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15 BEST Kuching Attractions With Itinerary

    Kuching is one of the cities that I love to be at as the people are friendly, food is cheap and it has a lot of green landscape.

    In this post, I’ll share the best Kuching attractions and things to do so you can maximize your time whilst be in Kuching.

    I would recommend that you spend at-least 5 Days 4 Nights (the longer better) to enjoy all the Kuching attractions.

    In a nutshell, below are top Kuching attractions and If you don’t have the time or budget, you can always skip some places and/or modify the itinerary accordingly.

    BEST Kuching Attractions
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    Why Kuching is called Kuching?

    The name of the city, Kuching, is thought to derive from the Malay word kucing, meaning cat. Many of the locals refer to Kuching as the “Cat City” but it more likely comes from the Chinese word for port (“cochin”) coupled with the Malay name mata kucing (cat’s-eye) for the longan fruit, a popular trade item


    Kuching City Video


    Kuching Attractions

    1. Cat Statue
    2. Tugu Pahlawan (Warrior Monument)
    3. Old Courthouse
    4. Fort Margherita
    5. Kuching Waterfront
    6. Darul Hana Bridge
    7. Sarawak Cultural Village
    8. Damai Beach
    9. Cat Museum
    10. Shopping at Main Bazaar
    11. Bako National Park
    12. Semenggoh Nature Reserve
    13. Fairy cave
    14. Siniawan Night Market
    15. Feast & Furious Cafe

    The list above is arranged based on the distance to one and another so you can save up on your time. I’ll now share you the details of the Kuching Attractions places below:


    Kuching Attractions Trip Itinerary

    Day 1

    Cat Statue

    Cat Statue

    Take a photo at the famous Kuching’s city icon, the cat statue.

    Location: Google Map

    Tugu Pahlawan (Warrior Monument)

    Tugu Pahlawan (Warrior Monument)

    Tugu Pahlawan, also called the War  Memorial, is a memorial behind the Sarawak Museum. It was erected to commemorate fallen heroes from all the past wars involving Sarawak

    Location: Google Map

    Old Courthouse

    Old Courthouse

    The Old Courthouse is one of many colonial buildings that are a lasting legacy of Sarawak`s unique colonial history dominated by the Brooke family / the White Rajahs.

    Location: Google Map

    Fort Margherita (Brooke’s gallery)

    Fort Margherita (Brooke's gallery)
    Image: Sarawak.gov.my

    Fort Margherita was built in 1879 by Charles Brooke, the first White Rajah of Sarawak and named after his wife Margaret, the Ranee of Sarawak. This landmark building located on a hill on the northern side of the Sarawak River, was built to help protect Kuching from unwelcome attacks from pirates. Today the fort has been fully restored and houses the Brooke Museum which showcases some of the history of Sarawak and the White Rajahs

    Location: Google Map

    Kuching Waterfront

    Kuching Waterfront
    Image: 360tour.asia
    Square Tower Kuching
    Square Tower (waterfront)
    Darul Hana Bridge (Waterfront)
    Darul Hana Bridge (Waterfront) – Image: 360tour.asia

    The Kuching Waterfront is the most popular gathering place in this capital city. The esplanade stretches for about 900 meters along the south bank of the Sarawak river. 

    Don’t miss out the musical fountain show around 8.30PM from this bridge on weekends. It’s beautiful.

    Location: Google Map


    Day 2

    Sarawak Cultural Village

    Sarawak Cultural Village

    This is the place you need to come to experience Sarawak culture. You can see a replica of different kinds of houses and experience the lifestyle. The theatre was the main attraction, it included traditional dances and blowpipe demonstration.

    Entrance Fee: RM65 Adult, RM 30 Children (2020 Promo)

    Location: Google Map

    The theatre shows are at 11 AM and 4:30 PM. Don’t be late because you don’t want to miss it! Check out the video below from 0:14 – 2:44 which I’ve taken during my Borneo Ride.

    Damai Beach

    Damai Beach

    Located just next to Sarawak cultural village, you can chill here in the evening you miss the sea.

    Cat Museum

    Cat Museum

    I underestimated this place but from paintings to statutes, pictures, ornaments & taxidermy, there is a lot of info to take in! Not being huge cat fan, I still found this quite interesting.

    Shopping at Main Bazaar

    Shopping at Main Bazaar

    Located opposite of Waterfront, you can buy all types of local souvenir here. I would highly recommend that you get the local design shirt/dress as it’s unique. You can also get instant laksa Sarawak here.


    Day 3

    Bako National Park

    Bako National Park
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    Just a short gateway from city bustles, taking a speed boat crossing over river and sea to reach the island Bako. Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, forest wild animals mainly wild boars. You can either stay there or make a day trip.

    Location: Google Map

    Semenggoh Nature Reserve

    Semenggoh Nature Reserve
    Image: karunasarawak.com

    There are 32 orang-utans here in 10,000 hectares of forest and so the probability of seeing one of these creatures is pretty remote. Combine this with the fact that between November and April there is enough food in the forest then there is very little chance of seeing them at all. So this can be tricky and waste of time, you’ve been warned.

    Location: Google Map


    Day 4

    Fairy Cave

    Fairy Cave in Bau

    Easily the most impressive cave I’ve ever seen. Part of the ceiling is collapsed, creating a massive green skylight; it indeed looks like a fairy tale.

    You will need to climb 3 floors for staircase before entering the opening of the caves and invited with more stairs into a dark tunnel. Right after, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful caves with many different sites that you can explore. I would recommend to come in the morning so that You have more time to explore. Please ensure your phone is installed with torchlight. Sone part can be slippery, better to wear proper shoes. Bring cameras that can capture dark spots.

    Siniawan Night Market

    Siniawan Night Market

    Located about 25 KM away from Kuching, it’s a must place to experience the local night market for a foodie. The old wooden shop houses flanking the street is charming and the food selection is good too. Come earlier and see the sights of the town as well, like the little jetty that the locals used to cross the river.

    Note: If you’re going here, make sure you arrange cab/taxi/grab on your way back in advance because it’s difficult to get one from Siniawan to Kuching. Alternatively, you can stay at the Tian Xia homestay at the night market area. (Just Google it)


    Where To stay In Kuching?

    If you fancy comfortable hotels, waterfront area would be the place and If you’re on a budget, stay at carpenter street which is not far away from the Waterfront.

    How Do You Get Around in Kuching?

    You can easily get around Kuching by taxi, Grab or hire a personal driver.

    If you prefer to drive on your own, I would suggest that you rent a car from Ajim (+60128848842) as he provides excellent service. For navigation, you can use Google Maps or Waze.


    What & Where To Eat In Kuching?

    Best Laksa Sarawak / Kolo Mee In Kuching

    Laksa Sarawak is a local food that you must try! I’ve tried a few places and I would recommend the top two places for the best Laksa and Kolo mee

    Chong Choon Cafe

    Chong Choon Cafe
    Laksa at Chong Choon Cafe

    For me the Laksa here is a little bit spicy but you would love it! The place closes at 12 Noon, so be early!

    Location: Google Map

    Choon Hui Cafe

    Choon Hui Cafe
    Laksa at Choon Hui Cafe

    The Laksa here has more (thick) flavour and less spicy. It can be crowded here and I would suggest that you go here early.

    Location: Google Map

    Feast & Furious Cafe

    Feast & Furious Cafe

    If you’re looking for a cafe for your coffee fix, delicious western food or even laksa, this is the best place to be. Owned by multi-talented proud Sarawakian, Alex Stmrock Wong who is also the founder of the Borneo Blowpipe Run.

    This cafe has a great atmosphere especially for motor enthusiasts and I would highly recommend that you check this place out as it’s just within walking distance from the waterfront.

    Location: Google Map

    Aladdin Chicken Rice Shop

    Aladdin Chicken Rice Shop
    Roasted Chicket Aladdin Chicken Rice Shop

    Located in the Carpenter street, I would suggest that you try out their roasted chicken here. For me, it is tasty and said to be the best chicken rice shop in Kuching. (They might be!)

    Location: Google Map

    Kek Lapis (layer cake)

    Mira Cake House
    Kek Lapis Sarawak

    Your visit to Kuching would not complete without trying out the Kek Lapis. Mira Cake House offers great choices for you to choose from and they also offer free testing.

    Location: Google Map

    Tips: From the waterfront, you can a take a boat ride across the river and walk to Mira Cake house. The ride will cost you RM1/pax (one way). The boat station is located at the back of Gloria Jean’s Coffees White Barouk.


    Kuching Bars

    The Bikalan

    The Bikalan Kuching

    As I’ve travelled quite extensively in South East Asia, I must say Bikalan in Siniawan Night Market is one of my favourite bars that I’ve been to. Situated just about 25KM from Kuching city, Bikalan is a laid back bar, serving authentic local cuisine and they offer a great range of alcohol/foods to fill up your night. Their food/drinks pricings are quite affordable and we really enjoyed the Bikalan, you don’t get this kind of atmosphere anywhere in Malaysia. Imagine having a good draught beer next to a river in a Belian wood shop house in Siniawan’s historic main bazaar.

    The owners (Andy & Grace) are down to the earth person. If you’re going there, ask Andy about the history of the place, he would love to explain it to you.

    Bear Garden

    Bear Garden Kuching
    Image: loveandcompass.de

    Probably the cheapest bar and walking distance from the Waterfront! Bear Garden is one of the very few places within Kuching that you can grab a much need beer during the day whilst out sightseeing.

    The staff are really friendly and welcoming. A great little bar which gets busy in the evening. We had such a good experience we made sure it was our regular watering hole for the trip. They also serve food which is great value for money and homemade. They also do amazing work supporting local animal conservation projects. Well worth a visit.

    Location: Google Map

    Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar

    Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar
    Image: loveandcompass.de

    If you choose to wander along Carpenter Street (near the waterfront), there are numerous bars and the Drunk Monkey is one of them. The staff are efficient and they have a large selection of drinks available. Highly recommend it.

    Location: Google Map


    Conclusion

    Kuching is definitely a destination I would recommend if you aren’t looking for somewhere too commercialised, but rather a place that has some character and culture to it. Have you been to Kuching? Which Kuching attractions you liked the most?


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    Gary

    I must echo your comments on the Bikalan Pub at Old Sinaiwan town…. best pub in Kuching…. great beer and food is superb without the big price tag…

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