Kuching

Travel Guide
Kuching which includes boating, city views and a bay or harbour
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.

Where to stay in Kuching

Imperial Hotel Kuching
Imperial Hotel Kuching
4 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli, Kuching, Sarawak, 93250
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$59 per night from 16 Jul. to 17 Jul.
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! (582 reviews)
"Excellent buffer breakfast 😋"

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2022

Imperial Hotel Kuching
Pullman Kuching
Pullman Kuching
4.5 out of 5
1a Jalan Mathies, Kuching, Sarawak, 93100
The price is AU$76 per night from 20 Jul. to 21 Jul.
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! (907 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
Hilton Kuching
Hilton Kuching
5 out of 5
1 Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak, 93100
The price is AU$106 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (577 reviews)
Great location... A little faded
"5D4N at Hilton Kuching from Johor. The location is superb right by the river at one end of the waterfront, breakfast was pretty decent with a reasonable amount of choice and friendly service. Our rooms (12th floor) were spacious and included a sitting room which was a real bonus. The rooms were generally ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2022

Hilton Kuching
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 AU$47 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
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 AU$63 per night from 14 Jul. to 15 Jul.
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! (390 reviews)
"Like the surrounding quite and nearby to Spring Shopping mall"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2022

Citadines Uplands Kuching
OYO 90203 Emma Sukma Homestay
OYO 90203 Emma Sukma Homestay
2 out of 5
850, Lorong Juara 3E, Kuching, Kuching, Sarawak, 93050
The price is AU$68 per night from 30 Jun. to 1 Jul.
Stay at this apartment in Kuching. Enjoy free WiFi, an LCD TV and 3 bathrooms. Popular attractions Sarawak Timber Museum and Cat Museum are located nearby. Discover ...
OYO 90203 Emma Sukma Homestay
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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