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Once the capital of the White Rajahs of Sarawak, now with a population of some 500,000, Kuching is small enough to walk around but interesting enough to keep you there for several days. It's safe and relatively clean. 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 more likely comes from the Chinese word for port ("cochin") coupled with the cat-eye fruit that was a popular trade item
Kuching International Airport (KCH) is Sarawak's main gateway and, in East Malaysia, second only to Kota Kinabalu in size. There are near-hourly connections to Kuala Lumpur on both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia, as well as flights to Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and points elsewhere in Sarawak. International connections are rather more limited, although there are a few weekly services to Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Perth, Sydney, Pontianak and Singapore.
As of 2005, the airport is undergoing a major facelift and expansion, and unless you enjoy construction noise it's advisable to minimize time spent there. Kuching city is about 20 minutes away by taxi, a fixed RM17.50 from the taxi coupon stand just outside arrivals. There are also rather intermittent (once every hour or so) buses to the city center for RM1.
When checking in, note that all flights outside Sarawak are considered "international", even if you're only going elsewhere in Malaysia. There is a basic restaurant on the 2nd (top) floor before security.
Express Bahagia and Express Sejahtera express boats run once daily each from Sibu to Kuching and back (4 hours, RM36).
The long-distance bus terminal located along Jalan Penrissen; also dubbed as "4 and a half miles".
Kuching's hotels have banded together to offer a free City Tram (really just a bus) service that shuttles around major sights once every hour. Ask for a City Tram sticker and route map from your hotel lobby.
Other local buses are run by a colorful assortment of companies, but there's a reasonably logical line numbering system and bus stops usually have some signage.
Tambang boats shuttle across the river at various points, all charging a fixed RM0.30 per passenger.
Kuching is unusually pedestrian-friendly for a Malaysian city, with tree-lined sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, and the city core is compact enough to cover on foot. Good walks include the Waterfront and the pedestrian shopping street of Jalan India (Kuching's Little India).
Kuching's major sights are its museums. Clustered just south of the center, a program of refurbishment started in 2002 is shuffling up the exhibits.
Kuching is a great home-base for jungle trekking and exploring Borneo.
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. It's worth going inside for a look, as many shops have larger and more authentic collections hidden away upstairs or in a back room.
Note that, in this mostly Christian city, some shops close on Sundays.
Eating out is the major pastime, with a huge variety of eateries and food available. Most places are pretty cheap with excellent service but the more "local" the less English spoken. 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.
Also check out the Harbor View hotel, it has an excellent restaurant with very friendly service open to non-guests.
There are a number of good bars. Be sure to try Sarawak coffee, it is delicious.
Kuching has three international chain hotels, all by the riverfront, plus one home-grown grande old dame set a little further back.