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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

Imperial Riverbank Hotel Kuching
Imperial Riverbank Hotel Kuching
3 out of 5
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM99 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

Located in the heart of Kuching, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Kuching Waterfront. The Spring is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (335 reviews)

"Great staff Steve went out of his way to make my trip enjoyable happened to be here when the travel restrictions were put in place and staff was very helpful in explaining what was going on"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Imperial Riverbank Hotel Kuching
The Waterfront Hotel
The Waterfront Hotel
4 out of 5
68, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM206 per night from 24 Oct to 25 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! (412 reviews)

"It's near to Merdeka Mall, near to the Kuching Waterfront, and shops are scattered nearby. So very convenient for me as they're just walking distance. Easy to go on foort"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2020

The Waterfront Hotel
Hilton Kuching
Hilton Kuching
4 out of 5
1 Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM206 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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

4.1/5Very Good! (562 reviews)

"It maybe the best hotel in this little city of Kuching . I still remember when it commenced the operation in year 1988 , l was still a teenager but only get to stay in this Hotel Hilton at thirty-two years later . Remain excellent !"…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2020

Hilton 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.

Vacation Rentals in Kuching

Citadines Uplands Kuching
Citadines Uplands Kuching
4 out of 5
The price is RM154 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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! (374 reviews)

"If someone want to check in, i recommend the Citadines Hotel to rest n relax. The officer there are also good and professional. The facilities are also good n interesting. Thank you Citadines Upland Hotel for your our service to us."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2020

Citadines Uplands Kuching
Regatta Suites
Regatta Suites
3 out of 5
Unit 31, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kozi Square, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM136 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Located in the heart of Kuching, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sarawak General Hospital and Sultan Iskandar Planetarium. Sarawak Museum and Plaza ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"I don’t like the lift which cannot direct to the lobby from the basement parking."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

Regatta Suites
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
3 out of 5
The price is RM380 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Situated in Kuching, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Gunung Tanjong Batu, Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library. Sarawak Stadium ...

Santubong Suite Just Like Home
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.

Popular places to visit 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 things to do in Kuching

Full-Day Semenggoh Nature Reserve Tour & Kayaking Adventure
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Full-Day Semenggoh Nature Reserve Tour & Kayaking Adventure

RM238
Per adult
Full-Day Semenggoh Wildlife Center, Annah Rais Longhouse & Kayak Tour
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Full-Day Semenggoh Wildlife Center, Annah Rais Longhouse & Kayak Tour

RM328
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Mountain Biking & Kayaking Tour with Cave Visit & Lunch
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Full-Day Mountain Biking & Kayaking Tour with Cave Visit & Lunch

RM410
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Sarawak Bako National Park Tour with Sea Stack
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Sarawak Bako National Park Tour with Sea Stack

RM914
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Mangrove & Dolphin Cruise - Small Group Tour
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Mangrove & Dolphin Cruise - Small Group Tour

RM503
Per adult
Bako National Park Day Trip with Sea Stack Rock Formation
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Bako National Park Day Trip with Sea Stack Rock Formation

RM410
Per adult

Reviews of Kuching

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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.

Semenggoh Wildlife Centre which includes zoo animals

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