Kuching Town, Sarawak, Borneo

Kuching, the ‘City of Cats’, is the capital of Malaysia’s Sarawak State on Borneo Island. (Note, that’s nothing to do with furry animals but the nickname actually derives from a tributary of the Sarawak River along which the city was founded and which in turn was named after a common local fruit, the cat’s eye longan.)

Kuching was founded as the former 19th century capital of Raja Brooke and today the compact town centre and somewhat sprawling suburbs are home to some 1 million people.

Kuching, Chinatown - old and the modern
Kuching, Chinatown – old and the modern

Unlike many of Borneo’s historic towns such as Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu, Kuching wasn’t bombed to bits during WW2 so has retained a sort of colonial charm, architecture-wise and today possesses an eclectic mix of old British buildings; modern Malaysian constructions with a large, well preserved Chinatown and Little India. A friendly and lively town reminiscent we found of a smaller version of Penang’s George Town.

Fort Margherita
Fort Margherita

The above pictured Fort Margherita – named after Raja Brooke’s wife rather than a cocktail – is a spectacular sight on the banks of the Sarawak River opposite the old waterfront area as is the old Kuching courthouse below which dates from 1868.

Kuching, the old courthouse
Kuching, the old courthouse

Plenty of sights to see, some good museums to visit or just stroll along the old waterfront plus with the aforementioned Little India and extensive Chinatown there’s plenty of great nosh to be found. If that’s not enough then just a few kilometers from downtown will see you in amongst some truly spectacular scenery  such as the Sarawak estuary – seen below.

Sarawak River Estuary
Sarawak River Estuary

 

Sarawak River
Sarawak River

Kuching is the starting point for our 2 week ‘Borneo Adventure‘ tour also featuring Mulu National Park, Mount Kinabalu, Kinabantang River and the awesome Danum Valley.

Cheers

By Mark Ord

 

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5 thoughts on “Kuching Town, Sarawak, Borneo

      1. Jasmine

        the picture on fort margherita is actually Astana. the fort margherita was the one infront of old court house, the side where u took the picture from 🙂

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