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Kuching (Malaysia)

Practical information on Kuching

  • Encounters with locals
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Park and garden
  • River
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Place or Historical Monument
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
1 hour and 45 minutes flight from Kuala Lumpur
When to go
From March to June
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Kuching

Lorette Vinet Seasoned Traveller
59 written opinions

Kuching is the capital of Sarawak state. It's often the town where travellers arrive in Borneo. It has lot of things to see and is a good place to start.

My suggestion:
Most visitors arrive in Borneo in Kuching and then travel from west to east. You could try being different and finish up there. It's a nice town to stroll around and take your time in before you go home from your trip to Malaysia.
My review

It was Chinese New Year and it was very lively, obviously. As well as the usual town visit - the cats (the town's symbol), the orchid garden, the river front - I also experienced the dragons, fireworks and drums of the new year. Noisy, but different, and spent with a family that wanted to share their traditions with me. Really great!

If you don't have the same luck as me, you can walk along the Sarawak river to go and see the strange pink mosque, and on the other side of the river you can't fail to see the blot on the landscape that is the Sarawak State Assembly building.

Kuching is also the departure point for visiting Bako National Park and the orang-utan rehabilitation centre in Semonggok, south of the town. Altogether, it's worth staying for a bit.

Joanna Pallud Seasoned Traveller
14 written opinions

Kuching or Cat Town.

My suggestion:
Bear in mind restaurants close early in the evening. So make sure you arrive in time!
My review

During my trip to Malaysia, I spent several days in Kuching. You can easily explore the town by foot. Crossed by the Sarawak River, you can reach the opposite banks by hopping on little fishing boats. 

Kuching, as with all Malaysian towns, has a varied cuisine and local specialities such as the multi-coloured lapis cake and kolo mee (pork noodles), which you can buy in the town's food courts.

The town's also a great departure point for trips to nearby parks and reserves, including the Semenggoh Sarawak Natural Reserve, the Bako National Park and various longhouses.

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