Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak and is located on the Sarawak River. It is a major commercial and industrial centre in East Malaysia and is the main gateway to many tourist spots in Sarawak and Borneo. Kuching is a city of cultures and diversity and is one of the most multi –racial cities in Malaysia. This city has a charm of its’ own with bustling markets, traditional river ferries and many natural sites.
There are many places of interest accessible from Kuching such as Bako National Park, Gunung Gading Park, Mulu Park and Niah Park. Other things to see are the Cat Museum, Sarawak Cultural Village and the beautiful Waterfront. Watch breathtaking sunsets from the Waterfront and the Santubong Peninsula and try the delicious local food.
The Kuching Waterfront, a 900m long esplanade is the most popular and happening place in Kuching. There are many restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops, clothes shops and entertainment centres here. There are tourist attractions and heritage buildings surrounding the waterfront. The sites include the famous cat statue, Square Tower, Sarawak Steamship Building, Main Bazaar and the Chinese History Museum. The Waterfront offers breathtaking views of the Fort Margherita and the Malay villages across the river with beautiful night views when the city comes alive with the lights and the people bustling about.
The Sarawak River Cruise is one of the most popular cruises in this region. The cruise takes you on a journey passing by historical landmarks on the riverbanks while providing a panoramic view of the Kuching skyline. For the adventurous, they can try to get across the Kuching River using a local boat, often used by the local people
There are river cruises to watch the Irrawaddy Dolphins at the Santubong Peninsula, these cruises can be booked through the tour agents. Sightings of these delightful creatures are not guaranteed but the sights of mangrove swamps and views along the river will capture the visitors’ attention.
SEMENGGOH WILDLIFE CENTRE
The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is located within the Semenggoh Nature Reserve,about 24km from Kuching. It was established in 1975 to care for wild animals which have been injured in the forest, orphaned or previously kept as illegal pets.For more than 20 ,years orphaned or rescued orang utans from captivity have been trained by the wardens in this centre, on how to survive in the wild. The successful graduates of this programme has contributed to a thriving population of healthy adolescent as well as young adult orang utans, who are now breeding in the wild. Visitors can have an excellent view of the orang utans during feeding time when the semi-wild orang utans return to the centre for a free meal. Feeding time takes place between 9-10am and between 3-3.30pm.
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CAT STATUES OF KUCHING
The word “kucing ” means cat and there are many unique cat statues in the city of Kuching. The Kuching South City Council Cat Statue is 1.5m tall and is the first cat statue ever built in Kuching. This friendly-looking cat statue is also known as the Great Cat of Kuching and was built in the 90s. It is found along Jalan Pandungan, in front of Little China Town. This cat statue is sometimes dressed up for festivals, Eg Santa outfit for Christmas and Chinese costume for Chinese New Year. The Kuching North City Council Cat Statue depicts a family of cats and is very easy to find. It is located in front of Holiday Inn, in the center of shopping complexes and hotels.
SARAWAK STATE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY BUILDING
The Kuching State Assembly Building is situated facing the Kuching Waterfront, on the opposite side of the Sarawak River, between Fort Margherita and the Astana, which is the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak. The building was opened on 27th July 2009 and is the venue where state assemblymen of Sarawak will meet and preside over debates and the passing of laws. The distinctive ‘umbrella ‘ shaped roof of this nine-storied building makes it an iconic landmark for Sarawak.
UPSIDE DOWN HOUSE
This is one of the latest tourist attractions in Kuching, Sarawak and is located in Jalan Borneo. It has been opened since 25th of February 2017. This is one of its kind in Sarawak, providing fun and opportunities for people to take creative photos. Some of the features in the house include a reading room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, office, bedroom and a living room.
Entry fee is RM 15 for adults, RM 10 for children for Malaysian citizens.
Entry fee for foreign visitors is RM 20 per head
The city of Kuching is also the gateway to many beautiful and stunning tourist attractions in Sarawak such as Mulu National Park, Niah National Park, Gunung Gading National Park, Bako National Park and the Sarawak Cultural Village.