KUCHING CLIMATE

Kuching only has two main seasons, the dry season and the wet season.

The wet season usually happens from October to March.The dry season begin in April and leads to September.

Despite that, Kuching weather is seldom extreme but floods do tend to happen in December where rainfall is usually at its peak.

LANGUAGE USED IN KUCHING

Even though Bahasa Malaysia is the national language,  English is considered the second language in Kuching and is also widely used in the commercial communication.

In the local market, local Bahasa Melayu Sarawak and other languages are being used daily.

A variety of native tongues such as Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Kayan, Kenyah, Lun Bawang, Kelabit, Penan and Bisayah are also commonly spoken.

While Mandarin is the medium of instruction in Chinese medium schools, it is also used in public daily communication.  The Chinese community also speak several dialects such as Hokkien, Hakka, Foochow, Teochew, Hainanese, Puxian Min and Cantonese.

Most people in Kuching can speak multiple languages.  This is the multilingual uniqueness of Sarawak and its people.

RELIGION IN KUCHING

The residents of Kuching are of different races and belief, they are able to live in peace and harmony. As a multi-religious society, it is common to see mosques, churches and temples built close to each other.

Some of the major religious structures in Kuching are the Masjid Jamek mosque in Petra Jaya, the St Thomas and St Joseph’s cathedrals in the City centre and the Tua Pek Kong temple on the waterfront.

There are also several Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Taoist temples in and around the city.

Religious related celebrations like Christmas, Hari Raya and Wesak Day are observed in Kuching with a public holiday.

CLOTHING

Visitors are advised to remove their shoes before entering home or long houses of the local folk.

They are encouraged to wear long sleeved shirts and long pants or skirts when visiting places of worship. Tourists who wish to swim or sun bathe must wear appropriate attire.

Light and casual clothes as well as a good pair of walking or trekking shoes would suffice for day activities.

If you plan to explore the jungle or participate in outdoor activities, the use of mosquito repellent and sun block is advised.

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