Introduction to Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo
Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. A city that balances modernity and development surrounded by a quiet and amusing old-world charm. Like most towns and cities in Borneo, the focal point of Kuching and the reason for its existence is the river. Taking a cruise up and down the Sarawak River is one of the best ways to get your first impression of Kuching. From the Kuching river, you will get to see picturesque Malay villages, a golden-domed mosque, a Victorian fort, a whole street of 19th-century Chinese shophouses and an imposing wooden-roofed palace, all set against a background of distant mountains.
Kuching is also a place teeming with nature’s blessings, from Mount Santubong to Bako National Park.
For foodies, Kuching is renowned for its delicious and highly affordable gastronomic delights. Must-eats include the iconic Sarawak kolo mee, Kuching laksa, and the vibrant kek lapis Sarawak (Sarawak layer cake).
There are many tours available from Kuching. To mention some:
- Semenggoh Orangutan Wildlife Centre
- Bako National Park
- City Tour
- Cycling Tour
- Traditional Long House
- River Wildlife Cruise
Most hotels in Kuching are located near the river, which has a great atmosphere at night.
- Ranee Boutique Suites
- The Waterfront
- Riverside Majestic
- Grand Margherita
- The Village (45 min from the city centre)