Mini Itineraries: Kuching

The riverside capital of Sarawak sits on the island of Borneo, offering visitors a taste of Malaysian culture, adventure and local life…


Visit the State Mosque and the small villages that fill the local landscape on a cruise along Sarawak River. Stroll along the waterfront and check out the antique shops… landscaped parks and tempting food stalls are also here in abundance. Learn more about the area at the Chinese History Museum and the Sarawak Steamship Building. Kuching means ‘cat’ in the Malay language, so it seems sensible to visit the Cat Museum in the North City Hall, which has more than 200 cat-themed exhibits from all around the world. (After a trip to the museum, the cat statues around the city will make more sense.)


Go for a leisurely stroll along the pedestrian promenade, hop on the Sampan ferry (for the equivalent of around 20 cents) to see the New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building. Stroll around the amazing Pasar Satok night markets and visit the Sarawak Museum to get a glimpse into the lives of the indigenous tribes that have made Borneo’s rainforests their home. Sign up for a Bumbu Cooking Class to get a taste of local life where you’ll go with a group to the local market and buy ingredients sourced from the jungle, then cook a meal with help from the head chef. Don’t miss Sarawak Cultural Village, said to be the best ‘living museum’ in Southeast Asia, or a trip to an Iban longhouse, a traditional communal dwelling that can house up to 150 people. Wildlife-lovers will want to spend some time at Bako National Park, Sarawak’s oldest national park, which provides an enjoyable introduction to the region’s forests and wildlife


Try the famous Sarawak Laksa and Mee Kolok in Kuching’s Chinatown. Bla Bla Bla’s is a restaurant with a stylish setting and decor and serves generous portions of Chinese fusion food, where one should try dishes such as mango duck and pandan chicken. Lepau Restaurant offers authentic cuisine; try bamboo chicken, tempoyak fish and buttermilk prawns. The restaurant has a local feel and is great value, with friendly service and a welcoming crowd. Sweet-tooths will love Sarawak’s rainbow-colored layer cake (kek lapis), that are beautifully baked and delicious which is a favorite souvenir to bring home.

Fly to Malaysia from US gateways (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New York) via Singapore with Singapore Airlines, from just $740* in Economy class.

Discover Malaysia in the following articles:

Welcome to Malaysia

Beaches and Islands in Malaysia

Adventure and Nature

What to eat in Malaysia

Mini Itinerary: Langkawi Island

Mini Itinerary: Kuala Lumpur

Mini Itinerary: Kuching

Mini Itinerary: Kota Kinabalu

Mini Itinerary: Penang

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