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“Fantastic trip to the people and region of Mongkos, Borneo”
Review of Kuching Culture

Kuching Culture
Ranked #13 of 28 Tours in Kuching
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Owner description: Get to know the people, their food, their villages and their homes. 'FOODFOODFOOD' introduces you to the main cuisines in the Kuching area with expert interpretation. Learn to cook Bidayuh style! 'THE BIDAYUH' visits a remote village for a full day and a night. Jungle trek, lunch in the jungle, crafts, home visits and lots more. Suitable for everyone!
Reviewed 26 January 2014

We enjoyed a very interesting trip to Mongkos Village in Sarawak, Borneo. Our guide James is very interested in the culture and the people of this region. Therefore, we had the possibility to visit various families at their private homes in Mongkos. The hike through the rainforest and the Indonesian boarder gave us an imposing impression of the beauty of the region.

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Reviewed 29 June 2013

With a day to spare in Kuching, and not averse to a spot of recreational gluttony, we took a punt on a leaflet in our hotel offering a gastronomic tour of the Sarawak region. Using the region’s rich and diverse culinary culture as a framework, the day turned out to be a thoroughly rewarding foray off the obvious tourist track, thoughtfully curated by the operators of Kuching Culture (and its sister caving outfit), James and Mary. James, an Englishman with an adventurous enthusiasm and infectious curiosity for Borneo’s political and natural history and his engaging wife Mary, a local Bidayuh with a native knowledge of local produce, cuisine and culture, put together a full day’s itinerary, starting with a traditional breakfast of Laksa at a Kuching eatery, a second breakfast of Indian Roti Canai, a visit to a strangely fascinating birds-nest processing shop on the way to the food market in Bau for Mary’s guided tour of the region’s unusual and colourful fruit, veg, herbs and spices.

Lunch was the highlight of the day, as much for the context as the food. The venue was Mary’s family farmstead in a Bidayuh village and offered a glimpse of authentic (and otherwise hidden) modern-day rural Sarawak life and an interesting counterpoint to the more packaged products offered at the regions Longhouses and ‘cultural experiences’. Mary’s family prepared a delicious meal including chicken with spices cooked in a bamboo tube over an open fire (ayam pansuh), and a truly memorable sweet, savoury and spicy pork dish, washed down with local ‘tuak’ and were more than happy for us to relax, explore and enjoy the setting .

In need of a break from consumption and a little light exercise, the afternoon was spent exploring one of the regions more accessible but still impressive caves - Fairy Cave (although we got the impression that James and Mary would tailor the non-eating elements of the day to suit the client) and finished off with a Chinese meal (and a look behind the scenes) of a recommended eatery on the way back toward Kuching.

In all, a thoroughly enjoyable, informative and rewarding day, providing not only the promised gastronomic treats but also a personal insight into Sarawak, by informed, interesting, and attentive guides. At 300RM a head the tour is perhaps not for all wallets, but for a full (10-11 hour) day, all food and significant mileage included, along with the quality of the service, is excellent value for money. Thoroughly recommended for those with adventurous appetites looking to get beyond and behind the obvious tourist face of Sarawak.

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