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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 ...
Nestled on the beach, this Kuching hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Kuching Wetlands National Park and 7 mi (11.2 km) from Damai Golf & Country Club. Sarawak State ...
Located in the heart of Kampung Surabaya, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hills Shopping Mall and Tun Jugah Shopping Center. Tua Pek Kong and ...
Situated in Kampung Lintang, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sarawak Museum, Chinese History Museum, and Museum Garden. Kuching City Mosque and Kuching ...
This family-friendly Kampung Surabaya hotel is steps from Hills Shopping Mall and Tua Pek Kong. Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Satok Weekend Market are also within ...
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is steps from The Spring and Spring Shopping Mall. City One Shopping Mall and Kuching Civic Centre are also within ...
This family-friendly Kampung Surabaya hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center, Hills Shopping Mall, ...
Located in the heart of Kampung Surabaya, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Tua Pek Kong. Hills Shopping Mall and Chinese ...
Situated in Kampung Surabaya, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Tua Pek Kong. Chinese History Museum and Hills Shopping Mall ...
Located in the center of Kampung Lintang, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sarawak Museum, Chinese History Museum, and Sarawak Islamic ...
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.