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Sarawak Cultural Village
Learn about the culture of Malaysian Borneo by visiting Sarawak Cultural Village in between return flights to Kuching. The village showcases the cultures of different ethnic groups who live in the region of Sarawak, including Malay, Bidayuh, and Iban. Buildings are located around the village, and each one represents the traditional architectural features of one of the ethnic groups. Head into the buildings to see cultural displays and artefacts. You can also chat with members of the various ethnic groups to learn more about their culture and take part in a variety of activities, such as sugarcane crushing and playing traditional board games. Visitors holidaying on flights to Kuching can also visit the cultural village’s restaurant to try cuisines from the various ethnic groups of Sarawak.
Kuching Mosque is a beautiful structure located on the banks of the Sarawak River, and it’s one of the main attractions to see while holidaying on cheap flights to Kuching. The current-day Kuching Mosque was built in 1968 to replace an older wooden mosque that once stood there. It stands out against the surrounding buildings due to its pink minarets and large golden domes. The interior of Kuching Mosque is just as beautiful as the outside, with plenty of natural light, pillars, and a fascinating view of the domes’ interiors. Note that non-Muslims aren’t able to enter the mosque during prayer times. Double check the prayer schedule if visiting the mosque is on your list of things to do while you’re visiting Borneo on flights to Kuching.
Bako National Park
Get a taste of Sarawak’s rainforests and nature by planning a day at Bako National Park when you book flights to Kuching. The park isn’t huge – only 27 square kilometres – but it’s home to a vast amount of plants and landscapes. Explore a mangrove forest, a swamp forest, a dipterocarp tropical forest, and more. There are also stunning beaches and coves to visit around Bako National Park and plenty of hiking trails that range in both length and difficulty. Bako National Park is also an excellent spot for wildlife viewing while visiting Borneo on return flights to Kuching. Animals such as long-tailed macaques, silver leaf monkeys, wild boar, and proboscis monkeys can be seen around the park.
What is the best way to get around Kuching?
The best way to reach the city centre after arriving on flights to Kuching is by taxi. You can purchase a fixed price taxi coupon at the airport for 30 ringgit ($10.85 NZD). This coupon is valid for taxis between Kuching International Airport (KCH) and the city. There are two types of taxi in Kuching: blue and red. The blue taxis are more modern and comfortable – these are the ones that operate from Kuching International Airport (KCH) – and the red taxis are a no-frills option with a lower price tag. Catching a taxi will get you pretty much anywhere you’ll need to go while holidaying on cheap flights to Kuching.
The city centre of Kuching is walkable, and there’s also a public bus that you can catch. The City Public Link bus operates 16 routes around Kuching and travels to popular tourist attractions like Semenggoh Wildlife Sanctuary, Jong Crocodile Farm, and the nearby town of Serian.
When is the best time to visit Kuching?
The island of Borneo has a tropical rainforest climate, and you can look forward to hot temperatures no matter what time of year you book tickets to Kuching. There’s a high chance of rain year round (in fact, Kuching receives more rain than anywhere else in Malaysia), but rain showers are typically short.
Cut down on the possibility of rain by booking airfare to Kuching for the dry season, which lasts from April to October. Showers still occur, but less often than during the wet season. This is also the hottest time of year with temperatures of about 33°C, and this is the best time to book tickets to Kuching if you’re hoping to spend a lot of time at the beach. Keep in mind that this is also the busiest time to travel on return flights to Kuching, so lock in your accommodation early.
You’ll find lower rates on accommodation by travelling on cheap flights to Kuching during the wet season between November and March. There’s a bit more rain at this time of year and slightly cooler temperatures around 31°C. The months between November and January are the wettest, so consider booking airfare to Kuching for travel toward the end of the wet season to enjoy less rain before the dry season crowds arrive.