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.
Sampan, Sunset, & Tuak
Try Borneo’s Best Street Snacks
Learn About Sarawak’s Rice Wine Culture
Ride on a Sampan Boat at Sunset
Come along with us on this unique food and drink walking tour of Sarawak’s capital, Kuching. Delve into the culture of ‘tuak’, authentic, tribal rice wine. Sample Borneo’s variety of delicious street snacks and learn about the ethnically diverse society that has contributed to these flavors. Explore Kuching’s fascinating history with your local guide, and to top it all off, watch the sunset from a sampan boat on the Sarawak River.
Commute like a local on a traditional sampan boat.
Navigate the romantic Sarawak River at sunset and see local life unfold along its banks.
Meander through the heritage Old Quarter, chatting with vendors and nibbling on samples.
Pay a visit to a local bar to learn about Sarawak’s unique tuak (rice wine) culture.
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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
- Refreshments and snacks and drink samples, including ‘tuak’ tasting
- 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
Just arrived in Kuching? Don’t leave this charming city without experiencing this unique local food and drink tour.
This three-hour tour takes you through Kuching’s heritage trail and its surrounding ‘kampongs’ (villages) on both sides of the Sarawak River, to indulge in a variety of popular authentic Sarawak local street snacks and drinks!
Kuching showcases some of the best street snacks in Borneo, reflecting its multi-cultural background, boasting Iban, Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors in its street food. There’s no better way to taste the cultural diversity. You’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the famous Sarawak street snacks such as ‘kek lapis’ (multi-layered color cake), ‘tebaloi’ (sago biscuit), ‘rojak’ (Malaysian salad), ‘gula-apong’ ice cream and other traditional snacks that are on sale that day.
The tour starts in the late afternoon with a stroll through the hustle and bustle of Sarawak’s Old Quarter with your local guide. Unearth the best street snacks and authentic tribal rice wine in town, and meet some friendly locals along the way. Your guide is a local foodie who will ensure you’re generously supplied with sweet and savory treats as you learn about traditional Borneo snacks by stopping at famed food spots only known to the locals.
Take in some history as you wander old city streets and pass preserved heritage sites. You will learn about the legacy of the English White Rajahs that ruled over this land from the 1800s and how their colorful story intertwined with Sarawak’s for more than 100 years.
After the heritage walk, take a relaxing cruise on a traditional sampan boat. View the magnificent sunset on the Sarawak River and see local life unfold along its banks. This will give you a taste of how Kuchingite commute each day across the two halves of the city! Along the cruise, drop into one of the traditional Malay cake houses to sample the abundance of products available.
Saving the best for last, we drop into a local favorite bar to sample a range of tribal rice wines, tuak, and local nibbles before merrily ending the tour.
Good to Know
- Reservation recommended
- Rain or shine we always walk!
- Suitable for families and visitors of all ages
- ‘Tuak’ rice wine can only be served to adults aged 18 and over