KUCHING what to do, see, eat & shop

The city of Kuching is the capital of Sarawak and the usual entry point into Borneo for travelers coming from mainland Malaysia.

Kuching Waterfront

The tourist scene in Kuching is mainly centered around the waterfront and adjacent bazaar in Chinatown. The wide walkway is free of hassle; simple food stalls sell snacks and cold drinks. A small stage is the focal point for festivals and local music.

The waterfront stretches from near India Street – a shopping zone – and the open-air market (on the west end) to the luxurious Grand Margherita Hotel (on the east end).

Across the Sarawak River, the impressive DUN State Legislative Assembly Building is highly visible but not open to tourists. The white building is Fort Margherita, constructed in 1879 to guard the river from pirates. Farther to the left is the Astana palace, built in 1870 by Charles Brooke as a wedding gift to his wife. The current Head of State to Sarawak currently resides in Astana.

Note: Although taxi boats offer rides across the river, Fort Margherita, the state building, and Astana are all currently closed to tourists.

Kuching Chinatown

Kuching’s Chinatown is small and serene; a decorated archway and a working temple welcome people into the heart. Most businesses and many eateries close in late afternoon, making the place very quiet in the evenings.

The bulk of Chinatown is comprised of Carpenter Street which turns into Jalan Ewe Hai and theMain Bazaar which parallels the waterfront. Most budget accommodation and eateries exist on Carpenter Street while the Main Bazaar is focused on shopping.

 

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Sarawak Cultural village
  • Sarawak Cultural village
  • Sarawak Cultural village
  • Sarawak Cultural village
  • Sarawak Cultural village

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

  • Top Spot Food Court  
  • Top Spot Food Court  
  • Top Spot Food Court  
  • Sarawak Cultural village
  • Sarawak Cultural village
  • Top Spot Food Court  

 

SHOPPING

  • Top Spot Food Court                                     (pasar minggu)

 

FOOD

  • Top Spot Food Court  
  • Top Spot Food Court  
  • Top Spot Food Court                             (seafood)
  • Top Spot Food Court                                 (for Penang Curry Mee with prawns)
  • Top Spot Food Court                                  (for Kolok Mee & You Char Kui)
  • Top Spot Food Court         (for the famous Sarawak Layer Cake)