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Kuching

Travel Guide Asia Malaysia Malaysian Borneo Sarawak Kuching

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Introduction

Kuching Sunset

Kuching Sunset

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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.

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Sights and Activities

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.

  • The Great Cat of Kuching Statue
  • Hong San Si Temple
  • Kuching's Waterfront
  • Tua Pek Kong Temple
  • Harmony Arch - China Town
  • Walking Tours of the city
  • Siang Ti Miao Temple
  • Sarawak Museum
  • Art Museum
  • Natural Science Museum

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Weather

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!

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Getting There

By Plane

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.

By Bus

Buses connect Kuching with other cities and towns throughout Sarawak and internationally to Pontianak in Indonesia (be sure to get your visa in order before travelling though!).

By Boat

There are express boats servicing transport to further areas such as Sibu and Bintulu.

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Getting Around

By Bike

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.

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Sleep

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.

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Annah Rais Longhouse HomestayNo.71, Kampung Annah Rais, Jalan Borneo Height, Padawan, 94200Hostel-
B&B Inn30-I, Jalan TabuanHOSTEL81
Beds Guesthouse229, Lot 91, Section 50, Lorong 9 Jalan PadunganHostel87
Berambih LodgeNo. 104 Ewe Hai StreetHostel81
Borneo Seahare Self-Service Apartment2nd Floor. Lot 30M, Jalan Tabuan, Teochew Association BuildingHOSTEL84
Brookes Terrace291, First Floor Jalan AbellHostel-
Fendy30-o, 1st floor, Jalan TabuanHostel-
Kuching Waterfront LodgeNo. 15, Main BazaarHostel80
Lodge 121Lot 121, 1st Floor, Section 33 KTLD, Tabuan Road,Hostel86
Marco Polo1st Floor, 236 Padungan RoadHostel90
Mr. D's Bed & BreakfastNo. 26 Carpenter Street (China Street)HOSTEL-
Nomad Borneo Bed1st.Floor,No.3,Jalan Green HillHostel87
Pinnacles KuchingLevel 1, Lot 21, Block G, Taman Sri Sarawak Mall Jalan Borneo, 93100, KuchingHOSTEL85
Singgahsana LodgeNo. 1 Temple StreetHostel90
Tracks Bed & Breakfast1st flr,No.5, Jalan Green HillHOSTEL84
Saramo HostelLOT 183, 2ND FLR, ABELL RDHostel79
Threehouse Bed and Breakfast51 Upper China StreetHOSTEL88
Rafflesia Lodge12 Main Bazaar, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, BorneoGuesthouse-
Abell ResidenceLot 47- 48, Sec 49, Abell RoadHostel-
Wo Jia Lodge1st Floor , No 17 Main BazaarHostel87
Planet Borneo LodgeNo. 10, Park Lane Kuching, SarawakHostel-
BIDAYUH ANNAHRAIS LONGHOUSE HOMESTAYKampung Annahrais Padawan Jakan Puncak BorneoGuesthouse-
Drop In Guesthouse209, Jalan Padungan 93100, KuchingHostel-
The Nook, city homestay187, 1st floor, Song Thian Cheok Road, Kuching, Sa 93100HOSTEL-
De Palma Waterfront KuchingLot 299-303, Section 49 KTLD Jalan Abell, 93100 Kuching, SarawakHOTEL-
Traveller240 Padungan Road SarawakGuesthouse-
Morning Glory Guest HouseNo. 4, Kim San Court Off Bampfylde RoadGUESTHOUSE-
My Place Hotel & LodgeLot 32, Section 51, No. 68 Jalan PadunganGUESTHOUSE-
Premium Stay HostelNo. 143, 1st floor Jalan AbellHOSTEL-
Borneo B&BNo. 24, Jalan Tabuan Kutcing SarawakGuesthouse-
Rafflesia InnLot 262-263, Chan Chin Ann RoadHOSTEL-
Batu Bata GuesthouseNo. 8, 1st Floor Carpenter Street (China Town), KuchingGUESTHOUSE-
The Secret Sanctuary & Boutique Hotel133 Lorong 12A, JalanSetria Raja Taman Stutong IndahHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Phone

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Post

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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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 1.549073
  • Longitude: 110.3442

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