Kuching

Travel Guide
Kuching showing a skyscraper, a coastal town and a bay or harbor

Sarawak’s capital city is filled with palaces, forts and temples, and is the gateway to the national parks and thriving orangutan habitats.

A city which has retained and treasured its historic buildings and cultures, Kuching is the place to discover Malaysian Borneo’s past. The nearby national parks will lead you on a journey through Borneo’s ecology, from wetlands and rain forest, to a primate rehabilitation center.

To find your bearings in the “Cat City” (kuching is Malay for cat), follow the city’s waterfront trail that winds along the Sarawak River. This trail takes you past a 19th-century fortress, a Chinese Pavilion, a Buddhist temple, and street food vendors and restaurants where you can try everything from oyster omelettes to a local dry noodle dish, kolok mee.

Discover the oldest existing street in the city, Main Bazaar, where the two-story shops are a great place to hunt for bargain antiques, wooden folk crafts, ceramics and jewelry.

Spend a day or two exploring Kuching’s many museums. The Sarawak Museum was opened in 1891 and has exhibitions of tribal artifacts and extensive natural history collections. Investigate the influence of Islam on Malaysia at the nearby Sarawak Islamic Museum, where you’ll find exhibits dedicated to weaponry, architecture, literature and costumery. The Chinese influence on the city is proudly displayed at the flamboyant riverside temple Tua Pek Kong, built in 1843.

Nature tours are also a prime reason to base yourself in Kuching. Just 30-minute bus ride from the city is the entry to the Bako National Park. Hike the short or long trails through the jungle while keeping an eye out for the endangered proboscis monkeys and flying lizards. Join a boat tour of the Kuching Wetlands National Park to see otters and Irrawaddy dolphins.

Come face-to-face with Borneo’s most famous primates at the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary, which is also rehabilitating a number of other endangered species.

Kuching offers year-round sunshine and is compact and safe enough to comfortably explore on foot or by bicycle.

Citadines Uplands Kuching
Citadines Uplands Kuching
4 out of 5
No. 55 Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM180 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of The Spring, Vivacity Megamall and Kuching Waterfront. City One Shopping Mall and Sri Srinivasagar ...
4.1/5Very Good! (379 reviews)
Disappointing stay given the price paid for stay
"The bed was sunken in, the internet is not working, causing a lot of disturbance for my work, totally inefficient."

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2021

Citadines Uplands Kuching
The Waterfront Hotel
The Waterfront Hotel
4 out of 5
68, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM245 per night from 2 Oct to 2 Oct
Located in the heart of Kuching, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza Merdeka and Sarawak Museum. Golden Anniversary Bridge and Chinese History Museum ...
4.4/5Excellent! (422 reviews)
"Great hotel in Kuching, location wise is good, Plaza Merdeka is below it and interconnected. Located near to India Street and Waterfront."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

The Waterfront Hotel
Cove 55
Cove 55
5 out of 5
Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, (Santubong/Damai Road), Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM487 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated in Kuching, this luxury guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Teluk Nipah and within 6 miles (10 km) of Damai Beach and Mount Santubong. Teluk Bandung ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Resort
"Just relax and enjoy the sunrise"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Cove 55
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
JinHold Service Apartment
JinHold Service Apartment
3 out of 5
Lot 15958, Block 11 M.T.L.D.,Jalan Song, Kuching, sarawak
The price is RM150 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Located in the heart of Kuching, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Friendship Park and Vivacity Megamall. The Spring is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.
3.6/5Good! (56 reviews)
"Clean room, but would like to suggest on the amenities like tooth brush/paste, shower cap be provided. Staff are all friendly & helpful."

Reviewed on 2 May 2019

JinHold Service Apartment
Citadines Uplands Kuching
Citadines Uplands Kuching
4 out of 5
No. 55 Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM180 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of The Spring, Vivacity Megamall and Kuching Waterfront. City One Shopping Mall and Sri Srinivasagar ...
4.1/5Very Good! (379 reviews)
Disappointing stay given the price paid for stay
"The bed was sunken in, the internet is not working, causing a lot of disturbance for my work, totally inefficient."

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2021

Citadines Uplands Kuching
OYO 90295 Beacon Homestay Kuching
OYO 90295 Beacon Homestay Kuching
2 out of 5
Lot 216, No 226, 4 1/2 Mile,, Penrissen Road, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM336 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Located in Taman Berjaya, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Kuching Boulevard Shopping Complex and Boulevard Shopping Mall. City One Shopping ...
OYO 90295 Beacon Homestay Kuching
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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