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Exploring Kuching with Hilton: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience with Nature

Hilton Kuching

A land rich with culture and history, Kuching is an alluring enigma to locals and tourists. The capital city of Sarawak is one of two states situated on the island of Borneo, renowned globally for its natural beauty. The fairly populous city, although modern, is uniquely diverse with interesting heritage of its indigenous people (each with its own practices, language, food, and traditions) that are not found in other parts of Malaysia.

Fondly referred to as Cat City by locals, and for good reason. Yet, the drawing factors to visit the largest city in Borneo extend far beyond its feline features; chiefly among them is its range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. With Hilton, your travel stories are about to get a whole lot better. Here’s why:

A visitor hands a banana to an orangutan at Tanjung Harapan, located inside Tanjung Puting National Park on the island of Borneo in Kalimantan, Indonesia. (March 2017)

Monkey business at Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary

With their uncanny human-like disposition and ability to learn sign language, orangutans, considered one of the world’s smartest primates are predominantly native to the island of Borneo. Recent years saw the disastrous decline of the species due to massive deforestation.

Visiting an orangutan sanctuary not only affords you with an unforgettable time in Kuching, but also a chance to support the conservation efforts to protect one of Earth’s most intelligent residents.

Located just 12 miles from Kuching, Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary is the best place to get up close and personal with the creatures. Unlike zoos, the primary mission of Semenggoh is to reintroduce orangutans back into the wild. The gangly animals are allowed to roam freely while visitors are given the opportunity to join a group and hire a ranger for a forest tour during the daily feeding times (twice a day) for a chance to spot the shy primates.

Sunset along the river in Kuching

Cruise along the Sarawak River in a sampan

For travellers who are lovers of nature or have a few hours to spare in between business meetings, hiring a sampan to meander down the Sarawak River just before sunset is the best introduction to the urban city. Set against a backdrop of distant mountains, you will come across picturesque Malay kampong-s (villages), a golden-domed mosque, a Victorian fort, a fleet of 19th century Chinese shop houses, and an imposing wooden-roofed palace.

Pay a visit to the city’s namesake, The Cat Museum

Etymologically speaking, the word kucing means cat in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language, which explains where the city’s cat obsession stems from. Housed in the North Kuching City Hall, the Cat Museum is the place to visit to learn all about felines and their history, as well as relationship, with this city.

As visitors will soon observe, references to the sometimes-aloof animal are ubiquitous – the city’s crest is of a pair of justice scales and a golden cat with four white cats flanking the bottom, there is a learning institution named I-CATS (International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak), and the city’s local radio station called Cats FM.

To round up your purr-fect day out, drop in to Meow Meow Cat Café, just a few doors away from the Cat Museum for a cuppa’ and a chance to cuddle the lovable felines.

“Government building at sunset in Kuching. Borneo, Malaysia.More images of same photographer in lightbox:”

Take in the spectacular view of the Kuching Waterfront from the comfort of your room

Hilton Kuching is a mere 20 minutes’ drive from the airport, and is where all Kuching journeys should begin. Strategically located facing the tepid Sarawak River, the hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows ensure guests can partake the calm cityscape within the lovely confines of their room. Famed for its hospitality, each stylish room features modern amenities including high-speed internet access, an LCD TV, and even special touches such as an indulgent pillow menu and Japanese cotton kimono for its Suites and Executive Rooms respectively.

Room prices start from USD66nett per night.

If you like to participate in any of the memorable activities listed, simply call ‘0’ for MAGIC (a one-touch button to whatever you need) and share your request with Hilton’s lovely personnel, or speak to anyone from the front desk, who are ever ready to assist you with any arrangements you might need.

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Every cash spent will be converted to Points, which can then be used for Redemption Experiences like concerts, amazing travel excursions, and more.

For more information about Hilton Kuching, call +608 2223 888 or drop them an email at kuching.info@hilton.com

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Royale Signature Hotel

Royale Signature Hotel Night Scene

Royale Signature Hotel terletak di tengah-tengah Alor Setar, Kedah dengan 271 bilik yang serba lengkap menjadikannya pilihan yang sesuai untuk para pelancong. Reka bentuk moden dan ringkas serta berfungsi sebagai ruang kerja ataupun ruang bersantai dengan kelengkapan internet berkelajuan tinggi Wi-Fi yang percuma menambahkan kesempurnaannya. Hotel ini hanya 15 minit jika anda memandu dari Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Halim dan 8 minit dari stesen kereta api utama berkelajuan tinggi (ETS) dan 5 minit dari stesen bas.

Setiap bilik di Royale Signature Hotel berkonsepkan moden dan elegan yang terdiri daripada Studio Suite, Deluxe Keluarga, Super Deluxe, Deluxe, Superior dan Standard dengan menghadap Bandar Alor Setar dan Sungai Kedah. Ia dilengkapi dengan katil dan perhiasan yang mewah daripada perabot kayu bersama kemudahan lain seperti TV skrin LED 42 inci, ruang kerja dan akhbar harian di atas permintaan.

 

Di tingkat mezanin pula ada menawarkan lapan unit kedai dengan pelbagai jenis jenama tempatan dan antarabangsa untuk memenuhi kehendak setiap pengunjung ke sini. Selain itu, bagi penjagaan kesihatan fizikal serta mental, pengunjung boleh singgah ke Royale Thai Spa. Keharmonian dan keseimbangan badan, minda dan semangat dalam suasana unik yang penuh dengan budaya Thailand.

Nikmati hidangan tempatan dan antarabangsa yang disediakan di Café 78 dan Restoran Rod Dee Thai. Dapur terbuka di tingkat bawah yang mampu memuatkan sebanyak 150 tetamu ini turut menghidangkan masakan Thai asli.

Bukan itu sahaja, LOUIS XVI – Bar Lounge Rooftop Sky di tingkat 6 dan 7 merupakan bar yang terletak di atas bumbung yang akan mempersembahkan mainan muzik secara langsung, lantai tarian dan persembahan pentas dengan pancaran skrin LED gergasi. Menggabungkan fusion dan canapes.

Hiburan tidak terhenti di situ dengan adanya Royale Signature Karaoke yang menawarkan lapan bilik biasa dan dua bilik VIP dengan kemudahan multilingual dari segi bahasa di skrin yang disediakan.

Tarikan sekitar

Muzium Padi – Didedikasikan untuk industri padi Kedah. Muzium ini mempamerkan proses penanaman padi di Kedah dan maklumat lain mengenai padi. Anda juga boleh melihat lukisan 360 darjah yang menggambarkan musim padi.

Menara Alor Star – Bangunan tertinggi di bandar raya ini di mana anda boleh melihat keseluruhan Bandar Alor Star.

Pekan Rabu – Sebuah kompleks membeli-belah yang dipenuhi dengan produk tradisional dan makanan tempatan yang kini terletak di Ukir Mall.

Masjid Zahir – Salah satu masjid paling terkenal di Malaysia yang kaya dengan sejarah dan seni bina yang indah. Bangunan ini direka berdasarkan reka bentuk masjid-masjid yang ada di Turki dan Iran.

 Royale Signature Hotel                                        

No. 78, Jalan Lumpur,

05100 Alor Setar,

Kedah Darul Aman

T : 04-7357878

W : www.royalesignaturehotel.com

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