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 Kuching
If 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