for example, the Cat Museum, waterfront, markets?
The Cat Museum is on top of the highest hill in Kuching and is over the Sungai Santubong in North Kuching; consequently, it would be best for you to catch a taxi there and back as the hill is very steep and it is not a walkable distance from the old town.
I've included a link to my map in this post which gives the location of many, but not all, of the attractions in Kuching - take note of the 'Heritage Walking Trail' which takes the pedestrian through the Waterfront, Little India and Chinatown precincts.
Map link: http://goo.gl/9Qycr
Sorry fineshot, I forgot to mention the weekend markets...
You'll find the location of the Satok (Kuching) Market and the Serikin (near the border of Indonesian Kalimantan) Market on the map as well as other out of town attractions, such as the Sarawak Culture Village, and Semenggoh Orang-Utang Sanctuary.
If you intend to visit the Satok market, you can take in the Sarawak Museum afterwards as both are a via another steep hill.
It is small enough to walk around the city yes, but you will need to get a taxi to some of the attractions like the Cat Museum and the Orang rehab centre etc. But these are pretty cheap and easy to arrange.
What U mentioned will be 1 east, 1 west and 1 south.....walking...wow..all spread out..
Best you might consider renting a car
Walking is not a problem but you need to consider the high humidity and heat
during the daytime at this tropical country.
You will sweat a lot making walking very uncomfortable.
CheersEdited: 12:58 am, April 07, 2011
if you're the type of person who's into museums etc, some of them are indeed within walking distance. Like the old museum (building is built during the White Rajahs day) and the newer one is opposite each other. The Islamic Museum is also within walking distance. The Chinese Heritage Museum is at the Waterfront itself. But like-wise, the Cat Museum is at the opposite side of the city.
Buying souvenirs can be done at the Main Bazaar area. that's the road parallel to Waterfront.
If you're into nature, I'd recommend you go to Bako National Park. The jetty is about half an hour away from the city, after which you will take a speed boat and the journey takes about 40 minutes. Here' you'll find rare plants and animals like the proboscis monkeys etc. Go trekking to any of the various trails there and some of them will end at heavenly beaches
Oh by the way, Kuching's my hometown:)
Dear fineshot, most of the attraction around the city (waterfront, cat's statues, state museum, textile museum, china street, little india, main bazzar, fort margherita, state legislative building), can be reached by foot. However, for the further attractions such as the crocodile farm, bako national park, cultural village, santubong and damai beach, you need to join a local tour or taking public transports. Pls visit our blog on Kuching for our experience there.
My family and I are backpacking through Malaysia and Borneo in July this year and were planning a day trip to Bako National Park. We will not have hiking shoes, etc as we are travelling light so was wondering if there are trails that are suitable for wearing sandals or thongs . we would just like to see some animals and enjoy the natural surroundings.
You can do some of the trails with sandals, if they have decent support, and you are reasonably fit - however that's not to say I would actually recommend it. There is quite alot of climbing over tree roots at times, and this could become fairly hazardous in wet conditions.
If you are looking to see wildlife, the area just beyond the park HQ onto the wooden plank walk through the mangroves, that give access to the actual trails - is often a good place to spot the Proboscis monkey, one of the main highlights for many people visiting.
Have also spotted macaques, monitor lizards and bearded pigs within a few yards of the park HQ, so you might not have to walk far at all to enjoy the wildlife!
Kuching is actually spread over a very large area but the city center is very small. you can easily do a walking tour from one city attraction to another such as India street pedestrian mall, various heritage buildings, museums etc. BUT NOT the cat museum, that one is way out of town to the north (same way to Damai beach).