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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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Events and Festivals

  • Thaipusam - This annual Hindu festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Murugan. Over a million devotees and visitors throng Batu Caves on this eventful celebration, every year.
  • Chinese New Year - Chinese make up about a quarter of the total population and in honour of the Chinese New Year, Malaysia has declared the first two days as public holidays. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between 21 January and 20 February.
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) - This Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated by 60% of the population. The first two days are public holidays, and most people take extra days off to spend time with family and visit relatives and friends.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - Alternatively known as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the full moon day (15th day) of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar – usually in September.
  • Deepavali (or Diwali) - A significant Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. Based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar, Deepavali typically falls between mid-October and mid-November.
  • Christmas - This joyous day is declared a public holiday in Malaysia. Year 2000 census indicates that almost a tenth of the population are Christians.

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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.

Upscale

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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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