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Wednesday 22 February 2023

Kuching Day 3 (EPIC Sarawak Cultural Village)

Kuching Day 3!

Today is the day we visit the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV). We tried to book tickets to the SCV during our previous trip to Kuching to no avail. This time around we booked the 1 Day Admission with Lunch for RM117.00 each a month beforehand.

We were especially eager to watch their Cultural Show where "the Sarawak Cultural Village’s award-winning dancers and musicians present their famous multi-cultural performances. Spectacular costumes and elegant dance routines provide an entertaining and enjoyable introduction to Sarawak’s ethnic groups and their cultures". 

We were hoping to catch the cultural performance morning show at 11:30am.

We awoke at seven in the morning and had breakfast just outside the Airbnb before starting our drive at half past eight in the general direction of Mount Santubong. Forty-five minutes later we arrived at SCV and parked out rental car at the designated lot.

We produced our proof of payment to the counter and were issued three tickets as well as stickers to affix on our person. We had to pinch ourselves since SCV has been at the top of our bucket list for a very long time.

We began our walkabout with a visit to the Rumah Cina (Chinese House) then the Rumah Melayu (Malay House). With each passing House we noticed that it got bigger and grander, starting with the Melanau House, then the Orang Ulu House, followed by the Bidayuh House and finally the Iban House.

We hoped that our footage did justice to these magnificent houses.

We reached the entrance where I asked for a fresh sticker since the one affixed to my T-shirt had dropped off. We then strolled over to the Budaya Restaurant to have a breather and wait for the Cultural Show to begin. The doors to the Theatre opened at 11:15am and we entered with excitement.

The show was everything it was hyped to be, and we could not recommend it highly enough to everyone. So as not to take anything away from the show we only provided snippets of the various dances and performances. We insist that you attend the show in person!

The ticket prices are:

  • 1 Day Admission at RM85 per adult (approximately USD19/EUR18) and RM55.00 per child between the ages of 2 – 12 (approximately USD/EUR12
  • 1 Day Admission with Lunch at RM117 per adult (approximately USD26/EUR25) and RM80.00 per child between the ages of 2 – 12 (approximately USD18/EUR17

We opted for the 1 day admission with lunch and did not regret it, since we were served with:

  • Steamed Rice
  • Manok Pansoh (Chicken cooked in Bamboo)
  • Ikan Asam Pedas (Fish cooked with Golden Brinjal)
  • Bandong Tutok (Squashed Tapioca leaves)
  • Labu Masak Lemak (Pumpkin cooked with Coconut Milk)
  • Paku Belacan (Wild Fern cooked with Prawn Paste)
  • Beverages of Sirap Selasih (Basil Syrup)
  • Local Fruits (Honey Dew)

We enjoyed our exotic local lunch immensely and highly recommend that you opt for the 1 Day Admission with Lunch if you do decide to visit SCV.

We walked back to the rental car and drove back to the Airbnb. We spent the rest of the day indoors and briefly walked out to get dinner off camera. We will be busy tomorrow as we attempt to look for the cheapest way possible to ship Brendan's belonging back to Kuala Lumpur.

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📍 Location:
The CountryMan, Terrace House -
Thian Fock Cafe -
Sarawak Cultural Village -
Restaurant Budaya -

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