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BUSINESS MEETS ADVENTURE

What can you do for your conference, convention or workshop? In Sarawak, where 21st Century technology meets Old World charm, the sky’s the limit. Here are some suggestions on incentives, theme parties and itineraries from us.

City Tour Ideas

To tour in Sarawak is to recharge the Sarawakian way. We offer diverse options for incentive programmes, team-building, pre- and post tours and themed event programmes. Here are just a few to choose from.

KUCHING

Full day Tour – Kuching City Tour

The perfect introduction to Sarawak’s historic capital, this tour includes Kuching’s Chinatown, the Cat Statue (Kuching means “Cat” in Malay), the colourful Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the Civic Centre Viewing Platform and the world famous Sarawak Museum.
Across river, visit the unique Cat Museum, passing the historic State Mosque and the Astana, the former residence of the White Rajahs. Return via the golden-domed City Mosque and proceed on foot through Old Kuching, visiting the colourful Central Markets and squeezing through narrow alleyways crammed with spice dealers and textile shops. Pass by the heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, the Pavilion, the Square Tower, the Court House, the Charles Brooke Monument and the Post Office.

Half Day Tour – Kuching Heritage Tour

This walkabout tour commences at the Kuching waterfront, with a visit to the “Tua Pek Kong” Chinese temple and Chinese Historical Museum where the historical Fort Margherita can be viewed on the other side of the Sarawak River. From the temple you will walk through Carpenter Street, consisting of old shop houses on both sides of the narrow street passage. At the end of the street junction you pass by the General Post Office. Also situated around this area are historical buildings and monuments built during the era of the Brooke dynasty which consists of the Round Tower, the Pavilion, the Brooke Memorial Monument, the Square Tower and the Old Court House.

Proceed to India Street, a pedestrians’ shopping mall specializing in local and imported textiles. From India Street, walk through a narrow covered passageway where you will find Masjid India on your left with very low walls built sometime in the mid-19th century. Just as you reach the end of the passageway, your senses will detect the slight aroma of Indian spices which navigates you to Gambier Street. Proceed to Brooke Dockyard and Dockyard lane passing by the Old Fire Brigade Station (known now as the open air market).

Our last stop is a direct walk pass the Merdeka Square to the St Thomas’s Cathedral for a short visit. The tour would then conclude at the Sarawak Museum which you could take your time browsing around and returning to the hotel on our own.

Miri

Full day Tour – Miri Heritage and Crocodile Tour

The town of Miri developed rapidly from a small village in the 1800s into the very cosmopolitan and modern town it is today largely due to the discovery of oil when it was first discovered in 1910. The first oil well, now known as the Grand Old Lady, sits on Canada Hill. The tour will take you on a visit to the biggest Chinese Temple (Taoist) in South East Asia and continue on to the bustling Farmer’s Market, commonly known as “Tamu”, where you will see a huge variety of local vegetables, fruits and other food brought in by the natives and local farmers from around Miri. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the crocodile farm at Kuala Baram. Aside from crocodiles, the farm also houses red carps and a mini zoo of reptiles and wildlife. Then stop at the Sarawak Pottery Centre before driving through the oil refinery district of Lutong/Piasau and the older part of Miri town known for its local bazaars. If you like, we can stop to pick up local souvenirs and handicraft before returning to your hotel.

Half day Tour – Miri City Tour

Tour begins with a drive through the town for an overview of its cultural history and development, passing the Chinese Temple and the Resident’s administrative office. Following the Miri City Centre, Miri Resource Centre, Chinese Temple, Taoist Temple, modern and trendy shopping malls, Oil/Gas Complex, Piasau Camp.

Visit the Miri Heritage Centre, an arts and crafts hub. (Many different ethnic groups in Northern Sarawak produce a wide variety of handicrafts ranging from the Iban Pua Kumbu cloth to Kenyah woodcarvings and Lun Bawang tree bark products.)

Following that is a visit to Canada Hill, offering a panoramic view of the city from the Canada Hill Lookout, and a visit to the Petroleum Science Museum at Oil Well No. 1 on Canada Hill.

Our final destination is the Tamu or market where farmers sell jungle produce, vegetables, fruits and poultry.

Sibu

Full day Tour – Sibu Countryside Tour

The journey starts at the Bukit Aup Jubli Park with its recreational facilities and suspension bridge. This is one of the favourite places locals go to for sports activities. Bukit Aup is also known all over Borneo for its mystical powers for good fortune and health. After that, we proceed to Rantau Panjang shipbuilding industrial zone. Shipbuilding has become an important industry in Sibu, with an annual production of RM0.3 billion. Vessels of up to 10,000 tonnes are produced in this area, the bulk of which consists of tugboats and passenger express boats. The area exports about 95% of its production to Southeast Asia and worldwide.

Then we proceed to Tiger Temple at Teku, stopping by for a simple lunch at Teku town before continuing to Lung San Tien En Si Temple, located at KM26 along the Sibu-Bintulu Road. This is one of Asia’s largest temple sites, totalling 6.5 hectares and the temple itself costing RM60 million. It combines three faiths – Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. En route back to Sibu, we will stop at Sarawak Pottery to look at pottery-making and Pulau Lihua, where Sibu’s most luxurious houses are located.

Half day tour – Sibu Heritage Tour

The Rejang Esplanade is the first of its kind in the State and was set up in 1996. It stretches for 1km, leading towards Hii Garden. Three minutes’ walk away is the Rejang Express Wharf, a new river transport terminal that serves as the port-of-call for the many vessels plying upriver to the interior towns of Kapit and Belaga, or downriver towards Kuching. Passing along the shophouses by the river, we will see Sibu’s floating market, which is really a modified ship converted into a mobile floating shop that transports goods from Sibu to communities along the Rejang River. Locals call it “bandung” and it has been the means for river trade for decades.

The Mighty Eng Ann Teng Tua Pek Kong Temple is located in front of the floating market wharf. We will visit the temple where the ground floor hall houses the host deity, Lord Tua Pek Kong. The second floor is the “Guang Ying” Hall. After that, we climb up the most beautiful 7-storey Pagoda for a good view of Sibu town and Rejang River. After that, walk to Sibu town square for shopping.