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A sweet boutique hotel located in the heart of Kuching's Old Town, close to the best streetfood and shopping areas
All of the suites are different, but most feature a free-standing bathtub and a veranda
The Ranee has been converted from two 19th century shophouses, meaning the building has plenty of character
Guests must be aged 12 or over, making this a good option for couples and families with older children
A good base for visiting the Semmenggoh or Matang orangutan rehabilitation centres, or the national parks of Bako or Kubah
Like the rest of Malaysia, Sarawak's climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night.
The Ranee is a charming 24-suite boutique hotel, located in the heart of Kuching's Old Town in Borneo. The hotel offers a great base for exploring the highlights of Kuching, as well as some of Sarawak's stunning national parks such as Bako and Kubah.
Located on the waterfront of the Sarawak River, The Ranee is a stone's throw from many of Kuching's most interesting areas. Within a few minutes' walk of the hotel, you can find yourself on Carpenter Street or India Street, renowned for their traditional shophouses, streetfood and textiles.
Originally two 19th century shophouses, The Ranee has 24 suites, each individually designed. The decor is contemporary, but there are nods to the building's heritage with the addition of antique-style furnishings. There are spacious en-suite bathrooms, with the higher categories boasting deep bathtubs. Most of the suites have a balcony or terrace, with some large enough to accommodate sunbeds; perfect for some downtime between excursions.
The Ranee has two dining options. The M Bar & Bistro is located in the hotel's lobby, serving a range of international cuisine and local specialties. This is also a great spot for a beer or cocktail, or you can even try the famous local drink 'Tuak', which is rice wine made with glutinous rice. Cafe Trio's streetfront location makes this ideal for people watching. Watch the world go by whilst you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a range of cakes, sandwiches and light snacks.
Only 37 kilometres from Kuching, Bako is Sarawak's oldest national park. Renowned for its biodiversity, the park offers a wonderful opportunity to see an amazing array of Borneo's flora and fauna.
Kubah National Park is only 20 kilometres from Kuching, and the park's three mountains; Gunung Serapi, Selang and Sendok can be seen clearly from the city. Spend a day exploring the park, including a visit to the Matang Wildlife Centre.
Take to two wheels for a few hours to explore the traditional villages on the outskirts of Kuching, and visit colourful markets. This fun cycling tour is a great way to get a bit more off the beaten track and to see the day to day lives of the locals.
Malaysia is a wonderfully diverse country and this is reflected in the cuisine. Spend a few hours exploring the culinary side of Kuching, learning about the importance of food in daily life, and sampling some of the different dishes on offer.
This half day experience is a lovely way to learn about Malaysian cuisine and to gain an insight into the everyday life of local families. You will be involved in the entire culinary process from market to table.
Semenggok is home to previously injured and captive orangutans that have been rehabilitated. Due to the success of the programme, there is also a chance of seeing babies. Visit the centre at feeding times to try and spot the elusive 'man of the forest'.
With a delightful mix of charming streets, Colonial architecture and a plethora of temples, churches and mosques, Kuching is a wonderful to city to explore on foot. Accompanied by a private guide, explore the historical alleys and soak up the atmosphere.
from £4600 pp
inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
The Ranee is located in the heart of Kuching's Old Town, close to the best areas for streetfood and shopping. Kuching is in the Sarawak region on the northwest coast of Borneo.
18-hour international flight (one change) to Kuching. The Ranee is a 20-minute road transfer from the airport. Kuching can also be reached by direct flight from many other Asian cities.
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