KUCHING 

Kuching, the capital of Sarawak has a population of approximately 650,000.To make the most of your visit you must put on your walking shoes, take to the streets (and the water), and join in.

Kuching ,an unusual name means “cat” in Malay. There are a number of stories as to how this name came about, but it is unlikely that it has anything to do with cats. The two more likely explanations are that it derives from the Chinese word kochin, meaning “harbour,” or that it is named after the mata kuching or “cat’s eye” fruit, a close relative of the lychee that grows widely here.
The focal point of Kuching and the reason for its existence is the river. Meandering slowly up and down the Sarawak River is the best way to get your first impression of Kuching. From the river you will see picturesque Malay villages (kampungs), a golden-domed mosque, a Victorian fort, a whole street of 19th century Chinese shophouses and an imposing wooden-roofed palace, all set against a background of distant mountains.

Kuching’s city centre is well preserved and very compact; virtually everything that is worth seeing can be reached on foot or by sampan. The narrow, bustling streets are crammed with shops selling all manner of goods, from the mundane to the exotic. There are ornate Chinese temples, many fine examples of colonial-style architecture, a beautiful waterfront and a number of interesting museums, including the historic Sarawak Museum. There is an excellent range of accommodation, from luxury via boutique to budget, good restaurants, and nightlife to suit most tastes and pockets.

The 3rd largest island in the world, Sarawak is located on the island of Borneo  and Kuching is the ideal base from which to go exploring. The nearby must see include:

  • Bako National Park home of the rare proboscis monkey
  • Gunung Gading  where giant rafflesia flowers bloom
  • Kuching Wetlands  which protects a fascinating mangrove ecosystem,
  • Kubah -with its rare palms and orchids
  • Semenggoh and Matang Wildlife Centres  with resident orangutans.
  • Damai on the nearby Santubong Peninsula is Sarawak’s main resort area.
   Places to stay
  • Pullman Kuching
  • Hilton Hotel Kuching
  • Grand Margherita Hotel
  • Harbour View Hotel
  • Placetostay@Riverside
  • Airbnb facilitates several categories