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What to do in Kuching

The question “What to do in Kuching Borneo” is probably the most common question a local can get from a visitor or someone not familiar with Kuching.

It is a legitimate question that needs to be answered, and this post is to help answer just that.

Suggestions of what to do in Kuching Borneo

So what can you do in Kuching? Here’s my suggestions as a local.

Visit places of interest

Hotels near Sarawak Cultural Village, Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV)
Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV)

Kuching is dotted with interesting places to visit and check out because it blends the past and the present so well. Be amazed with the old artefacts in the the modern Borneo Cultures Museum, or check out buildings that date way back in the Brooke era, which are just walking distances. If that’s not your cup of tea, there’s also nature reserves and national parks, monuments, beautiful bridges and lots of rare yet well maintained attractions around Kuching. All you need to do is check out the listings below according to your liking.

Attend festivals

The crowd at Kuching Festival 2017

Kuching has a festival almost every month, but it really kicks off after the annual.  Festivals in Kuching are the best way to see Kuching’s cultural melting pot.  Despite being held for a particular reason, festivals usually blend the community together and showcase the varieties of food, performances and also cultural traditions in Kuching. To learn more about festivals in Kuching, check out the links below.

Go ‘makan’/eat

Food bonds many together and in Kuching, food is something very close to the locals because they usually use this time to mix regardless of their religious beliefs and culture.  In addition to that, Kuching is home to ‘the breakfast of the Gods’ which was made famous by chef Antony Bourdain. Want to know what’s good in Kuching? The long list of Kuching delights can be seen below, with where you can find it’s best version.

Make new friends at night

The Kuching clubbing scene (or some call it nightlife) is pretty mellow (if compared to other major cities in Malaysia) for strangers, but with Kuching people being some of the friendliest you’d come to know, it hits a new high for many pretty quickly.  Clubs in Kuching tend to focus more on EDM with deejays spinning music. Live bands or performances are usually stripped down to two or three piece performances and can be said to be ‘rare’. Nonetheless, if you need to chill at night, there’s always a place which can be explained better in the list below.

  • Clubbing sites in Kuching (youth) (To be updated)
  • Kuching nightlife for families (To be updated)
  • Buy a tour in Kuching

Go shopping

Kuching may not beat mega malls available in Kuala Lumpur or major cities, but it does have a good blend of shopping destinations which combine modern malls as well as more traditional yet interesting markets and streets. If you are into malls, there’s three popular ones in Kuching, namely VivaCity Megamall, the Spring Mall and AEON Mall, but if you need a whole list of places to shop, the links are listed below.

Be adventurous

Kuching is popular for being a huge playground for those who love adventure.  This is because there’s a lot of places to trek, climb and explore which aren’t too far away from the Kuching City Centre.  From easy trails like the ones usually available at national parks, to the more less visited ones in Sematan and Padawan, Kuching mesmerizes.  The links below will help you find adventure in Kuching.

Other activities you can do in Kuching Borneo

If the ones listed above don’t interest you, or you are in Kuching for a limited time only, consider the listings below to get more out of your visit in Kuching.

Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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