The largest city on Borneo Island, Kuching is a popular base for exploring Borneo’s rainforest and the state of Sarawak. However, Kuching offers plenty for tourists to see and do during their stay, from sightseeing historic landmarks to bustling markets and outdoor recreation.
Regarded as Malaysia’s cleanest city, Kuching presents a unique setting with its skyscrapers and modern architecture surrounded by lush jungle. The city is situated on the banks of the Sarawak River with a beautifully landscaped waterfront offering views of historic landmarks such as Fort Margherita and Astana palace as well as impressive modern structures like the DUN complex. The busy waterfront is where tourists will find an array of food vendors, musical fountains, an observation tower, an open-air theater and a number of river cruise operations.
A walk down Kuching’s oldest street, Main Bazaar, reveals historic Chinese temples, markets, food stalls and many antique and handicraft shops. Numerous museums in the city exhibit local history, culture, heritage, artifacts and art works, while an aquarium displays fish species from the Sarawak River. Distinct for its umbrella-shaped roof, the Kuching Civic Center contains a planetarium and a viewing platform presenting outstanding aerial views. Picturesque green spaces, gardens and nearby national parks all offer lakes, ponds, waterfalls and recreational activities like nature trails, jungle trekking, mountain climbing, camping, fishing and cave exploring.