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SARAWAK RIVER
Kuching City, Malaysia



Kuching City. Kuching's location beside the Sarawak River was chosen for its strategic commercial importance and its enchanting natural beauty.



Sunset over Sarawak River. It is beautiful to watch the sunset from Kuching Waterfront. The beautiful colors of orange and red sunset color streaming across Sarawak River. The sun casts lovely shadows of the lower clouds on the river's cool calm silver surface.
 


View of Kuching  city
The Sarawak River is the best way to view Kuching  city. The river cruises give you an unobstructed view of the city and its surroundings impossible to experience from dry land.


Sungei Sarawak as a tourist draw


TRICKLING down from a small stream in Upper Kapuas Range, Sarawak River meanders and bisecting Kuching City into two zones and ends its long winding journey to the sea 120km away at Muara Tebas.:

1- South Zone
2- North Zone



Two centuries ago, the first white Rajah, Sir James Brooke, set up an early settlement opposite two populated Malay Kampungs on the left bank of the river as his administrative centre:

1- Boyan Village
2- Surabaya Village


Since then, that part of the river had figured prominently in the life of the early settlers, contributing to the birth of downtown Kuching.

Apart from Main Bazaar (1864), the historical significance of Sungei Sarawak is exemplified by the heritage buildings along its banks such as the old State Mosque (1847), the Astana (1870), the Old Court House (1874), Fort Margharita (1879), Brooke Dockyard (1912) and Chinese Museum (1912), not forgetting Kampung Boyan and Kampung Surabaya which provided a vibrant hub for village life on the left bank as early as 1860.

A beautifully designed 1km waterfront walkway was declared open in 1993 and later extended to about 2km, making it a “must visit” tourist spot and also a leisure family hangout for locals in the late afternoon.


Besides the tambangs, there are also big motor vessels such as the Equatorial which has been providing dinner and cultural shows, especially for tourists, during a river cruise.

In recent years, the increase in tourists had also given rise to river taxis for medium-distance cruise along the 24km waterway.


The tambangs come in more or less similar size. The cruise boats, on the other hand, are big capital investments due to their tonnage.
 


The Tambangs
The Tambangs

Along the way you will see brightly-painted tambangs ferrying passengers, villagers going about their everyday activities, and fishing boats and wooden cargo vessels plying the river.


These local wooden Tambangs
These local wooden sampans boats, The Tambangs, were the usual mode of transport at the Kuching Waterfront.



Upper Sarawak River (Sungai Sarawak Kanan)
Upper Sarawak River (Sungai Sarawak Kanan)
at Siniawan

Sungai Sarawak Kanan is a right hand side principal tributary of Sarawak River.
Sungai Sarawak Kanan springs from Bungoh Range of Sarawak-Kalimantan border and flows 65 km downstream before confluences with the main Sungai Sarawak at Batu Kitang.
Sungai Sarawak Kanan drains the upper catchment of Sarawak River of mountainous region and passes through the rural townships of :
1- Bau
2- Siniawan


OTHERS RIVERS IN SARAWAK


Upper Batang Lupar at Engkilili
Upper Batang Lupar

at Engkilili Town
Sarawak, Malaysia


Lower Batang Lupar at Sri Aman Town
Lower Batang Lupar

at Sri Aman Town
Sarawak, Malaysia


Confluence of Kanowit River and Rajang River
Confluence of Kanowit River and Rajang River

at Kanowit Town
Sarawak, Malaysia


Lower Rajang River at Sibu City
Lower Rajang River

at Sibu City
Sarawak, Malaysia


Pelagus Rapid
Pelagus Rapids

on the way to Belaga
Sarawak, Malaysia



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