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1. Sarawak Cultural Village

Sarawak Cultural Village

22 km
from city center
1 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Snuggled on the island of Borneo, Sarawak Cultural Village is a living museum that gives visitors a glimpse of the state’s indigenous tribes living in their traditional dwellings. It is located at Pantai Damai, 32 kilometres from the capital city of Kuching.

2. Kuching Waterfront

Kuching Waterfront

0 km
from city center
2 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Kuching Waterfront, spread across 900 metres along the southern bank of Sarawak River, is the most iconic place in Kuching. The waterfront is lined with hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, entertainment areas and various historically significant buildings making it one of the most popular attractions.

3. Sarawak Cultural Village

Sarawak Cultural Village

22 km
from city center
3 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Snuggled on the island of Borneo, Sarawak Cultural Village is a living museum that gives visitors a glimpse of the state’s indigenous tribes living in their traditional dwellings. It is located at Pantai Damai, 32 kilometres from the capital city of Kuching.

4. Tua Pek Kong Temple

Tua Pek Kong Temple

1 km
from city center
4 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Tua Pek Kong Temple is an old Chinese temple situated atop a foothill, opposite to the Kuching Esplanade. The focal point for the entire Chinese community in Kuching, and the oldest temple in the city, this temple serves as a major tourist attraction.

5. Fairy Caves

Fairy Caves

5 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Kuching near the former Bau gold mining settlement, Fairy Cave is a limestone cave with unique rock formations. It is commonly known as Gau Pari and can be accessed after climbing a four-storey staircase.

6. Kuching Cat Museum

Kuching Cat Museum

5 km
from city center
6 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Kuching Cat Museum is reputed as the world’s first cat museum dedicated to the feline. Located to the north of Kuching in the City Hall, it boasts more than 4000 artefacts (photos, exhibits, souvenirs) displayed in four different galleries.

7. Kuching Cat Museum

Kuching Cat Museum

7 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Located to the north of Kuching on the ground floor of the City Hall, Kuching Cat Museum is reputed as the world’s first cat museum dedicated to the feline. Perched atop the hill of Bukit Siol, it boasts more than 4000 artefacts displayed in four different galleries.

8. Kuching Wetlands National Park

Kuching Wetlands National Park

19 km
from city center
8 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Kuching Wetlands National Park, located about 30 kilometres from Kuching in Sarawak, is one of the last remains of the former Sarawak Mangrove Forest Reserve. The park is filled with saline mangrove plantations and tourists can explore the lush greenery and vegetation of the park on a river cruise. It also houses some endangered species.

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9. Orchid Park Kuching

Orchid Park Kuching

2 km
from city center
9 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

The Sarawak Orchid Garden is one of the most popular orchid exhibitory and garden in Malaysia. Sprawled over an area which is 15 acres huge, it houses more than 82 different species of orchids. The major highlight is the Normah Orchid indigenous to this region.

10. Kuching Waterfront

Kuching Waterfront

10 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Kuching Waterfront, bordering the southern bank of Sarawak River, is the most iconic place in the city with the cosmopolitan vibes and the best views of the River, Astana and the Fort Margherita. It is a walkway described by locals as 'the people place' owing to the myriad of hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, entertainment areas and various historically significant points located there.

11. Mount Santubong

Mount Santubong

20 km
from city center
11 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

With a height of 810 metres, the mammoth Mount Santubong stands erected on Damai Peninsular near Kuching. Regarded as one of the highest peaks in Kuching, it boasts several hiking trails that allure trekkers and adventure seekers across the nation.

12. Fort Margherita

Fort Margherita

12 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Fort Margherita is one of the most important monuments in Sarawak’s rich history. Situated across the Sarawak River, near Astana, the main purpose of the fort was to act as an attacking and defensive mechanism.

13. Sarawak Museum

Sarawak Museum

2 km
from city center
13 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

The Sarawak State Museum, located in Taman Budaya, is one of the oldest and most comprehensive natural history museums in Borneo. Inspired by the Normandy town-house, the museum building houses the ethnographic collection and natural history displays.

14. Semenggoh Nature Reserve

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

14 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Semenggoh Nature Reserve, located around 20km from Kuching is one of the most diverse nature reserves serving as a rehabilitation centre to the primate orangutang and several bird species.

15. Tua Pek Kong Temple

Tua Pek Kong Temple

1 km
from city center
15 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Tua Pek Kong Temple is an old Chinese temple situated atop a foothill, opposite to the Kuching Esplanade. The focal point for the entire Chinese community in Kuching, and the oldest temple in the city, this temple serves as a major tourist attraction.

16. Semenggoh Nature Reserve

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

16 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Semenggoh Nature Reserve, located around 20km from Kuching is one of the most diverse nature reserves serving as a rehabilitation centre to the primate orangutang and several bird species. The major highlights are orangutang feeding and bird watching.

17. Fort Margherita

Fort Margherita

1 km
from city center
17 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Fort Margherita is one of the most important monuments in Sarawak’s rich history. Situated across the Sarawak River, near Astana, the former fortress is now converted into the Brooke Gallery which houses rare memorabilia of the Brooke family and history of Sarawak.

18. Niah National Park

Niah National Park

455 km
from city center
18 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Niah National Park, located in the Miri Division of Sarawak, encompasses of limestone caves and forms an archaeological site that attracts the interest of both history and nature lovers.

19. Fairy Caves

Fairy Caves

33 km
from city center
19 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Kuching near the former Bau gold mining settlement, Fairy Cave is a limestone cave with unique rock formations. It is commonly known as Gau Pari and can be accessed after climbing a four-storey staircase.

20. Kuching Main Bazaar

Kuching Main Bazaar

20 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Unarguably one of the most visited places in the city, Kuching Main Bazaar is the one stop marketplace with the highest concentration of ethnic handicrafts and antique shops in the city. The exact location of the bazaar is adjacent to the Waterfront, in the heart of old Kuching.

21. Batang Ai National Park

Batang Ai National Park

180 km
from city center
21 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Batang Ai National Park is a national park in Malaysia which can be accessed through the largest man-made lake Batang Ai. Orangutans (pongo pygmaeus) can be widely observed while on the treks offered or while staying in the longhouses or night camps.

22. Tua Pek Kong Temple

Tua Pek Kong Temple

1 km
from city center
22 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Tua Pek Kong Temple is an old Chinese temple situated atop a foothill, opposite to the Kuching Esplanade. The focal point for the entire Chinese community in Kuching, and the oldest temple in the city, this temple serves as a major tourist attraction.

23. Sarawak Islamic Heritage Museum

Sarawak Islamic Heritage Museum

2 km
from city center
23 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Situated in Kuching, Sarawak Islamic Heritage Museum provides a deep insight into the rich cultural heritage of Sarawak’s Muslim community. The seven galleries are the main attraction of this museum. These galleries give an insight into Islamic architecture, literature, science, decorative arts, and costumes. Each of these galleries features a different theme.

24. St Thomas Cathedral Kuching

St Thomas Cathedral Kuching

2 km
from city center
24 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

The St Thomas Cathedral is an Anglican church situated in the Malaysian city of Kuching. The church features Basilian style of architecture with a bright-red barrel-vaulted ceiling. The Calvary steps, Narthex, Tower and Western Courtyard are the main features of this church.

25. Kubah National Park

Kubah National Park

19 km
from city center
25 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Kubah National Park is located 20 km from Kuching at the scenic backdrop of Matang Range. Even though the park beholds a myriad of fauna, it is famed for its flora, especially the wide range of palm species.

26. Bako National Park

Bako National Park

22 km
from city center
26 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Bako National Park is the oldest national park of Malaysia housing beaches, cliffs and rock formations. Covering an area of 27 square kilometers, it envelops the peninsula of Muara Tebas. The wildlife of the park is exceptional with long-tailed macaque monkeys, proboscis monkeys, squirrels and monitor lizards. Proboscis monkeys, unique to Borneo, are a major highlight of this park. It is said that one can witness all the Borneo’s vegetation at Bako.

27. Gunung Gading National Park

Gunung Gading National Park

61 km
from city center
27 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Often referred to as the ‘Home of the elusive Giant Flower’, Gunung Gading National Park is located near the town of Lundu in Kuching Division of Sarawak, Malaysia. The park is considered as the best place in Asia to witness the rare Rafflesia plant which produces the world's largest flower. This parasitic plant is 1 meter huge and blooms for a few days only.

28. Santubong

Santubong

20 km
from city center
28 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Santubong is a town that sits under the peak of Mount Santubong in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is famous for the huge expanse of sandy beaches. A visit to this town ensures the sight of Irrawaddy river dolphins. Lucky travellers may also spot Indo-pacific humpback or finless porpoises. Another uniquely alluring feature is that of Kampungs which are coastal Malay villages giving an experience of Malay life.

29. Talang Satang National Park

Talang Satang National Park

34 km
from city center
29 out of 29
places to visit in Kuching

Talang Satang National Park is the first Marine National Park of Malaysia. The area covered under the park is home to an array of marine life including the endangered Green and Hawksbill Turtle. Talang Satang is the first site in the world to emphasise turtle research and management. The park also has rich coral reefs and underwater life.

FAQs on Kuching

How can I commute within Kuching?

Local transport within the city is easily available. One can use the city bus to travel within the city as there are city bus stops in all the major areas and the fare is cheap. One can also make use of taxi and the fare will depend on the destination. One of the cheapest modes of transport within the city is the boat. There are boat stations in all the important areas and the time taken to travel is also very less. 
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What are the top sightseeing places in Kuching?

The top sightseeing places in Kuching are Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak Cultural Village, Bako National Park, Kuching Cat Museum, Kuching Wetlands National Park, Orchid Park Kuching.
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