Market Tours

Medan Niaga Market

Weekdays from 7am-12 noon, every Saturday from 4pm, every Sunday 8am-12 noon.

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Formerly located at Jalan Satok and known as the “Sunday Market”, it has relocated across the river to Medan Niaga and is now operating daily. This is a traditional market in the heart of the city, and on the weekends villagers from the outlying rural areas come to sell their wares – fruits, vegetables, condiments, plants and fruit trees, clothes, tribal handcrafts and souvenirs, and even pets. There is also an interesting wet market section that sells seafood, poultry, and beef. Medan Niaga is a lively, entertaining market at the weekends, and this is the best time to visit.

RM 40 pp / RM 25 Child

Departure from your hotel at your convenience.

Duration: 2 hours

A tour guide can accompany you around the market for an extra cost.

Siniawan Night Bazaar

Every Friday, Saturday, or Sunday from 6pm.

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The village of Siniawan is located 26 kms from Kuching, a half hour drive. The Old Bazaar is a food market situated in the main street of the village and decorated with lots of red Chinese lanterns to create a festival atmosphere. The shop houses have retained their original facades and as you wander through the array of Chinese, Malay, and indigenous food stalls you will be tempted by a huge assortment of traditional delicacies.

Siniawan is an historical town. The first White Rajah James Brooke built his first fort at Siniawan to protect the villagers from the headhunting pirates, the Sea Dayaks (Ibans). He also built a bungalow on top of the nearby Mt Serembu so he could watch the traffic on the river to keep the area at peace. In 1854 Alfred Wallace stayed at this bungalow, as did many other infamous travellers of that era. Eventually Siniawan became reknowned for its inter-racial harmony between the Chinese, Dayaks, Bidayuh, and Malays. However, in 1857 the Chinese gold miners rebelled against Brooke’s opium taxes and many lives were lost. They retreated in the face of defeat, over the border to Kalimantan, not returning until the late 1800s when they then established the Siniawan Bazaar.

RM 60 pp / RM 30 Child

Departure from your hotel at 6pm.

Duration: 3 hours

Serian Market

Daily from 6am-12 noon.

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The town of Serian is located 65 kms from Kuching and is about a 45 minute drive. It is a Bidayuh town that has long served as a community meeting point where the rural Bidayuh villagers can exchange their goods and catch up on the local news and affairs. The colourful, thriving farmers market is roofed and sells a variety of exotic jungle produce, such as seasonal fruit (look out for the mata kuching – cat’s eye), edible ferns, sago worms, and bush honey just to name a few.

Serian is famous for its durian fruit, reputed to be the best in Sarawak. In the middle of the market there is a huge durian statue in honour of the “king of fruit”.

This tour includes a relaxing stop at the Ranchang Pool waterfall 5 kms from Serian.

RM 80 pp / RM 50 Child

Departure from your hotel at 8am.

Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours

Highly recommended: a tour guide can accompany you to this market for an extra cost and will be able to explain many of the unusual produce.

Serikin Border Market

Every Saturday and Sunday from 7am onwards.

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Serikin is located on the border of Kalimantan, Indonesia, a little over one hours drive from Kuching. The traders are mostly from Kalimantan, crossing over into Sarawak on Friday nights to set up their stalls. There are lots of bargains to be found at this market – fabrics, wood carvings, rattan handicrafts, Indonesian batik, souvenirs, wood carvings, jewellery and plenty of clothing – and bargain you must! Bidayuh traders sell their jungle produce and operate food stalls. Serikin is a favourite market destination, attracting many visitors, both locally and from overseas.

RM 135 pp / RM 70 Child

Departure from your hotel at your convenience, although it is recommended to arrive in the morning before it gets too hot.

Duration: 4 hours

Highly recommended: combine a this tour with our Wind Cave and Fairy Cave tour.

RM 180 pp / RM 100 Child

Duration: 6 hours

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