Kampung Kiding is an absolute gem hidden in the mountains. Located 412 m above sea level and tucked in mountain, the village offers visitors unparalleled view from the mountain top.
Being so high up, the village is disconnected from the main power grid. For now, the village has to rely on diesel generators. The place is however very chilling throughout the day and thus, discounting the need for air-conditioning. Visitors have to trek for two hours to reach the village though you might be able to flag down the passing motorcycles ridden by the locals.
Where it all started
The community in Kampung Kiding originated from the Tibiah group in Padawan movement. It was started in the 1840s where several longhouses were built at Mount Kiding. In the past there were 7 different “Kupo”s or sub-villages with 60-families in Kampung Kiding itself. The Kupos were Kupo Kiding, Kupo Hruti, Kupo rabak, Kupo Sakar, Kupo Rutan, Kupo Pake and Kupo Nganat. Simar, one of the villagers, then built a Pangah or ceremonial house at Kupo Kiding for the practise of ancient rites.
There was originally a primary school opened by the Anglican Missionary at the village in 1952, but it was closed down in 1954 due to the lack of students.
Source: History of Bidayuh in Kuching Division, Sarawak by Dr. Chang Pat Fo
Speaking of the treasures of Kiding, let’s take a look at what it has to offer; here you will find:
1. Big Waterfalls
The village has few waterfalls surrounding them. They are massive in size! Some of the more frequently visited waterfalls are Tanju fall, Gareg Fall, Jahnam Fall.
2. Bamboo bridges
The village use a lot of bamboo in their architecture as they are easily resourced. Natural bamboo grows around the village is big is diameter and length. Therefore, bamboo bridges are common in the area.
3. Mountain top views
Since the village is on the mountain, the view is magnificent. Clouds can easily fill the view when you look around you. You can also find the best morning view here.