Who has been to Sarawak or Kuching? We all know the most famous cities in Sarawak are Miri and Kuching. Famed for their Sarawak Laksa and Cat statue, some of us might be wondering what else we can do in Kuching. Well, you are in luck! Glitz is here to help with that with a little guide on things you can do in Kuching. Whether you are heading there for a day trip, a weekend trip or even a week-long trip, we are going to keep you occupied. From food, attractions and shopping, we’ve got you covered from one end to the other!
Things To Do In Kuching
Sarawak Cultural Village
Take a 35-minute drive outside of Kuching and you’ll find yourself at the Sarawak Cultural Village. This is where you can learn all about the different indigenous groups living in Sarawak. As well as soak in the gorgeous local crafts and buildings. If you visit at the right time, there are also live demonstrations to teach you ancient techniques like bamboo carving, bead making and weaving. Furthermore, you can also tour some of their model villages.
Stroll Along Kuching’s Waterfront
One of the most iconic parts of Kuching is its waterfront. The scenic waterfront is where most of the action happens. Now it has a gorgeous walking path that flanks the water. It also offers you an amazing view of the sights in town and the sea. If you are visiting with your partner or loved one, you can take a lovely stroll at night while talking about sweet nothings. To top it off, there are also a few small cafes around the area.
Visit The Astana
When in Kuching, you definitely cannot miss out on visiting The Astana. This iconic building in Kuching dates back to 1870, during the era of Charles Brooke. The Astana is now the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak. Fun fact, it was actually built as a wedding gift to Charles Brooke’s wife, Ranee Margaret. Although visitors are not permitted to enter, you can still admire this piece of history from afar!
Visit The Cat Museum
One thing you cannot miss when visiting Kuching is to visit the Cat Museum. As a city obsessed with cats, it is no surprise that they have a dedicated museum for cats too. At the Cat Museum, you’ll get to learn all about the history and cultural significance of cats. The museum also features over 2,000 cat-related exhibits. Some of the highlights at the museum include a mummified cat hailing from Egypt. It is also said to date back 5,000 years and features a mounted Bay Cat example. What’s more, is that certain sections are dedicated to Hello Kitty!
Take A Look At The Pink Mosque
Want a sight for sore eyes? Go take a look at the gorgeous Pink Mosque! The Kuching Mosque actually used to be known as the State Mosque of Sarawak. The original building was constructed back in 1847. It was made of wood, but now it has been updated and stands completed. The mosque is also designed with white designs, topped with a large gold dome.
Go Shopping At The Main Bazaar
The Main Bazaar is one place you should go when visiting Kuching. It features a row of traditional shophouses that line the main streets of Kuching. Facing the water, the Main Bazaar is where you go for souvenirs and traditional arts and crafts. You’ll also find gorgeous beaded jewellery, along with textiles showing off the intricate weaving techniques of all the indigenous groups.
Bako National Park
If you have the time, be sure to visit Bako National Park as it is famous for being one of the oldest national parks in Sarawak! It has over 3,000 acres of land and is fairly easy to visit. Although it may sound huge, it is actually considered one of the smallest parks in Borneo. If you are heading to Kuching for a day trip, be sure to plan a visit to Bako National Park as well. What’s impressive is that the park has 7 different ecosystems and its boundaries include mangrove swamps and towering cliff sides.