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Kuching

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.

Top hotels in Kuching

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pullman Kuching
Pullman Kuching
4.5 out of 5
1a Jalan Mathies, Kuching, Sarawak
RM258
per night
31 Mar-1 Apr

Located in the heart of Kuching, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Riverside Shopping Complex. Plaza Merdeka and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (877 reviews)

"Pleasant overnight stay"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Pullman Kuching
Hilton Kuching
Hilton Kuching
4 out of 5
1 Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
RM283
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

This family-friendly Kuching hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Shopping Complex and Kuching Waterfront. Hills Shopping ...

4.1/5Very Good! (551 reviews)
Lovely hotel but wouldn't stay again

"We really loved this hotel. It was wonderful. The staff were fantastic, the rooms were very nice, the location was really close to the town, the pool was awesome! But, there was a lot of noise everywhere. On our first night we were not facing the river and the bar opposite was playing music until ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

Hilton Kuching
Imperial Hotel Kuching
Imperial Hotel Kuching
4 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli, Kuching, Sarawak
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
RM188
per night
15 Apr-16 Apr

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (553 reviews)

"Price & location"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Imperial Hotel Kuching

Popular things to do in Kuching

Bako National Park
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Bako National Park

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Forests, mangroves and beaches teeming with bearded pigs, otters, proboscis monkeys and macaques await at this park, less than an hour’s drive from Kuching.

Top activities in Kuching

Private Kuching City Tour
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Private Kuching City Tour

RM179
Per adult
Gold Mines, Wind & Fairy Caves Full-Day Mountain Bike Tour
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Gold Mines, Wind & Fairy Caves Full-Day Mountain Bike Tour

RM136
Per adult
A Taste Of Sarawak: Kuching Food by Foot
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A Taste Of Sarawak: Kuching Food by Foot

RM132
Per adult
Kuching Bike & Cook
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Kuching Bike & Cook

RM335
Per adult
Lobang Batu Cave Day Trip
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Lobang Batu Cave Day Trip

RM438
Per adult
Full-Day Mountain Biking & Kayaking Tour with Cave Visit & Lunch
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Full-Day Mountain Biking & Kayaking Tour with Cave Visit & Lunch

100% of travellers recommend
RM410
Per adult

Reviews of Kuching

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Sep 2019

Cultural village was a good day out and also worth trying a day or two kayaking with Rainforest Kayaks

5/5 - Excellent

Mel

20 Aug 2019

Fantastic city. Really interesting and easy to walk to all local attractions. Felt very safe, friendly locals and didn’t feel busy. Highly reccommend

5/5 - Excellent

Ade

10 Aug 2019

I loved Kuching.... nothing to complain about as it’s everything nature and quite easy to experience it all. My tip if you don’t have a lot of time - hire a car with English speaking driver.... you’ll cover a lot of grounds and @ your pace.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Mar 2019

Loved the waterfront. Local people are very friendly

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2019

Terrrible international airport with no food or drink options. No shopping. Staff don’t seem to care about anything. Airport needs knocking down and redoing if they really want to attract tourists. Big bridge in Kuching doesn’t go anywhere.

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