Kuching Tourism Guide
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Apart from the rich ecotourism found around Kuching, visitors should rent a bicycle and explore the beautiful old world city and also many villages here. Also, for an amazing cultural experience, visit the Anna Rais Longhouse or for something relaxing, take the Kuching River Cruise along the Sarawak River.
By David , http://blog.malaysia-asia.my/
Kuching is the capital city of Malaysia in the state of Sarawak. The city brings together a myriad of cultures and crafts, and not forgetting the cuisines that attract so many visitors. Kuching’s streets are a rare mix of modern and colonial and are often found bustling with visitors looking for Kuching’s beautiful Chinese temples and Indian Mosque. Kuching’s riverfront park and its close proximity to many nature sites make it a popular tourist destination.
The three mountain peaks of Kubah National Park, located just outside Kuching, are undoubtedly one of the most iconic sights in all of Sarawak. When you think of all the beautiful places that are found in the state, that’s no small accomplishment. But there’s more to this than that one breath-taking view. The National Park is a massive (2,230 hectares to be exact) all natural wonderland, known for its stream, palm trees and epic rainforests. Guided treks are available for you to make the most of your journey.
Wherever you choose to travel, it’s always a wonderful idea to embrace the local culture as much as possible. Few destinations offer as perfect an opportunity as Sarawak Cultural Village. The concept here is to be a living museum across 17 acres of land and even homing well over a hundred people. You’ll experience the past meeting the present with demonstrations of traditional activities, including dance performances that celebrate the multiculturalism the state is known for.
Some parts of Kuching are more than just their cultural or historical importance. They are magical experiences that have to be seen to be believed. Nowhere in Kuching embodies that better than the rather aptly titled Fairy Caves. They’re a touch out of the way of Kuching, around 50km in fact, but they’re easy enough to get to via tour operators. When the sunlight hits the limestone, you’ll know that the journey was worth it.
Kuching is where adventure makes home and where its stirs motion in the wild. There is much to be explored in its natural green element and with tons of cultural heritage. There are many attractions as well, it is recommended to take a look at Batang Ai where you can experience the vibrant Iban Cultural Traditions as well as the Borneo Rainforest which is home to the most significant population of the orangutans.
By Shivani, http://www.pen-my-blog.com/
Things to do in Kuching
There are many things to do in Kuching, with natural beauty being very easy to find. Explore the picturesque waterfront or visit one of the many beautiful caves or parks to experience the stunning nature of Kuching.
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The Fairy Caves are located 50km from Kuching but getting there is simple, as many tour operators visit this popular attraction. Also known as Gua Kapor, this is the most beautiful of all the caves found in Kuching. The Fairy Caves take their name from the stalagmite structure found at the entrance that is said to resemble a Chinese deity. The cave is 3-storeys high, so there is a climb to reach the entrance followed by a short climb through the cave by torchlight before you reach the main chamber. Sunlight fills the chamber, lighting up the limestone formations in all their glory. There are many stalactites and stalagmites in the chamber, with one formation being likened to the Goddess of Mercy. This formation stands at over 3m high and resembles a woman wearing Chinese robes and a hat as she looks down over her worshippers. Just a 10-minute drive from the Fairy Caves, you will also find the Wind Caves, which are full of bats and swiflets living there.
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: 08.30 – 16.30
Address: 94000 Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia
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Located a 35-minute drive from Kuching, the Santubong area has much to offer visitors. On the rainforest slopes of Mount Santubong, there are a large number of natural attractions. These include mangrove forests, rivers, near shore waters and mudflats. A large number of wildlife resides in these different habitats, which makes it the best site to see a range of spectacular creatures in their natural setting. Visitors may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins that inhabit the rivers, estuaries and shallow coastal areas. Finless porpoises and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins have also been spotted in these waters on very rare occasions. There are a few coastal villages in the Santubong Peninsula. The most accessible from Damai is Kampung Santubong.
Opening Hours: 24-hours
Address: Mount Santubong, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
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For more than 20 years, The Semenggoh Nature Reserve has helped orangutans who have been orphaned or rescued from captivity learn how to survive in the wild. The reserve has been so successful that young orangutans are now successfully breeding in the wild. Parts of the programme have now been transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre but Semenggoh still homes some of the semi-wild orangutans and their babies. They now roam the forest but can still often be seen returning for feeding time, unless it is fruit season. To make sure you have the best chance of meeting some of these characterful residents, the morning and afternoon are the best time to visit, with feeding times taking place from 09.00-10.00 and 15.00-15.30.
Price: Admission is 3MYR for adults and 1.50MYR for children
Opening Hours: 08.00 – 12.45, 14.00 – 16.15
Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
Kubah National Park
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Kubah National Park and its three mountain peaks, Gunung Serapi, Gunung Selang and Gunung Sendok, can be seen from the Kuching Waterfront. The park is situated just 22km from Kuching and is the most accessible of Sarawak’s National Parks. Kubah was established in 1989 due to its rich plant life but only opened to the public in 1995. The park covers an area of 2,230 hectares, which includes the forested slopes and ridges of the Serapi range. Kubah is most famously known for its palm trees, covering 22sq. km, making Kubah the richest palm habitat for its size anywhere in the world. Kubah has many other beautiful attractions too, such as the rainforest, orchids and ferns, the crystal clear jungle streams, waterfall and bathing areas. There are many trekking routes that can be taken through the park and guided treks are also available.
Price: Admission is 10MYR per adult and 5MYR per child
Opening Hours:Daily: 08.00 – 17.00
Address:93050 Kuching, Sarawak
Tua Pek Kong Temple
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Tua Pek Kong Temple sits on a foothill overlooking the river and main bazaar. This old Chinese temple was one of the few buildings to survive the 1884 Great Fire of Kuching and it is believed to have the best Feng Shui location in the city. Its position facing the water and mountains ensures a good channel of Feng Shui for its devotees to come and pray to their deity. Although the temple has only been on official records since 1876, it is believed to have been built as early as 1843. Renovations were made to the temple in 1856 and in 1863, the ceramic roof and brick walls were upgraded. In 1871, Charles Brooke, the second Rajah of Sarawak, issued the earliest known official land title. Tua Pek Kong Temple holds many traditional festivals each year, including the famous Wang Kang Festival, which commemorates the dead.
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Daily: 06.30 -20.00
Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak
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Known as Masjid Bahagian Kuching, Kuching Mosque sits on a hilltop overlooking the whole city and Rejang River. Kuching Mosque was built in the late 1960s to replace the original State Mosque, which was built on the same site in the mid-19th century. The mosque cannot be missed thanks to its beautiful pink exterior and as Kuching’s largest mosque, it is an important historical landmark. Rising high above the city’s skyline, the gilded Mughal-style domes are the mosque’s most distinctive trademark. It is believed to be the state’s oldest and first ever mosque: built as a memento to the first time Islam arrived in Sarawak. The building can accommodate up to 4,000 worshippers at a time.
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Daily: 06.00 – 20.30, except during prayers
Address: Kampung Masjid (Jalan Market), 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
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Sarawak Museum is the oldest museum in Kuching and exhibits rare taxidermy, as well as featuring an exhibit on the historic culture of headhunting. The museum was built in 1891 by Charles Brooke and survived through the Japanese Occupation in Malay (1941-1945) during World War II. The natural history collection housed in the museum is regarded as one of the finest in Southeast Asia, dating back to the dynastic English monarchy of the Brooke family (1841-1946). The ground floor is where you will find the taxidermy exhibits. On the first floor, you will find ethnographical artefacts of indigenous people, such as ceremonial masks from different tribal groups.
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 16.45, Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 16.00
Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching 93590, Malaysia
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Opened in 1993, the Chinese History Museum is just as historic as the exhibits, having been built back in 1912 when it was used as a court by the Chinese community. The museum portrays the interesting history of Sarawak’s diverse Chinese groups but more importantly, it educates the present generation of the struggles and values that were encountered and instilled by early pioneers. Visitors can learn about the origin of each Chinese dialect group, their traditional skills, cultural heritage and the progress they achieved throughout the years.
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 16.45, Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 16.00
Address: Kuching Waterfront, Kuching, Malaysia
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The Cat Museum is the world’s first museum devoted to all things feline. Visitors will find a fun selection of exhibits, photos, feline art and cat souvenirs. There’s over 4,000 of them to be precise. The museum can be found on the ground floor of the City Hall Building and is spread out over four galleries, covering an area of 1,035Sq.m.
Price: Admission is free. If you wish to take photographs, there is a 3MYR charge
Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 17.00
Address: Kuching North City Hall, 93050, Kuching
We had the best time in Kuching! We loved exploring the public art and cat monuments that dot this gorgeous city, eating fresh seafood at Top Spot hawker centre, riding in wooden sampans along the river and watching the golden sunset. Just outside of Kuching we spotted orangutans and proboscis monkeys in jungles and rainforests and met indigenous tribes. What a fabulous adventure!
By Evie, https://www.mumpacktravel.com/
Shopping in Kuching
Whether you want an all-day retail destination or an excitingly authentic market experience, Kuching has a selection of stores and malls to suit you. Here are just a few of the finest that are worth checking out during your trip.
Siniawan Night Market
The Siniawan Night Market has become a tourist attraction since it first opened in 2010. The market is known mostly for its delicacies, such as grilled fish, seafood, chicken chop and many more. Events can be found here from time to time, including modern and traditional musical shows, cultural performances and singing events. There is also a karaoke station where visitors are encouraged to get up and sing for the price of 1MYR.
Opening Hours: Friday – Sunday: 17.00 – 23.00
Address: Jalan Siniawan Bau, Kuching 93746, Malaysia
Kuching’s CityONE Megamall is the place to be if you want to shop until you drop. With all Malaysia’s big brands under one roof, this large shopping mall has every kind of shop you can imagine and more. The mall also features a cinema and arcade, so when you’re finished shopping, you can catch the latest movie or play some games with your friends.
Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00
Address: No. 1 Jalan Song, Kuching 93350, Malaysia
If you prefer to seek out the local handicrafts and unique souvenirs, try any of the below shops:
• Left And Right Artisan Handcraft – Lot 25 Lorong Kai Joo | 1st Floor, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
• John Tan Gallery – 62, Main Bazaar, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
• Borneo Artifact – 464 Jalan Stampin, Kuching 93350, Malaysia
• Unika Borneo Art & Artifacts – 5 Wayang Street, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
The biggest surprise of my trip to Sarawak was how enjoyable my stay was in Kuching. I came to Borneo for the jungles and the wildlife; I did not think I would find a city that I connected with in such a positive way. The ambiance was laid back, the people were friendly, the food was amazingly fresh and tasty and the city is the gateway to some world class trekking opportunities like Bako and Guning Gading National Park.
By Ted, https://travelingted.com/
- The name Kuching comes from the Malay word meaning “cat” and is often referred to by locals as Cat City.
- It is one of the cleanest cities in Malaysia. Alongside this, it’s also one of the most culturally diverse, offering a travel experience quite distinct from western Malaysia.
- It is the capital city of the state of Sarawak, which was given to the British adventurer James Brooks as his personal kingdom for his role in taking down a rebellion around two centuries ago.
Food in Kuching
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Kuching has no end of restaurants to try and with many different cuisines to choose from, you’ll be able to eat from a different area of the globe every night. Kuching has a huge array of local delicacies to try so be sure to hunt down the best places.
Bla Bla Bla
This is an innovative and stylish restaurant serving Chinese-inspired fusion dishes. The food ranges from traditional recipes to those a little more whacky and different. Specialties include Midin Salad (jungle fern), Mango Duck, Ostrich and Deer and Pandan Chicken. The portions are large and are designed to be shared.
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Monday: 18.00 – 23.30, Tuesday: Closed
Address: 27 Jln Tabuan | Jln Wayang Area, Kuching, Malaysia
James Brooke Bistro & Café
Dine in comfort and relax with the beautiful river views available at James Brooke Bistro & Café. The restaurant serves local flavours, such as Sarawak Laksa with dishes invented with unique flair, such as Borneo Laksa.
Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 22.30
Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
Stay by the Kuching riverfront – it’s gorgeous! We loved the Hilton Kuching and walking by the river every evening. Make sure you visit the Cat Museum. It’s kitschy in a fabulous way and worth the track. Also hunt down the cat statues scattered throughout the city.
By Sharon, https://travelingted.com/
Indulge in this lovely Italian restaurant, which is packed full of antiques in three 1920s shop houses. This is one of the most fashionable restaurants to be seen in and luckily, the food matches the déco.. The menu exceptional, featuring tasty pasta and pizza dishes that are generous sizes and reasonably priced.
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Monday: 18.00 – 01.00, Tuesday: Closed
Address: No 80 82 & 84 Wayang Street, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
This modest little eatery may not look like much but you can find dishes here that are difficult to find anywhere else in Kuching. In addition to these rare dishes, they also serve Chinese and Western cuisine. To indulge in something a little different, try the Pansoh Chicken, Sarawak Laksa and the Umai.
Opening Hours: Daily: 08.00 – 18.00
Address:13 Wayang Street, Kuching, Malaysia
My Little Kitchen
This is a family run business serving an ever-rotating menu of foods from around the world. Their signature dish is Swedish meatballs with mash and gravy, which is only served at the weekends. During the week, visitors can enjoy a range of roasted meats, wraps and salads. Even the bread is homemade and locally sourced.
Opening Hours: Daily: 12.00 – 22.30
Address: 56 Upper | D’tea Pavilion Friendship Park, Kuching 93350, Malaysia
Chong Choon Café
Chong Choon Café may not offer much in the way of décor, but what it lacks in style, it certainly make up for in taste. This unassuming café uses helicopter fans to keep their customers cool as they enjoy what could arguably be Kuching’s best Sarawak Laksa.
Opening Hours: Daily: 06.30 – 12.30
Address: Jalan Abell, Kuching 93100, Malaysia
Make sure you pay a visit here for the best pizza in Kuching. Balkanico serve the most delectable thin crust pizza in all the traditional flavours. The corner shop can be found by Big Bottle and serves cheap food along with cheap beers to accompany your delicious Italian bites.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 17.00 – 22.00, Sunday: 17.00 – 00.00
Address: Jalan Abell, Kuching 93100, Malaysia
Kuching may have lost its rural roots where flora and fauna was stripped back for layers of imperialist rule and pockets of modern urbanisation, but with a little digging you can see find its beauty – most notably in the old town. Aged streets still hold the stories of generations in its communities of ramshackle houses, traditional restaurants and in the city’s oldest street – the Main Bazaar. Here, you will find row upon row of Chinese stores, private stalls selling everything from trinkets to treats, including the local multi-coloured sugar-sweet indulgence, the Kek Lapis cake. Adjacent to the Main Bazaar is India Street and the most famous Carpenter Street. Here tradesman of generations and the masterminds of antiques, coffee, tin, gold and furniture swap skills and await new business. This is Kuching at its best and most local. Kuching doesn’t let tradition disappear, even when Borneo is inevitably changing.
By Becki, https://www.bordersofadventure.com/
Nightlife in Kuching
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Kuching is home to some of the most fashionable and trendy bars where fancy cocktails are the order of the day. Whether you like relaxing in a pub, a cocktail bar or singing your heart out in a karaoke bar, there’s something for everyone.
Monkee Bar is not only a fantastic place to enjoy a nice cold drink, but 50% of the profits they make goes to the Orangutan Project. The Orangutan Project is a wildlife conservation NGO that works at Matang Wildlife Centre. So if drinking and helping the local orangutans isn’t enough to entice you, the prices might. The drinks here are the cheapest in town and you can often find the volunteers from the conservation enjoying a drink here after a long day.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 16.00 – 01.30, Saturday – Sunday: 16.00 – 02.00
Address: 12 Padungan Road | Japan Song Thian Cheok, Kuching 93100, Malaysia
Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar
Looking for a great little smoke free hangout to enjoy a cold drink with your friends? Well, this might just be the place for you. Alongside a range of German beers, wine and spirits, the bar also serves a selection of food. However, the staff are more than happy for their customers to order food from the surrounding eateries to enjoy in the bar with their drinks.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Daily: 14.00 – 02.00
Address: 68 Carpenter Street, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
The Walk Star Bistro
This is a stylish bar that can often be found full of travellers and expats enjoying a beer or two. They offer nibbles for the customers to tuck into, such as fried anchovies. These make the perfect light snack to enjoy with your drinks.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Daily: 16.00 – 01.00
Address: 22 Carpenter Street, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
Versus Nite Bar & Karaoke
You can’t beat a bar where you can relax and play darts or cards as you enjoy a few drinks. Versus Nite Bar & Karaoke is just that. Plus, once you are feeling brave enough, you can don the stage to sing your heart out on the top of the range karaoke system.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 17.00 – 02.30, Sunday: 18.00 – 02.30
Address: 383, Ground Floor, Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching 93450, Malaysia
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- Experience the surrounding sites: There are destinations away from Kuching that can make fun day trips if you’re willing to travel about an hour or so. One excellent destination worth checking out is Bako National Park, which can be reached by a boat ride along the Santubong river: an experience in itself. Other examples include the Semenggoh Wilflife Centre and Siniawan Old Town.
- Travel by foot: Kuching is a small holiday destination. If you don’t mind the exercise, you can reach plenty of attractions by foot alone. This will also save you money in travel expenses, so you can splash out on other treats.
- Read up on Kuching’s past: Before arriving, it is worth learning some of the history behind this incredible city. Kuching has a particularly interesting past, as does Sarawak in general. Read up a little on the area and you may find it makes your travels a little more interesting.
- Dress appropriately for the weather: If you’re arriving between March to October, you’ll want to dress for the heat. You’ll also want to plan accordingly if you’re visiting in monsoon season, which takes place between November and February.
Hotels in Kuching
Finding the right hotel in Kuching is easy, as there are many fantastic ones to choose from in the city centre, making it easy for you to get around the area. Whether you are looking for luxury or something on the lower end of the budget, Kuching has some beautiful hotels with amenities to make you feel right at home.
Luxury Hotels in Kuching
Hilton Kuching is a family friendly hotel in the city centre of Kuching with no less than five restaurants on their site, making your evening meal easy to find. The hotel is situated just steps away from Tua Pek Kong temple and the Chinese History Museum is within a 10-minute walk when you are ready to see the sights. Along with their impressive number of restaurants, the hotel also offers their guests an outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness centre for those who like to stay in shape. The hotel’s bar/lounge and café are perfect for enjoying a drink during your stay. Each room includes free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, LCD TVs, free bottled water, free toiletries and a minibar to indulge with a nightcap in your room.
Citadines Uplands Kuching is located in Kuching city centre and is ideal for those wanting to see the many sites. If you want to hit the shops, then you may wish to take advantage of the hotel’s shuttle bus to the shopping area. Stay in shape at the onsite fitness centre and outdoor pool, where you will find a separate children’s pool. Other amenities include dry cleaning, concierge service, free Wi-Fi and free self-parking. Each room is air-conditioned and includes drink making facilities, a TV and DVD player, free toiletries and daily housekeeping.
Pullman Kuching is located in Kuching city centre and is within a 10-minute walk of the Chinese History Museum and Tua Pek Kong Temple. The hotel is perfect for those wanting to relax, as there is a full service spa, an outdoor swimming pool and a choice of two restaurants when you don’t feel like venturing out to eat. Their health club provides a gym if you want to work up a sweat and there are two bars to enjoy: one of which is located by the pool. The hotel provides free W-Fi, 24-hour room service and satellite TV. Each room also includes a minibar, free newspapers and the opportunity to have a massage in your room.
Prices range from 284-447MYR per night on average. Prices are subject to change. X=Check our website for full details.
Mid-Range Hotels in Kuching
The Ranee Boutique Suites is located in Kuching city centre and is in the perfect location for those wishing to see the sights. Within a 10-minute walk, you will find the Chinese History Museum and Tua Pek Kong Temple and just a 15-minute walk away is the Sarawak Museum and Kuching City Mosque. The smoke-free hotel has everything you need for a relaxing stay. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant, have a drink in the bar or a coffee in the onsite café. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs in all rooms, along with bathrobes and slippers, free bottled water and toiletries, air-conditioning and a minibar.
The Waterfront Hotel is another city centre hotel within easy reach of sights, such as Sarawak Museum, Chinese History Museum, Kuching City Mosque and Tua Pek Kong Temple. The smoke free hotel boasts a fitness centre and indoor pool where guests can stay in shape or cool off during their stay. Enjoy a coffee in the hotel café and take advantage of the free self-parking, along with free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Each room is air-conditioned and includes extras, such as free toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and free bottled water.
Memoire Hornbill Hotel is a great hotel for guests who like a little nightlife excitement. The hotel has two fantastic restaurants to enjoy your evening meal before heading to the hotel’s nightclub to sip a few cocktails and partake in a bit of dancing. The hotel is smoke free and offers free Wi-Fi and a concierge service for their guests. Each room includes drink making facilities, TVs, free newspapers, free bottled water and air-conditioning.
The Lime Tree Hotel is in Kuching city centre and is just a 15-minute walk from the Chinese History Museum. The hotel provides a free buffet breakfast to set you up for the day and has a restaurant where you can enjoy your evening meal after a long day out. Refreshments can be bought from the hotel bar or café to relax on your trip. Each room includes free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, free toiletries, slippers, TVs and coffee makers.
Prices range from 105-259MYR per night on average. Prices are subject to change. Check our website for full details.
Budget Hotels in Kuching
Kuching Waterfront Lodge is a city centre hotel offering free parking for guests. Within a 10-minute walk, you will find sights such as the Chinese History Museum, Tua Pek Kong Temple and the Sarawak Museum. The hotel provides their guests with a laundry service, tickets and tours assistance and has a 24-hour front desk. Each room includes free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, free bottled water and free toiletries.
Singgahsana Lodge is located in Kuching city centre and is just steps away from the Chinese History Museum and Tua Pek Kong Temple. The cosy hotel offers their guests a dry cleaning service and laundry facilities, along with a 24-hour front desk and a computer station. Airport transportation is available and there is also an area where guests can relax and enjoy a game of pool, billiards or a few arcade games with a drink from the bar. Each room includes free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and free toiletries.
John’s Place is also located in Kuching city centre and is only a short walk from the Chinese History Museum and Tua Pek Kong Temple. The smoke free hotel has their own restaurant where guests can enjoy their evening meal. Tickets and tours assistance is available for those wanting to see the sights and a dry cleaning and laundry service is also available. Each room includes free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, free toiletries, drink making facilities and a TV.
Prices range from 30-99MYR per night on average. Prices are subject to change. Check our website for full details.
To find out about other hotels on offer in Kuching, our Hotel Finder can help you discover your ideal accommodation.
Getting Around Kuching
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Driving in Kuching is one of the best options but can demand some skill, as cyclists and pedestrians assume they have the right of way. Aside from this, apart from at rush hour, the roads aren’t bad in terms of congestion. Car rentals are available from Kuching International Airport should you wish to hire one on arrival.
Taxis in Kuching are also another reasonable option but be sure to avoid haggling for a price or entering an unmetered car as you may be overcharged. Ensure the meter is switched on as soon as you enter the car and giving the correct change is always advisable.
There are a number of shuttle vans with the words ‘Bas Persiaran’ painted along the side. These will take you around the city or to a requested destination. Daily rates are charged, if you wish to use these as a taxi service, at the cost of 280MYR for the hours 08.00-18.00. After this time, an extra charge will be incurred.
Public transport can be unreliable in Kuching and the buses are often in poor condition and do not have air-conditioning.
Best Time to Visit Kuching
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The time of year you visit Kuching is entirely your choice based on your preference. If you want to avoid the wettest months, then it is best to avoid November-January: unless of course you don’t mind a little rain.
Apart from these months, Kuching’s weather remains pretty consistent for the rest of the year, averaging between 27-30°C. If you want to make sure you visit at the driest times, then April-September is the best time for your trip. By October, the rain begins to increase, especially in the coastal areas of Damai Beach and Bako National Park but further south, in Batang Ao and Gunung Mulu National Park, things stay a little drier for longer.
July sees an increase in visitors due to the Harvest Festival and Sarawak’s Rainforest Music Festival, so if you are planning to visit in July, be sure to book early.
Flights to Kuching
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When flying into Kuching, you will arrive in the Kuching International Airport. This airport serves Sarawak’s entire southwest region and is conveniently located just 11km away from Kuching city centre. This makes it easy enough to travel onto your destination after arrival via hired car or taxi.
Kuching International Airport is well connected to Malaysia’s major airports. There are three airlines that offer direct flights between Kuala Lumpur Airport and Kuching, with around 166 journeys taking place each week. The 610-mile journey between the two airports takes an average flight time of just 1 hour and 35 minutes to complete.
If Kuching has sparked your interest and you would like to take a look at the flights we offer, our flight finder can help you find the best deals to Kuching National Airport.