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
The Waterfront Hotel
The Waterfront Hotel
4 out of 5
68, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM206 per night

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! (409 reviews)
Happy with my 1 night stay

"It's the bathroom door which is not satisfactory..... There's no lock to it and the door is not fully closed when you are in the bathroom..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

The Waterfront Hotel
Hilton Kuching
Hilton Kuching
4 out of 5
1 Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM176 per night

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! (560 reviews)

"Overall experience is very good, comfortable bed and room is spacious. Would be nice if the bathroom is refurbished as it is quite old"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Hilton Kuching
Pullman Kuching
Pullman Kuching
4.5 out of 5
1a Jalan Mathies, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is RM194 per night

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! (887 reviews)

"overall is good, only the location a little bit far from shopping area"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Pullman Kuching

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 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 Countryside Mountain Bike to Gold Mines, Wind & Fairy Caves
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Full-Day Countryside Mountain Bike to Gold Mines, Wind & Fairy Caves

RM238
Per adult
Lobang Batu Cave Day Trip
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Lobang Batu Cave Day Trip

RM488
Per adult
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 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
Bako National Park Day Trip with Sea Stack Rock Formation
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Bako National Park Day Trip with Sea Stack Rock Formation

RM404
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.

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