Located on the banks of the Sarawak River of the Northwestern part of the island of Borneo, Kuching, capital of Sarawak is one of the largest cities on the island. Kuching and its surrounding areas contain a diverse culture of sorts, from Malay, Chinese, Iban and other ethnic groups making the city a vibrant and enriching experience for visitors. With a range of Kuching hotels perfect for travellers on any sort of budget, this is the ultimate destination for a relaxing holiday.
Before Kuching was known as the capital of Sarawak, the Sultan of Brunei once ruled it. In August 1972, it was given the name Kuching, meaning "cat" in Malay and gained eminence as a city on the 1st August 1988. The history of Kuching began in the early 1800s when an English adventurer, James Brooke landed in Borneo and became the White Rajah of Sarawak.
Sarawak's history is depicted through the various attractions within the city. This includes the Sarawak Museum, Kuching Cat Museum and the Chinese History Museum. Other historical landmarks such as Fort Margherita, Tua Pek Kong Temple and The Astana mark and portray the olden times of Sarawak since the Brooke reign in its original form.
The Kuching Waterfront is also popular among visitors because it gives a picturesque view of the city. Feel immersed as waterway taxis, or tambang as the locals call it, cruise back and forth ferrying visitors across the river and on sunset cruises. This attraction is situated at the brink of the city center making it easy for leisurely strolls after a long day of work and play.
Shopping in Kuching has improved throughout the years where visitors can easily access old trinket shops as well as modern shopping centres. For antique and bargain hunters, the Main Bazaar, Chinatown, Carpenter Street and India Street is the place to be. Most of these shop lots are renovated and modernized to cater for the comfort of the visitors. The Spring, Tun Jugah Shopping Mall and Sarawak Plaza are modern day, fully equipped shopping centres where visitors can shop for electronics, clothes, books and much more.
Other interesting areas around the area include the Sarawak Cultural Village around 30 minutes drive away from the city at the Damai Beach area, where the world-renowned Rainforest Music Festival is held annually. Visitors will be able to experience the life of the locals first hand as well as observe the different types of houses the natives reside in. During the music festival, artists from all over the world come to perform, so make sure you book your Kuching hotel ahead of time.
There are a number of activities to do in Kuching such as parasailing, ATV biking, jungle trekking, yachting, kayaking, jet skiing and much more. The orangutan can be found at the Semenggok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center where they are kept in captivity. The rafflesia flower can also be found in the rainforests.
The hotels in Kuching cater to travellers who are coming for leisure or business trips. Kuching accommodation ranges from cheap Kuching hotels at $20 per night to Kuching luxury hotels and Kuching resorts for around $80 per night. Kuching is the perfect getaway for people from all walks of life.
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