Kuching

Travel Guide
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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 centre.

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 jewellery.

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.

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Where to stay in Kuching

Imperial Hotel Kuching
Imperial Hotel Kuching
4 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli, Kuching, Sarawak, 93250
The price is S$59 per night from 12 Sep to 13 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (588 reviews)
Comfortable Room
"The hotel is conveniently located next to a shopping mall which is nice, but unfortunately, the there's nothing much in the shopping mall to grab anyone's attention. Bed was comfortable, and bathroom was big and had a good layout."

Reviewed on 8 Aug,2022

Imperial Hotel Kuching
Pullman Kuching
Pullman Kuching
4.5 out of 5
1a Jalan Mathies, Kuching, Sarawak, 93100
The price is S$74 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the property condition ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (919 reviews)
"For the price it was good value. Disappointed that Executive Lounge only open for breakfast and evening cocktails. Hotel needs some renovations especially cleaning of bedroom windows which were extremely dirty outside"

Reviewed on 22 Jun,2022

Pullman Kuching
The Waterfront Hotel
The Waterfront Hotel
4 out of 5
68, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching, Sarawak, 93000
The price is S$88 per night from 5 Sep to 6 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (429 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 12 Jul,2022

The Waterfront Hotel
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.
JinHold Service Apartment
JinHold Service Apartment
3 out of 5
Lot 15958, Block 11 M.T.L.D.,Jalan Song, Kuching, sarawak, 93350
The price is S$46 per night from 18 Aug to 19 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the ...
3.6/5 Good! (56 reviews)
"Clean room, but would like to suggest on the amenities like tooth brush/paste, shower cap be provided. Staff are all friendly & helpful."

Reviewed on 2 May,2019

JinHold Service Apartment
Citadines Uplands Kuching
Citadines Uplands Kuching
4 out of 5
No. 55 Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak, 93350
The price is S$70 per night from 30 Aug to 31 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free shopping centre shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (396 reviews)
"The one-bedroom apartment is clean and cozy. Every morning at around 7.15am, someone will ring the doorbell repeatedly to deliver a packet of local breakfast. If you do not want to be disturbed, you have to place 'do not disturb' sign on the door before you go to bed. The Spring shopping mall is ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jul,2022

Citadines Uplands Kuching
Wesberly Apartments
Wesberly Apartments
3 out of 5
Lot 2812, Block 195, Rubber Road West, Kuching, 93400
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 reviews)
"Big space, nice bedroom , good interior, and has all the necessary needs for a family stay. However the coffee table at the living area needs attention as the edges are sharp and at safety risk."

Reviewed on 28 Oct,2019

Wesberly Apartments
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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