Kuching

Malaysia

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Love rivers, cave exploring and jungles? Get away to Kuching!

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.

Known for

Rivers, Temples and Festivals

Top hotels in Kuching

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Grand Margherita Hotel
4 out of 5
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, P.O. Box 2362, Kuching, Sarawak
Rs2,843/night
8 Sep-9 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (628 reviews)

This family-friendly Kuching hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Kuching Waterfront. Riverside ...

4.1/5Very Good! (628 reviews)

"THE SERVICES AND FACILITIES ARE EXCELLENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY WIFE AND KIDS REALLY ENJOYS STAYING WHILE WAITING FOR ME TO FINISH 42.195KM. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019

Grand Margherita Hotel
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Puteri Wing, Riverside Majestic Hotel
4 out of 5
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
Rs2,599/night
8 Sep-9 Sep
4/5Very Good! (703 reviews)

Located in the heart of Kuching, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Shopping Complex and Kuching Waterfront. Vivacity Megamall is 3.1 mi (4.9 ...

4/5Very Good! (703 reviews)

"Good location and everything is convenient near hote"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Puteri Wing, Riverside Majestic Hotel
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Pullman Kuching
4.5 out of 5
1a Jalan Mathies, Kuching, Sarawak
Rs3,608/night
5 Sep-6 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (790 reviews)

Located in the heart of Kuching, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Riverside Shopping Complex. Plaza Merdeka and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (790 reviews)

"Friendly staffs, nice food with reasonable price. Convenient location, city area"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

Pullman Kuching

Popular things to do in Kuching

Bako National Park
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Bako National Park

Forests, mangroves and beaches teeming with bearded pigs, otters, proboscis monkeys and macaques await at this park, less than an hour’s drive from Kuching.

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