Kuching, the capital of the ‘Land of Hornbills’, is one of the most interesting places on Borneo Island. Known as Cat City, it is located on the banks of the Sarawak River, and is famous for its history, friendliness and unique atmosphere. The conference venue is in the city centre just across the road from the Waterfront, with its stunning scenery and the old-world charm of the main bazaar selling Sarawak pepper, handicrafts, artwork and antiques.
A walking tour is the best way to enjoy the city, appreciate the scenery and absorb the atmosphere. Many of the main attractions of Kuching are close to the Waterfront, including historical buildings from the colonial period that are still preserved – like the picturesque Court House, the post office with its unique design and Fort Margherita (now a Police Museum) which is still standing ‘guarding’ the Sarawak River next to the new distinctive State Parliament. Altogether, Kuching is the proud home of nine museums catering to a range of interests and most are in the city centre, including the renowned Sarawak Museum, the Islamic Museum and the Textile Museum.
Part of Sarawak’s appeal is its cultural diversity reflected in its life-style, architecture, places of worship, and of course its food. Laksa Sarawak, Mi Kolok, Nasi Ayam Penyek and traditional food from the Dayak and Malay communities must be tried by everyone. Do not forget that the famous Ikan Terubok, bird nests and Kek Lapis Sarawak make great gifts to take home for family and friends.
Why don’t extend your stay?
Stay on to enjoy visits to nearby Bako National Park, an island known for its proboscis monkeys, or Semenggoh Nature Reserve home to orang utans. For the energetic, jungle trails, mountain climbing and extreme sports are just 45 minutes away in Santubong as are relaxing beaches and international standard hotels. This coastal area, known as Damai, is also the location of the Sarawak Cultural Village which showcases the lifestyle of the State’s various ethnic communities. It is also the home of the popular World Rainforest Music Festival (RMWF) which this year runs from July 13-15th so music lovers come early and book your stay now before the rush. More details on the Festival are available at RMWF’s website. Alternately you can visit Sarawak Tourism Board’s website here.