Borneo’s prettiest and most historic city, Kuching is the ideal place to start an island adventure with plenty to explore within the city and in the surrounding countryside.
The waterfront esplanade lined with restaurants and shops is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon or evening, while the Civic Centre is ideal for those who would like to be impressed by sweeping panoramic views across the city. Lively markets, food hawker stalls and the colourful shop fronts will satisfy those hoping to get under the skin of Kuching, while the imposing Sarawak Museum gives insight on the cities rich and diverse culture and history.
Embark on a city tour and stroll through Kuching’s Chinatown, passing through Old Kuching and the heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, or experience the city in a more stimulating manner: on a river cruise. Glide past the colourful Malay villages, the elegant city mosque and Kuching Waterfront as you witness the brightly-painted tambangs ferrying passengers, villagers going about their daily activities and fishing vessels plying the waters.
Outside of the city limits, the region is highly biodiverse; a trip out to the Bako National Park will allow you to view a variety of distinct rainforest ecosystems, home to macaque proboscis monkeys, wild boar, flying squirrels and monitor lizards to name a few of the many animal species making this region a worthwhile visit.
When to go
The best time to visit Kuching is between March and November. The monsoon season runs from November to February.
What to do
- Kuching gives a great overview of Borneo; visit national parks with a wealth of wildlife, meet the orang-utans, learn about the country’s traditional and culture as well as its colourful past.