After we reached the arrival hall, we were greeted by Mona, the representative from Planet Borneo who will manage us throughout our stay. We joined Raymond from Man on the Lam and Tony of Johor Kaki who had arrived earlier.
Our first agenda for the day was a tour of Kuching city. Kuching is a large city in Sarawak and because of that, the administration of the city is divided into two: North Kuching City Hall and South Kuching City Hall.
We were brought to the South Kuching City Hall compound and from afar, I could see the stunning blue roof against the clear blue skies. It is a beautiful building with flowers adorned along the road leading to the building.
We took some photos there before being brought to what Kuching is famous for: cat statues. Kuching means cat in Bahasa Melayu (Malay language) and we were brought to a cat statue built by North Kuching City Hall to commemorate the elevation of Kuching to city status back in 1988.
Raymond had a lot of fun with the statue!
The skies were getting clearer and the weather was getting hotter. We had not eaten since we arrived and Mona suggested that we were brought to a restaurant at Kuching old city. Guess what?
We were treated with the Sarawakian national dish that I have always wanted to eat: mee kolok!
It was the first time that I had mee kolok and it tasted really awesome.
I took some time off lunch to wander a bit at the old city. It was beautiful to see all the old buildings there which are my personal favourite. I have a passion for old buildings that I could spend hours looking at such buildings with awe. Even if some said that the buildings are nothing, I still feel that they are something.
Lunch was over and we were then brought to the most famous statues in the city – the cats statues at the roundabout near the riverside. The statues were beautifully built and the cats look really cute even if they are just statues.
I took some time taking photos there before proceeded to our official hotel to check-in. We stayed at Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching and man, the hotel was so comfortable and amazing. Read full review here.
So, what is the next agenda for our trip?
I will continue in the next part!
I would like to personally thank the Sarawak Tourism Board and Tune Hotels for making this trip possible and to Planet Borneo for the hospitality throughout the trip. This trip was held in conjunction with the International Bornean Frog Race 2014.