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Kuching is the capital and largest city of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak as well as the largest city on the island of Borneo. Once the capital of the White Rajahs of Sarawak, the name of the city, Kuching, is thought to derive from the Malay word "kucing", meaning cat. Many of the locals refer to Kuching as the "Cat City" but it's more likely comes from the Chinese word for port "cochin".

Kuching is quite the sunset spot, often regarded as "one of the most memorable". Take your shots, and enjoy the sunsets from the Waterfront, Santubong Peninsula or Bako Peninsula. Kuching Civic Centre is a 3-building complex, landmarked by its tower with an umbrella-shaped roof. This is the best place to get a 360° aerial view of Kuching City. Take a beautiful snapshot of Kuching concrete buildings in the assembly of lush green trees.

Any visit to Kuching is incomplete without taking a brisk walk at the RM1 million per 10 m strip of Kuching Waterfront. It is the most popular meeting place in Kuching. It was once a line of old warehouses. During the daytime, the Waterfront is the best place to view the Astana, Fort Margherita, adjacent Malay kampungs of Kampung Sinjan and Kampung Lintang or even the newly constructed DUN complex. At night, it is the best place to see nightlife.

Tua Pek Kong Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Kuching and located strategically at the heart of Kuching. It was just at the opposite of Chinese Museum. It was built in 1843. Various festivals are held here for example The Wang Kang Festival (to commemorate the dead) and Ghost Festival. On the ground, there's the Sultan Iskandar Planetarium which is the first planetarium ever built in Malaysia.

Bako National Park offers outstanding diversity of natural landscapes in a relatively small area. Its beautifully dense rainforests and stunning beaches are home to many flora and fauna including the rare proboscis monkey.

There's some interesting shopping in Kuching. For a wide selection of tribal handicrafts and touristy gewgaws, head down to the aptly named Main Bazaar street on the Kuching waterfront.

Eating out is the major pastime, with a huge variety of eateries and food available. Be sure to sample some Sarawak laksa, but beware - it's considered a breakfast dish here and the popular places sell out fast. For the local Chinese, kolo mee, a noodle dish served with slices of roasted pork, is also a daily staple.


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