Borneo’s largest city is packed with culture and history, with an added pinch of modern style. Once home to the White Rajahs of Sarawak, today Kuching is a sophisticated city with plenty of attractions. Temples, mosques, and colonial buildings add plenty of colour and character to the busy streets, while street food stalls provide the flavour. Kuching has a reputation for being Malaysia’s cleanest city, and is also one of the most multi-cultural. While Kuching has lots to keep visitors occupied, it’s also a great base for excursions into Bako National Park, where you can go trekking through the jungle.
Airports in Kuching
Kuching International Airport (KIA) serves the city of Kuching, but is also the only airport serving Malaysia’s Sarawak region. The airport was renovated in 2006 and 2008, and has a look similar to Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport.
Airlines that fly to Kuching
There are no direct flights to Kuching from the UK. You can fly via Hong Kong with Malaysia Airlines, from Singapore with SilkAir, Air Asia, and Malaysia Airlines, or via Kota Kinabalu with Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, and MA Swings. There are also regular flights from Kuala Lumpur with Malindo Air, Air Asia, and Malaysia Airlines.
Getting into Kuching
The best way to get into the city is by taxi. Buy a taxi coupon from the stand outside arrivals. This will give you a fixed price trip into the city, for RM26 (about £4.26)*. There is a bus station around half a mile from the airport, where you can catch a number of buses (the 3A, 6, 8G and 9) onwards to the city centre.
*Prices subject to change
When to fly to Kuching
This tropical city is sunny, warm, and inviting throughout the year. The hot season, March to October, is generally considered as the best time to visit. November to February is monsoon season, so if you’re visiting at this time of year it might be wise to pack your waterproofs.
The 31st May - 1st of June is a great time to visit Sarawak, as this is when the Gawai Dayak festival takes place. Local indigenous people celebrate the harvest by wearing traditional dress and making offerings of local delicacies and home-made rice wine.
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