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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.
Accommodation in Kuching
You won't have any problems finding your ideal accommodation in Kuching. Expedia's hotels page features 65 Kuching hotels to cater for all types of travelers.
Those keen on booking hotels and apartments at the upper-end of the scale won't be disappointed, Kuching offers a selection of high-end hotels, such as the Hilton Kuching, at 1 Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, and the Damai Beach Resort, at Teluk Bandung. The Ranee Boutique Suites and the Pullman Kuching come recommended also.
Located in the center of Kuching, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sarawak Museum, Chinese History Museum, and Sarawak Islamic Museum. Hills Shopping Mall is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.
Located in Kuching City Centre, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Chinese History Museum and Tua Pek Kong. Sarawak Museum and Hills Shopping Mall are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Kuching City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kuching City Mosque, Museum Garden, and Sarawak Islamic Museum. Kuching Civic Centre and Sarawak Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This family-friendly Kuching hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center, Hills Shopping Mall, and Chinese History Museum. South City Park and Sarawak Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Kuching City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hills Shopping Mall and Tun Jugah Shopping Center. Tua Pek Kong and Chinese History Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Kuching, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Boulevard Shopping Mall, Kuching Boulevard Shopping Complex, and City One Shopping Mall. Friendship Park and The Spring are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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 Friendship Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Kuching hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Sarawak State Library, Cat Museum, and Masjid Jamek. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak Stadium are also within 20 mi (32 km).