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 centre.

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 jewellery.

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.

Where to stay in Kuching

Meritin Hotel
Meritin Hotel
3 out of 5
Lot 315, 92-94 Jalan Padungan, Kuching, Sarawak, 93100
The price is RM119 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
RM119
per night
4 Feb - 5 Feb
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (123 reviews)
"Clean and peaceful surrounding. Goid walking distance to waterfront and great price too."

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2022

Meritin Hotel
Pullman Kuching
Pullman Kuching
4.5 out of 5
1a Jalan Mathies, Kuching, Sarawak, 93100
The price is RM236 per night from 19 Feb to 20 Feb
RM236
per night
19 Feb - 20 Feb
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the property condition ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (953 reviews)
"Clean and nice room Lack of shopping amenities"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2023

Pullman Kuching
Imperial Riverbank Hotel Kuching
Imperial Riverbank Hotel Kuching
3 out of 5
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak, 93100
The price is RM119 per night from 19 Feb to 20 Feb
RM119
per night
19 Feb - 20 Feb
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (339 reviews)
"Run down and need to spruce up Unattractive dining Wifi was working intermittently Housekeeping was good"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2022

Imperial Riverbank Hotel 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.
JinHold Service Apartment
JinHold Service Apartment
3 out of 5
Lot 15958, Block 11 M.T.L.D.,Jalan Song, Kuching, sarawak, 93350
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the ...
3.6/5 Good! (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, 93350
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free shopping centre shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (405 reviews)
"Walkable 5 minutes to shopping mall Spring. Clean room. Friendly front desk."

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2023

Citadines Uplands Kuching
Luco Apartments Viva City Megamall
Luco Apartments Viva City Megamall
3 out of 5
Q112B, Kuching, Sarawak, 93350
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly apartment in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Popular attractions Vivacity Megamall and Friendship ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"The facility was great. But im really disappointed with the apps."

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2019

Luco Apartments Viva City Megamall
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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