Sunset along the river in Kuching, Borneo
Vacations to Kuching, Borneo
We’ve got a real soft spot for friendly Kuching, the capital of the state of Sarawak, and its small size makes it ideal for exploring on foot. Follow the heritage trail that links the sights, stopping to ooh and aah at the colonial buildings that are interspersed with dragon-decorated Chinese temples. Sleek modern structures complete an eclectic collision of architecture that’s mostly (and mercifully) devoid of high-rises.
Much of Kuching city is along the riverfront, and there’s a mile-long promenade to enjoy a stroll and soak up the atmosphere of the bustling city life. Swing by a coffee shop (or a kopitiam as you’ll hear them called locally) to sample laksa, the famous Malaysian noodle soup or sample other traditional Malaysian dishes from the plethora of street food stalls that dot the city. Kuching has an impressive roster of fine dining restaurants that would have Gregg Wallace smacking his lips and nodding appreciatively.
Foodies are truly spoilt in this region of Borneo. Just 30 kilometers outside of Kuching is Siniawan Old Town with a night market that attracts dozens of food stalls serving all manner of Malaysian, Indonesian and Filipino cuisines. Whatever you’ve got a taste for, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy from the impressive array of seafood, chicken satay, soups, noodles and sweet treats that are freshly prepared to order. Grab your dish and join the locals along on the tables that line the streets under prettily lit Chinese lanterns for a truly authentic experience.
Kuching is ideally situated for day trips to nearby nature reserves, including the Semenggok Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to see orangutans in the semi-wild, recovering from injury or capture. The centre runs a successful breeding programme so is probably one of your best bets to witness baby orangutans with their mothers too. Combine a visit with a jungle trek - Semenggok also has short jungle trails and forest walks to explore the rich abundance of wildlife.
Catch the beautiful views from the waterside
Foodie heaven in a charming city
Visit the Semenggok Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Map of Kuching
When to go to Kuching
Kuching has a tropical rainforest climate, and the city is hot all year with high levels of humidity. Temperatures remain consistent across the year. The driest time of the year in Kuching is between May and August, coinciding with peak season for visitors.
This is the wettest month of the year, reaching up to 26 inches of rainfall.
The heavy rain has usually eased off by now and temperatures reach 30°C.
You might experience occasional showers, but it's a great time to get into the jungle and explore.
Temperatures continue to increase with overnight temperatures in the mid 20s, and high humidity. Explore the rainforest but leave your waterproofs at home.
Expect average daily highs of 32°C and a welcome drop in humidity.
Temperatures remain consistent and it's a great time to visit the nearby orangutan sanctuaries.
Rainfall is at its lowest in July so make the most of the sun and head for the beaches.
This is a peak time for visitors thanks to the great weather.
The rainy season returns, but temperatures remain around 30°C.
Rainy periods are more prolonged with heavier showers.
Rainy season is at a peak in November with the heaviest showers. Prepare to get wet wherever you go!
The rains will continue and the wildlife will disappear, but you can benefit from fewer visitors and better prices.