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Kuching
Travel Guide

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.

Kuching Travel Guide Video

Damai Beach Resort
Damai Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Teluk Bandung, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is NZ$96 per night from 15 Mar. to 16 Mar.

Nestled on the beach, this Kuching resort is just steps away from Teluk Bandung and Damai Beach. Teluk Penyuk and Mount Santubong are also within 3 miles (5 ...

3.8/5Good! (434 reviews)

"Room was okay. Neat and comfortable. Air-conditioning was cold and alright. A bit sandy inside the rooms and on the bed sheets but understandable as this is a beach resort. Checking in was quick and efficient. Checking out a bit messy because there's nobody to check who was queing up first at the ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2020

Damai Beach Resort
Citadines Uplands Kuching
Citadines Uplands Kuching
4 out of 5
No. 55 Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is NZ$55 per night from 14 Mar. to 15 Mar.

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! (375 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
Roxy Hotel Padungan
Roxy Hotel Padungan
3 out of 5
256 Jalan Padungan, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is NZ$39 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.

Situated in Kuching, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of South City Park and Kuching Waterfront. The Spring and Vivacity Megamall are also within 3 miles (5 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)

"The rooms are clean and staff are friendly.The hotel is perfectly located at the city centre."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

Roxy Hotel Padungan
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Citadines Uplands Kuching
Citadines Uplands Kuching
4 out of 5
No. 55 Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is NZ$55 per night from 14 Mar. to 15 Mar.

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! (375 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
Luco Apartments Viva City Megamall
Luco Apartments Viva City Megamall
3 out of 5
Q112B, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is NZ$57 per night from 23 Mar. to 24 Mar.

This family-friendly Kuching apartment building is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Friendship Park, Vivacity Megamall and The Spring. Sultan ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"The facility was great. But im really disappointed with the apps."…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec. 2019

Luco Apartments Viva City Megamall
Regatta Suites
Regatta Suites
3 out of 5
Unit 31, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kozi Square, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is NZ$54 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

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
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.

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30 Dec. 2019

Friendly locals definitely the highlight. Diverse culture, flora and fauna very impressive.

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19 Aug. 2019

Great food and a good mix of cuisine available. People are very friendly.

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15 Jul. 2019

We were surprised by how relaxed Kuching is compared to other Asian cities we have been. No hustle bustle, no hawkers and lots of smiles. Lovely place with interesting history.

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7 Jun. 2019

Must go on River Cruise.

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19 May 2019

Went to Semengoh wildlife reserve to see the orangutan. Was good. Make sure you are there for 9am as ranger gives briefing. Take a grab car there and possibly bus back. If you are a group grab car very economical. Want to say more but no more space

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