Kuching is one of only a few cosmopolitan cities on the island of Borneo. It’s the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak and offers tourists access to Borneo’s jungles without forcing them to sacrifice amenities and service offered by comfortable hotels in Kuching.
This is the most popular place for tourists to come together in Sarawak, and there are several notable attractions in the city. Fort Margherita was built in the late 19th century and offers pleasing views over the Sarawak River. Other highlights include the Sarawak Museum and the temples of Hong San, Sang Ti Miao and Tua Pek Kong.
Shoppers in Kuching can peruse fresh produce and locally made handicrafts at the weekend market, or they can head to the modern shopping centers of Boulevard Mall, Sarawak Plaza and The Spring. There are also souvenirs stands and gift shops in the shophouses of the Main Bazaar or on Jalan India.
Kuching has plenty of big-city atmosphere, but it’s still compact enough to see on foot. The Kuching Waterfront has been recently redeveloped and is a lovely place for a morning or evening stroll. The best four- and five-star hotels in Kuching are located here on the riverside, and the best rooms enjoy views of the Bungo Mountains.
Kuching is also known as Cat City. There are cat statues all over the city and one popular attraction there is the cat museum full of feline memorabilia.