I spent 4 hours with Kelvin and he took the time to explain to me all the history of Kuching. He was looking after me and I not feeling like we need to follow a prepared tour it was more like discovering the city with your friend… So if you are a solo traveler and you would like to discover more about the city, the history of Kuching, discover food and go to some places where you can’t go by yourself you can choose this tour.
Kuching Bike & Cook
A Sarawakian Cuisine Cooking Class
Cycle Through Malay Kampongs
Buy Produce in the Local Market
Embark on an authentic culinary experience, from market to stove to table! Ride through a stretch of centuries-old Malay villages—then go on to learn about what goes into making authentic Sarawak cuisine. From the market where the ingredients come from, to the kitchen where the magic happens, then onto your palate where the flavors meet, it’s a delight like no other. You might just unleash your inner chef in this Kuching cooking class!
Take a break from city life to explore the rural part of Kuching.
Get hands-on cooking lessons in Sarawakian cuisine.
Go for a morning ride to explore centuries-old villages along the banks of the Sarawak River.
Learn about the heritage and culture of the Kuching area.
Visit one of Kuching’s main markets, Satok Market.
Ride down the Sarawak River on a ‘sampan’ boat.
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Adults (13 +): MYR 335.00
Paradesa Borneo office
Year-round: Monday to Sunday
- Cycling distance: 13 km
- Boat ride: 2 km
- Local, English-speaking guide
- Bike and helmet
- Boat fees
- Rain ponchos are provided in the event of rain
- Shopping at the market
- Cooking class
- All food and refreshment drinks
- A great time!
Transportation from the hotel to the starting point
What to Bring
- Extra cash for the market
- Insect repellent, sunscreen, a towel, antiseptic, a change of clothes, and a plastic bag to keep electronics dry
- Wear light, comfortable shoes and clothes
About Your Guide
- Our passionate, local English-speaking tour leaders take great pride in their heritage (as well as their own personal stories) and are experts on Borneo’s history, culture, and natural wonders
- One guide will serve up to a maximum of 8 guests
What You'll Do
Take in the tranquil atmosphere and picturesque sights, then immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Sarawakian cuisine with a hands-on cooking class!
Our first stop takes you to the Malay kampongs lining the banks of the great Sarawak River. Just minutes from the city center is a stretch of idyllic villages, the third oldest Malay settlement in Kuching, dating back centuries. Known for their skills with ships and boats, the Malay people of old loved to build their homes near water.
As we ride into the first village, just beyond the Old State Mosque, the city noises start to fade as the soothing calmness of village life takes over. Old wooden houses on stilts line both sides of the road, with more modern homes blending in equally as well in the quiet neighborhood. There are seven villages altogether on this side of the river, starting from Kampung Bintangor closest to the urban center, to Kampung Kudei just a stone’s throw from the Satok Bridge, which takes you to the other side.
After Kampung Kudei, we head up onto the Satok Bridge and cross the river on it, to our next stop—the Satok Market. This is one of the main markets in Kuching, selling fresh produce, as well as a plethora of animal products, mainly fish. Afterward, we ride on through another stretch of villages which leads to a jetty.
From the jetty, we board a river taxi known locally as sampan or ‘perahu tambang’, a traditional, but still popular, mode of transport for going back and forth between both sides of the river. Take in the scenery, observe the contrast between urban and rural Kuching as you cruise to Haji Omar jetty, a short walk across the street from our start point. Once we’re on the other side, it’s time for the highlight of the tour!
The kitchen is where the magic happens! After exploring the rural parts of Kuching and seeing where the ingredients in Sarawak’s delightful cuisine come from, it’s time to cook! Learn to prepare Sarawak ‘laksa’’ chicken, along with the famed jungle fern, as well as ‘kerabu’ (the local way of preparing salad), meant to be enjoyed with rice, a staple element in our cuisine. Chop, blend, and stir. Then tuck into your masterpiece!
Good to Know
- Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment
- No helmet, no ride
- Rain or shine we always ride
- We include a pre-tour safety briefing and mandatory equipment checks
- A selection of good quality kids’ bikes of various sizes, baby seats (rear-mounted for above 9 months old), and child bike trailers are available
See What Our Guests Are Saying
It was as hot as you can imagine in Kuching but the air from the cycling helps a lot! and of course, the service provided by them. The bicycle was well maintained and there are no errors throughout the journey. Totally recommended!