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Kuching is the state capital of Sarawak with a population of app. 600,000. It is a beautiful and clean city surrounded by rivers and national parks. The old city centre is located at the waterfront of Sarawak River.
Kuching is famous for its multi culture. Traditional local groups - Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Orang Ulu, Kayan, Kenyah and Kelabit living in harmony together with Malay, Chinese, Indian and Indonesian. In Kuching you will find Mosques, Churches, Buddhist and Hindu temples near to each other.
Along the beautiful waterfront are many old Chinese shop houses where you can buy art crafts and local souvenirs. Little restaurants, cafes and tea houses are scattered around this area.
In the Sarawak Museum you can spend hours to learn about the local culture and their life in the past and also about the variety of animals of Borneo.
The famous Weekend Market opens from friday night until Sunday noon. The market boasts a huge variety of jungle fruit, local food, fish, sea creatures and much more. Even sago worms, sea horse crabs, snakes, palm hearts, wild honey, fermented insects and other specialties are sold there. So don’t miss it and take your time to explore!
Kuching is also known for food! Local food stores, Western, Chinese, Malay, Indian and Thai restaurants are easy to spot. A famous place is "Top Spot" on top of a parking house with at least 10 different food stalls for sea food you may never seen before.
Nightlife in Kuching is mostly happening around the cat statue and around the Hilton hotel. Some places away from the city centre are famous for dancing and Karaoke. Meet young folks at the ladies nights in Merdeka Palace and at the pub on top of the Civic Centre. A meeting point where you can have a beer before you start your night is the popular SOHO pub next to the cat statue. More information is available in the Kuching Guide.