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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
Pullman Kuching
Pullman Kuching
4.5 out of 5
1a Jalan Mathies, Kuching, Sarawak
NT$1,798
per night
Mar 30 - Mar 31

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! (877 reviews)

"Pleasant overnight stay"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/2

Pullman Kuching
Hilton Kuching
Hilton Kuching
4 out of 5
1 Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
NT$1,972
per night
Apr 1 - Apr 2

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

4.1/5Very Good! (551 reviews)
Lovely hotel but wouldn't stay again

"We really loved this hotel. It was wonderful. The staff were fantastic, the rooms were very nice, the location was really close to the town, the pool was awesome! But, there was a lot of noise everywhere. On our first night we were not facing the river and the bar opposite was playing music until ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/16

Hilton Kuching
Imperial Hotel Kuching
Imperial Hotel Kuching
4 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli, Kuching, Sarawak

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (553 reviews)

"Price & location"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/13

Imperial Hotel Kuching

Popular things to do in Kuching

Bako National Park
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Bako National Park

5/5(5 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.

Damai Beach
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Damai Beach

4/5(3 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Damai Beach, a popular beach in Kuching. Wander the riverfront in this culturally-rich area.

Kuching Waterfront
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Kuching Waterfront

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Kuching Waterfront is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Kampung Lintang. Stroll along the riverfront in this culturally-rich area, or seek out the local tours.

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 14, 2019

It is a small but friendly city. The river front has a lot to offer. Food is average. Shopping centres are quiet and not much to offer.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 1, 2019

A manageable size city. Needs to get a decent postcard.

5/5 - Excellent

Ted

May 7, 2019

Kuching has excellent food and culture that is unique in the world, especially Bario Highlands food and Sarawak Laksa!

4/5 - Good

Junior

Apr 28, 2019

Kuching was a real suprise, it was much better, cleaner then i was expecting. Worth coming back, we also viaited the Sarawalk cultural village, it was very nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 27, 2018

It’s a very nice city, not too much traffic, lots of food to eat + fun to walk around.

4/5 - Good

Patrick

Dec 19, 2018

Friendly town with great food to taste... good for relaxing

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