Kuching and around

Due to Kuching's relative isolation and the fact that it was not bombed during the Second World War, Sarawak's state capital has retained much of its 19th-century dignity and charm, despite the increasing number of modern high-rise buildings. Chinese shophouses still line many of the narrow streets. Kuching is a great starting point to explore the state and there are many sights within its compact centre, including the renowned Sarawak Museum and the Petra Jaya State Mosque.

Within easy reach is the Semenggoh Orang-Utan Sanctuary and the national parks of Gunung Gading, Kubah and Tanjung Datu. North of Kuching is the Damai Peninsula, featuring the worthwhile Sarawak Cultural Village and Bako National Park on the Muara Tebas Peninsula.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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