Although it is the city with a modern landscape, you can get closer to the nature right here at the capital city of Sarawak, Kuching. Visitors and tourists can expect friendly and helpful locals that will guide or assist you in daily tours.
Easy to get around Kuching on foot
Since the wonders of Kuching are located within walking distance, you do not need to hire a cab or take a bus as you can explore the attractions on foot. If this is your first visit to Kuching, remember to ride a sampan along the spectacular river as you get a glimpse of Malay-style villages as well as the city centre skyline at dusk. On top of that, you can also see the brilliant Margherita Fort, Malay mosque and rows of Chinese shop houses built during 19th century.
Ideal for tourists
Kuching is ideal for sightseers, leisure travelers and holiday makers for you can choose from a wide range of budget accommodations to luxury five-star hotels within the vicinity. There are plenty of century old Chinese temples, remarkable architecture from Brooke era, Waterfront Park, museums as well as observation towers. And similar to any other cities in Malaysia, you can indulge on mouth-watery and scrumptious local delights such as nasi lemak, chicken rice, roti canai and seafood.
Name of the city
The city derived its name from different sources. Some say that the city is named after a fruit known as ‘Mata Kucing’ (Cat’s eye) or from the Chinese word ‘Gu Chin’ (harbour).
For those who are looking forward for an educational trip to learn more about cultural and civic landmarks in Kuching, explore Sarawak Museum, Islamic Museum, Chinese History Museum and Cat Museum. Besides these museums, you can also travel on foot around the city and check out the likes of the:
- historic steamship building
- square tower
- round tower
- Court House
- Brooke Memorial
- and Margherita Fort.
See the beautiful city of Kuching
For less adventurous travelers, you can also walk around and check out some century old buildings and landmarks such as Tua Pek Kong Temple, Kuching Divisional Mosque and India Street Mall. In fact, there’s always something for everyone right here in Kuching. Ensure that you plan your holidays ahead before you embark on a journey to the picturesque Kuching.
More about Kuching
Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia. Together with Sabah, Sarawak forms East Malaysia in Borneo island. There are several major cities and towns in Sarawak with Kuching being the main administrative, commercial and educational center of the state. In Kuching, there are many government buildings and offices that include the state administrative offices as well as institutes of higher learning.
Main Commercial Area
The town center of Kuching is one of the busiest locations in the city with many commercial areas and educational institutes. This is encapsulated around the vicinities of Taman Liong Seng, Batu Lintang, Taman Hwata, Min Chu Garden and their respective surroundings. Around these areas, you will find more than just offices and shop lots where there are entertainment centres as well.
Education Institutions and surrounding areas for rent
Among all the cities and towns in Sarawak, Kuching has the most number of institutes of higher learning. Here, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) is run just beside the Sarawak General Hospital. Previously, there is the Kuching branch of UiTM (Universiti Teknologi Mara) which has since been moved to Kota Samarahan, which is the main education hub of the state.
In terms of private education, the Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus operates along Jalan Simpang Tiga. Around the vicinity here, there are many resident houses that are catered for students and civil servants as it is where the Federal Government Complex, the Bangunan Tun Datuk Patinggi Tuanku Haji Bujang and the Bangunan KWSP are located.
Apart from that, there are other private institutes here including UCSI University’s Sarawak campus, SEGi College, Sunway College Kuching, Limkokwing University Borneo, FTMS, Twintech and others. The areas surrounding Taman Yen Yen offers a wide range of double-storey homes located not far from the city center. Meanwhile, located off one of the most important roads in Kuching, Jalan Matang is Taman Matang Jaya with rooms, apartments and residential homes for rent.