Thursday, March 19, 2009

Kuching River Cruise

The Sarawak River in Kuching & the Kuching waterfront has always been the main picture that comes to mind when I think of Kuching. That could be the influence of what we learnt in history & geography I guess (does it feel the same for you?).

So, when I was in Kuching, I went to search some information on the Sarawak/ Kuching River Cruise.

kuching river cruiseApparently, there is one big river cruise that ferries tourists along the Sarawak River during evenings/ sunsets. But as I got to know some local folk, they mentioned, how bout trying the 'real cruise'... the one on this sampan (small boat).

He says that the journey will be a lil shorter, but wil still be able to see most of what the other big cruise does. This to me is quite unique and I agreed!

Here are some of the things I saw on the sampan river cruise:

kuching river cruise, kampungThe kampungs just by the river bank - I mentioned before, and I'll mention again - just so peaceful :)

kuching river cruise state mosqueIs this the State Mosque?

kuching river cruise jettyI was surprised to see more jetty further down the river... this river really has life!

kuching river cruise astanaI was glad I managed to capture this - the Astana, which is the Official Residence of The Sarawak Governor (btw, this is the picture I think of Kuching all these while) :)

kuching river cruise state parliament sunsetOne of the nice things to enjoy on this River Cruise is really the sunset. Btw, the big building on the right is the to be ready State Parliament.

kuching river cruiseThe ride was smooth. But then dark fell, and it was time to turn the boat around... back to Kuching's city view.

kuching river cruise sunssetAnd then off the boat... with the parting shot. The lights reflections with the sunset behind... what a sight!

This is really an experience.... and I can finally say "I've seen Kuching!". Haha!

But of course, Kuching goes beyond the river - and that's up next!

*The boat charter range around RM40-60.

13 comments:

  1. I guess I would take a sampan too vs the cruise...coz everyone else would definitely opt for the usual cruise thing which is so popular with tourists.

    Like in Istanbul, the Bosphorous cruise is a must as you get to see a different side of the city vs travelling on a tour bus.

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  2. wow!! nice pictures. I love the first one, a man and the view is awesome. yeah kuching has lots of hidden fantastic places to visit. RM40-60 is ok to cruise along sarawak river. it's fantastic, I'm planning to take a ride on sampan when i'm back to kuching later. I've been to the cruise, sampan ride is more an experience. wow!!

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  3. The blue hour shots (last two) are awesome! And how long was the boat cruise?

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  4. Nothing beats the real thing right? You must have had a great time huh! =)

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  5. Nice shoots! Especially the last picture!
    How long the boat ride?
    Thanks.

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  6. That is not the state mosque. It is called Kuching Town Mosque (a.k.a Divisional Mosque). I blogged about that mosque this week. it offer a good view from the hilltop

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  7. Wah then next time better take sampan xD

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  8. Nice photos! I always like river cruises, and I look forward to my upcoming Li River cruise in Guilin : )

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  9. enjoy looking at Kuching through your eyes

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  10. You really make me miss Kuching! I love boat rides and the next time I'm there, I 'll make it a point to have one of those river cruises. ;-)

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  11. I don't like the sampan cruise. Too close to the murky waters.. (Aiks) Unless the waters were clean and pristine. ha ha

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