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Small and charming, and located on the banks of the Sarawak River, Kuching is the capital of Sarawak and one of our favourite cities.

It has a fascinating history - Rajah Brookes ruled from here until 1946 - and colonial buildings dot the streets, whilst Chinese temples add their incense shrouded touches of the Orient. Many of the greatest sights are laid out on the heritage trail that links temples and churches, Fort Margherita and the stately Istana Palace.

Sarawak Museum

Most impressive is the Sarawak Museum, whose extensive collection includes tribal artefacts, a display of indigenous wildlife and a recreated longhouse. Cookery courses are also available if you wish to learn how to prepare some of Malaysia’s tastiest dishes.

Semenggok Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Semenggok Orangutan Sanctuary, Sarawak, Malaysia BorneoFrom Kuching you may wish to pay a visit to the excellent Semenggok Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, one of few places in Sarawak to see orangutans.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Kuching

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kuching, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Kuching

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    Places near Kuching

    Accommodation choices for Kuching

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kuching. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Ranee Boutique Suites,Kuching

      Ranee Boutique Suites


      Convenient location, warm service and characterful, the Ranee Boutique offers everything we love at Audley. Located next to the Sarawak River and within Kuching’s picturesque old town, Ranee is a great jump-off point for all of Sarawak’s excursions, local tours and close by to many wonderful restaurants.

    • Pullman Hotel, Kuching


      First Class

      Located on a Mathies Hill overlooking the charming city of Kuching, the Pullman offers a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore.

    • Hilton Kuching Twin Hilton Guestroom

      Hilton Hotel

      First Class

      A modern international style hotel in an excellent central location by the river. The hotel has a pool and a couple of good restaurants.

    Ideas for experiencing Kuching

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Kuching, and which use the best local guides.

    • Kuching Cooking Lesson
      Food stall, Kuching

      Kuching Cooking Lesson

      Kuching Cooking Lesson

      A Malay, Indian or Chinese family living in Kuching will invite you into their home and show you how to make traditional local food.

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    • Kayaking Rainforest Adventure
      Iban woman preparing lunch for the longhouse, Lemanak River, Sarawak

      Kayaking Rainforest Adventure

      Kayaking Rainforest Adventure

      This is a great experience for nature lovers and the adventurous. After a 40 minute drive from town you arrive at the mist covered hillsides around Bengoh, a delightful Bidayuh village.

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