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Kuching, Malay for 'cat', located on the banks of Sungai Sarawak, is a small but thriving city. Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is also most people's first point of entry when they arrive in Borneo. The city of Kuching city is also used as base for visitors to arrange day visits or trips to the Bako National Park and Batang Ai National Park.
The city's main sights are situated on the south bank of the Sungai Sarawak and are all within walking distance of each other. With many temples and museums to visit during your stay and a beautiful waterfront, there is plenty to keep you entertained during a stop-over or short stay in the city.
Kuching, like much of Malaysia, has a tropical climate with hot and humid conditions year round. Temperatures usually are around 32 °C during the day and around 22 °C. Although there is no distinctive dry season, the months of November to March are much wetter compared to the driest months of June and July when there is still 180 mm of rain a month. January has over 600 mm of rain!
Travellers arriving by plane, arrive at the Kuching International Airport (airport code: KCH). Air Asia and Malaysian Airlines are the two main airlines that operate flights to Kuching. There are connections from here to Kuala Lumpur and Penang on the mainland Peninsula. These airlines also operate internal flights to the following destinations from Kuching; Bintulu, Sibu, Miri, Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) and Johor Bahru. You can also take international flights from Kuching to other destinations, for example from Macau, Jakarta and Singapore.
There are express boats servicing transport to further areas such as Sibu and Bintulu.
There is definitely no better way to see the sights of Kuching than by bicycle. You don't have to be Lance Armstrong to take a full day bicycle tour of the city. Roads in Kuching are adequate for moving around by bicycle. Bicycling is a healthy and budget conscious way to explore the city and it enables you to explore and see things you simply cannot achieve by walking or taking the bus.
You will find the majority of the accommodation for the city of Kuching on the south bank of the Sungai Sarawak. There are many types of accommodation available for visitors to Kuching of varying tastes and budgets from hostel and guesthouses to international chain hotels.
|Annah Rais Longhouse Homestay||No.71, Kampung Annah Rais, Jalan Borneo Height, Padawan, 94200||Hostel||-|
|B&B Inn||30-I, Jalan Tabuan||HOSTEL||81|
|Beds Guesthouse||229, Lot 91, Section 50, Lorong 9 Jalan Padungan||Hostel||74|
|Berambih Lodge||No. 104 Ewe Hai Street||Hostel||81|
|Borneo Seahare Self-Service Apartment||2nd Floor. Lot 30M, Jalan Tabuan, Teochew Association Building||HOSTEL||84|
|Brookes Terrace||291, First Floor Jalan Abell||Hostel||-|
|Fendy||30-o, 1st floor, Jalan Tabuan||Hostel||-|
|Kuching Waterfront Lodge||No. 15, Main Bazaar||Hostel||87|
|Lodge 121||Lot 121, 1st Floor, Section 33 KTLD, Tabuan Road,||Hostel||88|
|Marco Polo||1st Floor, 236 Padungan Road||Hostel||90|
|Mr. D's Bed & Breakfast||No. 26 Carpenter Street (China Street)||HOSTEL||-|
|Nomad Borneo Bed||1st.Floor,No.3,Jalan Green Hill||Hostel||89|
|Pinnacles Kuching||Level 1, Lot 21, Block G, Taman Sri Sarawak Mall Jalan Borneo, 93100, Kuching||HOSTEL||85|
|Singgahsana Lodge||No. 1 Temple Street||Hostel||87|
|Tracks Bed & Breakfast||1st flr,No.5, Jalan Green Hill||HOSTEL||-|
|Saramo Hostel||LOT 183, 2ND FLR, ABELL RD||Hostel||79|
|Threehouse Bed and Breakfast||51 Upper China Street||HOSTEL||92|
|Rafflesia Lodge||12 Main Bazaar, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo||Guesthouse||-|
|Abell Residence||Lot 47- 48, Sec 49, Abell Road||Hostel||88|
|Wo Jia Lodge||1st Floor , No 17 Main Bazaar||Hostel||84|
|Planet Borneo Lodge||No. 10, Park Lane Kuching, Sarawak||Hostel||-|
|BIDAYUH ANNAHRAIS LONGHOUSE HOMESTAY||Kampung Annahrais Padawan Jakan Puncak Borneo||Guesthouse||-|
|Drop In Guesthouse||209, Jalan Padungan 93100, Kuching||Hostel||-|
|The Nook, city homestay||187, 1st floor, Song Thian Cheok Road, Kuching, Sa 93100||HOSTEL||-|
|De Palma Waterfront Kuching||Lot 299-303, Section 49 KTLD Jalan Abell, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak||HOTEL||-|
|Traveller||240 Padungan Road Sarawak||Guesthouse||-|
|Morning Glory Guest House||No. 4, Kim San Court Off Bampfylde Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|My Place Hotel & Lodge||Lot 32, Section 51, No. 68 Jalan Padungan||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Premium Stay Hostel||No. 143, 1st floor Jalan Abell||HOSTEL||-|
|Borneo B&B||No. 24, Jalan Tabuan Kutcing Sarawak||Guesthouse||-|
|Rafflesia Inn||Lot 262-263, Chan Chin Ann Road||HOSTEL||-|
|Batu Bata Guesthouse||No. 8, 1st Floor Carpenter Street (China Town), Kuching||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Secret Sanctuary & Boutique Hotel||133 Lorong 12A, JalanSetria Raja Taman Stutong Indah||HOTEL||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
Pos Malaysia is the national postal service of Malaysia. Rates for sending a standard letter locally is 30 sen (20 gram) to 40 sen (up to 50 gram). International airmail has minimum rates ranging from RM1.00 to RM2.00, depending on destination. It costs 20 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme locally, or 50 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme to anywhere in the world.
Expedited Mail Service (EMS), branded locally as Poslaju, is available for both domestic and international destinations. Domestic EMS has a next day delivery guarantee. International EMS guarantees mails and parcels to be delivered out of the country by the following day. The time required to arrive at its destination will depend on clearance by authorities and the postal service of the destination country. For most countries, delivery of documents can be done in 3 to 5 days.
Generally, post offices are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, except the first Saturday of the month. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
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