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“Very friendly place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kuching

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Kuching, Malaysia
Midlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Very friendly place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

We stayed in Kuching for 5 nights. We had a great time. The locals were extremely friendly and welcoming. We found Kuching to be less touristy than Sabah but the town was still set up for tourists, with lots to do. We visited the orangutan rehabilitation centre, about 30mins from Kuching which was great and very good value compared to Sepilok in Sabah. We also visited Bako National Park which was a great day out, where we saw lots of wildlife including Proboscis Monkeys. Getting the local bus to Bako was easy. The Tourist Info in Kuching can advise you on all the options of getting to the orangutans and to Bako. We had some lovely meals in Kuching and the food is so cheap, it was incredible value.

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Bangkok
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“Charming town with environmental problems”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2009

Kuching is a very charming town with lot of green areas, the riverside area is worthwhile for a stroll up and down. One day in May the surface of the river was covered with plastic bottles, containers, cans, etc., a serious environmental issue. Kuching is a very clean town thus it was so disgusting to see all the rubbish swim in the river. I sent emails to the tourist board and the municipility but didn't receive any response. Wonder for what they bother to have a "contact us" on their web page.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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“First Impressions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2009

Visited Kuching on 24 - 26 Apr 09. These are my first trip impressions. It's a beautiful and well maintained city with lots of greenery and landscaping. The city is spread out with minimal tall buildings but there's lots of constructions in progress so the landscape will change. The city is divided into North and South by the Sarawak River. Something unique is that it has 2 city councils and 2 mayors divided along racial lines to govern North and South Kuching, but its population lives in harmony. North Kuching is mainly residential areas and government offices. South Kuching is the business centre.

The city and its surrounds has many attractions for visitors. There are nature, cultural, history, beach, shopping and many more activities to attract visitors. Kuching is placing more emphasis on tourism and if managed wisely will attract many more visitors in future.

Public buses are virtually non-existent, so the next alternative is to take a taxi. Most hotels and shopping areas are near the Sarawak river. it is easier and more interesting to walk along this area and the Esplanade as you can pop into any shop or stop for photos anytime

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“5 days/ 4 nites in kuching”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2009

Just came back from a 5 days/ 4 nites trip. weather: light shower on 2 days of the 5 days we were there.

airport to city: rm22
within city per trip: rm8 to rm 10

Stayed at hilton hotel in kuching for 3 nites. very pleasant stay. staff are friendly. doorman is very knowledgeable therefore help us to save on our transport cost. they even have a humidifier to help overcome the dryness of the room. location is fantastic.

for those who wants basic comfort may try Tune hotel which is just opposite hilton hotel.

Negative about kuching:
1. don't go to top spot/ permata food centre, which many (even the local) claim that it is the best place for seafood. we had fish, veg, fried kway teow, bamboo claim, fried oyster. they all very salty and not nice. we even found a piece of plastic in the veg. when we approach the boss (stall name: Ah Seng), though he apologised, he asked us to write in if we would like to complain. that's all. no service recovery. nothing.

Positive about kuching
1. Sarawak museum
2. Links restaurant & club at Civic Centre. If you would like to view the scenery at a 3-level high tower, go before 5pm.
3. orang utan reserve
4. cat museum
5. choon chun coffee shop (opp. sarawak plaza). good food and cheap.

we booked a trip for 4 adults and one kid, pte minivan, chinese speaking guide, with entrance fee included, entire trip about 9 hours, rm400. (taxi is about rm200, not inclusive of entrance fee)

This restaurant serves very good food and reasonable price. Must try the fried durian ice cream, stir fried brinjal, soup etc. practically everything is nice.

cab from kuching to damai: rm50/trip
damai to airport: rm60 (appro. 1 hr)

stayed at puri damai resort & spa. the place has a private beach and nice spread for buffet breakfast. room is clean and new. they have great pool for both adults and children.

Positive about damai
1. beach seafood restaurant. free shuttle provided by the restaurant from your resort, two-ways.

remember to stock up your grocery before heading to damai as grocery is very expensive in resort and not much variety.

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singapore
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“not really worth going”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

unless you like parks and museums, this place isn't worth going at all. the shopping centres dont have much to shop, neither does the Main Bazaar. the tourist spots were boring, nothing much to see, especially Fort Margherita. the route there isnt tourist friendly. and beware not to deposit your things in the locker there, the janitor will steal your money!

the only plus point about kuching is the food. cheap and delicious. i would recommend the noodles at Life cafe and Bishopsgate coffeehouse at carpenter street, and Topspot Seafood.

sarawak cultural village is worth visiting too. takes up half a day. should try to catch the 11.30am or 4pm performance.

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