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This family-friendly Kuching hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Riverside Shopping Complex. Hills ...
Grand Margherita HotelRM158Grand Margherita HotelRM158
Located in the heart of Kuching, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Riverside Shopping Complex, Chinese History Museum, and Hills Shopping Mall. Tun Jugah ...
Tune Hotel - Waterfront KuchingRM65Tune Hotel - Waterfront KuchingRM65
Located in the heart of Kuching, this hotel is steps from Riverside Shopping Complex and Tun Jugah Shopping Center. Hills Shopping Mall and Chinese History Museum ...
Riverside Majestic HotelGet RatesRiverside Majestic HotelGet Rates
Located in the heart of Kuching, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sarawak Museum and Chinese History Museum. Sarawak Islamic Museum and Hills Shopping ...
Merdeka Palace Hotels & SuitesRM130Merdeka Palace Hotels & SuitesRM130
This Kuching hotel is on the beach, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Damai Beach, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library. Cat Museum ...
Damai Puri Resort & SpaRM164Damai Puri Resort & SpaRM164
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 ...
Imperial Hotel KuchingGet RatesImperial Hotel KuchingGet Rates
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is steps from The Spring and Spring Shopping Mall. City One Shopping Mall and Vivacity Megamall are also within 2 ...
Citadines Uplands KuchingRM180Citadines Uplands KuchingRM180
Once renowned as the home of the White Rajahs, Kuching is Sarawak’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. It is an ideal spot from which to explore the rest of Borneo, but the city itself is well worth exploring. Visit its colonial neighbourhoods, museums exhibiting the proud culture of the Bornean tribes, and plenty more cultural inspirations from across Asia. This melting pot of Malaysia is an ideal escape for adventure seekers.
WHAT TO DO IN KUCHING
The top spots in Kuching include the big cat statue before Chinatown, the Waterfront and Damai Beach. Kuching is also home to plenty of magnificent museums. They are clustered to the south of the city centre, where you can comfortably learn about the rich wildlife of the Borneo rainforests and the fascinating culture of the Borneo tribes including Borneo headhunters. See what an Iban longhouse looks like. As you explore more of Kuching, learn more about the traditional tattoo Iban as well. Muzium Negeri Sarawak is the region’s oldest museum and a fascinating must-visit. The Sarawak Islamic Museum is another popular spot, showcasing the famous replica of Prophet Muhammad’s pbuh.
Temples and Mosques 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, to experience Islamic culture at its finest representation, a visit to the Masjid Jamek Mosque is recommended.
Rainforest World Music Festival
The annual Rainforest World Music Festival has put Kuching on the world map of serious festival-goers. Every year, people fly in to Kuching, Sarawak just to experience the amazing exhibition of world music held in the very authentic setting of Borneo's rainforests. It's a well-organized event that is not only incredibly fun, but educational, interactive and a true celebration of culture the world over.
Best hotels in KuchingIf you're mainly exploring museums and food in the central parts, it is recommended to book a hotel in the Kuching City Centre. Tune Hotel and Harbour View Hotel are popular options, close to the Waterfront, shopping malls or attractions like Tua Pek Kong. Pullman Kuching is a top choice if you really want to treat yourself to a nice hotel. But if you're in town for RWMF, then it's better to stay near Damai Beach within walking distance of the festival grounds. It gets hot and sticky, so a room nearby to refresh yourself or sneak a nap between the afternoon workshops and evening performances is a good idea. Read more about the festival in our Cuti-Cuti travel blog.
Sarawakian Food in Kuching Restaurants
Eating out is an important part of local culture. Food is fairly cheap in Kuching, so you can sample lots of the local favourites. Don't just stick to your familiar Malaysian dishes like nasi lemak. With traditions of cooking completely with natural 'utensils', food in Kuching is an adventure itself. Sarawak laksa and kolok mee are popular local dishes, as is the non-oily nasik aruk-style fried rice. You should also try Kuih Jala, a longhouse dish, nasi pulut, sugarcane and coconut juice, and a variety of food cooked in bamboo shoots. 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.