There are several different religious sites worth visiting in Kuching. The fascinating Tua Pek Kong Temple is the jewel of the city’s Chinese cultural heritage. Also, the remarkable City Mosque features an incredible design and shouldn’t be missed. However, if tourists want to experience Islamic culture at its finest, a visit to the Masjid Jamek Mosque is recommended.
Several parks, both inside and near Kuching, are open for visits. The most popular spot in the city is the Kuching Waterfront, which can be visited by day or by night. Jong’s Crocodile Farm is only 30kms from the heart of the city, and Kubah National Park, with its beautiful walking tracks and waterfalls, lures thousands of visitors each weekend.
Restaurants and Bars
Eating out is an important part of local culture. Most dining spots and restaurants are rather cheap, so tourists won’t be breaking the budget when it comes to eating. Due to the uniqueness of some dishes, exploring Kuching’s culinary menu is an adventure in itself. Sarawak laksa and kolok mee are popular local dishes, as is the non-oily nasik aruk-style fried rice. When it comes to bars and clubs, several areas stand out, including Padungan Road, Jalan McDougall and Travillion.
Shopping in Kuching
The Main Bazaar near Kuching’s waterfront is where tourists will find the majority of the city’s handicraft items. These are ideal for souvenirs, and offer tourists a chance to experience local shopping life at its best. There are also malls dotting the city. The likes of Plaza Merdeka, Kuching Sentral and the lifestyle shopping mall, The Spring, are all excellent places to escape the heat of the city and enjoy a few hours of modern shopping delights.