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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 favorite cities.

It has a fascinating history — Rajah Brooke 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 artifacts, a display of indigenous wildlife and a recreated longhouse. Cooking courses are also available if you wish to learn how to prepare some of Malaysia’s tastiest dishes.

Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Semenggok Orangutan Sanctuary, Sarawak, Malaysia BorneoFrom Kuching you may wish to pay a visit to the excellent Semenggoh 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.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Kuching

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Kuching, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Kuching at its best.

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      Proboscis monkeys, Sandakan, Borneo

      What to see in Borneo: our highlights guide

      What to see in Borneo: our highlights guide

      This guide features recommendations for things to do in Borneo. It focuses on the states of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo, which offer a lot of variety in a smaller radius than Indonesian Borneo.

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    • Honeymoons in Borneo
      Lankayan Island, Malaysian Borneo

      Honeymoons in Borneo

      Honeymoons in Borneo

      Plan your perfect honeymoon to Borneo with Audley. Discover some of the best properties, places and wildlife on offer and how we can make your honeymoon in Borneo extra special.

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    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.

    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.

    • 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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    • 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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