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The vibrant, pulsating inner-city streets of Kuching are awash with glitzy bars, late night entertainment venues, and desirable restaurants, where local seafood features heavily on a la carte menus. It brims with museums, and enticing historical sites, and the flowing river is a busy transport route, bringing workers and tourists in and out all day long. Soak up the sun on deserted beaches, splashing through the gentle surf of the South China Sea, or traipse through overgrown jungles, inhabited by wild monkeys, and tiny bears. Gaudy bazaars hawk tourist souvenirs, and month after month animated festivals fill the streets with ostentatious displays of color.

Things to see

The white façade of the Spring Shopping Mall successfully hides the delights inside, where exciting designer stores, local boutiques, and cart vendors offer display upon colorful display of their wares. Its food hall offers a smorgasbord of Malaysian delicacies, with tempting spicy chicken dishes alongside steaming bowls of rice. Nearby, the tallest whitewashed battlements of Fort Margherita peer over the top of lush vegetation, teasing you to come and discover the secrets that lie between its 19th century walls. Designed to replicate an English Castle, its varied history saw it serve as a defense against marauding pirates, and it’s now an interesting museum. Nearby, the 2,700 or so square hectares of Bako National Park are isolated and tranquil. Covered in vivid green rainforest and hugging the rocky shoreline and occasional stretches of sandy beach, it’s an accessible place for visitors to discover the native flora and fauna of the region. You can trek all day through this jungle landscape, spotting budding roots of mangrove trees and native Proboscis monkeys.

Hotels in Kuching

As with many regions of Malaysia, the standard of accommodation is traditionally very high regardless of the budget you have to spend. Hotels in Kuching are no exception, enjoying luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city, and in the Damai Beach district to the north. There are some luxury hotels in Kuching, but the majority of places to stay are mid-budget accommodations. Typically, they offer spacious bedrooms, televisions, and luxury bathrooms with showers as well as bathtubs. The hotels closer to the beach are more spacious, with outdoor swimming pools in their verdant landscaped grounds, and hut or villa style accommodation with traditional Asian decor.

Where to stay

Damai Beach is an idyllic stretch of golden yellow sands to the north of Kuching city. It’s hugged by towering mountains and dramatic cliffs, blanketed by vast blankets of lush tropical rainforest. A fringe of palm trees provides some shade, and luxury hotels in Kuching that lie close to this tranquil natural environment offer the best of both worlds, between the unsurpassable beauty of the sea, and the exciting pulse of the city streets. In Kuching City Center, the city is a mix of glamorous high-rise commercial buildings with urban cafés at their base, and a sprawling riverfront of fishing huts and wooden jetties.

How to get to Kuching

Kuching International Airport is the main gateway for flights landing in Kuching. It’s a busy destination, with connections to international locations and domestic ports in Malaysia. Depending on where your hotel is located, the Kuching-Serian Highway allows for quick travel into the city. Taxis and buses are convenient, and relatively inexpensive, although if you’re staying upriver, you should try jumping on board a local tambang, a small river boat that runs from the city suburbs to its central streets.

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