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Sarawak’s capital city is filled with palaces, forts and temples, and is the gateway to the national parks and thriving orangutan habitats.

A city which has retained and treasured its historic buildings and cultures, Kuching is the place to discover Malaysian Borneo’s past. The nearby national parks will lead you on a journey through Borneo’s ecology, from wetlands and rain forest, to a primate rehabilitation center.

To find your bearings in the “Cat City” (kuching is Malay for cat), follow the city’s waterfront trail that winds along the Sarawak River. This trail takes you past a 19th-century fortress, a Chinese Pavilion, a Buddhist temple, and street food vendors and restaurants where you can try everything from oyster omelettes to a local dry noodle dish, kolok mee.

Discover the oldest existing street in the city, Main Bazaar, where the two-story shops are a great place to hunt for bargain antiques, wooden folk crafts, ceramics and jewelry.

Spend a day or two exploring Kuching’s many museums. The Sarawak Museum was opened in 1891 and has exhibitions of tribal artifacts and extensive natural history collections. Investigate the influence of Islam on Malaysia at the nearby Sarawak Islamic Museum, where you’ll find exhibits dedicated to weaponry, architecture, literature and costumery. The Chinese influence on the city is proudly displayed at the flamboyant riverside temple Tua Pek Kong, built in 1843.

Nature tours are also a prime reason to base yourself in Kuching. Just 30-minute bus ride from the city is the entry to the Bako National Park. Hike the short or long trails through the jungle while keeping an eye out for the endangered proboscis monkeys and flying lizards. Join a boat tour of the Kuching Wetlands National Park to see otters and Irrawaddy dolphins.

Come face-to-face with Borneo’s most famous primates at the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary, which is also rehabilitating a number of other endangered species.

Kuching offers year-round sunshine and is compact and safe enough to comfortably explore on foot or by bicycle.

Top hotels in Kuching

The Culvert
The Culvert
3 out of 5
Lot 285, Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Block 2 Salak Land District, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is Rs4,085 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Mount Santubong and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Damai Beach. Teluk Bandung and Teluk Penyuk are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (38 reviews)

"This hotel was just something very different and we loved it! We've told all our friends about it since we got back! There's not much space in the room admittedly, which completely suited us, but for some people this may be a struggle, particularly if you have lots of luggage or children. If you're ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2020

The Culvert
Cove 55
Cove 55
5 out of 5
Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, (Santubong/Damai Road), Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is Rs8,805 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Situated in Kuching, this luxury guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Teluk Nipah and within 6 miles (10 km) of Damai Beach and Mount Santubong. Teluk Bandung ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Sanctuary away from town

"Great place, great staff, everyone very friendly and helpful. They packed breakfast and lunches for us when we couldn't make the times or were out and generally helped. However, it is a distance from the town so guided tours often charge extra for the 30min to pick you up. On the other hand, its ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Cove 55
Damai Beach Resort
Damai Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Teluk Bandung, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is Rs5,336 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan

Nestled on the beach, this Kuching resort is just steps away from Teluk Bandung and Damai Beach. Teluk Penyuk and Mount Santubong are also within 3 miles (5 ...

3.8/5Good! (434 reviews)

"Room was okay. Neat and comfortable. Air-conditioning was cold and alright. A bit sandy inside the rooms and on the bed sheets but understandable as this is a beach resort. Checking in was quick and efficient. Checking out a bit messy because there's nobody to check who was queing up first at the ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2020

Damai Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Kuching

Regatta Suites
Regatta Suites
3 out of 5
Unit 31, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kozi Square, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is Rs2,467 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Located in the heart of Kuching, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sarawak General Hospital and Sultan Iskandar Planetarium. Sarawak Museum and Plaza ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"I don’t like the lift which cannot direct to the lobby from the basement parking."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

Regatta Suites
Citadines Uplands Kuching
Citadines Uplands Kuching
4 out of 5
No. 55 Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is Rs2,932 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of The Spring, Vivacity Megamall and Kuching Waterfront. City One Shopping Mall and Sri Srinivasagar ...

4.1/5Very Good! (375 reviews)

"If someone want to check in, i recommend the Citadines Hotel to rest n relax. The officer there are also good and professional. The facilities are also good n interesting. Thank you Citadines Upland Hotel for your our service to us."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2020

Citadines Uplands Kuching
JinHold Service Apartment
JinHold Service Apartment
3 out of 5
Lot 15958, Block 11 M.T.L.D.,Jalan Song, Kuching, sarawak
The price is Rs2,711 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

Located in the heart of Kuching, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Friendship Park and Vivacity Megamall. The Spring is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

3.6/5Good! (56 reviews)

"Clean room, but would like to suggest on the amenities like tooth brush/paste, shower cap be provided. Staff are all friendly & helpful."…"

Reviewed on 2 May 2019

JinHold Service Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kuching


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5 Sep 2019

Cultural village was a good day out and also worth trying a day or two kayaking with Rainforest Kayaks

5/5 - Excellent


20 Aug 2019

Fantastic city. Really interesting and easy to walk to all local attractions. Felt very safe, friendly locals and didn’t feel busy. Highly reccommend

5/5 - Excellent


10 Aug 2019

I loved Kuching.... nothing to complain about as it’s everything nature and quite easy to experience it all. My tip if you don’t have a lot of time - hire a car with English speaking driver.... you’ll cover a lot of grounds and @ your pace.

5/5 - Excellent

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24 Mar 2019

Loved the waterfront. Local people are very friendly

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2019

Terrrible international airport with no food or drink options. No shopping. Staff don’t seem to care about anything. Airport needs knocking down and redoing if they really want to attract tourists. Big bridge in Kuching doesn’t go anywhere.

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