Kuching Travel Guide

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Kuching Local History

Situated on the island of Borneo,Kuching - meaning "cat" in Malay- has been described as a magnificient sprawling garden city with the reputation as the most attractive city in Southeast Asia. She has a history of swashbuckling pirates and exotic Indian and Chinese tradings centuries before Europeans first trod her soil

Kuching has been Sarawak's official capital since 1963: a gorgeous lady, with colorful Malay and Chinese traits with a reputation as one of the most people-friendly cities in the region. Accomodating the colonial residence of the white rajas from 1841 to 1946 and now also housing the governor's residence. Would she by any chance be the "wild woman of Borneo"?

Kuching Attractions

Kuching Shopping

Main Bazzar - just a hop across from the Waterfront check the curio and antique shops for plunder -in true pirate fashion! Afterwards check your spoils whilst relishing a good cup of Mocca Java at a nearby coffee shop. Nearby is the Sarawak Museum with its beautiful gardens and the park built round the old town reservoir.

City centre - Make shopping an excuse to cool off in the modern malls.Brand name goods as well as local handicrafts abound for the discerning shopper.

Kuching Parks & Gardens

Sarawak Museum - A must to visit, with its beautiful gardens.Take time out, rest weary feet and chill in the park situated round the old town reservoir. A piece of colonial Kuching.

Kuching Beaches

Don your eyepatch (or sunglasses) and relax on one of the nearby beaches. Look out for the Jolly Roger on the horizon- this is the South China Sea, after all!

Kuching Restaurants and Bars

Think variety! A palate's delight to chose from: Western, Malay, Chinese, Indian. For the adventurous, go local and sample satay from a roadside stalls. Carboload on noodles- of shapes and types there are oodles!

Kuching Restaurants

Minangkabau - 168 Jl Chan Chin Ann. A choice of unusual Indonesion dishes like chilli-hot fish curries and beef rendang.

Choon Hui Caf - Jl Ban Hock. Try Laksa (noodles, Kuching-style) at this unassuming coffee shop near Kuching's Hindu temple.

Jubilee Restoran - 49 Jl India.Malay food at its best. Sample kacang goreng (peanuts in fish paste) and sayur (green beans in chilli and lemon).

Kuching Bars & Clubs

De Tavern - opposite the Hilton on Jalan Borneo. Rated the best watering-hole. Say no more.

The Telang Usan Hotel 's Dulit Terrace and Tuak Bar - Be brave and try tuak (rice wine)

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