Estee was our guide for this tour and she did an excellent job showing us the highlights of her city and treated us with many great tastes of Kuching. Even though this was the second trip to the city we did learn a lot more and discovered some new foods we hadn’t tried yet. We highly recommend this tour to everyone.
A Taste of Sarawak: Kuching Food by Foot
Visit Kuching’s Kampongs
Learn About Bornean Food, Language, & Culture
Ride on a Sampan Boat
Join us on this walking food tour through Kuching to explore and savor the best of Sarawak street food! Visit Kuching’s kampongs (villages) to learn about the Sarawakian traditions. Cruise across the Sarawak River on a sampan boat with Kuchingnite locals.
Visit the main historical sights of Kuching.
Savor local flavors and sample authentic street food.
Take a sampan boat cruise along the Sarawak River.
Experience the ethnic and multi-racial culture in Cat City.
Discover one of Sarawak’s secret recipes.
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- Adult (12+): MYR 152.00
- Child (2-11): MYR 76.00
- Children under 2: Free
Paradesa Borneo office
Year-round: Monday to Sunday
- Walking distance: 4.5 km
- Boat ride: 2 km
- English-speaking guide
- Transportation (from market to cooking class)
- All food and drinks
- Boat fees
- Rain ponchos are provided in the event of rain
- A great time!
Transportation from the hotel to the starting point
What to Bring
- Extra cash for the market
- Insect repellent, sunscreen, a towel, antiseptic, a change of clothes, and a plastic bag to keep electronics dry
- Wear light, comfortable shoes and clothes
About Your Guide
- Our passionate, local English-speaking tour leaders take great pride in their heritage (as well as their own personal stories) and are experts on Borneo’s history, culture, and natural wonders
- One guide will serve up to a maximum of 8 guests
What You'll Do
This local walking tour will take you along the Kuching heritage trails and through its surrounding kampongs to soak up the colorful story of charming Sarawak. Kuching has some of the best street food in Malaysia, showcasing Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences, as well as local tribal flavors. You’ll have the opportunity to taste the most famous Sarawak street food, such as Sarawak ‘laksa’ (rice noodles in spicy soup), ‘kolo mee’ (egg noodles), ‘tebaloi’ (sago biscuit), and ‘kek lapis’ (a multi-layered, colorful cake). If stomach space permits, make sure you also try the rich variety of our favorite local drinks and desserts!
Your foodie guide will take you to eight locations in total, including a ‘kopitiam’ (a traditional Malaysian-Chinese coffee shop), a hawker center (traditional food court), street vendors, a ‘kampong kedai’ café, a food trolley, and a traditional bakery. At each stop, you’ll learn a little more about Bornean food, language, and culture.
Then, we’ll board a cruise across the Sarawak River on a traditional sampan boat. It will give you a taste of how Kuchingites commute every day across the two halves of the city! We will pass by the palace that was built in 1870, known as Astana. Once safely across, we will continue walking through the little-known country paths of a rural kampong and experience the favorite local snacks on the other side of the river. Pay a visit to Fort Margherita, built in the 19th century, a historic, iconic, and strategic construction. Its main purpose was to protect old Kuching from pirates and other river-borne invasions. All good panoramic views of Kuching’s riverfront would not be complete without the inclusion of Fort Margherita.
After the heritage walk, hop back onto the sampan and cruise along the serene Sarawak River. Then we head to the Old Quarter to experience local life, as we stroll through the hustle and bustle of Kuching’s Main Bazaar. Along the way, sample favorite local snacks like ‘tebaloi’, originally made from palm sugar, and stop by a few souvenir shops.
Open up your senses and discover the authentic Sarawak! You will go home with both your mind and soul enriched, and your stomach full!
Good to Know
- Reservation recommended
- Rain or shine we always walk!
- Suitable for families and visitors of all ages
See What Our Guests Are Saying
It was as much a cultural tour as a food tour, which suited us very well, although the food was wonderful. The bike ride in the afternoon was a highlight for us as we got to see the local neighbourhood. It was comfortable for our group who are no longer so young.
Great time eating, walking and biking through Kuching. Delilah was a great king very fun and knowledgeable. Great way to get away from the typical tourist spots and see Kuching like a local. Highly recommended!