Kuching, capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, is a bustling, diverse city of old colonial buildings and modern towers. Along its Sarawak River waterfront are food vendors, shop-houses selling handicrafts and an esplanade with views of 19th-century landmarks. It is a beautiful landscape along the Swarak where there are many entertainment areas and restaurants that you will fall in love with. The sculptures, the historical buildings and many other mesmerizing glimpses add value to the enchanting beauty of the place.
Best Time to Visit
April to September are drier months of the year, and generally considered the best time to visit Kuching.
Top Places to Visit in Kuching
1. Bako National Park
Bako National Park is the oldest national park in Sarawak. Covering an area of 2727 hecters, this destination is almost around 37km away from Kuching with stunning natural beauty and wide collection of wildlife. The park holds seven distinctive rainforests eco system. Then it’s a lovely jungle trek exploring the remarkable diversity of wildlife based here and reaching a secluded beach. From this beach one can hire a local boat to watch sea stacks. Langurs (leaf monkeys), wild boar, flying squirrels long-tailed macaque monkeys, and monitor lizards as well as hundreds of different bird species all are available here. There is a cafeteria serving snacks and camping area within the park for overnight stay.
2. Ethnology Museum
At the top of the hill, on the eastern side of Jln Tun Abang Haji Openg, the Ethnology Museum (the Old Building) – guarded by two colonial cannons – spotlights Borneo’s incredibly rich indigenous cultures. Upstairs the superb exhibits include an Iban longhouse, masks and spears; downstairs is an old-fashioned natural-history museum.
3. Fort Margherita
Built by Charles Brooke in 1879 and named after his wife, Ranee Margaret, this hilltop fortress long protected Kuching against surprise attack by pirates. Inside, the Brooke Gallery illustrates the remarkable story of the White Rajahs of Sarawak with fascinating artefacts and story boards.
4. Fairy Caves
The Fairy Cave in Kuching is a massive cavern located about thirty meters above the ground, adorned with abundant plant life mainly ferns and moss covered rock formations, which gives it a mystical aura. To reach the cave you need to climb a five story concrete staircase. Outside the cave you can see huge trees jutting out of the rocks in different angles. Inside the huge and wide chamber you will find crisscross stairways and beautiful rock formations. For rock climbers, the cliffs near Fairy Caves, offer you an excellent rock climbing opportunity with difficulty range of 5-8 as per the French Grading.
5. Sarawak Orchid Garden
A major tourist attraction, Sarawak Orchid Garden is home to around eighty two species of orchids including the Sarawak state’s flower Normah Orchid. The garden was open for visit since 2009, and is a place of visual delight to the visitors. Apart from the native species, it also contains a wide assortment of epiphytic orchids from worldwide. There are two parts of the garden, a nursery and a display area where the vibrant flowers blooming throughout the year are put on display for the visitors. Reach early in the morning as soon as the park opens and enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant. Timing: 09:30 am – 06:00 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday.