Things to Do in Kuching

Things to Do in Kuching, Malaysia - Kuching Attractions

Things to Do in Kuching


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Top Attractions in Kuching

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Orangutan sanctuary with twice-daily feeding sessions in a natural habitat, where visitors may observe rescued and native orangutans, including mothers and babies.
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Overnight stays in a national park with simple accommodations, night walks for wildlife spotting, and scenic jungle trails. Enjoy a boat ride with views of sea stacks and diverse local fauna.
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Vibrant cultural hub showcasing traditional tribal dances, live music, and authentic indigenous dwellings. Enjoy interactive blowpipe demonstrations and learn about local history.
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Riverside promenade with nightly light shows and a family-friendly vibe, flanked by shops and pleasant views, though some entertainment may not impress.
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Vibrant riverfront walk lined with local food stalls, nightly light and sound shows, and cultural activities, highlighted by a scenic bridge and mosque view.
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  • Tony M
    Cornwall, England384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing trip to see the Orangutans at Semenggoh. It was explained to us that it is no longer used for rehab as the group located there are successfully breeding. Animals for rehab are now sent to a different location. When we visited in June there were around 50 people at the morning viewing. Our first sighting was where we were dropped by the site transport. We saw a nest in a nearby tree and suddenly an arm appeared out of the nest. We were told that there are 3 males and we saw the number 1 and 3 male during our visit. There were also 3 females, 2 five year olds and a young ape not yet named as they do not yet know the sex.
    There are multiple park rangers at the viewing area and as well as controlling safety they were also giving us a lot of info. Our group were asked to more as the animals moved around the area as they can climb above the viewing area. There was no restriction on talking in bags and no charge for cameras. Since the animals here are now semi wild there is no guarantee they will come to the viewing area especially if it is fruiting season as they do not need the fruit put out by the rangers. Later in our Borneo trip we visited Sepilok rehab centre but far preferred our visit to Semenggoh.
    Written July 7, 2024
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  • Olivia
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bako is a must visit for anyone near-by. We got the bus for 1RM from Kuching centre. The boat journey to the island (not accessible by car) from Bako village is so fun and adds to the experience. Once there you register at the information centre where they give you ideas for which trails to follow. Trails are well marked and easy to follow. We did 4, 5 and 6 as we were there all day. The park is beautiful and the beaches are some of the nicest beaches.
    Tip: definitely bring a lot of water because once you leave the information centre where you can buy water and food, there is no where to get water and the trails are long. At least 2L per person. We also had electrolyte drinks and a packed lunch. The trails are different lengths so there is something for everyone.
    Written July 21, 2024
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  • genibre69
    London, UK5,265 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful setting and reconstructed longhouses but not all have staff to explain the nuances of the houses. There are placards with QR codes but I didn’t want to spend my battery so signs with text would have been much more preferred!! The 45-minute dance performance at the end was a highlight. Beautiful costumes and music. The ticket is quite expensive but slightly cheaper if bought online.

    There is also a poor, whelping scruffy, medium terrier milling around. Please someone feed it!! And eventually spay. Shame on the site management for not caring for this poor pup.
    Written March 14, 2024
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  • joan t
    Doncaster, UK488 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit - at both nightime and in the day.

    Feels very safe, no pressure re boat trips or restaurants.

    Free light show at 8:30 and 9:30 nightly.

    Lots of photo opportunities

    Shame about some of the rubbish in the river but they do try to clean it up.

    worth a visit.
    Written March 31, 2024
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  • Tony W
    Sydney, Australia4,590 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When you leave the city area of Kuching and venture into the countryside you are met with the imposing landmark of Mt Santubong. While we did not hike to the top we were impressed by the low cloud over the peak.
    Written February 24, 2024
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  • mel7155
    Singapore, Singapore1,337 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We hiked in this mountain as an alternative as the park to climb mount Santubong was closed without notice. So we were in our hiking outfit without any mountain to climb . As such, asked our driver to drop us off at this mountain to hike up the metal road for 5.4km .

    It is 30minutes away from Kuching or Mount Santubung so make sure to arrange for transport there and return transport as it is very difficult to get a ride hail there .

    Entrance fee is US$4 per foreign person and US$2 for locals . You need to register , log in and log out at the park office . Thereafter hike up 700m to the near peak on a steep mountain road that never seem to flatten . The views from the top is nice and there are benches and covered pavilion to rest enroute . The waterfall route and jungle route is disable if they did not close it off . Otherwise a very good place to workout and hike . Good for a 4 hour hike . It is not Mount santubung, but a little safer to hike in a rainy day which is very common in this area where it rains literally everyday around the year . The only difference is how intense the rain is that they shut the mountains from climbers - especially Mount Sabtubung .
    Written July 1, 2024
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  • FOLLOW & TRAVEL with Shukor
    London, UK189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was visiting Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA (Borneo Island) last Saturday, 29th of June, 2024. .This was the scenary at the early sunrise beside the famous River Sarawak. There were many joggers and families walking, running happily along the river bank.
    Written July 1, 2024
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  • Erico2709
    Singapore, Singapore2,409 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a nice stretch of street to walk about, buy some local stuff and great food. Parking can be a challenge and crowded during peak hours.
    Written August 25, 2023
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  • CanadianTraveler23
    Yellowknife20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went on my own to visit this excellent historical museum of the remarkable recent history of Kuching since the mid-1800s, and the White Rajahs who governed. Super interesting, and in an awesome fort (Fort Margerita) positioned over the river to repel pirates.

    To get there from the Kuching waterfront, I tried and failed to walk from the Darul Hana bridge- but you can't walk past the parliament. Instead, take a little boat across the river, ad then it's a short (10 minute) walk up to the fortress.
    Written May 25, 2023
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  • Leanda D
    Townsville38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a crazy cat lady as soon as I read about this I knew I had to go. Located on the lobby floor of the Kuching North City Hall about 10kms from the waterfront/city centre, I spent around 2 hours there. It is comprised of 4 galleries with over 4000 items dedicated to all things feline. The first gallery has several taxidermy specimens, these looked scruffy and tired (and were vaguely disturbing) but nonetheless it was good to see the various species of the area. The rest of the exhibition contained sculptures, artworks and even fashion dedicated to our feline friends. There is a cafeteria in the lobby selling hot food, drinks and snacks.
    Written April 26, 2024
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  • Anand1351
    Singapore, Singapore3,671 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Place is beautiful and is housed in a massive building.
    Interesting artifacts and some good knowledgeable contents across 5 or 6 floors.
    Washrooms are spotless , impressively clean.