Kuching. The delicious noodles will be cooked with special prawn-based broth and thickened with coconut milk. It is served with a generous portion of omelet strips, crunchy bean sprouts, chicken shreds, and mouth watering prawns. Not forgetting, a squeeze of calamansi lime and thick sambal paste is often served on the side. You can easily get this in eateries in the town area with a price ranging at MYR 5.00 – MYR 6.00.

3. Kueh Chap

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

The dish is similar to Bah Kut Teh, but in a different taste and texture. Kueh Chap is basically a wide, flat-rice noodles that’s immersed in a herb broth which consists of pork meat, pork skin, internal organs, deeply fried tofu pok, and also a half hard-boiled egg. Since I don’t really like to eat the internal organs, Kueh Chap has become my least favorite to eat but at least I tasted this and I found out the soup taste never failed me. You should try it out when you are in Kuching and you can get it for price rate between MYR 5.00 – MYR 6.00.

4. Sarawak Spring Rolls ( Sarawak Popiah )

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Don’t forget to taste the Sarawak Spring Rolls. The difference between West Malaysian Spring rolls and Sarawak Spring Rolls are the Sarawak Spring Rolls are the dry version one. The Sarawak spring rolls uses a lot of jicamas and fried together with other ingredients ( usually with grated carrots and minced meat). The spring roll skin is a soft and thin-like paper crepe which is made from wheat flour.

5. Chwee Kueh ( Steamed Rice Cake )

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Chwee Kueh is a popular breakfast dish, it literally means water cake. Chwee Kueh is a steamed rice cake and topped with preserved radish/ turnip. You can get it in one of the famous food courts Chong Choon Cafe at Jalan Abell for only MYR 2.00 for 6 pcs.

6. Taro Cake ( Yam Steamed Cake )

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

This is one of the popular savory traditional snacks in Sarawak. The Taro Kueh is made from yam pieces, dried prawns, and rice flour. It is usually topped with deep fried shallots, spring onions, chillis and dried prawns and usually served with a chili dipping sauce. You can try this for only MYR 2.50 for 2 pcs.

7. Lychee Swee Kang and Nipah Palm Sugar Ice Cream

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Are you a sweet tooth kind of person? Don’t forget to try out some of the desserts in Kuching city. The Lychee Swee Kang is a sweet-tasting shaved ice and it is usually topped with fruits, red beans, jelly, and sweet syrup. Apart from that, the Palm Sugar Ice cream or Aiskrim Bergula Apong, is a soft served ice cream with Palm Sugar syrup poured onto it. You can choose to top the ice cream either with peanuts, cornflakes or famous Amos cookies. You can get the Lychee Swee Kang for MYR 4.00 and the Palm Sugar Ice Cream price rate ranging from MYR 2.00 – MYR 9.00 at the Kuching Open Air Food Court.

8. Three Layer Drink

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

One of the famous Three Layer Drink will be the Three Layer Tea or ” Teh C Ping special”.  The combination of brown sugar, evaporated milk and red tea – makes the drink unique and favorite among the local. The tea is a local specialty at any cafes or coffee shops in Sarawak. It is now becoming a common drink served throughout not only in Sarawak, but also other states in Malaysia. Moreover, there is also a variety of Three Layer drink taste that is not only using tea and you should try it out when you are in Kuching. However, for the best selections, try out the Three Layer Tea in Sarawak.

If you are planning to go Kuching for food hunting, just bear in mind that you don’t need to pack loads. Pack light and bring your appetite… (and some cash money too!) Check out our Sarawak tour package offered for you! Or maybe you want to try out the traditional dishes in Sarawak? you can check out our Iban Longhouse tour, where you can experience the daily lives of Sarawak’s major tribe – Iban.

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Thrill Seekers Haven – Kiulu Quad Biking!

Thrill Seekers Haven – Kiulu Quad Biking!

Thrill Seekers Haven –

Kiulu Quad Biking!

2

August, 2017

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking

Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies time to hop on the quad bike and ride into the wilderness! This is really something that you won’t regret doing and I’d say it’ll be the most memorable thing you will ever do.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The road to Kiulu Kg.Mantob. I’d say it’s a fine gloomy day which is a good thing because it’ll be a less sunny day for us

Along the way to Kampung Mantob, Kiulu, you’ll be surprised with the beautiful countryside views, mountains, paddy fields, and all the nature around it. Kiulu is located outside of the city areas so you’ll be seeing more countryside than concrete jungles. There are tons to see along the way and the best one is the Kiulu River. We did make a quick stop at the Bolitikon River to have a look at the water; it’s quite clear and it makes you wanna jump in and have a short dip in the river.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A short stop at the Bolitikon Bridge. I’d say it’s a very worth-it stop
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The beautiful crystal clear water of the Bolitikon River makes you wanna jump in for a short dip!

After about 45 minutes drive, we finally reached Kg. Mantob and on with the Quad Biking Fun! But before that there will be a safety briefing by the quad biking guide.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
You’ll be seeing a lot of Paddy Fields and Mountains along the Way to Kg.Mantob. A sight that you don’t get in the city area
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A safety briefing conducted by our Quad Biking Guide, Mr. Joe. He will explain everything about the safety and also the do’s and dont’s of the quad biking tour

After the Safety Briefing, we are off to hop on the quad bike but before that there will be a short test run to test your driving skills and also just to give us a feel of driving the quad bike. 

We had a short test run at the field just next to the Quad Bike station. The guide asked us to make a few turns with the quad bike to make sure that we can maneuver it safely and professionally. Hehehe..

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Once everyone is ready, it is time to push the throttle and let’s go!

The first time pushing the throttle was the best feeling in the world you will ever get and your heart just can’t wait to get into the action. Our guide leads us to our first stop which is on top of the hill with a super scenic view.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Our first stop is on top of a hill with a super scenic view of the local villages below and also Mantob River
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
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The view from the top of the hillside

 

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Move further down and you will reach a bridge passing the Kampung Mantob River and you can take photo at the bridge

After crossing the bridge you will see many more countrysides and villages before going into the muddy and rocky terrain trail. It’ll make your heart go faster as you move through the muddy off road trails. Along the way you’ll be passing thru jungles, village houses, muddy trails, and more muddy trails. It’s a very different kind of feeling when you’re driving a car through a muddy terrain as compared to riding a quad bike.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Our Quad Biking adventures begin

 

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Our second stop is at one of houses of the local villager, and our guide Mr.Joe told us that the person who lives in this house makes Fishing Net for a living

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
An old shack

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Crossing through some old houses and storage rooms and don’t forget the mud puddles too. Haha!
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It’s an old rugged and well built wooden house that is perfectly situated on the hillside and the view from up there is spectacular

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Bamboo Woven Basket

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Fast flowing river view and also all the nature that surrounds it.
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The Legend Of Kampung Mantob – he was kind enough to let me take his picture

 

After passing by the wooden house, we made our way further up to the road for more adventures. As we venture deeper we got to see many things and passing thru more and more hillsides, houses, schools and many more.

It’s a never ending road filled with many spectacular views and to my interest is the local villages which is just simple wooden houses and the local villagers there live a very simple life. They were content with their life and they said it’s better to live in the village compared to the city as the stress level is much more higher and cost of living is crazy!

As we passed a gated area I was fortunate enough to meet someone who the guides called a Legend in Kampung Mantob. The guide told us he can carry a log 5 times his height all alone without any help and he was good enough to let me take his picture as I passed him on his walk to his farm.

We journey deeper into the trail and we get to see more spectacular views of the countrysides and much more villages. You will be seeing the amazing views of the untouched forest and also the hills that surrounds the trail. It will give you that sense of freedom and also adventure throughout the long and winding trails.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The spectacular views that we passed as we journey deeper into the trails.
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The views from here just makes you wanna stop and take a picture because the view you get here is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

As we reached the end of the trail it was filled with farms of all sort of local fruits and also small wooden houses. It was nice seeing many local farms that keeps the place as they filled the surroundings with green vegetations and nature. We had our rest stop at the ending point and enjoying the nature before turning back to the starting point.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A photo with our guide

As we traveled back to the starting point, each of us said to each other that we wish we can have a long time there but I’m sure next time we will definitely be coming back to this very exciting quad biking axperience.

Having our last picture with our Awesome guide Mr.Joe@Kutung! Before departing back to Kota Kinabalu. I would definitely recommend anyone to do it at least once. It is a fun activity to do with your friends or family in the weekends. It’s not all about the ride but also the mesmerizing views and nature that you will see along the trail that will take away all your work stress and gives you a very relaxing feel.

You can take a look on our Kiulu Quad Biking tour package for more information on making Kiulu Quad Biking into your Borneo holiday trip’s itinerary.

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A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival 

31

July, 2017

Have you ever heard a music festival concert in the jungle? Well, I am sure you have heard of it and one of it would be in Malaysia itself! It is located in the Land of the Hornbills, Sarawak. The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is celebrated each year at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong, which is the 45-minutes drive from Sarawak capital city, Kuching. In addition, RWMF is a 3-days jungle musical fiesta from various ethnic and folk acts from all around the world.

I got the chance to visit the festival for the first time in my life, and I could tell you that you won’t be disappointed to go there. One travel bucket list ✔

* Tips: An early preparation of buying the entrance fee ticket through online is a MUST to avoid from purchasing the ticket at an expensive rate.

This year, RMWF celebrated its 20th anniversary on 14th – 16th July 2017. Performances and workshops by world music celebrities were done in the morning. At night, the rainforest vibrates with folk and tribal music from various talented artists from around the world. This festival has attracted many music lovers from across the globe and enjoy the weekend of ethnic and traditional music surrounded by Borneo jungle.

RWMF is considered unique because it brings people together from all around the globe to perform and celebrate this musical festival. Moreover, it is suitable for singles, couples, tour group, and even families with kids to visit. However, there are some of the lists of things that you can do at the RMWF, and this is base on my recent visit to the music festival last weekend. I hope these list of things will cater to anyone who plans to go celebrate the festival next year.

Participate in the RWMF workshops

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Learning to play the musical instrument.



#Funtimes at the #RWMF2017! Mini sessions were overflowing with people today.


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These RMWF workshops are not to be missed out when you are there in the late morning till afternoon. This is where you can see some unique classes that involves with traditional and cultural. Some of the classes may give you the opportunity to learn traditional music instruments, such as learn how to play the Sape; Sarawak’s traditional music instrument. Apart from that, other classes involve singing, interactive cultural dance, and short performances. The workshops are held in the traditional houses, you can check out the event schedule and time of each of the workshops that you can participate.

Try out the local traditional food

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Traditional Kayan food
A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Lunch by the mini waterfall

No festival is complete if you did not get the chance to savor the traditional food. You can try out the food of the people of Sarawak; Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Chinese community, etc. I got the chance to try out the traditional food from one of the indigenous tribe in Sarawak;- Kayan Tribe. The best part, I get to enjoy the food beside a mini waterfall! How cool is that?

Make a visit to the arts and crafts bazaar

The arts and craft bazaar is considered unique, as it features many traditional and ethnic crafts from Sarawak Borneo. Experience the various design of bead work, weaving skills, woodcraft, and traditional instrument making. You can also purchase some of the local traditional jewelry and souvenirs there. The arts and craft bazaar is held in two places in the Sarawak Cultural Village, one will be at the bottom of Melanau tall house, and the other would be at the Malay house.

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Beautiful handmade Jewelry from beads at the bottom Melanau Tall House.

Check out the tattoo exhibition

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Visit the tattoo exhibition during the 3-days RWMF.
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You can also get yourself a tattoo too!

The tattoo exhibition is held at the Bidayuh Longhouse in the Sarawak Cultural Village. This is where you can see the creative work done by the tattoo artists, as well as requesting the tattoo artists to design a tattoo for you, either traditional hand poked tattoo or the non-traditional way. However, it is a bit expensive if you want to do tattoos there. However, if you want to get the experience of traditional hand-poked tattoos, then this is the chance for you to try.

Stay healthy in the Wellness Program






🌹🌹🌹 #yogalover #yoga #twins #rwmf2017


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This year, the Wellness Programme is the newest addition to the festival and perfect for those health enthusiasts. The Wellness Programme such as yoga, Zumba, and even body combats were implemented during the festivals. So, don’t forget to bring your sports attire for next year festival!

Have your own village tour

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Bidayuh Tribe House
A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Ulu Tribe House

Apart from going to participate the RWMF workshops, you can also explore the cultural villages house. It is known as the ‘living museum’, as it was set up to preserve and showcase Sarawak’s cultural heritage. Take the chance to see the architecture building of the traditional house, and also understand the local lifestyle and cultures in the olden days. So, be prepared with a hat, face towel, sunscreen and comfiest shoes for you to explore the area.

Relax at Damai Beach

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Relax and chill by the beach. Photo by : Izza Fara

Another best thing you can do during the RWMF is to hang out at the Damai Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches in Kuching. The Damai beach stretches for about 1km long. You can just go to the beach for a suntan, play around in the sand or even enjoy the sunset view from the beach.

Don’t forget to join the 1Drum Circle

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Get involved in Drum circle to play the drums, percussions and more

This is considered the most exciting activity in the RWMF and you should participate it. 1Drum circle is led by the 1Drum.org, as they provide an interactive drumming experience to all. Whether you are young or old, are welcome to sit in a circle and join in the joyous musical experience. You won’t need a skill or experience to play with the drums and percussions because there will be a facilitator who will guide the group in rhythms and rhythms-based activities. Feel free to choose whichever musical instruments or you can bring your own too and have fun!

Lastly, enjoy the night festival performance

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
RWMF Night Performance

RWMF main purpose is the music festival performance, listening to the traditional music from different countries around the globe would make your mind blown! My favorite would be the performance from 1511 0 Maliao Maliao Dance Troupe from Malaysia, too bad I could not take a video of the performance due to heavy rain that night. Check out the video below on how day tour of RWMF2017 looks like:

Although I spend only a day at the RWMF, it was all worth it! I will make sure I’ll be back there again next year! So, are you ready for next year’s festival? Feel free to read our other blog post entry on “Newbie Guide to Rainforest WOrld Music Festival (RWMF)“, so you can know what to expect for next year festival! 

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A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

26

July, 2017

If you ask me about the Island nearby, i would definitely suggest you going to Sapi Island just about 15 Minutes from the Kota Kinabalu City Centre. Sapi Island is one of the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and it is well protected and preserved. One does not just visit the Island to have a look around. There are tons of things to do when you are in the Island. Go for a dive, snorkeling, picnic, swim, and many more.

Be welcome by the clear blue crystal clear ocean water of the island

Just look at that water, doesn’t it make you wanna jump in and just cool down. One of the must-not-miss activity to do when you’re in Sapi Island is of course the water sports activities. Go for the snorkeling and I bet that you won’t regret a thing as you can see a lot of beautiful coral reefs and fishes of all kinds. The amazing display of coral reefs will satisfy your eyes.

Put on your snorkeling mask and jump in! Don’t be shy to the fishes!
Mask Up and it’s Time To Dive!

Other than snorkeling, you can also go for the dive. Pulau Sapi has one of the best diving spots nearby Kota Kinabalu City. You will see many sea life and also corals. The Dive Masters will guide you to some of the best eye satisfying corals that you will ever see and I bet it’ll be a memorable one for the rest of your life. 

For the food, you can always head to the next island to grab a little or maybe a big lunch. The Padang Point beach that is only at the opposite of the Sapi Island and you can grab a quick lunch there. There is a few restaurants that operate on the island and they serve a variety of food like fried noodles, rice, and many more.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
Here are some of the happy guest of Pulau Sapi enjoying their local lunch

Another thing that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Sapi Island is the Zipline. It is definitely something very different from any other zipline that you will ever experience. Glide across from one island to the other island and pass through the clear blue crystal clear water and corals below.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
The Breathtaking Views, The Adrenaline Rush and Just Pure Joy!
A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
It’s the Amazing Coral Flyers!

The Coral Flyer Zipline was recently launched to offer a buzz of adrenaline rush for thrill seekers out there! From Gaya Island, you get on the zipline crossing to Sapi Island and it is super fun as you can see the excitement just by looking at the pictures. It made me super stoked seeing the pictures and it made me want to experience it myself and get that good dose of adrenaline rush.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
Strap your camera with you and don’t forget to capture that unforgettable moment zipping across from Gaya Island to Sapi Island.

The experience I had in Sapi Island is superb and I would really recommend anyone to visit the island if they’re looking for a place to chill and just de-stress from the concrete jungles of the Kota Kinabalu City. Just take a 15 minutes boat ride from Jesselton Point to reach the Paradise Island and don’t forget to leave your problems behind okay.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
Just enjoy the sun and just enjoy the relaxing ocean breeze as it blows all your troubles away! ^^

Apart from going to Sapi Island for day trip, there are also few places that you can spend for a day trip in your Borneo Holiday. Do check out our blog on Top 5-day trips to do in Sabah

Bring me to explore Kota Kinabalu City!

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Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

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July, 2017

Going to the 20th edition of Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) last weekend was a first time for me. I can admit, the festival can be a little bit intimidating because it seems I have to prepare a lot of things before going there. Anyway, RWMF will hold again next year on 13-15th July 2018, and here I’ve compiled a list of guide for those who planned to go RWMF next year. I hope you will find this list of guides helpful before going to RWMF, because I learned my lesson.

What is Rainforest World Music Festival?

Rainforest World Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival which is held in Sarawak Cultural Village Kuching, Sarawak. The festival invites all international and local music artists from around the globe to perform and showcase their ethnic and cultural music. From gypsy music( Romengo), to the electro-folk music (Okra Playground), African Uhadi traditional instrument, to Sarawak Sape musical instrument. Not forgetting, the amazing dance performance by the O Tahiti E. This is truly the type of music that you can find in RWMF; either on the stage performance, creative workshops, or interactive demo.

Newbie Guide to RWMF

Before the festival: 

1. Be sure to buy the RWMF tickets as early as possible.

The price of the entrance ticket can be a bit overwhelming if you did not purchase it in advance. So, when you see there’s somebody updating RWMF tickets available for purchase online, grab the chance to get the tickets at a cheaper price! There are also family package tickets available for 2 adults and 2 children.

Tips: don’t forget to print out the entrance tickets that you purchased online and bring it to the entrance gate on the day of the festival.  

2. Book your flight and accommodation early.

Do not book last minute for your flight and accommodation because this festival is an internationally renowned festival, which means there will be a possibility that it’s fully booked.

3. Purchase 1-day pass entrance ticket.

Since you are a newbie to RWMF, it is better to purchase the 1-day pass entrance ticket, in order for you to get the feel of the festival. On top of that, the performance and events for the three days festival are almost the same. I think it would be best to purchase the last day pass entrance ticket, so you can witness the amazing grand finale performance.

On the day of the festival: 

1. No need to come early

Since you are a newbie to RWMF, it is better to purchase the 1-day pass entrance ticket, in order for you to get the feel of the festival. On top of that, the performance and events for the three days festival are almost the same. I think it would be best to purchase the last day pass entrance ticket, so you can witness the amazing grand finale performance.

2. How to get there?

To reach RWMF, it is a 45-minutes drive distance. If you don’t have a car, it would be good if you purchase the tickets for a shuttle bus from the Kuching city to the Sarawak Cultural Village for only MYR 15. In addition, you can also use GrabCar to reach Sarawak Cultural Village for about MYR 26.

Extra tips: For those who plan to bring a car, there are limited car-parking facilities, you would need to park your car at the One Hotel Santubong area, and follow the shuttle van to and fro to the Sarawak Cultural Village. However, you would need to pay MYR 14 per trip (to and fro).

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

3. Have your late breakfast/ early lunch before going

Before going to RWMF, it is BEST for you to have an early lunch or late breakfast. This is because the food is rather pricey at the RWMF. Unfortunately, you are not encouraged to bring outside food and drinks to the festival.

4. Bring plenty of cash

Since there will be a lot of cash usage, even before you enter the entrance of Sarawak Cultural Village, it is best you bring plenty of cash. No vendors there will accept credit/debit cards, and there is also no ATM machines available at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

5. Wear comfy and light cloth (and bring extra clothing)

You will be spending one whole day at the RWMF, especially if you intend to go there in the afternoon for the workshops and stay until the evening concert. Not only can that, wearing comfy and light clothes help you to ease yourself from the blistering heat. I made the wrong choice to wear a black t shirt that day, and I was sweating buckets!!

Note: There is a shower facility available just outside the festival at the Damai Central. So, you won’t need to worry about looking for a place for a shower.

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

6. Be prepared; bring your raincoat, waterproof bags and slippers/sandals

Be ready to expect the unexpected of weather. Last RWMF, it was raining heavily in the evening and we were all soaked with wet and muddy ground. Bear in mind that this festival is held in Borneo jungle, and it’s a rain or shine festival, so be prepared to get wet! Bring a waterproof bag to keep your valuable things dry, or maybe just use a plastic bag and it should be enough.

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

7. Hand fan and sunglasses 

When the heat strikes, these two things are what you need! Don’t forget to bring a hand fan and wear sunglasses during the festival. Apart from avoiding the heat, accessorize yourself with sunglasses to go with the festival look!

8. Sunscreen and insect repellent

Malaysia heat can be very ruthless. So, it is best to put some sunscreen except you don’t mind to get burn like a lobster. 😛 Apart from that, it is absolutely a MUST to use insect repellent when you are at the festival. Who would want their day at the festival get spoiled because of insect bites?

9. Bring plenty of water

It will be blistering heat during the day at the festival, do not forget to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. It would be such a spoil day if you got sick and could not enjoy the festival.

10. Bring your own foldable chairs, mats, or scarf for sitting on the ground

Most people do not know about this, even myself, but you are definitely encouraged to bring your own foldable chairs, mats or scarf so you can use it to sit on the ground. There are limited sitting chairs at the festival, to avoid being tired from walking, you can just spread your own mats or scarf, sit on the ground and enjoy the show.

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

Last but not least, have fun at the festival and hope this guide will help you to get ready for next year RWMF! See you! Check out our blog!

If you plan to travel Sarawak, you can check out what we offer to you on our Sarawak Tours.

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