Kuching Waterfront


Malaysia may not have a city of love like France but this country isn’t short of romantic places to go or romantic things to do especially in the month of love. Let us share with you some ideas on how to spend a special day with your loved ones. Follow the Cupid’s arrow to see these top five activities:-

1. Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Kuala Lumpur
Spend a romantic evening by watching Conductor Karen Durgaryan and the Ballet of Armenia entertain their audience with memorable performances of scenes from Tchaikovsky’s greatest ballet scores, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Swan Lake, one of the most popular ballets in the world, tells the story of evil sorcerer Von Rothbart who turned Princess Odette into a swan. The ever-popular Christmas Eve tale of Clara and The Nutcracker never fails to delight audiences of all ages.

The Petronas Philharmonic Hall is a premier concert hall providing a world-class musical experience. It is the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), an internationally acclaimed home-grown orchestra. The annual schedule here includes chamber music, contemporary music and commissioned works

Getting There:
By Train
Take a train from any station within Klang Valley area and make your way to KLCC Station (KJ10).

By Taxi
Numerous and convenient, taxis are a popular way of traveling. Always request the driver to switch on the fare meter before your journey. The taxis can easily drop you off around Suria KLCC’s main entrance.

By Car
Access KLCC through Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Kia Peng.
Tunnels at Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Tun Razak, and the Ampang – Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) are also directly connected to the KLCC Parking Bays.

Date: 2-4 February 2018
Venue: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Level Two, Tower Two, PETRONAS Twin Tower
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : +603 2331 7008 (General Line)
+603 2331 7007 (Ticket Booking)

The Petronas Philharmonic Hall is a premier concert hall providing a world-class musical experience. It is the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), an internationally acclaimed home-grown orchestra. The annual schedule here includes chamber music, contemporary music, and commissioned works.

2. Kampung Kuantan Fireflies, Kuala Selangor

The fireflies of Kampung Kuantan gained prominence in the early 1970s when a local businessman saw the commercial potential of this miracle. Now, the tourism experience has been entrusted to and developed by the Kuala Selangor District Council. It has expanded rapidly with the addition of 27 small boats that are provided for the visitors. Today, Kampung Kuantan is known for the magical fireflies not only to the local visitors but also around the world.

Operational Hour             : Daily: 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Fare/Rate                           : RM53.00 per boat (4pax)

Getting There
Transportation System to Kampung Kuantan

The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kampung Kuantan takes about 45 minutes. Taxi service is available from Kuala Selangor to Kampung Kuantan at RM40.00 for a ride (4 people). However, there are few places of accommodation that provides transportation facilities to Kampung Kuantan.

Public Facilities

The administrator of the firefly’s area provides free parking space, food stalls and souvenir stalls. There is also a playground specifically for those who bring their children. Cruising the river using the traditional way will provide satisfaction for the visitors to watch the beauty of the magnificent fireflies. The usage of the small boats will also avoid sound and smoke pollution that can disrupt the firefly’s habitat.

Who to Contact                : Kuala Selangor District Council
E-mail                                                   : [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]

Tel                                          : 03-32891439 / 1549



3. Love Boat, Putrajaya

Show your loved ones how special they are by treating them to a romantic evening on the lake of Putrajaya. Take a ride on a traditional wooden boat called the “Dondang Sayang”. Let the Love Boat set the stage for a nostalgic or romantic evening, with uninterrupted views of Putrajaya’s most breathtaking sights.

The boat is manned by a single boatman. It is best to enjoy the ride in the evening from 5pm or any time before sunset as you will get to witness an astonishing view of Putrajaya from the lake. The Love Boat package is inclusive of an hour ride, as well as food and beverages.

This is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, connecting Precinct 2 to the residential area of Precinct 8. The design of this cable-stayed bridge resembles a futuristic ship. Spanning 2.4km, this bridge can accommodate motorized traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians. Highly visible even from afar, it has become one of the beautiful icons of Putrajaya.

Getting There  :

By rail:

  • 25 minutes on KLIA Transit from KL Sentral to Putrajaya ERL station
  • 15 minutes on KLIA Transit from KLIA to Putrajaya ERL station

By bus:

  • 30 minutes by Rapid KL bus or Metrobus from Kota Raya bus stop (KL)

 By taxi or car

  • 30 minutes from KL City

 Contact Information

Should you wish to charter a boat for a private function or merely visit the scenic spots of Putrajaya, you may contact for more details:

Jeti Putra, Jambatan Putra, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Tel: (603) 8888 5539
Fax: (603) 8888 3769
E-mail: [email protected]


4. Couples’ Healthy Getaway @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak

Treat yourself and your other half to a truly romantic and healthy getaway at the award-winning, luxurious 5-star retreat, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, located in Ipoh, Perak. It is perfect for all love birds out there who are in need of a rejuvenating experience. Here in this lovely retreat, you can choose to do as much or as little as you want on your couples healthy holiday.

From a couple’s spa treatment massage to dipping at the geothermal hot springs dipping pools, to soaking in the natural sauna formed in the dark interiors of the thermal steam cave, it is guaranteed that all these sessions are sure to leave you and your partner feeling brand new.

As an adults-only resort, your romantic holiday here will not be interrupted by the presence of screaming babies or running toddlers. It’s also serious in helping guests achieve their goals for optimum health with holistic tailor-made programmes and pre-planned packages for as short as 2 nights or as long as three weeks. Besides the geothermal hot springs treatments, guests can request for weight-loss management and detox programmes, colon hydrotherapy, and antioxidant restoration therapy, among others.
After all, couples who sweat together, stay together.


Getting There

Travel by Car/Taxi

The Banjaran is just 15 minutes away from the city of Ipoh, 1.5 hours from Penang and 2 hours from the capital of Kuala Lumpur by road. Ipoh is located on the North-South Highway, to the north of Kuala Lumpur. Take the Ipoh South Toll Plaza Exit No. 138 if you come from Kuala Lumpur, and the Ipoh North Toll Plaza (Jelapang) Exit No. 141 if you come from Penang. Do look out for road signs that lead you to The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat along the road from either one of the exits.

GPS Coordinates to The Banjaran:

4° 37′ 51″ N 101° 9′ 20″ E

Travel by Train

Enjoy scenic views during the 2.5-hour journey to Ipoh on the ETS Train. There are daily services from KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur to the Ipoh train station. Ipoh is on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Bangkok route, so there are also trains to and from Penang and all the way to and from Bangkok. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat can arrange for transfers from the train station.

Travel by Air – Chartered Helicopter

The Banjaran has its own on-site helipad facility for helicopter travel. Please call in advance as landing is strictly by appointment only. For more details on chartered helicopter services and helipad facilities please contact the Sales and Marketing Department at +603 7495 1791 or email them at [email protected]

Who to Contact

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Tel          : +60 5 210 7777

Email     : [email protected]


  1.  Watch the Sunset @ Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak

“ sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.”

― Crystal Woods


Some things are inherently romantic and a gorgeous sunset is one of them, so cuddle close to the one you love and watch the magnificent sunset change colors right before your eyes at the Kuching Waterfront in Sarawak. Also known as Kuching Esplanade, the sunset here is very dramatic and with the wooden sampan and wooden houses on stilts in the background, it is not just romantic but will also conjure up scenes of yesteryear. What could be more romantic than that?

You can sit with your other half at one of the many wooden benches provided along the Kuching Waterfront that run parallel with the Sarawak River, or you can opt for a sunset cruise and enjoy the environment and the scenery of this city of contrast.

For more information on Kuching Waterfront, please visit, or contact:

Sarawak Tourism Board

Tel          : +6082 423600

Email     : [email protected]
















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Tourism Melaka Short Visit To Kuching

Tourism Melaka Short Visit To Kuching

KUCHING, Tuesday – 27 officials from Tourism Melaka led by General Manager Norena Jaafar was in Kuching on January 13 for a three-day study visit.

The Melaka delegation including their dancers visited the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) to learn traditional Sarawak dances which they will perform in Melaka.

Norena said the delegation were particularly impressed with the new Darul Hana Bridge over Sungai Sarawak and its lighting at night.

They were also eager to emulate some of the Kuching Waterfront product experiences and activities.

The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) hosted dinner for the delegation on Saturday night.

“We are excited to have Tourism Melaka coming to Sarawak to learn and experience the destination and this is the beginning of our working relationship which we hope to continue to work in promoting the domestic tourism,” says STB Chairman, Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Aziz when welcoming the delegation.

According to Norena, they will plan another visit to Kuching during the Rainforest World Music Festival this coming July.

Melaka tourism

Second from left Norena Jaafar gives delegation t-shirt to STB Chairman, Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Aziz.

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Communications Unit
T: +6 082-423600  F: +6 082-416700
E: [email protected]


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Kuching VIC Relocating

Kuching VIC Relocating

KUCHING, Thursday: The Sarawak Tourism Board’s (STB) Kuching Visitor Information Centre (VIC) has been relocated to the Sarawak Tourism Complex, or the Old Court House.

“The relocation of the VIC is necessary in our efforts to better accommodate our visitors’ needs, by strategically stationing our tourist coordinators where they are easily accessible to provide tourism information and guidance,” said STB Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mary Wan Mering.

The new location is located between the entrances to India Street and Carpenter Street as well as the Kuching Waterfront, making it easily found by visitors seeking information.

The VIC is also scenically located in a significant heritage site, with the Complex’s main building, the Old Court House, dating back to 1871 when it was the seat of Sarawak government.

The building still retains its original belian (ironwood) roofs, colonial Clock Tower and Charles Brooke Memorial.

The VIC’s operating hours are 9.00am to 6.00pm daily, except on public holidays, and can be contacted via email at [email protected].

VIC Kuching

Photo shows Tourist Coordinators at the new Kuching Visitor Information Centre, located at the Sarawak Tourism Complex or Old Court House.


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Communications Unit
T: +6 082-423600  F: +6 082-416700
E: [email protected]


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Sarawak International Dragon Boat 2016

Sarawak International Dragon Boat 2016

From November 11th to 13th, we had a big event, “Sarawak International Dragon Boat Race 2016” at the Kuching Waterfront.

“Dragon Boat” was originally from China and nowadays it is known as a ‘New Sport’ across the world. The keys to winning the race are teamwork and timing.

We would like to tell you about our experience in this event.

11月11日(金)から11月13日(日)にかけ、クチンのウォーターフロントにおいて”Sarawak International Dragon Boat Race 2016” が開催されました!Dragon Boatは古代中国を発祥の地とし、今では「ニュー・スポーツ」として世界中を巻き込んでいます。全員が力とタイミングを合わせて、勝利をつかみに行くスポーツです。今回はこのイベントにおいての私たちの経験をお話ししたいと思います。


Mitsumasa Hamano : I supported a lot of paddlers as a member of steering committee in this event, and my work was preparation before the race.  All I had in my mind was “What should I do for them to make their race better?” At first, I didn’t know what I should do in order to concentrate on the race because I’ve never watched Dragon Boat, not to mention I’ve never participated in it!

Therefore, I talked to some paddlers about their problems related to the boat before starting the race, and I realized that they were worried about the water in the boat. I thought it was a common issue for the water to flow into the boat during the race, but this was my thought. After realizing it, I removed the water from the boat as much as possible during my free time. I learned that it is important to be aggressive for someone to go through this experience.

今回は運営側として選手をサポートしていたのですが、決まった仕事を超えて、選手に対して何ができるのかを一番に考えました。僕は船の発着場での選手の手伝いでしたので、業務自体はすぐに分かりました。しかし、それだけで選手は本当に気持ちよく競技できるのかと思い、選手自身に聞いてみたところ、「船の中の水が邪魔であること」に気がつきました。川だから水が入って当たり前、と考えていたのですが、結構邪魔で気分が良くないことが話してみてわかり、それ以降空いた時間に水を川に戻す作業をしていました。選手から “Thank you”と言われた時は、本当に感無量でした。


By Mitsumasa Hamano
Japanese Intern in Sarawak Tourism Board

Kanon Ushio : I learned a lot of things through the experience of joining this event as a member of the staff. My task was to remind each team of the race schedule and to make sure they gather at the boarding area on time at every race. Although I was only assisting for two days, I realized I could not excuse myself because participants would ask me a lot of questions, thinking of me as one of the staff because I was wearing an official T-shirt. Therefore, I had to equip myself with details and information about the event.

It was a bit tough running up and down under the sun day but actually I felt a sense of achievement after I spoke to some paddlers as they appreciate my assistance by saying “Thank you for your hard work.” at the end of the event.

I’m so happy that I was given the opportunity to join this big international event. We were blessed with such a lovely weather for the race through the weekends, (even though it is monsoon season now, the power of dragon defeated the rain!) Special thanks to all the teams from all over the world, event organizers, and everyone for making these three days wonderful!  See you next year! ☺

スタッフの一員としてこの大会に参加させていただき、多くを学ぶことが出来ました☺私の業務は、試合ごとに各チームにスケジュールをリマインドし、ゲートに時間通りに集合させ、試合の流れをスムーズにすることでした。当日スタッフとして参加し、本当に何も知らない状況でしたが、スタッフのTシャツを着ている時点で、選手たちは私が大会の全てを把握しているとみなすため、言い訳は出来ないと痛感しました。そこで、選手や参加者から 何か質問を受けるたびに、別のスタッフを探し、明確な答えを得てから戻って伝える、ということを常に心がけて行動しました。






By Kanon Ushio
Japanese Intern in Sarawak Tourism Board


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