Cycling around Kuching for the sights, tastes and sounds

By Danielle Ringgit
@danitbpseeds

 

KUCHING: Driving a car around Kuching is probably the best idea if you are rushing to get from one place to another, but if you want to do some leisurely sightseeing around town, walking or cycling will give you the best opportunity for sightseeing and discovering hidden lanes in the city.

 

The excited participants during their short tour around town

The excited participants during their short tour around town.

 

If you have never cycled around town before, now is your opportunity since Paradesa Borneo, a tour company owned by One Wayang Tours Sdn Bhd is launching its cycling tours and is the first professional bike tour in Sarawak.

 

With the aim of promoting the culture, lifestyle and outdoors of Sarawak as well as introducing a healthier lifestyle alternative to visitors of Sarawak to catch the sight, tastes and sounds of authentic Sarawak through cycling, Paradesa Borneo is introducing a more personal, greener and healthier way of seeing the beautiful city of Kuching.

 

During the launching ceremony of Paradesa Borneo’s latest cycling tour, participants were taken on a short tour by first taking a sampan cruise along the Sarawak River to Kampung Bintangor and then a bike tour through the kampong and then the heritage zone of Kuching back to the Paradesa Borneo shop at No. 1 Wayang Street.

Thumbs up! : The participants are about to take a sampan cruise across the Sarawak River.

Thumbs up! : The participants are about to take a sampan cruise across the Sarawak River.

 

Yusuf Merais has been rowing his sampan in the Sarawak River for 15 years now, making him a perfect tour guide as tourists have always asked him where to go for good food and the best antiques in town.

 

During the Paradesa Borneo Bike Discovery Tour, he was assigned to transport the participants from Kuching Waterfront to Pangkalan Kampong Nombor 5 along with Marudu Kitli, a second-generation sampan owner plying his trade down the Sarawak River.

 

Sampan-owners Yusuf Merais and Marudu Kitli's experiences along the riverfront over the year make them perfect tour guides.

Sampan-owners (left) Yusuf Merais and Marudu Kitli’s experiences over the years make them perfect tour guides.

 

For Matthew Smith, one of the participants in the cycling tour from England, the cycling activity was really relaxing as he was able to enjoy the view of the village and the city. He has been in Sarawak for 8 days, and unlike travelling by car, cycling was nice and slow as he was able to stop and take a good look at the sights as well as has the opportunity to take pictures.

 

A tourist attraction: (from left) Ben Larcombe, Owner of One Wayang Tour Sdn. Bhd. and his friend Matthew Smith from England.

A tourist attraction: (from left) Ben Larcombe, Owner of One Wayang Tour Sdn. Bhd. and his friend Matthew Smith from England.

 

According to Chua Juan Chuan, Director of Paradesa Borneo, the bike tour was introduced to tourists at the beginning of the year and is happy to report that the bike tour has received positive feedback.

 

Designed by professional tour leader, Paradesa offers two tour products; the Heritage Zone which includes indulging in Kuching street food and discovering hidden lanes in the city and the Kampong Tour which includes a visit to the Kubah Ria market where visitors may also experience how the Kampong folks live firsthand.

 

Aside from the bike tour, Paradesa also has a wide range of innovative and exciting adventure products such as hiking and kayaking.

 

So, if you ever feel like taking a tour around the city in a different alternative, you might want to consider taking the bike tour. Besides being a healthy and environmentally-friendly activity, it may also reduce road congestion. In addition, visitors may feel maximum satisfaction of touring around town as you can meet and mix with the locals much more easily.

 

The “Cycle Sarawak” bike sculpture: Donated by Paradesa Borneo to the Kuching Waterfront.

The “Cycle Sarawak” bike sculpture donated by Paradesa Borneo to the Kuching Waterfront.

 

To know more about Paradesa Bike Discover and their other adventure products, visit their website at www.paradesaborneo.com or email at [email protected], or you may also call at +6082 238801 or fax at +6082 231808

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: