Situated on the Sarawak River at the southwest tip of the state of Sarawak; Kuching, officially the City of Kuching is the capital and the most populous city of Sarawak.
Trivia : Kuching is the only city in Malaysia to be administered by two mayors, divided into Kuching North and Kuching South.
Serves as the getaway to Sarawak, the capital city have a lot to offer ranging from the local delicacies, history, culture and also nature. One thing for sure, the city’s architectural heritage of Brooke era buildings and the 19th Century Chinese shophouses are well preserved. One of the examples is the buildings along Kuching Waterfront.
Key Attractions Within Walking Distance
One thing that summarizes Kuching is everything is in a walking distance (if you prefer to walk) because most of the historical building is quite close to each other and compact with key attractions within walking distance from hotels and guest houses.
Traveller Tips : Choose your accommodation along or nearby Kuching Waterfront
With that being said, these are 10 most recommend attraction or things to do in Kuching across travel platform and website (Lonely planet, Trip Advisor, Yelp etc).
#1. Kuching Waterfront
The Kuching Waterfront is an esplanade incorporating numbers of historic buildings, walkways, landscaped gardens, food stalls and more.
While you are here, make sure you cross the Darul Hana Bridge or just watch the musical fountain and light show which will take place at 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm daily.
#2. Learn Fascinating History and The White Rajahs
Kuching has excellent museums and galleries where you may learn more about the fascinating history of the city as well as the country.
Located nearby the Kuching Waterfront is the Ranee Museum that located in the Court House Complex. Managed by the Brooke Trust, the museums feature the collection of artefacts and the history of The White Rajah, to complete the journey, you can proceed to the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita.
On top of that, there are several museums and gallery in Kuching; these include the Islamic Museum, Textile Museum, Chinese Museum as well as the Cat Museum that located across the river in Petra Jaya.
#3. Main Bazaar and The Carpenter Street
Stroll around the Kuching old Chinatown that consists of Main Bazaar, streets and lanes behind such as Carpenter Street and Ewe Hai Street.
Most of the shop on the Main Bazaar sell handicrafts and souvenirs while the back lanes of the shops are more diverse. You will come across a few traditional businesses such as carpenters, Chinese Medicine counters, food stalls and more.
Not to forget, there are also a number of temples in the area, including the most famous Tua Pek Kong and Hong San Si temples.
#4. Bidayuh Village / Longhouse
A trip to Sarawak won’t be completed without visiting a longhouse. Normally, traveller tends to head to the Iban longhouse in Batang Ai, but there are few longhouse options closer to Kuching too.
One of the many tribes of Sarawak, The Bidayuh mostly live in the wider area of Kuching.
There are only a handful of longhouses remaining, one of the prominent one is the Annah Rais Longhouse which located quite close to Semenggoh.
Other option, you can also visit the Mongkos Longhouse that’s located 2 hour drive from Kuching or visit the Peraya Homestay and immerse yourself in the Bidayuh Culture.
#5. Nature and Wildlife
Apart from the historical side and the scrumptious local delicacies, Kuching offers the best wildlife and nature experience and without doubt, Bako National Park offers the best experience as it offers an excellent introduction to the Borneo rainforest and its wildlife.
You can opt for short walk through the forest or take the extended jungle hiking experience. Aproximately one hour journey by road and boat, there are significant population of proboscis monkey.
If that is not enough, you can visit the Semenggoh Nature Reserve as it is also one of the top recommended destination in Kuching.
45 minutes from Kuching itself, the Semenggoh Nature Reserve offers a good opportunity to see the semi-wild orangutans in a natural setting. The orangutan rehab centre teaches rescued orangutan to survive in the wild.
There are over 20 orangutans live within the reserve and they often come down to the feeding platform for their meals daily at 9 am and 3 pm.
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