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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pullman Kuching
Pullman Kuching
4.5 out of 5
1a Jalan Mathies, Kuching, Sarawak
Rs3,347
per night
10 Dec-11 Dec

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! (822 reviews)

"Spacious room with very comfortable bed! Only downside was the pool that doesn't catch much of sun."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019

Pullman Kuching
Imperial Hotel Kuching
Imperial Hotel Kuching
4 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli, Kuching, Sarawak
Rs2,915
per night
19 Nov-20 Nov

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kuching Boulevard Shopping Complex and Boulevard Shopping Mall. City One Shopping Mall and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (508 reviews)

"The food is variety compare to other hotels..n worth to stay here..but the toilet is too slippery coz my dad falls down n he was not feeling well after the incident.."…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

Imperial Hotel Kuching
Hilton Kuching
Hilton Kuching
4 out of 5
1 Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
Rs3,813
per night
10 Dec-11 Dec

This family-friendly Kuching hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Shopping Complex and Kuching Waterfront. Hills Shopping Mall and Tun Jugah Shopping ...

4.2/5Very Good! (514 reviews)

"clean and spacious room"…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2019

Hilton Kuching

Popular things to do in Kuching

Bako National Park
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Bako National Park

4.5/5(2 reviews)

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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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

Mel

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

Verified traveller

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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