On the Borneo side, in the state of Sarawak : Kuching
The sublime city of Kuching is one of the largest and most beautiful cities in Malaysia. In fact, Malaysian cities keep attracting more and more tourists and expatriates because of their very good quality of life. If you want to know more about Malaysian cities, please read our article Malaysian city.
Kuching is one of the Malaysian cities that have kept their authenticity while modernizing. The city is known for its tropical and natural appearance. You will find it so hard to avoid falling in love with this beautiful city.
Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Borneo : Geography, transportation and weather
Geography of Kuching
The city of Kuching is the capital of the state of Sarawak. It is inspired by the animal “cat”. In fact, it has several fun attractions for cats. Kuching is an excellent starting point to discover Borneo. It is one of the most attractive cities on the Asian continent, the city is the main gateway to Sarawak.
Kuching is known for its rich architectural heritage, it is composed of old buildings dating from the 19th century. In the center of the city, you will find several luxury hotels and restaurants.
How to go to Kuching ?
To get to Kuching, you can take a direct flight. We recommend that you book a flight with a low cost airline. You will find several direct flights at very attractive prices. Once at the airport, you will have to take a cab. To do so, simply take a cab voucher and head for the cab rank.
How is the weather in Kuching ?
Concerning the climate of Kuching, it is characterized by humidity. The climate is generally warm throughout the year with heavy rainfall for most of the year. The ideal time to visit the city is between May and July. The average temperature is 23°C. However, keep in mind that in June, the temperature reaches record levels in heat.
Borneo – Kuching : touristic activities
Kuching has several tourist attractions including :
Bako National Park
Bako National Park is among the oldest national parks in the entire region. It is characterized by a magnificent fauna that gives the place a unique charm. The national park is home to over 250 rare animal species that you will only find in the Borneo region. An excellent opportunity to spend time as a couple or with family.
The city of Kuching is popular because of its many trails. It is the ideal place for lovers of hiking. There are a total of 18 walks in the city. The time to do them varies between 30 minutes and 8 hours. One of the most famous trails is Telok Paku.
It is characterized by the ease of travel and its green vegetation. At the same time, you can visit the Serpent Rock. You can admire it from the beach of the Telok Paku trail. The Serpent Rock is a marine pile that was formed after many years of erosion.
The cultural village of Sarawak
The Sarawak Cultural Village reflects the cultural diversity of the region. It is home to several ethnic groups in the region. You will see Malays, Chinese, Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Orang Ulu and several minor tribes. All these groups live together in harmony.
Each tribe has its own beliefs and traditions. The Iban group is known to be the best headhunters. In the distant past, they used to collect human skulls to use as decorations in their homes. This served as evidence of their victories and glories.
Rain Forest Festival
The Rain Forest Festival was created in 1998. It is a musical event that lasts 3 days. Every year between July and August, you can dance and enjoy the best music in the region. A bewitching music combining traditional and contemporary.
The Rain Forest Festival includes music workshops, exhibitions, local food and cultural performances. At night, concerts are organized on the main stage. One of the unique features of the Rain Forest Festival is the use of Sape. It is an instrument that resembles the lute.
Borneo Kuching : More information
Accommodation and hotel in Kuching
Kuching is a city that has several places to stay at very low prices. You can rent a bed in a dormitory for RM 15-20 per night. We recommend renting in the Chinatown area, also known as Carpenter Street. It is the favorite district of the tourists.
How to visit Kuching ?
For travel in the city, we recommend that you use small cabs. Prices vary according to the distance, it is better to take them in groups. You’ll find GrabCar and Uber in Kuching, so have no fear. Head to the city center, you will find several tourist sites as well as cafes and restaurants. The walk is very pleasant there, especially near the Sarawak River.
As for the number of days needed to do a complete visit of the city, we think it depends on your pace of life. 2 or 3 days should be enough to discover the city. Keep in mind that there is a lot to do in the city. Kuching is distinguished by its laid-back atmosphere which makes it a perfect place to settle down.
The city is very popular with digital nomads as it has a very good internet connection as well as a low cost of living. Digital nomads in Kuching can work from anywhere without any constraints.
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