Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak, the largest state of
Malaysia famously known as "The Land of the Hornbills". In
Malay, "kucing" literally means cat. Hence, Kuching is also
known as the "Cat City". Surrounded by a moderate mixture of
buildings and vast acres of nature, Kuching boasts of modern
urbanisation and historical landmarks. With a population of
almost half a million, the people of Kuching come from
different backgrounds of ethnic, religion and language.
Some essential information while you're in town:
essential information while you're in town:
meal at the hawker stall should not cost you more than
RM10.00 (inclusive of drinks). There's no need to leave
tips (even at the hotel).
Most shopping complexes close about 9.30 p.m. while shops
along the town close roughly about 6.00 p.m.
Should you be interested in getting some souvenirs for
your loved ones back home, a 5-minute stroll from the
hotel to Main Bazaar (opposite the Waterfront) would
guarantee you a myriad of handicraft and cultural items.
you're lost, proceed to the nearest police station that
you see or call +6082 244 444 (24 hours police hotline).
Although the crime rate in Kuching is relatively low, we
would still advise you to go out in pairs/groups,
especially at night. You should practise extra precaution
with your valuables in public areas.
on 23 August, the Malaysian Ringgit is valued at
approximately US$1 = RM3.49.
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Snapshots of Kuching