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Discover Kuching: Sarawak River Cruise

Cruising along the historical Sarawak River will give you the ‘other’ view of the city and it will be a memorable experience for you. Providing a unique insight into Kuching.

Not only you will have a full view of historical buildings, but the cruise will also pass ‘tambangs’, a small house like boats that are used for ferrying locals across the river. In the morning or the afternoon, the locals can be spotted carrying their groceries to cross the river using the tambangs.

The 2-hour cruise offers an amazing panoramic view of the city and its famous landmarks and will give you a whole new perspective of the lifestyle of the locals.

The cruise, MV Equatorial was built in 1990 and has been cruising the river ever since.

Imagine yourself watching the sunset from the comfort of the sky deck of a double-storey boat, savouring the cool breeze above the calm river while sipping on a cold glass of orange juice or you can just chat away over a meal that surely will be quite unique and memorable as well.

The daily sunset cruise opens daily from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm. 

There are also other options to cruise Sarawak River besides boarding the MV Equatorial. One of them is Royce Adventure Cruise, whereby the boat is smaller, but the sight is the same and for this cruise, you will need to wear a safety jacket.

Another option is to board a Sampan River Cruise. As the name suggests, you will ride the traditional Malay boat, or ‘sampan’.

Besides getting to experience boarding the sampan, you can also get to chat with the rower of the boat and he will become your private tour guide, and probably telling stories that only the locals knew.

For exciting once-in-a-lifetime river cruise experience, let us arrange it for you. Call +6016 893 0309 or click on the link or drop us an email at

Smart Leisure Travels is a Sarawak-based licensed boutique travel agency that provides end-to-end inbound and outbound travel services focusing on unique experiences making every holiday unforgettable.


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