30 Best Places to Visit in Kuching
Kuching is one of Sarawak's cities that offers many natural, historical, religious, and culinary attractions. You can explore the city's history, visit historical places of worship, or even see first-hand the amazing flora and fauna of Kalimantan. All in only one city!
1. Hutan Simpan Semenggoh
The island of Borneo is indeed famous for its extraordinary flora and fauna. Semenggoh Save Forest is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, especially those protected, such as the orangutan. There are approximately 1,000 animals in the location that has been around since 1920. You and your family can explore the beauty of flora and fauna of Borneo in this place.
2. Great Mosque of Kuching
Like every other state in Malaysia, Kuching also has a Grand Mosque located in the city center and is an essential icon of the city. Its golden domes and ancient gravestones are its main attraction. Since 1852, this mosque is still one of the main places of worship in Kuching.
3. Pari-Pari Cave
Pari-Pari Cave or sometimes better known as Peri Cave, has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, making this place one of the best natural tourist destinations in Kuching. There are also wooden bridges where visitors can stand at the best spots to take pictures.
4. Sarawak Old Museum
This museum is not only one of the best-collected museums in Malaysia but also in Southeast Asia. There is an extensive collection of artistic and historical items and ethnography. Apart from that, there are also many collections and information about Sarawak's history, including natural conditions, flora, and fauna. No wonder this museum is one of the best educational tourist destinations in the city.
5. Rumah Panjang Annah Rais Bidayuh
This house is the longest traditional friendly of the Bidayuh tribe. Because of its unique shape and one of the fascinating cultural tourist attractions in Kuching, this place is often called Instagramable. You can also interact with local residents, even participate in activities with them.
6. Main Bazaar
Are you ready to shop until you're satisfied? Just head to the Main Bazaar! This place contains various shops selling fashion items to souvenirs at affordable prices. Then, after finishing shopping, you can continue your culinary tour! There are also many places to eat here that offer delicious local snacks that you shouldn't miss.
7. The Astana Kuching
The Astana Kuching is a palace that is the residence of the Governor of Sarawak. Located on the Sarawak River's north side, this tourist spot in Kuching offers beautiful outdoor views. In addition, the building itself exhibits magnificent and unique architecture. The building, which was built in 1870, was actually a gift from Charles Brooke (the second White King) to his wife, Margaret Alice Lili de Windt.
8. Taman Nasional Rawa Kuching
This national park of over 6,000 hectares is one of the best national parks in Kuching. Apart from the mangroves and the flora and fauna that live here, the other main attraction is that you can go along the river here by boat.
9. Museum Warisan Islam
If you want to learn more about Islam, this museum should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Kuching. As the name implies, this museum holds various collections of goods and information about Islam's history and development. This collection also covers the development of Islam in Sarawak itself. With a complete collection and interesting architecture and interior design, you can explore with ease.
10. Mount Mulu
Mount Mulu is one of the best choices for those who want to go on a nature tour and trekking. Apart from the beautiful natural scenery during trekking, another main attraction is the awesome and instagramable limestone formations. This spot is a favorite destination for tourists because it offers unique natural beauty.
11. Cat Museum
The city of Kuching is often associated with cats because of its similar name. This animal even became a symbol of the city. So, don't be surprised if there is a museum about cats here. From the name alone, you must have guessed the collection in it. Yes, this museum holds various collections and information related to these cute animals. Ranging from stamps and postcards with cat images, cat figurines to fictional cat characters like Hello Kitty and Garfield.
12. Gua Angin
Those of you who like interesting natural attractions, of course, can't miss this one! Gua Angin is one of the interesting caves in Kuching with a complete collection of stalactites and stalagmites. This cave is still poorly lit and is home to many bats. Therefore, you are advised to bring a flashlight and a hat to get ready to explore this cave.
13. Gunung Gading National Park
This national park was established in 1994 to protect the Rafflesia arnoldii, the world's largest flower that grows in this area. Usually, tourists do visit this place specifically to see these flowers bloom. However, this national park also includes a waterfall and a hiking trail to the top of Mount Gading, which is perfect for those who are adventurous!
14. Kuching Waterfront
Kuching Waterfront is one of the best tourist destinations in Kuching. There is a culinary center that is complete and offers a wide variety of local culinary options. You can also enjoy river views because the Kuching Waterfront is located on the Sarawak River's south bank. During the day, you can also see various historical buildings in this area. At night, the site is even more lively with music and colorful lights.
15. Fort Margherita
For those of you who like historical tourism, this place is a must-visit! As the name implies, Fort Margherita was an important fortress in city defense. This fort was built by Charles Brooker (second White King in Sarawak) in 1870. Today, this tourist attraction in Kuching is one of the best historical tourist destinations in the city. Not only does it offer magnificent and attractive architecture, but its location also provides access to beautiful scenery.
16.Kubah Ria Complex
This complex is one of the most comprehensive shopping centers in Kuching. There are five separate areas: the dry market, cafeteria, farmers market, plaza, and wet market. With 1,400 merchants each selling different items, you will never run out of shopping options here.
17. Kuching Orchid Garden
As the name implies, this one garden holds various collections of beautiful orchid flowers. To be precise, there are 112 species and more than 70,000 plants here. You and your family can take a leisurely walk while enjoying the beautiful flower scenery while learning more about these plants.
18. Kuching Damai Beach
This beach can be your main destination if you want to relax with your family in a beautiful open place. You can take a leisurely walk while enjoying the view, especially at sunset. From this beach, you can also see Mount Santubong in the distance, which adds to the appeal of Damai Beach.
19. Reservoir Park Kuching
For those who want to freshen up but don't want to go far from the city center, you can go to Kuching Reservoir Park. There is a pedestrian path for you to take a leisurely stroll. There is a gazebo to rest. There is a reservoir that adds to the beauty of the scenery and the freshness of this area.
20. Tua Pek Kong Temple
This temple is one of the best religious tourism spots in Kuching. With magnificent and attractive architecture and a location in the hills that provides access to beautiful natural scenery, it's no wonder this place is popular with tourists.
21. Tasik Biru Bau
Tasik Biru Bau was previously a high-quality gold mining location. This place is no longer a mine site but has turned into a recreational park. Tourists like this place because it offers a refreshing view and is suitable for taking photos.
22. Boulevard Shopping Mall
Boulevard Shopping Mall is one of the modern shopping tourist destinations in Kuching that you must visit. There are more than 200 shops in it, ranging from those selling fashion goods, books to supermarkets. There are also many choices of restaurants as well as a playground for children here.
23. Kampung Boyan
Kampung Boyan is a Malay village in Kuching. You can make this place your main destination if you want to go to an authentic cultural tourist spot. Apart from its artistic value, this village also offers beautiful views because it is located around the Melaka River. You can also enjoy delicious local culinary here.
24. Sarawak Cultural Village
This cultural village is a living museum that has won various awards. You can see traditional houses that are different and have their own uniqueness. Apart from that, there are also interesting cultural performances scheduled here. Also, explore the collection of sculptures at the Sculpture Park for a complete sightseeing moment.
25. Sarawak River Cruise
To explore this city more uniquely, you can book a Sarawak River Cruise. You will be taken along the Sarawak River on a ship with complete and comfortable facilities. During the cruise, you can enjoy stunning views of the city and also the sunsets.
26. Metro City Night Market
Metro City Night Market is one of the best destinations to enjoy the nightlife in Kuching. The shops and local food vendors here open when the sun sets and decorates the area with bright lights. You can find fashion items, souvenirs, and local snacks at affordable prices here.
27. Kampung Skuduk
For those who want to take a trip to an area far from the city center for a moment, you can go to Skuduk Village. This place is guaranteed to spoil your eyes with its beautiful rice fields. You can take a leisurely walk, enjoy the scenery and fresh air, and take pictures.
For those who want to take a walk in an area with a Chinese atmosphere in the middle of the city, you certainly shouldn't miss this one. Kuching's Chinatown has many temples, Chinese restaurants, souvenir shops, and a comprehensive selection of accommodation.
29. Square Tower
If you want a culinary tour and a historical tour, you can go to the Square Tower. This building was once a building in colonial times in the 19th century. Today, the place still has a distinctive colonial-era interior and exterior but has been transformed into a diner (for dinner only). You can eat delicious culinary with a unique atmosphere!
30. Serikin Market
Serikin Market is suitable for those of you who want to shop for souvenirs and authentic local handicrafts. The items you will find here are woven mats, handicrafts from rattan, and much more. Apart from that, there are also some local food vendors here.