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Built in 1870 by Charles Brooke, Second White Rajah of Sarawak, the Astana is now the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak. Built as a bridal gift from Charles Brooke to his wife, Ranee Margaret of Sarawak, the Astana is now often viewed as an architectural monument of love. It is a regal complex comprised of three separate bungalows and a narrow system of passageways that unifies all parts of the Astana into a single palatial dwelling.

Set on the northern bank of the Sarawak River no visitors are allowed to enter the interior of the Astana, the one exception being the annual Hari Raya festival at the end of the month of Ramadan. During all other times of the year, however, visitors to Kuching are encouraged to wander the well-manicured palace grounds and peruse the various ethnic artifacts which lay scattered amongst the property. It’s a popular hangout for locals and a serene spot to enjoy a sunset while gazing back at the Kuching waterfront.

During the time of Rajah Charles Brooke, it was understood that he planted a grove of betel nut trees behind the Astana in order to offer them to visiting Dayak chiefs, and although not entirely open to the public, the Astana is nonetheless one of the more important architectural and historical monuments pertaining to the curious history of Kuching.
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Kuching City and Fort Margherita Tour

Journey through many of Kuching’s highlights on this intimate, family-friendly tour. An ideal introduction to the city with something for everyone, whether you’re interested in culture, history, landmarks or discovering local life. Stroll through the maze-like alleys of Old Kuching, haggle at central markets and visit Sarawak Museum. See the Kuching Waterfront Esplanade with its ornate temples, historic buildings and traditional houses selling handmade crafts.
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Kuching City Sightseeing Tour with Sarawak Museum

Discover Kuching’s colonial architecture, traditional villages, and scenic waterfront on a half-day city tour that’s perfect for first-time visitors. You’ll learn about Borneo history in the Sarawak Museum, walk through the colorful heart of the city, and spot sampans on the Sarawak River, as a local driver/guide shares stories about the city’s vibrant culture and fascinating past. Hotel pickup and drop-off is available in the Kuching city center and the Damai Beach area, with the choice between morning and afternoon departures.
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Half-Day Kuching City Tour

Get your bearings in the colorful, historic city of Kuching on this walking tour that explores Borneo history from the White Rajahs to modern-day life. Walk from the waterfront to traditional Malay houses, a riverside mosque, and the imposing Astana, and explore Borneo's cultural diversity in the Sarawak Museum. This small-group tour is limited to 7 participants for a personalized experience, and includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees.
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Kuching City Tour with Fort Margherita

Be won over by Kuching’s natural charms on this 3-hour tour of Sarawak’s cultural capital, including hotel pick-up. Lose yourself in the maze-like alleys of Old Kuching, practice your haggling skills at the bustling Central Markets and pay a visit to the fascinating Sarawak Museum. This comprehensive tour also includes many of the city’s most famous landmarks, like the Cat Statue, Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the State Mosque, the Astana and Fort Margherita
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Kuching City Tour

Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is simply unique. No other city in Malaysia has such a romantic and unlikely history, nor displays its charms with such an easy grace. The residents of Kuching enjoy living here, and take great pride in their fascinating city, which is reflected in their attitude to visitors. Kuching welcomes visitors warmly, but it does not put on an act for them. Instead it goes about its own business in a relaxed manner that hasn’t changed in 160 years. To make the most of your visit you must put on your walking shoes, take to the streets (and the water), and join in.
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Kuching Natural Charms City Tour

A perfect introduction to Sarawak’s historic capital, this tour includes Kuching’s Chinatown, the cat statue, Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the civic centre viewing platform and the world famous Sarawak museum.
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