Malaysia

Kuching, Sarawak

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The word “Kuching” in English means Cat

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Kuching is the capital city of the State of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is situated on the Sarawak River, which dissects the city into north and south. The Kuching waterfront along the Sarawak River is about a 2 km long riverside esplanade, where you can have views of, amongst others, the Astana (the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak) and the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building. At one end of the Kuching waterfront are the high end hotels and commercial building and at the other end is downtown Kuching. Along the esplanade, there are stalls, cafes and benches.

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Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building

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The road fronting the Kuching Waterfront is the Main Bazaar, the oldest street in Kuching, consisting of a row of 19th century shophouses. Kuching  Chinatown is located on Padungan road and the chinatown area also includes the Main Bazaar, Carpenter street and India street.

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Entrance to Chinatown
Entrance to Chinatown

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Sarawak State Museum – was built by Raja Charles Brooke in 1891 and is based on the architectural design of a Normandy town hall.

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Sarawak State Museum

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Native carvings displays in the museum
Native carvings displays in the museum

Chinese museum – the museum (located along the Kuching waterfront) documents the history of the chinese immigrants of various dialect groups to Kuching.

The Chinese Museum
The Chinese Museum

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Boat trip on the Sarawak River – this is probably what most visitors to Kuching will do. The trip starts from the jetty which is located across the Main Bazaar road and takes about an hour or more. You would be able to have an overview of Kuching town, with the views unfolding on both banks of the river.

The jetty for boarding the boats
The jetty for boarding the boats

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Caves – there are various caves not that far away from Kuching town, probably just more than an hours’ drive away. The first port of call will be the small town of Bau. The word Bau in chinese means “hat” and I was told that the name of the town derived from the shape of the hill where one of its peak resembles the shape of a hat.

The town was founded by chinese immigrants who came here to mine for gold.

The hills that resemble a hat
The hills that resemble a hat

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Bau town
Bau town
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Bau town

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The Fairy Cave
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The Wind Cave

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The Sarawak Cultural Village – is an interesting place, nestled at the base of Mount Santubong. The Rain Forest World Music Festival an annual 3 days affair is also held here, for celebrating the diversity of world music.

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The stage for the annual 3 days Rainforest World Music Festival
The stage for the annual 3 days Rainforest World Music Festival
Cultural Performance
Cultural Performance

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Semengoh Wildlife Centre – operates as an orang-utan (literal translation from malay means “jungle people”) orphanage and rehabilitation programme. However, any visit here does not guarantee that you will see an orang-utan. We were fortunate that day because just as we were about to give up, we were informed an orang-utan has shown up while we were at the viewing platform.

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A short trek through the jungle to the viewing platform
A short trek through the jungle to the viewing platform
The viewing platform
The viewing platform

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Malaysia, China friendship Centre – this is just a park but it is actually quite nice to come here just for a stroll and a light meal if you have nothing much to do. There is a restaurant and cafe in the park. The statue is of Admiral Cheng Ho from the Ming Dynasty of China.

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Food – I was told that while in Kuching, I must try Kolo Mee and the 3 layers ice tea, which are only found in Kuching. So we visited the market and some other locations to try the local delicacies such as layer cakes, including natives cooking.

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3 layers ice tea
3 layers ice tea
Kolo mee
Kolo mee
The famous cake factory
The famous cake factory

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A restaurant serving authentic native food
A restaurant serving authentic native food

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We stayed at the Pullman Hotel. While the location is convenient and the room is quite nice, the bathroom facilities are a bit disappointing for a 5 stars hotel.

This series was shot on a Nikon D810 plus Nikkor 35mm f1.8g lens.

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