Kuching Walking Tour & Cooking Class

Explore Historical Kuching on Foot

Local Market Visit

Lessons in Authentic Sarawakian Cuisine

Embark on an authentic Sarawak culinary experience, from market to stove to table. Walk along the Waterfront with your local guide before heading off to the hustle and bustle of the local market. Here you will discover the abundance of delicious local produce, some of which you’ll use in your cooking class. You will also learn about the traditions in Sarawak cooking and how to combine exotic flavors to create a masterpiece!

Tour Highlights

Walk through the heart of Kuching’s Old Town, learning about its architecture and rich history.

Explore the other side of Kuching's vibrant old town, and delve into the history of less-trodden areas and paths.

Explore Kuching’s Waterfront and take a traditional ‘sampan’ boat across the river like a local.

Head to Petanak market to learn about local produce and the array of traditional Sarawak dishes we use them in.

Unleash your inner chef with an authentic cooking class in Sarawakian cuisine.

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Trip Details


Adult (12+): MYR 299.00

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Meeting Point

Paradesa Borneo office


Year-round: Monday to Sunday


6 hours

Group Size

2-16 persons

Difficulty Level

Peanuts (easy)


  • English-speaking guide
  • Refreshments
  • Boat fees
  • Cooking class
  • Rain ponchos are provided in the event of rain
  • A great time!

Not Included

Transportation from the hotel to the starting point

What to Bring

  • Extra cash for additional street food and drinks, local souvenirs, and personal shopping
  • Bring insect repellent, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Wear light, hat/cap. comfortable shoes and clothes

About Your Guide

  • Our local, English-speaking tour leaders take great pride in their heritage and are well informed in Borneo’s history, culture, and natural wonders
  • One guide per 8 guests
What You'll Do

Enjoy a day of hands-on activities in the charming city of Kuching, Borneo. Rich in cultural heritage (especially culinary!), the streets of Kuching welcome you on a delightful urban adventure. 

Get started with a walk down the Kuching Waterfront—a distinctive landmark in the city with a history of its own. Once a row of “godowns”, riverside building housing supplies brought by traders on the vessels moving up and down the river, it is now a must-see sight offering stunning views over the heart of old Kuching. It is also a hub for river taxis known as ‘sampan’. The ‘sampans’ are a few centuries-old but still a popular way to get back and forth between both sides of the river.

We will board a ‘sampan’ and proceed to Pangkalan Abok, a jetty situated a short walk from a bustling farmer’s market known as the Petanak Market. We then explore the market and learn about the local produce.

After the market visit, we go for a walk through the heart of Padungan, a bustling part of the Kuching city centre with its own rich history and hidden gems — not so widely featured in travel guides, but boasting its own unique appeal as a food haven and local trade area.

Walk through its rows of shophouses where locals get their daily necessities and dose of comfort food. Take in the sights of old buildings with Chinese-influenced architectural style, interspersed with vibrant pieces of art and history, old and new.

The kitchen is where the magic happens! After immersing yourself in the history of Kuching and seeing where the ingredients come from, it’s time to cook! Learn to prepare authentic Sarawak cuisine from instructors passionate about the local food culture. Chop, blend, and stir; then tuck into your work of art!

Good to Know

  • Reservation recommended
  • Rain or shine, we always walk
  • All guests must be aged 12 and over
  • We recommend guests bring your own refillable water bottles and avoid using one-off plastic water bottles.
  • During our tours, we recycle wherever possible, and try to keep our waste as low as possible. We discourage the use of plastic bags, and suggest that you bring your own dry bag or small waterproof backpack.
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