The Kuching waterfront. Photo by Greg Rodgers.

If flying to Borneo’s state of Sarawak, Kuching’s International Airport will probably be your entrance point to Borneo. Kuching is located in the southwest of Borneo, right on the banks of the Sarawak River which divides the city into north and south.

Kuching, the largest city on the island of Borneo and the capital city of Sarawak, is breathing with a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere. A rich history, mix of cultures, languages, delicious cuisine, good climate and an accessibility to reach numerous interesting places around might keep you in the city longer than you have actually planed.

Kuching, with a population of about 600,000 people, has both the charm of a small town and the metropolitan feeling of a capital city. Easy to navigate on foot, the city is full of activities and sights waiting to be explored.

Submerge yourself into the history of the old days when James Brook, the British adventurer, took over the country from the Brunei Sultanate as a reward for bringing in the peaceful settlement. Brook’s family ruled Sarawak until the Japanese occupation in December 1941.

Kuching is named after the Malay name meaning for a cat or cat’s eye, so do not be surprised to see a few tacky statues of cats all over the city. Kuching even holds the annual Pesta Mieow – Cat Festival in November, so yes, Kuching is a city for cat lovers.

Kuching has an average of 247 rainy days per year, but proudly holds the title of “cleanest Asian city”. Believe both statements but do not let the rain stop you – it usually comes and goes very quickly. Kuching offers a lot of interesting indoor activities such as free museums in case you need to hide away from the rain.

Modern, friendly and hassle free, that is Kuching. Although the city itself offers so much, it is the people that leave the best impression of the place. Friendly, chatty, genuine and always with a smile on their faces – can you ask for more?

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