Things To Do In Kuching, Malaysia
Kuching is one of the most popular destinations in Malaysia. You will find an excellent selection of hotels, plenty of dining opportunities and will get to enjoy the city’s laid-back atmosphere.
You cannot go to Kuching without seeing the city’s historic waterfront. The best way to enjoy this area is to go for a walk along the waterfront during the evening. There is a pedestrian promenade along the Sarawak River where you can see kampongs, the White Rajah’s palace and Fort Margherita, one of the remnants of the city’s colonial past. These landmarks create a vivid contrast next to the city’s modern parliament building with its golden architecture that resembles a spaceship. You can go on a river cruise or simply ride on one of the sampan ferries for only M$1 or less than 20p.
The Sarawak Museum is also worth seeing. The Museum opened in 1891 and has an amazing collection of Malaysian flora and fauna. You will learn about the Borneo rainforest and its indigenous tribes. Note that the museum hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1891.
Explore Diverse Dining Options
Kuching is a popular destination among foodies and your trip to the Borneo capital is the perfect opportunity to discover Malaysian street food. You can get large portions for less than a pound. Chinatown’s Seng Kee is an excellent choice. The main dish costs around 90p and you will find this establishment at 37 Carpenter Street. The menu includes fishball soup, Sarawak laksa, a traditional dish of braised pork ribs and intestines known as kueh chap, pork satay and Chinese rice porridge served with eggs and vegetables.
Bla Bla Bla on 27 Tabuan Street is a well-known address for Asian fusion cuisine, and the main dish should only cost £7. If you are in the mood for pasta or pizza, try Junk at 80 Wayang Street. The main dish only costs £4 and chef George Ling’s collection of antiques really creates a unique atmosphere.
Coffee Shops And Bars
The James Brooke Bistro at 7 Tunku Adbul Raman Street is one of the best spots to enjoy a breathtaking view of the river. You can go there for afternoon tea or in the evening to enjoy some cocktails. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the white rajah’s era.
The Black Bean Coffee at 87 Ewe Hai Street is a popular coffee shop among locals. The beans come from nearby Sarawak plantations and you are going to love the freshly roasted coffee.
The Drunk Monkey on 68 Carpenter Street in Chinatown is a popular spot for happy hour, which lasts past midnight.
Things To Do In Kuching, Malaysia
The Mobkeebar at 12 Song Thian Cheok Street is another popular spot for drinks. This bar is operated by an NGO and a third of the profits go towards an orang-utan conservation project.
If you are looking for live music, the Canteen at 7 Tuan Haji Openg Street usually has a reggae or heavy metal band on weekends.
Choose A Comfortable Hotel
You will find several five-star hotels with modern amenities in Kuching. However, the Ranee is an interesting alternative if you prefer a smaller romantic boutique hotel. Rates start at £53 for doubles, and this hotel has a unique atmosphere since it is built inside of an old Chinese shophouse and is decorated with antiques and crafts. The Waterfront Lodge is located next door and rates start at £21 for doubles. You are going to love the interior courtyard if you opt for the Waterfront Lodge. If you want a budget option, try the Singgashsana Lodge. You can book a dorm bed for only £6.50 on singgahsana.com. This place has a great rooftop bar with occasional live music and some pool tables. The DIY Dorm is another great option in Chinatown. This place has a very hip atmosphere, dorm beds only cost £4.60, and its Wrong Place cafe is a popular hangout spot.
Wildlife of Kuching And Further Afield
Traveling to Kuching is an opportunity to see orang-utans in their natural habitat. You can visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Center for £24 to see how these primates are being rehabilitated. There are 26 orang-utans who are free to roam in their habitat. Note that the purpose of this place is to protect an endangered species and not to put the primates on display. You will be able to see the orang-utans from a platform during one of their two daily feedings.
If you feel adventurous and want to travel further afield, a short flight of 4 hours can take you to Turtle Island Borneo. Turtle Island Park lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea and consists of three islands – Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. Turtle Island Park is famous for its green turtles and hawksbill turtles which lay their eggs on the beaches of the islands.