Kuching

Kuching (meaning‘cat’ in Malay) is the capital of Sarawak and the entry point for those wishing to visit the longhouses of Batang Ai and the Semenggoh Orang-utan Sanctuary.

Why visit Kuching ?

  • Enjoy a walking tour through the streets of Kuching
  • Discover how the Malay, Indian, and Chinese influences make up Kuching today
  • Sample spices on Gambier Street, the centre of the city’s spice trade
  • Learn about the lifestyles of the traditional Malay kampong people by bike

Located on the banks of the Sarawak River, the city itself is small and charming with a fascinating history dating back to the days of the famed headhunters and the White Rajah’s such as Charles Brooke, who ruled there until 1946. The city itself offers a fascinating blend of colonial buildings, Chinese temples, bustling markets and colourful shophouses and for those with a little extra time to explore, Fort Margherita, the Sarawak Museum and the stately Istana Palace as well as a number of temples and churches are well worth exploring.

LOCATION

BORNEO KEY INFO

Visa

A visa is not required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required. Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area.

Time Difference

GMT + 8 Hours

Flight Time

16 hours with one stop

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