17:30 01/02/2015 Dark cloud looms the sky threatening our sole activity for this trip. Upon arrival a prelude of thunder greeted us screaming “Monsoon season baby”. It justifies the moniker of Kuching as the wettest city in Malaysia. This means no dramatic sunset over Kuching river. Sad but not disheartened. Despite the impending rainstorm our giddiness was still intact. We’d camp nearby on the cruise platform not to missed the call for boarding the river cruise.
The view is exhilarating up above with an astonishing 360 perspective of Kuching. Not too long, all seats were occupied and incoming guests had left no choice but to settled below. We find our spot next to the snack bar on a covered roof.
A complimentary snack called Kek Lapis Sarawak ( Sarawak Layered Cake) and orange juice was served on our table. The cake is tastefully interlaced which gives that unique flavor.
After all the guest settled, the boat slowly steer away from the platform and navigating up river. A voice of a lady filled our ears with information, historical facts and guided us all through out the course.
The Astana is the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak. It was built during the reign of second White Rajah Charles Brooke in 1870 as a gift to his wife Margaret Alice Lili de Windt. This building is not open to the public as the guide said.
Next is the Kuching City Mosque, notable due to it’s pink coat and golden cupolas. One of the striking landmarks of Kuching.
The “payung” umbrella shaped structure is the Sarawak State Legislative building. This iconic landmark is the house of assemblymen from all over Sarawak.
Another landmark hidden from the thick forest is Fort Margherita. An English inspired castle like fortress built during Brooke’s reign. Again for love, he named the fort from his wife.
Waterfront is the frequently visited area of tourist and locals. A lot of restaurants that serves Sarawakian food. There are also makeshift shops appeared during after noon till early evening.
Kampung Boyan is a traditional Malay village next to Fort Margherita. Our guide suggested to visit these area by water taxi to experience authentic Malay snacks and dishes.
We didn’t missed the opportunity for a photo op with these lovely Sarawakian indigenous performers. They’re so warm and friendly.
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