Best Day Trips from Kuching

By Viator, June 2013

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Kuching, the capital of the state of Sarawak in Eastern Malaysia, is the largest city on Borneo Island and a popular base from which to explore the surrounding region. If you’re looking for something to do outside the city, you’ll find several day trip options ranging from ecological to cultural.

Bako National Park

Known for its variety of wildlife and lush vegetation, Bako National Park houses seven different ecosystems, including rocky coastline, sandy beaches and dense jungle. Keep your eyes peeled for the large-nosed proboscis monkey, a species that can often be seen foraging for food among the mangrove trees.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Orangutan conservation sits front and center on Sarawak’s ecotourism stage, and you shouldn’t leave Borneo without visiting one of the island’s wildlife rehabilitation centers to see these animals up close. Semenggok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, located just south of Kuching, provides a sanctuary for injured or captured primates and can be visited in just half a day. If you have a little more time to spare, spend a day seeing rescued animals, including orangutans, bear cats and crocodiles, at the Matang Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre inside Kubah National Park.

Gunung Gading National Park

Anyone with an interest in botany should make time for a day trip to Gunung Gading National Park, home to the world’s largest flower: the Rafflesia. The park encompasses four peaks, dense rain forests and several waterfalls. Besides the giant flower, you might also spot giant squirrels, monkeys, wild boar or civet cats roaming through the park.

Bidayuh Longhouse

For a more cultural-centered half-day excursion from Kuching, pay a visit to a traditional bamboo longhouse where several families live together in a small village less than an hour outside of Kuching. Visiting one of these villages offers a fascinating insight into the daily way of life for Bidayuh families, a way of life very different from our own.


About an hour outside of Kuching, you’ll find a massive cave system near Serian, filled with prehistoric cave paintings and massive calcite formations. If you get hot, go for a swim in an underground stream.

Sarawak Cultural Village

Known as Kuching’s “Living Museum,” the Sarawak Cultural Village brings to life the customs and cultures of Malaysia’s various ethnic groups. Some 150 people live in the village and perform traditional daily tasks, like sago-making and bamboo carving. Several longhouse replicas let you see the differences between the traditional dwellings of each tribe.

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Bako National Park Full-Day Tour from Kuching

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Bako National Park is an ideal day trip for nature lovers and eco-minded adventurers! Bako National Park known for its extraordinary variety and contrast in ...  Read more

Location: Kuching, Sarawak
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $186.66

Satang Island Turtle Conservation and Snorkeling Day Trip from Kuching

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Satang Island consisting of two islands Pulau Satang Besar and Pulau Satang Kecil is located in the South China Sea and its surrounding pristine waters are ...  Read more

Location: Kuching, Sarawak
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $117.33

Sarawak Cultural Village Tour from Kuching

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

The Sarawak Cultural Village portrays the multi-faceted cultures and customs of ethnic groups . The village consists of authentic traditional buildings each ...  Read more

Location: Kuching, Sarawak
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.33

Traditional Bidayuh Village Bamboo Longhouse Tour from Kuching

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Learn about the traditional bamboo longhouses of Sarawak on this cultural three-hour tour from Kuching. Anah Rais is considered one of the largest Bidayuh ...  Read more

Location: Kuching, Sarawak
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.33

Matang Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Kubah National Park Tour from Kuching

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

If you want to see an Orangutan, the Matang Wildlife Center is one of the best place to see these cuddly animals.

Location: Kuching, Sarawak
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $134.66

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