Kuching – Gateway to Sarawak
The capital city of Sarawak and the international gateway for visitors to Sarawak and Borneo, Kuching is a vibrant, modern metropolis and is a highlight of any visit to Malaysia — whether you’re just passing through, on your way to an eco-tourism adventure or are looking for a vacation destination that’s exciting and different.
The Lonely Planet Guide rates Kuching as a top destination because of its “day trip proximity to a dozen first-rate nature sites”, and TripAdvisor offers up thousands of reviews of the top attractions in Kuching and surrounding regions.
Top Kuching Sights – If you’re passing through the city
- Satok Weekend Market: At the top of your list should be the Jalan Satok Weekend Market. This bustling, outdoor market is a slice of Malaysian life, and you’ll delight in the cornucopia of fresh vegetables, fruit and the heady scents of the aromatic spices on offer.
- Cat Statues and Museum: You won’t go far in Kuching without seeing statues of cats. Nicknamed the City of Cats, the name Kuching means ‘cat’, and you’ll find the well-known ‘Fountain of Cats’ just outside of the Hotel Grand Margherita Kuching. Keep a look out for the ‘Cat Column’ and the ‘Great Cat of Kuching’ on Jln Padungan in the centre of the city.
- The Sarawak Textile Museum makes for an interesting morning, and a visit to the Hong San Si Chinese Temple is also very worthwhile. It’s considered Kuching’s premier Chinese temple and dates back to the 1840s.
If you’re looking for restaurants to experience the culinary delights of Malaysia, you’ve got a few choices. If you have time, The Dyak is a wonderful choice, and regularly grabs a spot on the ‘Best of… Lists’ around the world. It is more than a restaurant, it’s a celebration of traditional home-cooking, Malaysian style, and is a feast for the senses. Have a look at this video on the restaurant.
Kuching has so much to offer the traveler. It’s a world of flavour, style, tradition and modern conveniences and truly is the gateway to the magnificent sights and adventures of Sarawak.