My wife and I arrived at Basaga at Midday on 19th March, having already stayed in Sabah the previous two weeks. Our room was still being cleaned and prepared for us, so we were going to leave our luggage and go out exploring, when Brandon Lim, part owner of the hotel appeared on the scene, and offered to take us into Kuching. This was the start of an amazing week, and this was all down to the kindness of Brandon. We have never had a service like this and we have done a lot of travelling over the years. Brandon took us to the local Sunday market, and then on to the lovely orchid gardens. He did this free of charge, and this service continued for the whole week, to such a degree that we class him as a true friend. We did four amazing trips with Brandon, and his fellow guide Tanty. They were both very knowledgeable and worked so hard. We did the following trips and every one of them was very good. We saw the orangutans at Semengogh. The boat trip on the Kuching wetlands where we saw the irrawaddy dolphins, the proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and the fireflies in the darkness. We went to Bako national park, which was also truly amazing with a guide Istmus that Brandon uses and saw the proboscis monkeys up close. Also saw silver leaf monkeys and the bearded pigs as well as many other animals. Then finally we went to the Saturday Indonesian market and on the way visited many caves and different villages. On top of this Brandon introduced to a whole plethora of lovely locall foods. We can recommend the top spot seafood on the sixth floor of the ITC buliding in Kuching, and also the premier 101 streethawkers food market. Both of these are excellent value for money. When you do tours with Brandon these are very special as he only does small groups. We did one tour with a very nice German couple and the others were just the two of us. Food I can recommend you try the Kolo Mee and the Laksa and Brandon will recommend the best places to sample these foods. We were very lucky as Brandon had the time to accompany us to these places. He never stops trying to help you and it is far more than we could have ever expected. Now for the place it self. We stayed in a deluxe veranda, overlooking the swimming pool. The rooms are big, the beds are very comfortable, and the shower room although slightly dated is more than adequate. It is very good value for money, and the swimming pool is a great way to cool down after a hot day's outing. Food is very good, as is the bar, and is very reasonably priced. The dining area is sheltered by the lovely gardens. The hotel is away from the main road and hence there is very little noise during the night. Just 15MR into town in a taxi, or a 20 minute walk if are up to it in the heat. If you have Uber it is 5MR. There is also a free shuttle service twice day. I can not emphasise how much fun we had, and it was down to Brandon. The first night we was there, he told us there was a Chinse festival procession, and he dropped us off in town. That was very special, and the local people are so friendly. All the staff are so friendly and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Basaga! Basaga is located in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak in Malaysia on the island of Borneo, an island long known for its rich history, culture and eco-tourism. Our property is a truly unique hotel and travel accommodation concept with a great environment and almost resort-like relaxing atmosphere, unlike any that is currently available in the urban Kuching area. Nestled in a secluded, well wooded private property just a mere 7-minute drive away from the City center, Basaga features an exclusive number of 33 well-appointed rooms with full in-room amenities, an annex which houses a private dormitory and leisure facilities contained on the property grounds for our guests' convenience. Basaga's innovative room products and range of services can accommodate the varying needs of tourists and travelers, offering good service, private seclusion with great value for money. It’s more than just a hotel - it’s your residence while in Sarawak. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Basaga Holiday Residences Hotel Kuching